Archive for December, 2009

The Innocent

December 17, 2009

This movie was quite scary for being so old. The children, like most children in horror movies, were creepy and had to do with most everything that was going wrong. The father getting a nanny started out being like the movie A Secret Garden. I was not sure what was going to happen at first, I thought it was going to be boring and cause me to lose interest. This was not the case at all. Seeing how everything played out with the children and all of the secrets. I thought it seemed as though the children were powering the spirits need for life through their own bodies. This movie was pretty good overall.



December 17, 2009

The thought of total control over a society is a scary one; I don’t think that it is too far away though. It is already possible to choose what you want your baby to look like as a parent. Scientists can go in and make changes to the genes to form a blonde, green-eyed, female baby. I feel as though this is messing too much with nature. To want your child to appear the only you choose is like saying that you won’t love the child that would have been. Genes are not something that should be tampered with; it can cause serious problems if something goes wrong.

Art and Life in Dorian Gray

December 17, 2009

Art is a huge part of the Dorian Gray story; it all starts with the painting that Basil created of Dorian. This painting shows through to the real Dorian Gray and it contains every bit of him. Dorian believes that this painting will keep him from aging, when it would eventually be the death of him. Dorian didn’t take to art like Basil did; after all, creating pieces of art work were his life’s work and income. This book revolves around the creation of Basil’s work and how it forms each of the characters.

Dorian Gray Homosexuality Analysis

December 17, 2009

In the beginning of Dorian Grey Basil shows a deep fondness for Dorian which could often be interpreted as a love-interest. It is never actually said if this is accurate, but if we looked at today’s “standards” for this it would seem that Basil is quite homosexual. Back then, it was alright to be what they would categorize themselves today as metro sexual. Also, when Basil is informed by Henry that Dorian is engaged he throws quite a fit. Basil says how crazy and preposterous this is, that Dorian must be out of his mind to do such a thing. Yet, he is constantly showering Dorian with compliments even when he is speaking about him being crazy for getting married. Later in Chapter 7 when Basil is talking to Dorian he says that anybody that Dorian feels he loves enough to marry MUST be something special. Most people today would, again, take the compliments and that statement as an act of homosexually; however, it could simply be a good friend talking to/about his good friend. Perhaps Basil is more of the type of person that is intensely concerned about his friends and only wants the absolute best for them. Today’s society judges too fast and often does not look past cliché statements and thoughts.

Dorian Gray

December 17, 2009

The concept of beauty is pushed in the first chapter between Henry and Basil. They way they talk about it is as though if you’re not beautiful, you must be intelligent because you clearly can’t be both at the same time. This is an interesting way of looking at it for sure. Henry seems to possess an odd want to meet Dorian and Basil wants to keep this all to himself. Basil just explains that this is because when he has things or people he is especially fond of he likes to keep them a secret because it makes him feel special. On that note Henry talks about his marriage and how he and his wife never really tell each other the truth. This is also an odd concept for today’s life. Now, the message of trust and anti-secrecy from one’s spouse is pushed onto people. We have to ask ourselves, “What would life be like today if we instilled the morals of Henry and Basil, all of the secrets and the twist on beauty vs. brains?”

The turn of the screw!

December 7, 2009

The turn of the screw:

According to me this novella is like just another horror movie. This novel is mysterious ‘ghost story’ written by Henry James.  In this story the governess is simply hallucinating by seeing things that do not exist. The governess first thought that there was something wrong with the children. Miles was expelled from his school, though he behaved well and Flora was an adorable child.

She then started feeling for children and thought they were extremely warm. The governess saw demons and was scared of them that they might hurt the children who are really close to her. She wanted to protect the children as she thought that the demons might hurt children and reacted in a strange way which scared the children.  Ultimately the kids wanted the governess to leave and go back.

I think the kids are too innocent and they are not aware of what’s happening with them. And the governess should have asked the children about these ghosts as she is considered the most sensible.

Hunger As Ideology

December 5, 2009

We live in a world where image is everything. If you don’t have your looks then you have nothing. The norm isn’t to be natural anymore. You don’t like something on your body, you can get it fixed. Don’t like the bump on your nose? Have it flattened. Don’t like your boobs/pecs? Get implants. Too fat? Lipo is the answer.

It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that more and more people have some sort of eating disorder because it’s not hard to hate your body in the society that we live in. Advertisements are shoved in our faces telling us of what we should look like and if we don’t meet the standards then we’re imperfect.

Not everyone should be expected to fit into the size zero pants.

Dorian Grey is 100% Gay

December 5, 2009

“I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream–I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all the maladies of mediaevalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal–to something finer, richer than the Hellenic ideal, it may be. But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself. The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denail that mars our lives. We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us. The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful”

Obviously the “forbidden” desire is wanting men and the “monstrous and unlawful” is the act of homosexuality and is a “hellenic ideal” in the Bible.

The book also mentions how practically every male association Dorian has ever had has either left the country, been disgraced in the town, or committed suicide/murdered.

This book screams homo.

The Innocents

December 5, 2009

The Innocents is based off of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. The film cleverly leaves in doubt how much of what occurs may be paranormal, and what might be in the nanny’s mind. Miss Giddins discovers that the nanny before her, Miss Jessel, was having an affair with the valet Quint, and that they had both died. Miss Giddins starts seeing their spirits in the house and grounds and comes to believe that the ghosts of Quint and his lover are trying to possess the bodies of the children, Miles and Flora. 

Although this movie was meant to be scary, it didn’t really phase me. I was rather bored throughout the whole thing; I didn’t enjoy it at all. I watch scary movies all the time and The Innocents may have been scary at the time of its release, but I almost fell asleep watching it. I definately wouldn’t recommend this movie to anybody.

Turn of the Screw

December 5, 2009

The Turn of Screw was very creepy. I think the use of children and the subtly of the ghosts made the movie more scary. I think the songs and poems added to the suspense and kept me wondering about how the spirits were connected to the children. I was also curious to know if what the governess saw was real because no one ever admits to seeing them. I found it extremely odd that the children could keep these secrets so securely. I also thought that it was weird that the “innocent” miles who appeared to be the most well mannered loved child wanted to prove to I think Mrs. Gross character was very weird also, she held all the secrets and listened to the governess’s complaints and accusations, but at the same time she defended the children. It was hard to tell whose side she was on. I liked the movie and I agree that it was scary.