I went to the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” this month. It was the first time for me to watch this series. In the movie, some unknown words and names came up. Therefore I couldn’t follow the story enough, but enjoyed it. I’m a little hooked on the various transforming scenes. Why don’t you watch them?
I introduced several music videos from the movie “Burlesque” in my Japanese blog last month. If you want to watch them, please click here. When I was looking for them on YouTube, I came across an interesting one. That was the video of Christina Aguilera when she was 17. A Japanese artist “Keizo Nakanishi” released a single “All I Wanna Do” in 1997, which was a duet song with Christina Aguilera. She was so young and cute, but her voice was very strong, which is not so different from what she has now.
I don’t often go to a movie, but having a free ticket, I visited a movie theater. Though I was interested in” The Hunger Games”, survival story sounded like stress to me. Then, I saw “Mirror Mirror.” The other day, TV show introduced this movie as Eiko Ishioka’s last costume design work.
I recommend to watch it in a movie theater rather than DVD. It was visually beautiful. Costumes were very gorgeous. But “The Hunger Games” may be better for men. I suggest this for women. (stereotype?) You can enjoy it lightly and it can be a feast for the eyes.
In the beginning of the movie, I was surprised at Snow White’s thick brows(@o@) As seeing the movie , I came to feel her very charming. I hear Lily Collins as Snow White is a daughter of Phil Collins. I went to his concert when “Against All Odds” was popular. According to Wiki, he seems to have retired. He is British, isn’t he? I listen to the music without consciousness whether American or British.
Back to the movie. Black Magic Puppets were eerie. Nathan Lane as Brian was a familiar face. He looks like Jim Rogers, a famous investor. Julia Roberts was made up as a queen. The evil queen reminded me of my pinterest photo I pinned recently.
But I think women want to have both good heart and good looks.
My family went to Nagano, my husband’s hometown, last week. As I mentioned at https://happyuan.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/i-attended-a-funeral/ his mother passed away in July. Most funerals in Japan are done with Buddhist rites unless people have a strong faith in other religions. After that, relatives regularly hold Buddhist services for the dead. They are held on the 7th and 49th days after death, one year after, two years after and at ever increasing intervals after.
On the 49th day after the death of my mother-in-law, a memorial service was held among my relatives. A Buddhist monk and relatives chanted sutras and burned incense for her. It is concidered that a deceased person arrives in heaven after 49 days of long journey. I think she lives happily in heaven now.
The Japanese film “Departures” came to my mind while listening to the Buddhist sutra. This is very unique and touching movie. It is not a love story, action nor suspense. It describes about a encoffiner, a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Oscars in 2009. I was moved to tears.
I rented a documentary film “Inside Job” which I mentioned in the previous article https://happyuan.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/ This film won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It is described by Charles Ferguson how the late-2000s financial crisis happened . Many big names were interviewed. But Robert Rubin(the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury),Larry summers(the 71st United States Secretary of the Treasury )Henry Paulson(the 74th United States of the Treasury)Alan Greenspan(Chairman of the FRB1987-2007)Ben Bernanke(Chairman of the FRB), they declined to be interviewed. There exists systemic corruption among the bureaucrats, politicians, businesses and scholars. It’s common to all nations . I think that Japan has the same kind of problem relating to construction of nuclear power plants. This happens in other countries as well. But America has a significant impact on world. Martin Wolf of the Finantical Times said that it was global ponzi scheme. Ragharam Rajarn of IMF2003-2007 pointed out irrationality that trader got huge cash bonuses based on short-term profit, but was imposed no penalties for later losses. I so agree with him.
What can ordinary people do to change? I think that it was very hard to make this film. I’d like to pay my respect to Charles Ferguson.
My son loves Pokemon. He has loved Pokemon from the time he was in kindergarten. He hasn’t been interested in something like Power Rangers or vehicles at all. Even now he who is 12 years old loves Pokemon.
Every summer he buys an advance ticket for a movie Pokemon. It is attached free Pokemon goods such as a file or a bag, and a Pokemon gift coupon. At toy shop, he gets a Pokemon into DS via infrared communication with the coupon. Come summer vacation, he goes to see the movie with his father. His father seems to look forward to it too.
By the way, do you know the company engaged in Pokemon business?
It is The Pokemon Company! Wow “・・・・・・”<-I can’t express my feeling well in English. Pokemaniac must be happy if he can get a job with that company. Pokemon company engages in global business. Since my son was in elementary school, he has shared information with his friends and connect his DS and internet by WiFi, then played Pokemon battle and traded Pokemon with kids worldwide.
The other day he was watching YouTube and laughing. It seems that pokemon-crazy kids can understand Pokemon story even in foreign languages.