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My Top-10 list of movies

13 Jun

10. Final Destinatiom

It is a nice horror film. Good actor, interesting plot, gloom and death story is what I love.

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9. Inception

A nice fantastic movie is a movie which includes a great plot, cool special effects, eccentity and Di Caprio, of course. It’s a great film! Good for you!

 

8. My sassy girl

I don’t know why, maybe it’s all actress, but this movie affected me very much. Maybe also by pain, real emotions and love. People don’t change.

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7. Forrest Gump.

This is a story which tells that you can do anything if your heart is pure and mind is naïve and full of noble ideas. Image

6. Good Will Hunting

Not only mind makes us personalities. Our actions, thoughts, motives are still important, aren’t they? So life can be always different, no matter how clever or dump you are, your decisions always show who you are and what priorities you have. Our souls lie much deeper than we can imagine. We only see what our eyes are ready to see.

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5. Moulin Rouge!  

Everybody will admit the beauty of this story. The beauty of true love and the guile of fate if this thing really exists. And of course it is necessary to express the respect to the actors for being so talented and skillful enough to create a masterpiece.

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4. American History X.

Edvard Norton, the story of rethinking the meaning of life and world by a skinhead made think that this movie is deserves to be on the 4th place in the list of the greatest movies I have ever watched.

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3. Scream

Scream is a great slasher film, where my darling Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox will fight for their lives with a psycho Ghostface.

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2. The silence of lambs.

I have to say that nonpareil actors, the detective story with a psycho killer who helps a young policewoman manipulating her to be free is a perfect detective story. It’s a pity that it lasts only  2 hours. I wish I could enjoy this more!

Image1. Titanic.

No words. The greatest movie ever. The greatest actors ever.

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Marilyn Manson, Lady Gaga – Born To Die

12 May

Why not to die to be born instead of being born to die?

Nature is the most powerful display of birth, death and life. It is called to be the mother of all the existing things. Why not to imagine it to be art? When an oak-tree is born, it is little of course, but then it grows up, develops, it becomes stronger and it becomes obvious that this is a great tree, not a bush. Sometimes it takes much time to complete the process become a huge oak-tree, which has its own place on the ground, which branches contemplate on the sky proudly and as confident as never. Seeing all this power you can’t help enjoying the work of nature, which is tremendous and priceless. From the moment you slightly touch it you discover a new world of fantasies and realities, of different paths and different worlds. Nothing’s impossible, no prejudices, but boundless freedom. Your tiny world becomes too huge to believe it’s real. You try to understand. Yes, it’s almost the point of total understanding and realizing the unseen before, something extraordinary. Is there any other way? No way! It explains everything, it bids your blood to run, you almost understood all the processes of nature! Almost…But suddenly the huge power turns away and shows the other side. This path will definitely lead to feelings that must spread your wings, you’ll be able to fly away. But the path is still unknown. What way should I choose? Should I fight or give up? Should I get down on my knees and pray or be an atheistic jerk? I’ll touch the great power again, there is the answer there! But something happened to your oak-tree. Why don’t you feel anything? Where did it go? Is it me to blame? Or maybe something just has happened to the tree? I can’t handle this. I am something more profound! But the birth of evil outdoor irritants curbed the bliss. The root is bleeding – the tiny particles of light which are only a parody of the late power. It is nothing. Your kidneys brought all the remained drugs out. It is dead.

No more metaphors. Hey Marilyn, where are you now? What has happened to you, the king of teenagers? Can’t believe it may happen to be a golden halo of those woodcutters. You are not so primitive.

So let’s try to make the things that don’t have sense become meaningful.  

Who is or was Marilyn Manson? It is a combination of beauty and ugliness. It is what art means, to my mind. His epatage was not a trick to earn more money or a trial to win New-York’s heart. It was a huge challenge to the society. He had a really complicated message. But most of all by conscious making himself  ugly he wanted to say that inside America looks as well as he is outside, I mean face, some other features. He hated the institution of church, he didn’t want to be a slave. He understood a lot of different serious things. He was rude and confident. He wasn’t afraid of going revolutionary road after all the shit he had to pull through. By his powerful voice and extraordinary expressive appearance he screamed overstraining his throat that he was disagree and he had no idea what other people would think. These weren’t any loud speeches on an arena or plaza, where he would swing his hands trying to make people believe him. It was a thorny path of writing, performing, singing, being an artist. His creative work had always contained complicated problems and symbolism. His core was pierced by pain and fury, it always  waked up a volcano in people’s hearts. But Marilyn was not dump, he was not just an angry kid, he understood that each road of fighting, protesting and evil must (!) lead to love, kindness and peace. That’s why Marilyn Mason was a combination of black and white, that’s why he was Great and Awful, that’s why he was art. No art can be called real art without being based on love and kindness. Without it art becomes rotten and insincere. It is urine. With his rampant rush Marilyn Manson became a creature of worship and hatred from the side of admirers and haters.

