1. I chose to watch 120 Battements Par Minute. It's about an LGBTQ activist group called 'ACT UP' in Paris in the early 1990s during the AIDS epidemic. Our main characters are Nathan and Sean who are members of ACT UP. Nathan is the typical white male archetype that is meant to make the film relatable to non-gay audiences. Sean is the fun character. Two minutes into the movie I'm like "Yass Bitch! Werk!" ACT UP, which is a real organization, aims to bring about legislation, medical research and treatment, and policies that ultimately brings an end to HIV/AIDS. Sean & Nathan represent two differing ideologies of the organization. Nathan is the silent protester type. He believes he can make a difference through meetings and proper legislation. Sean is HIV-positive. For him the matter is more pressing. He cannot wait while laws change and funding for medical research is approved. He'll die waiting. So, he and others like him take a more radical approach. They are doing very visible demonstrations: breaking into pharmaceutical labs, ambushing high-society functions, throwing blood on EVERYBODY, etc. If they make noise people will pay attention. However, as the film progresses Sean and Nathan get together which symbolizes the balancing of their ideologies. They find some middle ground.
2. 120 Battements Par Minute is a historical drama about gay activism in the 1990s. The message I took from the movie is that change will never come unless you do something about it. One of their signs really sells that point to me. It says, "Silence = Mort". That is so true. Imagine if people didn't protest and fight for justice. I'm certain life would be worse. Everyone who contracts HIV would definitely die. The director wants us to fight for what we believe in. That's a powerful message.
3. I'm starting to get offended by LGBT movies out of France. They like to paint gay people as having some type of mental disorder or emotional instability. I've seen this in L'Inconnu du Lac, Quand On a 17 Ans, J'ai Tué ma Mère, and now this film. Check these movies out and you'll see exactly what I mean. Why can't gay people be represented as normal humans? It's patronizing when the world tells you who you are is wrong, especially when we've proven homosexuality is like the most natural thing ever. All giraffes are fags (I can say it. You can't.)!
4. Besides being disrespected, I overall enjoyed the film. I still have many questions about what happened. SPOILER ALERT: I think Nathan killed Sean. He gave him a syringe of something through his IV. Then seconds later he was dead. Maybe it was to put Sean out of his misery, a euthanasia of sorts, but then he fucked Thibault the next day. I thought I was a hoe. Also, was Nathan HIV-positive? If not, why did he take those pills from Melton Pharm? The only thing I learned was that HIV/AIDS is VIH/SIDA in French respectively. New vocabulary is great. I highly recommend this movie. I think you all would love it. It’ll be a little glimpse into my world.
This movie sounds really interesting! I think it would be interesting to see the HIV/AIDS epidemic through a sense that isn't America. I'll for sure give it a watch!
1. I decided to watch Blind Date! It was a romcom about a girl that moved into an apartment next door to a man. Their walls were extremely thin, and they could hear everything that was going on in their neighbor’s apartment. They decided to begin a relationship through the wall, and they never actually met each other in person. The girl was a pianist, and the man was an engineer of some sort. He constantly helped her out with her music, and in the end, her audition went so well because she took his advice. There were obviously a few complications during the movie, but it was overall a really cute movie.
2. I think that the director is trying to show the audience that it is important to base a relationship off of a mental connection, and a physical connection will follow. The more you like the way a person acts, the more you will appreciate what they look like.
3. I was surprised by how similar this film was to some of the really cheesy American Movies on Netflix. I love chick flicks, and this was up to par with American chick flicks. It was a little different, and I’m guessing the difference was a bit of a French flair.
4. I really liked this movie!! It was really cute and at the end of the movie, when they finally saw each other, it made my heart melt. It was such a happy and uplifting movie, and I genuinely enjoyed it.
I took a look at the trailer. First of all, it's easier to find a film if you use it's French title. Blind Date released as Un Peu, Beaucoup, Aveuglément in France. From the trailer it looks like an okay movie. I should mention I don't care for comedy. There are too many unbelievable shenanigans. That being said I'd give it a 5/10.
It sounds like a cute, take your mind off things, movie. I think it would be interesting to see how a relationship forms on opposite sides of a wall. I very well might watch this movie next time I need a break!
Film 6 (you pick): Raw
1. Raw is a horror about a girl who goes to veterinarian school and during initiation week is forced to eat a raw rabbit liver. At first, she wasn’t going to do it but then everyone, including her own sister, peer pressured her into doing it. The catch is that she’s grown up vegetarian her entire life and has never tried meat of any kind. Once she eats this raw rabbit, she slowly goes into this frenzy and needs to keep eating raw meat. Eventually animal meat doesn’t sustain her anymore and she becomes a cannibal. One really weird scene is when she gets so hungry that she bites her own sisters finger off. Nobody else in the college suffers from this delusion except for her and her sister so it leads the viewers to believe that the reason they’re acting like this is because they’ve never had meat before. The movie is really strange but produced very well.
2. Being a horror film, I’m not entirely sure what the meaning behind this story was. I’m sure there is one; there has to be a point the director was trying to make. I just don’t know what it is. Maybe that humans shouldn’t eat meat because it makes us inhuman somehow? I don’t know.
3. The big relation I can make to French culture and this film is the fact that the main character is right out of high school and instead of going to a college to get her Gen. Ed.’s like we have in America, she goes straight into a specialty school. The school is also very competitive, like I imagine any form of medical school is.
4. I liked the story line and plot twists of this film. I watch alot of horror films and this one is by far the most unique. It was the perfect amount of psychological thrill and visual disturbance. I’d really like to think that if initiations were to happen they wouldn’t be this severe but you never know. At one point the new students were all taken in the middle of the night, told to take their clothes off, and then were drenched in animal blood. It was incredibly messed up. I’d only recommend this to people who really like scary movies because the entire concept is just kind of difficult to stomach.
It sound pretty crazy. I, in general, think that horror movies are bizarre and don't make a lot of sense. I think, at least from your description, this movie might take the cake. It seems pretty wacky. I am happy you liked it though!
1. The show I watched is called Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads. It is a four part documentary series on Netflix. The first part talks about the very beginning of the war effort. Starting out with the squad being ordered to just kill working Jews and ending with the mass murders of thousands of all Jews men, women, and children in the Ponary forest. It talked about the important death squad leaders and their actions in the first couple months of the war. They had Lithuanian witnesses speak about their experiences during these times.
2. The director’s purpose in making this series was probably to educate people on the actions taken by the death squads. The director probably wanted it known that the people in these squads volunteered and were often if not always very highly educated men. They wanted to go out on these missions and were convinced slowly by their superiors to kill more and more Jews, prisoners of war, and other not German ethnicities.
3. I took a trip to the holocaust museum in Skokie this fall and my tour guide started talking about mobile killing squads. Her mention of them was the first time I had ever really heard that they were a thing. When I saw this documentary series about them, I decided to learn more.
4. I learned a lot while watching this episode. There were a couple facts I knew going in, but the majority of the information given was new. I had a hard time watching the show though. Then show was in French, but they had English guest speakers. When the English speakers started talking my brain instantly started to try to listen to the English and would attempt to match the subtitles to the English while blocking out the French. When the guests would speak in German my brain would fallow the French and match it with the subtitles. It was a lot for my brain to handle and gave me a pretty bad headache. Overall, I thought the show was interesting, but I would not suggest it to somebody that would need the subtitles to fully comprehend it.