Relays

Pan’s Labyrinth


When the movie Pan’s Labyrinth started playing I was at first dreading it because it was in Spanish with English subtitles but as the movie progressed I really started to enjoy it. What was interesting about the movie was I felt I could compare it to Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella with a twist. Ofelia was just like Alice from Alice in wonderland because she believed in fairy tales and was taken into this magical world. Ofelia was also like Cinderella because Cinderella lost both her parents and was forced to live with her step mother but in Ofelias case she was forced to live with her evil step father. As the movie continued to play I felt as though I was actually in the movie. Regardless of the language barrier I could feel the intensity of the movie. Pan’s Labyrinth literally kept me on the edge of my seat.  This movie was really unpredictable and had all kinds of twists and turn. I never knew what was coming next.

Sink or Swim

When I heard my class was going to be watching the movie Sink or Swim I was kind of excited to see what it was all about but after I started watching it I got disappointed because the movie made no sense to me. I didn’t understand how everything came together to make this type of movie. Sink or Swim was in black and white and had a little girl as the narrator. I couldn’t tell if the narrator was talking about herself when she described a young girl in the movie or if it was just a random story. I felt as though the movie had no plot, no peak and it didn’t really have a conclusion either. All of the random pictures of naked women and other abstract clips really served as a disadvantage to help me pay attention.  Maybe if I knew what the director was trying to tell me in this movie then I really could’ve gotten something out of it. Sadly I didn’t understand any of it. I’m still trying to figure out how this movie has anything to do with what we’re learning in class right now. Maybe the director had some hidden issues in their past just like in the book Fun Home: A family Tragicomic, perhaps she was gay and didn’t realize it until she got older. I don’t really know.

Rachel Getting Married

This film is about a young woman getting married and her sisters perspective on it. This film shows you that even on a woman’s most happiest day that there will still be drama and no family is perfect. I mean this wasn’t a typical family but most american families definitely have there problems. I feel some people can relate to this film. It shows an average american family.

 

 

Dave Chappelles Block Party

I really enjoyed Dave Chappelles Block Party. I loved how he was able to get the entire community involved. He was able to pull people from different races and backgrounds to come together and listen to rap music. I enjoyed listening to The Fugees, Mos Def, Common, Kanye West and Jill Scott. Being able to hear The Fugees perform together in over seven years was amazing. The movie opened me up to new artist(well now old because the movie was made 2005) like Dead Prez and Bilal. I went home and started listening to some of their music on Youtube and really enjoyed myself. I liked the fact that Dave Chappelles Block Party took place in Brooklyn, New York especially since that neighborhood is considered to be the hood and a hard place to grow up in. Many people would have been afraid to even step foot in Brooklyn but it shows how everybody of every race, ethnicity and background can come together and enjoy good music. I feel like Chappelle did an amazing thing. He was even able to incorporate a historically black colleges(Central State University) marching band into the performance inspiring hundreds of black students to go to college and make something of them selves. It was a really great documentary.

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