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Movies based on books

20 Jan

In recent years, many people have complain about how Hollywood has run out of ideas; and I completely agree.  It seems like in the past decade the only movies that have come out were either sequels, originally tv series or based on some literary work. Think about the movies that have garnered positive recognition.

Slumdog Millionaire-book

I am Legend-novella

300-graphic novel

The Town-book

Curious Case of Benjamin Button-short story

No Country for Old Men-book

Atonement-book

Brokeback Mountain-book

All of these films have been hugely successful, gaining awards and stunning box office numbers. Where’s the recognition of the original works? Nobody seems to really care about that, but only remark upon how beautiful the movie was. I just think it’s a shame that our consumption of media has become literary-lite.

Bothered

18 Nov

So yes I am stealing my title from Jimmy Fallon making fun of Robert Pattinson on his website Robert is Bothered. If you haven’t seen it…

 

Okay, so I was watching Taken the other day, which is an amazing movie. Liam Neeson is a god. HOWEVER, every single freaking scene his daughter Kim is in, she’s awkwardly running.  If I knew how to do video montage I would totally dedicate one to Kim’s lumbering across the screen, oh I mean acting.  Wait a second…someone did it for me!

 

 

Thank you Maggie Grace for distracting me from Liam Neeson’s badassery with your lack of grace and acting skills. Thanks a lot.

 

BOTHERED!

 

 

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

3 Nov

I work closely with the public, and have many interactions with Faculty and students alike. I’ve noticed the disdain that some of the older Faculty members feel for my generation. As a member of Generation Y, or the Echo Boomers (that sounds so awesome), I object!

Just the other day a woman who looked to be in her late fifties was ranting to me about how students don’t know how to do research anymore from books, instead we all just use Wikipedia. That sweeping generalization aside, I’m pretty sure that as a generation we can find the answers to any question much more quickly than her’s could. On top of that, anything we would find would probably be much more up to date than those books published in the ’70s. Another note, I was reading a book while she was ranting.

Even growing up I’d hear my Grandmother complaining about my generation not knowing any geography. This is a good point. Sorry I don’t know where Malawi is on a map (pretty sure she doesn’t either), but at least I can do long division.

We’ve grown up in a world experiencing the Soviet Union falling, First Gulf War, terrorism, Iraq, the Internet, school shootings, Princess Di, OJ, dot-com busts, SARS, Economic Crisis, anthrax and Tsunamis. We are a diverse, tolerant, tech savvy, socially aware group of achievers.

This is my generation, baby.

 

Gigapixel

26 Oct

Recently, I was introduced to this website(http://gigapixelphotography.com/image-gallery/) that has some gigapixel images. These are panoramic shots of areas in Vancouver. For those that don’t know a gigapixel image is a digital image composed of one billion pixels; and you thought your 14 MP Nikon was good.

The best part is that you can zoom in unbelievably close. So, of course, I spent the better part of an hour trying to find something scandalous going on in each shot. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything violent or salacious. It is Canada. Anyway, it got me thinking. This is sort of scary technology. Yes, there are extremely practical uses in pathology, physics and art; but what’s a concern is its military and state potential. Everyone has used Google to zoom in on their house, but think about being able to zoom in so far as to see what’s going on inside your house. Talk about Big Brother.

Privacy is a commodity hard to come by now and with these types of imaging technology only growing, in a few short years privacy will be totally extinct. This is a rather alarming concept, especially to those, like me, that dream fondly of one day living the life of a recluse.

Food for thought.

Against Ideologies

6 Oct

In today’s news, there has been some discussion on the piece you see above.  Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture entitled L.O.V.E, but popularly called The Middle Finger, is on display in the Piazza d ‘Affari.  Why does this matter? The piece is on display in front of the Milan stock exchange, at least until October 24.  Many are interpreting this as an anti-capitalist statement, which the artist has continuously denied. Further explaining by saying that this was a work of love, hence the title.  Cattelan is no stranger to controversy, after in 2004; he installed three baby puppets hanging on a branch of an old tree. This particular piece is part of a retrospective entitled Against Ideologies.
The point?
I find it fascinating that when faced with something that could be perceived as wrong or offensive; people tend to immediately shy away from it and any sort of introspection it may provoke.
After reading several different articles, I found that this is actually mocking a Nazi hand gesture, rather than any sort of social commentary on the financial world.  Cattelan didn’t even know where this piece was to be installed. It’s interesting to note how defensive people get when anyone questions (even unintentionally) the things as they are. Perhaps more pieces like this should be publicly displayed, if only to provoke some sort of contemplative evaluation of life around us. So which is more important in this case? The artist’s intension or the public backlash?