Letter to self

dear Ade,

Now I understand. i understand that the power of the media should never be underestimated because its alive. the producer gives it life and it affects different kinds of audience in different ways because it is alive. look what it did to the jews, the media is dangerous. that being said, i have come to realise the power of the media, the power of representation and the recognition of context. i have come to realise this during my first year here. i have coe to realise the power and influence the institution behind a certain text ca have in creating meaning. i have come to realise the true meaning of ‘meaning’ with the help of Saussure. ‘you are on the right path’, i was told this once this year by a lecturer and I’m glad he did because Ade, you are on the right part.

 

from YOU.

 

AdeCarpeDiem.

reflection on EAST-ASIAN movie festival

one word to describe this event is probably FUN-ALL-THE-WAY. thats technically one word. the east asian movie festival was absolutely exciting and definitely a weekend to remember. i got to see the beautiful Grace Huang (who appears to be hotter in real life) from bloodtraffik and the famous Herman Yau director of some of the best and influential east asian movies. it was such a great atmosphere with superb decorations and the co-ordination. some of the students helping organise the festival from the society wore traditional asian dresses which even made the environment feel more appealing and comfortable. i have to say, whoever came up with the idea to wear asian traditional wears is a genius. refreshment, we can’t forget about refreshment now can we, it was good. friendly environment with a whole lot people with the same interest (east asian movies) talking and sharing stories. i found really insertional meeting all this people like Herman Yau. they talked about the difficulties and constrictions they have when it comes to putting a movie piece together. they talked about the good, the bad and the ugly of movie production. this opened my eyes to what is to come. its not just in movie production but media as a whole. there are certain huddles one must jump over to achieve its aim in a text. sometimes this huddles are too high and they restrict the whole piece as a whole. but the important i learnt is the this peole didn’t just become good over night, it took a process. my process is university and because of this working harder to fulfil that dream at the end of the day is state of mind i hold.

AdeCarpeDiem.

EAST-ASIAN movie reviews.

The three movies i saw for this post were THE REVOLUTION OF THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT, FLOWERS OF WAR and UNDERWATER LOVE. My favourite on this list is flowers of war starring the famous’Dark Knight’ star CHristian Bale. i think the reason why i love this movie is because the ones  who have been dimmed in society to be immoral, insensitive and basically of no good is the ones who became the heroes at the end of the day. I’m talking about the prostitutes. the movies is filled with the themes of self sacrifice, loyalty and perseverance all standing on one central theme, the casualties war brings. it just goes to show war brings more harm than good. the theme of loyalty can be seen in the role the soldiers played, they are ready to die for their country no matter how little victory seems. the theme of self sacrifice is apparent in the dedication and loyalty shown by  soldiers who were ready to die for their country especially the one who blew themselves up to stop the war tank of the opposition. this is also apparent in the act of the soldier who protected the young girls in the church with his life. he ended committing suicide bomb by blowing himself up to kill all members of the opposition who terrorised the church another interesting thing i found in the movie is how some as insignificant in everyday life as a haircut can be so important in harsh times and conditions. the transformation of chritian bale form a drunk to a hero who faked the role of the head bishop came from just a haircut. he was a selfish drug who seemed to care about only money and sex but  he ended up a hero and this began with a shave. in cutting the prostitutes hair to make them younger again also depicts the significance of a haircut. his transformation of the young boy to a young virgin girl with a simple wig also goes to show the impact a haircut or maybe just HAIR. but in all i love that the prostitutes became the heroes, one life for another, the selfish ones where the ones who gave their lives to save the other.

REVOLUTION OF RED LIGHT DISTRICT takes a different turn though. the plot presents a hustler in the form of a taxi driver who gets fired and later finds his path to wealth in making sex toys. YES sex toys. the film stands on the grounds of how sex can be such a powerful commodity in todays market. even if seen as an immoral job, so to speak, the money gotten from selling pleasure in the form of sex taking the shape of a vibrator is seen to be highly lucrative. i like how it opens with a comment of the over population in Asia relatively caused by sex. moving on to the sex shop, my comment on todays society and sex is apparent where the sex shop was able to pull everybody in the community together to save the sex shop form the inspector who later confiscated all the sex toys. what i really really like about this movie is where they suggest the old school is better than the new school with the use of ancient traditional herbs and its recognition in making sex better. i don’t find it surprising that a white british-european male heads this sex company. i think its stereotype, you know, British people and sex. well its my thought.