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Let’s leave the symbolism and just say that he is not the same as he used to be before. Parts became sluggish and with no rousing notes of anger in his voice. Hoarseness doesn’t work. No passion, no craziness, no power. Just an ordinary VEVO star. Maybe something has happened in his life, maybe he understood something special for himself, maybe he is just tired and has no strength to keep on rocking Marilyn Manson way. Or he just can’t find the sense, art is love, so maybe he just didn’t have time to fell in love so he still remains to be a weird loner… But as he admitted the changes let’s leave him and wish good luck and be happy in life.

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Let’s turn to Lady Gaga – Mother-Monster.

To analyze her creative work we have to go back to basics, turn to her past.

She started her career with first album “Fame”. There were very nice songs there. She wanted to be a star, to look sexy and put on pop shows. She managed to do this.

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Her fame was growing with each passing day, all her dreams were about to come true. “The Fame Monster” was ready. Tremendous success, ecstatic reviews, invitations to the most famous shows in the world, numerous photo sessions, and a successful world tour were just a part of her new life. The life a woman who worked so much, who developed, who had naive dreams, but all this brought her to the place where she can realize herself the way she wants it to be.

Monster Ball Tour. She is the mother of monsters, she was the queen of her own show, she just rocked. Everything was there: good songs, performamces, well-known costumes, tears, smiles, speeches, anger and tenderness. She was sincere and inspired the crowd of fans, who put their hands up and screamed.

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Born This Way era. In 2011 the 3rd album of Lady Gaga was released. To be honest, it is really the best piece of music of 2011. The songs are very good, with good lyrics, good message. Gaga wanted it to important for people, to teach them to be who you are and believe in yourself. All this is of course very good. BUT as for me Gaga became completely dishonest, insincere and greedy for money.

Suddenly Gaga became a devoted fighter for the rights of gays. It is very good, of course, when somebody wants to protect people, but you are free to disagree with me, I think that it is very good for Gaga when those gays buy tickets to her concerts, spend their money on her. There are lots of gays nowadays and they are a great part of Lady Gaga’s monsters.

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Why did such a great album as Born This Way fail? Maybe because people got tired of it? This is not strange. The album was being sold just everywhere: in airports, in shops, in the streets. Gaga was really foisting her album on everyone’s arms. It’s been a year after Born This Way was released but still she is having her new tour. I can compare this work with a cherry chewing-gum. When you put it into your mouth it is tasty, you like it. But after a white the chewing-gum starts losing its taste and in the end becomes tasteless. The same happened to Gaga.

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Born This Way Foundation. It is ridiculous. It is obvious that this program is to bring Gaga nothing but promotion and money. Seriously? You are going to protect gay kids this way? Really? How? Are you going to land them your disco stick so they could punch evil teenagers? Dear Gaga, no more your riding-round-the-country bus, which won’t help, no more eloquent speeches, don’t you pretend to believe this is going to change something. Nobody will follow people who shout their brilliant thoughts from a big arena. Why not to shut up and try to change the world using art and your influence? Why not to be sincere with people? Ah, I have forgotten! This will cut your golden chain.

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Born This Way Ball Tour: The Monster Ball 3.0

It is true that a lot of people wanted to see your new show as you had always been good at it. But when I saw this, I’m sorry, it is pathetic and very dull. I was shocked by costumes and the stage. Lady Gaga, I think with your money spent you could have prepared something much-much-much-much better. Let’s analyze.

First of all the stage looks like a big dark spot. And why a castle? You see Lady Gaga is more and more digressing from Born This Way conception.

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I was also shocked by performances.

Let’s talk about costumes. Frankly speaking, they are ugly. She is not sexy. And I don’t like her huge tails. Sometimes she looks ridiculous and ugly.

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(This Bad Romance costume was definitely for irritating Christians, who has always compare her with the Devil.)

