Dear students

Welcome to English 124 and our blog. This blog will provide you with the materials we will be using in class for your review. Here you will find the class schedule and other documents discussed on the first day of class, power point presentations, videos and quizzes. I hope it will also be a good place to comment about films that you have watched and liked or disliked. Please feel free to comment on the progress of our blog. If there are sites you feel are important to include in our blogroll, feel free to suggest them so that they can be included.  I’m looking forward to a very enjoyable semester.

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5 thoughts on “Dear students

  1. Out of all the movies I’ve seen, it’s really hard to choose just one as my favorite. But I would recommend the animated movie “Sing”. This movie focuses on different characters that share the same dream about fulfilling there life goals and passion. The main character wishes to save his theater by announcing a talent show to earn enough money and fame to do so. While the rest of the characters wish to let their voices be heard and their talent shine. While these characters work hard and try their best, they still need to surpass the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their goals. I chose this movie because it is very heart warming and inspiring.

    It teaches you that even when things look impossible to achieve, you should work hard and never give up. This movie can be enjoyed by anyone, it doesn’t matter what age you are. It also shows different situations and personalities of a person. In my opinion, it’s a very great movie. I cried when I watched it because I could actually relate to some of the characters situations. It really pulls on your heart strings.

  2. My favorite movie is Fifty Shades of Grey. I like this film because in addition to the erotic, it presents a great story about the protagonist. It is a film that not many people understand since they have not read the books, but I have had the opportunity to read each and every part of this triology, so I understand many things that maybe in the film are not clear.

    I really like this particular film because despite being only the beginning it let us see parts of his named ‘Fifty Shades’. Many people see it as pornography or maybe as something inappropriate but it is not. In my opinion, this presents things of our daily life, not all people may agree with sodomy or masochism but there are many that does, that is why I see it normal. It is a great story because everything presented in this film, that is, the way that Christian Grey (the main character) acts, is caused by family problems that he had as a child and his sexual tastes (‘very singular’ as he says in the film) were Acquired because he was induced to practice such things at the age of fifteen by a friend of his adoptive mother. In this film Christian is attracted to Anastasia Steel, a young university student that studies English Literature. She must interview Christian because her roommate Katherine Kavanagh could not do it because she got sick and asked Ana for that favor. It is in that interview that Grey feels interested in Ana and from that moment on he asks Ana to have a relationship with his style. As she has the same attraction, she agrees to try it and Christian begins to introduce her to his world. At the end of this film she falls in love with him, but their relationship ends when she tries to talk to him about his problems but Christian retracts and ends up in a strong fight so she asks him to show her the worst (referring to his Punishments) so she’ll be able to understand him, but Ana, by not resisting the strong punishment, decides to move away.

    I recommend this movie because it carries a shocking message beyond eroticism, it presents situations that can happen to many people and change their lives in a drastic way. I exhort everyone to look beyond the sexual activities and try to understand this story more deeply.

  3. My favorite film is The Great Gatsby. This film is base on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald which has already too movies but the one I will be talking about is the second one that was released in 2013. Personally I’ve started to read the novel but for now I can’t compare them or decide if the novel nor movie is better. This cinema is based in the “Jazz Era”, named by the author, that is the 1920’s. A period of wild economic prosperity, cultural flowering and a shaking up of social mores after World War I.

    The movie takes place in New York and it’s about this young and very wealthy man named Jay Gatsby, the protagonist. Nick Carraway, narrator of the novel, tells us about his neighbor Gatsby who contacts him to meet up with his cousin the love JG. This gorgeous woman named Daisy Buchanan was once in love with Jay but for different reasons she ended up marrying Tom Buchanan, the antagonist. After five years they finally reunite despite the social scandals and personal drama in consequence. At the end Gatsby dies, Daisy and Tom move out with their daughter and Nick “metaphorically” dies to New York and finishes in rehabilitation.

    The reason I love this cinema so much is because of the era or the Jazz era as Fitzgerald refers. The hypocrisy of people who where part of the high social class because of others and the success Wall Street was gaining power. A period where the alcohol was ilegal but rich men still consume it. Who important was for both genres to dress and drag about their success and fortune because titles were about it. The lifestyle in that moment in New York seemed to me so unrealistic in a good way that I wish I’ve had been part of it to see it my own self. Gatsby house was the mansion even person can desire, Daisy and Tom’s house too. Even Nick’s house which was really small seemed beautiful, specially when he decides to arrange a tea so that can Mr. Gatsby and Daisy meet up for the first time after all those years.

