Friday, November 6, 2009

Now I know WHY I majored in what I majored

To those of you who do not know, I am trying to become a Media Arts Major at Brigham Young University. Media Arts entails movies, media, television, all that jazz. But I'm in the pre-studies major stage, as in I have to fill out an application that takes months to compile. Those in my major that are preparing to apply have been preparing since late September and they have to create a mini film or documentary to present to the board of directors on top of writing tons of papers and this long grueling process that 3 out of the 4 TA's for the class had to apply twice for. Yikes! I'm doing this next semester! But this week, since I didn't have any tests or anything really hard at all, I took advantage of my free Netflix month and instant play. So let me summarize what I've watched:

1. Unmistaken Child

This documentary was absolutely breath-taking. It was just released this year and tells the tale of the process of finding a reincarnated being in a Buddhist society. It follows a devoted disciple of a deceased lama as he tries to find the reincarnated being of his most revered and beloved leader, father figure, and friend. It describes the long process as well as the emotions that run through someone who is presented with such a daunting task. Surprisingly, it's less about the child and more about this devoted monk who spends day and night wandering the valleys of Tibet in search of this child. You laugh, cry, and learn to understand the finer points of a religion often overlooked. I loved every minute of it and was definitely changed after watching it. I think I also enjoyed it so much because I'm in a World Religions class and my professor constantly tells us that God works in all religions, it all depends on the hearts of the people. So out of 5 starts, I definitely give it 10!

2. Deliver Us From Evil

This documentary is definitely more serious and disturbing than "Unmistaken Child" and isn't about uplifting, but about informing the world. It follows the priest Oliver O'Grady as he goes from parish to parish molesting children and the bishop in his area turns a blind eye to it until he's faced with it in court and yet still denies he ever knew O'Grady was a pervert. O'Grady admits to his acts with an unnerving bluntness and all the while looking remorseful but not nearly enough that he should be feeling. And the testimonies of the children, now adults, is so haunting as tears well up in their eyes when they recount the events. And the parents are just as heart-breaking, since one family trusted O'Grady so much that they had him sleep over sometimes, at which points he'd sneak into their little girl's room and do what he does best, apparently. Anyways, it's not for the faint-hearted or easily upset since there are lots of testimonies in court that has O'Grady describing his acts with details, though they're never really too graphic, thank goodness. But it was really interesting commentary on the hierarchy of the Catholic church.

3. Strictly Ballroom

I haven't seen this movie is FOREVER, and being the Baz Luhrmann fanatic that I am, I felt that I should watch this movie again for the sake of being a proper fanatic. Also I love everything that has to do with dance as I've decided to minor in World Dance along with the automatic religion minor. This movie was absolutely charming and so cute as well as colorful and full of its weird nuances since that's just Baz's style. The chemistry between the two main characters is so tangible, you can't stop from falling in love with them as they fall in love with each other. If you're not usually a Baz Luhrmann fan, I suggest this movie since it's not in his usual style, which is weird seeing as it's the first in his "Red Curtain Series", which includes "Romeo+Juliet", and "Moulin Rouge!" But watch it! And love it!

So those are the movies, minus a few others like "Newsies" and "Moulin Rouge!", that I've seen recently, thanks to the time waster known as Netflix. I have "Capricorn One" coming today and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" coming saturday and then "Romeo+Juliet" sometime next week since I have to watch all of the "Red Curtain Series" to be able to really appreciate Baz. And in between those, I'll be watching intant play documentaries. Any recommendations? :)

1 comment:

Peeser said...

How hilariously coincidental- I watched Newsies recently, too (this past Wednesday, as a matter of fact- and what made that even funnier is that at Institute, later that night, another girl made reference to it in a conversation! I've decided- I have to get that movie now on DVD!)

I did not realize that Strictly Ballroom was Baz Lurhmann (I have actually only seen parts of it, but knowing that makes me want to see the whole thing).

I had forgotten that he also did Romeo + Juliet- that is one of the few versions I can stomach because, although I really don't like the cross-dressing Mercutio (What were you ON, Harold Perrineau?), I like that at least Romeo and Juliet got to see each other before they died. I'm still not a huge fan of the play, but overall, I really did like Lurhmann's interpretation of it.

And now I want to see Moulin Rouge again. Ewan McGregor is so HOT in that! Plus, it just has so much fun music and is so colorful...

I think you have chosen a major suited to who you are. I know it will be a bit stressful as you prepare to enter the program, but I know you will find a way to succeed! Good luck during the rest of your semester!

<3 you! ;)