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Also the performances themselves were very weak and dull. For example:

“Bloody Mary” – she was just riding on the stage with this weird costume om, which is often compared with vacuum cleaner. Gaga, is that all you could create for such a great song? Even a cat and a dog would put on a better show.

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“Heavy Metal Lover” – I waited so much from this performance! Riding on a bike with your ass being smacked. Is that all? Where is your “full house of leather”, where is glitter, depravity, rousing dancing in erotic costumes? Shame on you!

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What about “You and I”? Indeed it is a very good song. One of the best ballads. But Gaga spoilt it with her water-nymphs. While she was singing it, the half of the song she just hold he hand raised up and the rest part of the song she spent on a piano-bike. Well done! Horrible!

Another performance just killed me. It is a naked stealing of a well-known Madonna’s performance from Blond Ambition Tour. Gays, sofa, pointed bra. It looks like Gaga to be project which is called “Let’s take the best from Madonna and make it appropriate for modern generation”.

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But the most horrible thing about Born This Way Ball is Gaga’s emotionless face. Look. It is stony. Where are your emotions? Where are tears, happiness, kindness and anger? Where’s fighting and love? This time you don’t bring peace and freedom, you don’t inspire! You are a Monster! An evil Monster. We can’t read your Poker Face, so it means you are just being insincere. It’s a pity. Look at her face!

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Have you ever pondered over why Gaga started her tour from Asia? Because America is awfully tired of Lady Gaga and in Asia she is something new and interesting, so she went there to make an experiment, to create something new and interesting with what she’ll be able to come to Europe and USA. This will just warm up the interest to her. So the conclusion is that Born This Way Ball is nothing but chasing money and selling “Lady Gaga” product.

Dear Lady Gaga! I am person with an immortal hope, so I hope that you’ll change. You should understand who you want to be. Stop being a product and become an artist again. But you already lost. While you are thinking and putting BTW Ball on, something strong, great and powerful is coming. This is a tornado which will crash all of you. There is no way to survive, the next big thing to bite you in your ass has written a great number of great songs. By the way, she is not interested in money and stupid charts, because she is already confident in her talent, power and sexuality.

Good luck,

Alex

The problem of greed for power and enrichment in the interpretation of Emile Zola

29 Apr

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All parents screw up their children.

House M.D

Emile Zola wanted to unite both physiological and social aspects in order to reveal the history of the society. So the task of the “La Fortune des Rougon” was to study the question of heredity and environment following the example of one family. Zola believed in the obligatory heredity, which “has its own laws” but he also took into consideration the fate.

The founder of the Rougon-Macquarts was Adelaide Fouque. During her life she had two husbands, which she had children of. They passed their features of character on their children, who became their images. It’s well-known that copies always differ from the original.

Neither Adelaide, nor Macquart, nor Rougon had time to spend for their children, so they were raised themselves. So the parents corrupted their children. Antoine, Pierre and Ursule also passed their features of character on their children.

“The typical features of Rougon-Macquarts, the group, the family I’m going to study were irrepressible longings, our restless time, which aspire to pleasures of the life.” – Emile Zola.

The whole family, all generations were longing to an easy way of enrichment and couldn’t agree to less. All of them were corrupted by heredity and bringing up. They weren’t interested what the world would look like, they weren’t interested in any kinds of philosophy either, they were ready the follow the way, which would lead to material goods.

Time has changed. Nowadays world views differ from the ones during the Second Empire. Those days it was typical to be crazy about money, as for today such people are said to be weird, negative. To prove the truth of the idea about children corrupted by parents I’d like to bring the example of Pascal, the son of Pierre, who was the eldest son of Adelaide. He liked science, he didn’t need money, he studied people’s physiology. That was the reason why he was thought to be weird. But now we bow to such people, glorify them. So Pascal was corrupted by not being corrupted. He got his own point of view, independent from the society. Probably the character of Pascal was the symbol of the possibility of a still remediable situation, that there could be people who didn’t touch the “Golden Fever” of Rougon-Macquarts.

Adelaide understood who were their children, who she was in the times when she lost everything. The children left here alone in an old house so she could take a stock of the satiation from her own side. Adelaide realized she had given birth to creatures not better than wolfs.

E. Zola interprets the greed for power and enrichment as a biological process “adjusted” by people. And it has its own laws. Well, the writer was a symbolist, it is well-known. But to my mind he examined this problem in a too narrow way. Motives aren’t meaningful. Only the result is meaningful. It means, again according to my point of view, that heredity means nothing; it doesn’t matter why they were willing to catch an easy gain, and the only important thing here is what they reached. Personally I respect the family of Rougon-Macquarts in sense of the fact that they were fighting for what they believed in. And they won.