UNDERWATER LOVE, definitely not my favourite at all. this is a pink movie and by that i mean lift porn. so this lady falls in love with a ‘KAPPA’, a tortoise to be exact. like WHAT THE HELL?!! he likes her she doesn’t like him or she tries not to because she’s got a fiancé who is head of the company, bla bla bla, he is hurt he sleeps with her co-worker who doesn’t find it weird to have sex with a tortoise who has a green gruesome looking penis. i really don’t like this movie. but in all it goes to show the power of love even if a tortoise is involved. yes even if puts a tortoise. no more comments.

these are my opinions on the east asian movies if you have any objections, additions or thoughts over these fell free to comment below.

AdeCaprDiem.

New week, new work. More work, more stress. More stress, more knowledge.

it’s a new week and its the valentine week! (to make things more depressing for some), it’s a week of love, unconditional one on this particular day (not like we shouldn’t show love everyday),  a week where the single ladies will grab their big tubs of Ben and Jerry’s and the single men all grab their bottles of Jack Daniels (#foreveralone) and the couples will holds hands together to the cinema or to a fine restaurant. I’m just trying to paint a valentine day cliche picture for you, from my side of the story at least. i won’t fall into any of the categories (thank God!!) as I’ll be blogging away (#foreveralone). no doubt, wordpress would be crowded with soooo many valentine blogs, you just wait and see. to be honest, I’ll be reblogging a lot of this valentine blogs, the good ones though and yes expect one from me might compose a poem or a song you can never know. but in all people, how has the weekend been? hope not too stressful. thank God it didn’t snow in coventry, well to be honest if it did i won’t mind as i was in the whole weekend.

this week is looking lovely dubly and exciting (as regards to my course), i wonder what AD will do in tomorrows lecture, anyway, that not being the point this week looks interesting and its actually getting more intense as the deadline for the coursework is coming closer and closer but the learning experience is still interesting as we are about to learn analysing images. this will probably be the most interesting lecture in this module for me (182MC) as i love this field of photos analysis but lest I or we forget, I’ll have to link it to my research focus i.e. mens magazine. foreseeing the future, this will be interesting as images depicting homosociality, homosexuality, sexuality, objectifying the woman etc will be analysed and some harsh truth about these mens magazine will be revealed through such images.

looking to forward to the week of love and image analysis until then remember, diem rapere!

AdeCarpeDiem.

 

 

 

New week, new work. More work, more stress. More stress, more knowledge.

it’s a new week and most importantly a new month, the month of love (just for the record I think love shouldnt be dedicated to one month but to all!) many say. Welcome. LOL I sound like some kind of calendar ambassador there right telling you what to expect and that. anyway… I got a such a good feeling about this month, actually that’s wrong because I don’t like snow and for some reason it snowed this month, FEBRUARY!!! I’m just quite upset because I was so happy it didn’t snow in christmas and i thought that was the last of snow we’ll know this season but obviously it wasnt.

enough with my groaning, good morning reader hope your monday wasnt too bad yesterday. i know this blog is supposed to be a monday morning routine, apologies for my lateness but here I am and here it is. Last week was fun, I had a group presentation on Micheal De Certeau ideology of subversion using SOPA as our standing point to explain this ideology and we got to learn about how to use digital media in our research (a blog on that is still pending by the way) so it was exciting interlinking both modules in some way.

this week looks pretty exciting for both modules especially for the research module. its been a lot practical over these few weeks and I think it’s about to get even more practical this week with Discourse analysis being the topic. what i can gather that this entails will be the analysis of discourse and by discourse what i think this means is sort of the focus of study. on the module blog, AD has outlined that we will be learning about the different ways one can carry this methods of discourse analysis which include conversational analysis etc. I’m quite unsure what we’ll be studying under digital media as the other week i thought it will be on the internet and education but instead it was on subversion so m y guess is it will be on the internet and education which should be interesting as it is evident that in this day and age children are growing up with the internet, digitally one can say and identifying the pros and cons of this will be particularly interesting to examine.

I owe you a blog on digital research and that will come as soon as possible together with today’s lecture on discourse analysis. hang on tight people!

AdeCarpeDiem.