    The parties Mr. Gatsby threw that nobody understood why he did it but he tells Jordan, Daisy’s best friend, that it purpose was to see if one day Daisy appeared to one. That enormous festivity was so surprising because every one attended it from high schoolers to the most wealthy and famous distinguished people in the city back then. The performances and harmony seemed so dreamy and perfect. The mystery of how Jay had became so rich and the rumors of how he inherited it was so agonizing and interesting because everyone asked themselves but nobody actually took the enough interest in finding out about his business until Tom decides too. The way Nick admires Gatsby was so lovely because they turned out to be best friends and Nick always believed in him when no one else did.

    My most favorite thing about this cinema is the love drama. Gatsby was eternally in love with Daisy. He loved her so much that it consumed him and he would risk and leave all just to be with her. The way he looked at her and how he constantly repeats to go back to the past to relive those moments and that life is fast like a shooting star. That is the definition of a true gentleman because he even builded his house across the bay of Daisy’s house. Although Daisy disappoints me at the end. I mean she loved him and true that she may loved Buchanan too at some point but she deserved someone like Jay that would respect and treated her well. Because Tom was always having affairs and so dominant around her that he manipulated her at the end, she ended up with fear and certain unhappiness.

    The social life of this film is all about it. Besides the drama it is also filled with history and the 1920’s were historically interesting. The vocabulary of “Oxford Men” and all the luxuries people from the first class had. The way the author describes New York and Nick’s point of view is fascinating and curious too because this character ended up with drinking problems and “metaphorically” dead to New Yorks and the author turns out to have mental breakdowns and drinking problems too. I definitely recommend everyone to see the movie.

  4. I picked this movie mainly because my current favourite singer is the main character and secondly because this movie affected me a lot. It was a 2 hours and 20 min film and I was already crying my heart out 40 mins in and I didn’t even shed a tear in The Fault in Our Stars, so this a really dramatic and sad one. All the music for this film was composed by Björk and she was even nominated for an Academy Award for best song and won Best Actress at the Cannes Festival for her performance in this picture And oh, I almost forgot to say, it’s a musical also.
    The movie was directed by Lars von Trier and is set in Washington in 1964, and is about Selma Jezkova (Bjök Gudmundsdottir) a woman from Checoslovaquia who emigrates to the United States to work in a factory and find a better life for her and her son Gene. This is a very hardworking woman we’re talking about here but she’s also very (maybe too) kind to people. They live in the backyard of the property of the Bill Houston (David Morse) and his wife Linda (Cara Seymour), and Bill is the town’s Sheriff who inherited a lot of money. The thing is both Selma and Bill have secrets of their own, one night Bill goes over to Selma’s and confesses that all his money is gone and that he doesn’t want anyone to know, specially his wife who lives bragging about their money, so you can tell these are not very good people. Once he confesses, Selma shares her secret with Bill and tells him that she has a congenital disease that will cause her to lose her eyesight at any moment and that her son will suffer from the same fate if he doesn’t get the operation he needs, and that she went to the US to change that because she feels guilty for her son inheriting her condition and they both promise to keep quiet about their secrets. What Bill doesn’t know is that Selma has about $2,000 saved for her son’s operation hidden in a can inside a wall. When he is about to leave, Selma’s condition was so awful that she couldn’t tell if he was still in the room so he took advantage of that and saw when she took out the can with all the money and put some more in it from the money she made that day, he left without her noticing.
    One day, when she goes searching for the can because she finally saved enough for Gene’s operation, she realized it wasn’t there so she perceived that Bill took it so when she went inside his house, his wife tells her that she knew about the “romance” that was obviously not true but Selma just stayed in silence and asked to talk to Bill, when she does and asks for her money back he says he can’t give it back because he would lose his wife. She took her money back anyways and when she did he points her with his gun and said he will make it look like she was the one who was stealing it from him, all this while Linda is downstairs. Then a struggle arises and she accidentally shots him in the leg so he begged her to have mercy and to kill him since he couldn’t live with the embarrassment of not being wealth otherwise he wouldn’t let go of the money, she shots him but she missed since she’s almost completely blind she even misses one time but he didn’t die so she took his metal deposit box and smashed his head with it, killing him. The movie goes on but I’m not going to spoil what happens after this, and believe me there’s more to the story.
    After giving away most of the plot you are probably wondering, how does a musical fit in this tragedy? You would have to watch it to find out.

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