Of course it is not right to divide the world into “good and bad”. Good and evil are always together. However everybody has its own opinion. I don’t think we have a right to judge any person for its lifestyle. Yes, I agree that money is quite important in our life, but there is no way it can become the main life purpose. If to regard our life as art, I can cite Sandra Starukaite who said “Where money begins, there art ends up”. People are programmed to search for the easiest ways of solving the problem. So would it be objective to judge the family of Rougon-Macquarts for the appropriated with nature activity? As Emile Zolasaid, “you can’t fight the nature.

So it means his work was just to depict the epoch, taking into consideration his point of view. No matter how much the author wanted to avoid “appreciating what he depicts” he didn’t manage, ‘cause we can see the opinion of the writer for money.

This problem is senseless, ‘cause money has always influenced people. It’s not necessary to write a novel just to say how ugly and crippled the world is being healthy physically. The question of willing an easy gain is controversial. Of course it is so grim when money influence who we are. But people will either realize it, or not.

MDNA addiction: How Queen Is She?

21 Apr

“This album is a non-metaphorical idea to prove the late first place in charts but still existing leadership in music industry by means of an exposed pop with fashionable electron and club beats.”

Alex Browning

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Recently we’ve had a great chance to enjoy the release of a brand new Madonna’s work “MDNA”. It was released on March 23, 2012 by Interscope Records. MDNA received generally positive reviews from music critics. But this time I’d like to take of stock of the album and express my own independent view about this piece of art. I’d like to start with the sequence of the album’s songs.

1.     I’m a sinner.

People find “Madonna way” antichristic and sinful. But as for her this is the way she exists. She is “like a train thundering through the hills”. Madonna is just doing what she can do the best way – to be a superstar. Madonna “lets those poisoned arrows fly” and keeps on singing “I’m a sinner, I like it”. As for the music it doesn’t give us anything new.

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2.     I don’t give a

Is to be the most provocative song of the album in which after the while of silence Madge kicks everyone’s ass and does it with her queen elegance and the absolute indigestion of being the second one. As for the song it is a combination of 21st century pop (which is actually just a new version of Madonna’s music of 80th and 90th) and a slight hip-hop with a Nicki Minaj recitative. I doubt this song to become a “teenage hip-hop brand” but let it be just a nice experimental collaboration. Nothing’s to be discussed, Madonna’s self-confident and taunting voice explains everything:

I’m gonna be OK
I don’t care what the people say
I’m gonna be alright
Gonna live fast and I’m gonna live right

The song is full of loud insolent “sayings” about the real status of Madonna, ‘cause it seemed that people just forgot that the real queen doesn’t need to put the crown on to be that one. So that we have:

There’s only one queen, and that’s Madonna
Bitch!

You (Madonna) are more original than Gaga

It’s good to be a smartass for a while, isn’t it?

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3.     Love spent.

This song is considered to be the best of the whole album. There is no deep meaning here, no wise thoughts, but it is still a great pop song.

It also seems to be a biographical song. She says that

“you can’t see
All that you need
Is life here with me”

Money were the reason for the “spent love” and for its walk away.

Its success is prompted by a qualitive computer processing work, simple lyrics and a very easy to remember refrain. I estimate this work as a strong and cool piece of pop.

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4.     Falling Free

Like “Love spent” it appears like a simple pop-prayer song accompanied by thin Madonna’s voice which becomes an independent weird pop song. There’s nothing special here but there is something more than mediocrity. It is some kind of a transcendental song for me. Listening to it we may have just controversial feelings. That’s why it’s not easy to confirm “Falling Free” to be good or bad pop song. Maybe it’s all Madonna?

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5.     Bang Gang

This is a very special song. It is sexy. When listening to it we can imagine the combination of blonde fatale woman, leather, tights, high porn hills on, guns and seductive lips. This can be compared with the beginning of Pamela Anderson’s career. The sound is represented by loud club beats, simple melody, and almost whispering voice. It describes the “Madonna-way” women, who can’t help being the first, who shot their boyfriends and remain the queens. Such women of course can’t be in the power of someone else.

