Sunday, October 14, 2007

62. Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962).



Anonymous said...

I prefer the Lyne version, but this is probably my favourite Kubrick film.

Emma said...

Oh, don't worry, I've got the other version higher.

And this is my favourite film of Kubrick too! Then again, I'm not the man's biggest fan (I consider ACO complete and utter shite).

Anonymous said...

Who are most to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

Written by Shakespeare in 1954-6, Romeo and Juliet takes an old, well-known story of doomed love and sets it in Verona, a place where men rule and women are seen as objects. Some of the main themes in the play are of death and fate, but this is ultimately a story of love, a love between two young adults in feuding families that would result in heartbreak for all involved. There are many causes of their death – fate and the actiongs being one of them, and today, I will look at which was the biggest cause of Romeo and Juliet’s death.

One of the main reasons is because of the simple fact that they love each other. Romeo and Juliet meet in Act 1, Scene 5 and they immediately fall for each other and their looks. However, as they talk, they get closer, and other types of love are revealed and explored. One of these is pure love: “”

which reveals that it is more than a relationship based on lust. Other forms of love they display in the scene are courtly- when they are flirting, and a sense of being connected, when they are brought out of the busy dance.

Romeo and Juliet may not be adults, but they are ready for a relationship. Juliet is fourteen, and her parents are already planning a marriage for her, to Paris, a nobleman who is interested in Juliet. Had Romeo not been a Montague, he would also be considered as a suitor to Juliet, for he is well-mannered and from a rich family. However, he is different from his friend Mercutio, who resents and despises women- Romeo treats women with respect: “What mannerly devotion shows in this.” This is one of the examples in which he treats Juliet with so much love and care it is as if she is holy to him, and from, “Which is the god of my idolatry,” he is just as important to her. Their love for each other is immensely strong.

[The theme of love being forbidden.]

Although their love is not just based on lust, it plays an important part in their brief encounters. Romeo sees Juliet first, and falls for her looks, “Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.” This shows an example of physical love. After they marry, they immediately consummate their relationship, which strengthens the bond between them, and after this the marriage cannot be annulled. They can be light-hearted in about each other when they flirt, “You kiss by the book,” but also serious in moments of courtship they address their difficult situation:
“How cam’st thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,
And the place death, considering who thou art,
If any of my kinsmen find thee here.”
This shows the important of courtly love conventions in the play, and how characters can use it to express their more secret feelings. Act 2 Scene 2 is a very ambivalent scene as it is partially romantic, and partially serious, with foreshadowing.

Another reason they are right for each other is because of the requited love between the two characters. Earlier in the play, Romeo had been depressed over Rosaline, a girl who he loved but didn’t love him back. He is in love with the idea of being in love, but in heartbreak from it because Rosaline is not interested him. Therefore when he meets Juliet and they get on so well, he is being redeemed for his previous tribulation in love. Requited love is a very powerful thing.

As the play progresses, the way Romeo and Juliet behave around each other changes, and they become closer and more comfortable around each other. Their conversations are more relaxed. This shows depth and trust in the relationship, which is always a sign of a good romance. In fact, Juliet is the one to bring up the topic of marriage first, which is unconventional:
“If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow,
By one that I’ll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite,
And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay,
And follow thee my lord throughout the world.”
This goes against the theme of male domination, which shows their love to be so strong that the female can control some thongs.


Although fate is written as if it is Romeo and Juliet’s enemy, it was fate which arranged their meeting.

Lord Alfred Tennyson once wrote that it was better to have loved and lost to have never of loved at all. Films, books and TV develops new material based on that idea, but none can do it better than Romeo and Juliet, the best and most well known love story of all time. Both of them may have died tragically, but there is more to life than living, and in death, the two lovers may be reunited to live together forever. Fate brought them together and fate broke them apart, but this merely shows they were not destined to live together. But they died together, and may be reunited in death to be together forever, as they definitely are right for each other.

Anonymous said...

All of you out there must have heard of “The Simpsons,” if not, where have you been? Luckily, Jellie are going to give you a quick guide to this 18-time Emmy winning comedy cartoon about the dysfunctional family living in Springfield.

The Characters

Homer Jay Simpson
Homer Simpson, (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) works as a nuclear power technician, and head of the Simpson household. It may seem, from his lazy ways that all he does is mooch off other people, but Homer isn’t all bad: he loves his family and always (most of the time) has good intentions.

Marge Simpson
Marge Simpson, (voiced by Julie Kavner) is a happy homemaker and mother of three. In the past she’s been a police woman, a pretzel maker, and an anti-war campaignist. She’s very proud of her children and her husband, although Homer frequently loses his keys.

Bart JoJo Simpson
Bart Simpson, (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) loves pulling pranks. He’s always in trouble of some kind and doesn’t is always bottom of the class. Bart does posses some decent qualities: He looks out for his sister, Lisa and he's befriended outcasts and misfits like Milhouse Van Houten and Ralph Wiggum.

Lisa Marie Simpson
Lisa Simpson, (voiced by Yeardley Smith) is only 8 years old but can’t wait for college. She has an IQ of 155 and is a very talented saxophonist. Lisa wants everyone to know that she is a vegetarian and that if she could have one thing (besides world peace), it would be a pony. Lisa is the most sensible of the Simpson family.

Maggie Simpson
Despite being only one, Maggie has achieved an awful lot in her life; the most exciting was shooting Mr Burns. She loves her mother Marge dearly, and sucking on her pacifier while others comment on how cute she is.

Crazy facts that you never knew about “The Simpsons”…

§ It costs around $50,000 to make an episode of “The Simpsons” and takes around three weeks.
§ “The Simpsons” is the most popular cartoon ever created.
§ Homer was named after Matt Groening, the creator’s dad.
§ The sucking noise of Maggie was recorded by Matt Groening himself
§ The Simpsons started life as slightly wobbly short animations in the Tracy Ullman show.
§ Believe it or not, the first ever episode of “The Simpsons” was aired in 1989. This cartoon has been going on for 14 years!
§ Recently, “The Simpsons” celebrated their 300th episode, an episode called “Barting Around.”

By 1999 everyone had heard of The Simpsons. But the creator, Matt Groening wanted something more. He made it clear that he wanted something funnt, yet futuristsic. This inspired him to creat “Futurama.”

The Charaters

Phillip J Fry

Anonymous said...

Sun, Moon and Stardust

There’s a little part of all of us.

A part that we all admire.

A part in our subconscious.

A part we never tire.

When we drift off every night.

We flee into another world.

Anywhere we go, everything we see.

Whatever it is we’re feeling.

It’s not hard to be.

The beauty of a dream.

Is a splendour impossible to match.

It’s a wonder hard to describe.

A wisdom complex in catch.

Our eyes close shut.

Our brains turn away.

Thus ends another day.

The curtains are not drawn.

Sun, Moon and Stardust.

Sweet dreams.

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