But there is no doubt that this is song is about her ex-boyfriend. This man for Madonna was “The best thing she had”. So this “bitch” made Madonna feel like a looser, so she “made a decision, I would never look back” , because “You were building my coffin, You were driving my hearse”. After all, she says with cool bitchy voice

“Now if you’re gonna act like a bitch
Then you’re gonna die like a bitch”

“Now my lover is dead, and I have no regrets”

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5.     I’m addicted

It is a good experimental club-pop song with Madge vocals. Electron, club and pop beats create a powerful wave of sound. That is how 53 years old Madonna becomes young and rolls in clubs, dances to good teenage songs which still seems normal and sexy. After this bridge

I need this exchange
I don’t care if you think that I’m strange
Something happens to me when I hear your voice
Something happens to me and I have no choice

I need to hear your name
Everything feels so strange
I’m ready to take this chance
I need to dance

comes around the most powerful moment of the album. These beats bid your blood to run “like MDNA and that’s OK”. But still this song is not a masterpiece at all and to my mind is only half finished, even a bit dull, with no piquancy.

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6.     Girls gone wild 

It resembles “I’m addicted”. The same features: pop club, no clever meaning, good refrain. That is a nice naturally pop song, but Madonna’s voice makes it seem just a bit special, doesn’t it? Listening to it, I imagine a 23 years old woman, but not a 53 one. Being still young in sole and sexy in movements Madonna keeps on rocking because “A good girl gone wild.”

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7.     Give Me All You Luvin’

A sarcastic song with some kind of justified arrogance. All the nowadays singers copy Madonna’s image of 90th and try to make sure that this is an actually new art. Madonna knows exactly how to make a whole world on a dance floor.

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8.     Masterpiece

This is dong is full of metaphors and good expressions. To my mind, it’s the best and most talented Madonna’s song. It is about being in love with a really great person. About how difficult love between two people may be. According to the song, love is like “masterpiece”, like “tiny particles of light”, but “it hurts so much to be in love with a masterpiece”, ‘cause “It can’t be fun to always be the chosen one.” Madge is so right singing “Nothing’s indestructible”, because “The “look but please don’t touch me” type” can’t be next to you, that’s why it hurts. But this song is like Vicodin for a tired soul, which pours a honey on it and heals the pain.

I’d give 5 from 5 to it. I would also compare it with a very light summer wind in a sakura garden.  

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As for SOME GIRLS, SUPERSTAR, TURN UP THE RADIO I can only admit that these songs the “weak pop spots” of the album. Only to Some Girls I would put 3 from 5, the other ones get only 2 from me.

But as for the album, it doesn’t have a brightly expressed conception. Indeed Madonna’s albums never have one. That means she is free in her music. As far as I have understood, it is mostly about some kind of reborn, ending up with old stuff and meeting the new experiences.  My оценка to this album is 4 from 5. This is a really great work, it is a good step after screwed up “Hard Candy”, it is bright, it is pop, it is Madonna. But what dissatisfied me is that Madge is swimming a fashion stream. Dubstep, club, electron beats make this album be an ordinary thing for the USA. Nothing new is shown. But anyway this is a good example for younger generation. Madonna keeps being the queen, creating music, making videos. We all are MDNA addicted.

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Easter 2012 – “Antichristic”

14 Apr

I am so “impressed” by this day. I’ve been living 15 years in the family of Christians. But only this year I am brave enough to say I’m not a religious person, I don’t believe in God. Actually I don’t advertise it, so It is very funny for me to hear information about Easter at school or at home. I can only imagine my grandma’s reaction when she hears about my opinion about Easter and Christianity in particular. My message is to young people. You should know that it doesn’t matter what views you have, who you are, you should only remember that the people who really love, who are truly “your people” will be with you whatever happens. Don’t waist your time for people who can’t stant who you are. Don’t be idiots.

Titanic 3D – my impression

13 Apr

Two days ago I enjoyed seeing the greatest movie ever in 3D! I can say a lot about it, but it was breathtaking. Of course a lot of women were crying after that, but what impressed me the most was that I could see even men wipe their tears. As for me even 30 min after watching Titanic in 3D my hands were trembling. Thank you, Kate Winslet, Leo DiCaprio, James Cameron for having created such an incredible story. I admire your talent so  much. You are truly the best.

Helena Bohnam Carter

5 Mar

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Helena Bohnam Carter. La femme fatale, you are a great actress, one of my most favourite. Your huge eyes, cheekbones, an extraordinary appearance, passion in acting, your talent, diversity! I am truly yours, madam Carter.