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Mitch Emhoff welcomed his wife, Beth Emhoff who just came back from Hong Kong .The day after, Beth had to be hospitalized for “a severe flu” but she died afterward. The same symptoms appeared on his son. Without knowing it, Beth brought a deadly virus from her trip. In few days, the world had faced the highest contagious disease ever. International team started to investigate on the origin of the virus, looked for the anti-virus, provided first aid and applied procedure to contain the disease. Nonetheless, panic and rebellion took place. Everyone tried to face the contagion as they could but some took advantage from it.
I wouldn’t mind watching this movie just for the bunch of superstars in it : Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Marion Cottillard. But the Director, an Academy Winner, Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s eleven, The informant!) gives us a clever point of view in this thriller : “Nothing spreads like fear”. The movie follows different people who are facing a situation whom they don’t have any solution. All along, we discover many characters and their role, their ideas and we still can get to the main plot. “Contagion” (2011) is certainly a film worth seeing.
Very recently, Madagascar faced Mother Nature’s creation “Giovanna” . Rarely does a cyclone pass cross our island. Mostly, they shyly show up to our coast and leave. In my knowlegde, the only cyclone which had hit all Madagascar was “Geralda” in 1994. I was too young to know exactly what happened, all I could remember was that I was so glad we didn’t have class that day. This time, surprised I was that at 03:00 in the morning, I was awaked up by gusts of winds outside. The fear came along… The worst is when you are not aware of what’s going on. But to any situation, there should always be some measures to be taken. Having right information can help and save. For that purpose, some bloggers use crowd sourcing by creating crowdmap : a website which gather all pieces information related to the cyclone “Giovanna” sent by citizens of Madagascar.
Up to now, authorities report at least 10 dead, and this number would increase because there are many missing cases. Wherever you are in Madagascar, you still can report incidents, or share your testimonies by sending sms at 0326705819 / 0340222049, by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using directly the website http://cyclonegiovanna.crowdmap.com.
Here are some pictures of After Giovanna …
Final note, one of my favorite singer/actress passed away : WHITNEY HOUSTON , May you rest in Peace
My favorite Song : “Saving All My Love For You”
My favorite movie :
Mark Zuckerberg is a student from Harvard University. One night, from his dorm room, he created a website called « Facemash » for fun. It allows users to rate the attractiveness of female students using photographs stolen from various sororities. At the same time, he was blogging … and drinking. The website gets such success that it crashes parts of Harvard’s network… Mark Zuckerberg’s reputation grows up as the genius programmer that crashed the Harvard network. The Winklevoss twins and their partner Divya Narendra proposed him to be part of their project: a dating website called “Harvard Connection”. Simultanously, he had an idea to create an online social networking website. And then, with the help of his best friend Edouardo Saverin, they create “The Facebook”. “The Facebook” gains popularity and has expanded to other univeristies. But the more success “The Facebook” get, the more people wants to be part of it, such as the co-founder of Napster: Sean Parker …
“The Social Network” 2010, is based on Mark Zuckerberg’s life as the co-founder of the famous social network “Facebook”. Twice nominated for the oscars, David Fincher, the director (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” 2008 with Brad Pitt, “Panic Room” 2002 with Jodie Foster) focus more on friendship issue than the phenomenon of “Facebook”. I like his style, this movie was smooth, yet intense … And so is all his directing in his other movies. The main actors : Jess Eisenberg (“Holy Rollers” 2010, “Zombieland” 2009) and Andrew Garfield (“Never let me go” 2010, “Lions for Lambs” 2007) did a good job through their acting and interaction. And a surprinsing Justin Timberlake (“Shrek The Third”2007) join the plot, I though he was just good at dancing, he prouves me wrong. It is an evidence the movie won 3 Oscars and was nominated in 5 others categories …
Don’t worry, Mark Zuckerberg is not as “asshole” as he pretends to be in the movie. Most of the stories in the movie are fictional. In few words, Mark Zuckerberg would be :
“For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them, for creating a new system of exchanging information and for changing how we live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year” – TIMES Magazine
“When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power.” – Mark Zuckerberg
In few numbers, he is:
- 27 years old
- Net worth : 17.5 billions
- #14 Forbes 400
- #52 Forbes Billionaire
- # 40th powerful people
(Septembre 2011 from Forbes)
” Stay hungry, Stay foolish”
Rest in peace.
September 2006, Katie and Micah just moved in their new sweet home in San Diego, California. But some noises and weird incidents occurred in their new house. To have some evidence of what exactly happen, the couple decided to film everything at anytime. They discovered that something was hanging around in their home : doors slammed, furniture moved, light switched on… They decided to call for some help and it appeared that a non-physical presence has followed Katie since her childhood …
Paranormal Activity (2007) is presented as a documentary rather than a movie : no cast, no team, no music background, just people filming their every days life, and it makes it more too much believable. The whole movie is filmed with a camera handle like in “The Blair witch project” and “Cloverfield” but the camera stability is much more better, which makes you more enjoy it.
While watching it, there are already some frighten moment without showing any blood or monster. In life, there are always something that happen you can’t explain. When it is something good, you thank God or your lucky star to give you such thing. When it is something bad, you try to understand what it is and why it happen to you. When you don’t know the answer, you’re panicking and praying to the Lord to stop this nightmare. How can you defend yourself when you don’t even know what attacks you? In the movie, they exploited this part. They don’t give any explanation of what happen, you just face with the characters all the incidents and get their fear.
As far as I’m concern, I labeled a movie as “scary” from my feelings not while watching the movie, but the “after the movie”. It is always the hardest time when you are alone in the dark. Even in your own bed, you don’t feel secured. Some flashback of the movie get back your mind, every little noise make your heart beat faster. And you have this fear running down your spine. Even though it was fiction, you can’t help yourself thinking it can happen to you right here, right now.
I have to agree with all critics about this movie. It is definitively, absolutely scary!
Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner) is a successful businessman, a passionate husband and a caring father. But he has a terrible secret : he is addicted in killing people.
Known as the “Fingerprint killer”, he had been straight for two years. But Marshall (William Hurt), the psychopathic side of Brooks get over him. Mr Brooks killed again.
He is trying hard to get rid of this “addiction” by attending AA (Anonymous Alcoholics) meetings, Marshall isn’t far to remember him why he fights so hard against something he loves so much.
During his last murder, for once, he made a mistake, curtains were wide open and he was seen killing and photographed by someone. This witness, instead of going to the police, contact and blackmail Earl to take him to his next murder…
In a parallel story, there is Detective Tracy Atwood (Demi Moore) who is investigating Brooks’ murder. And she has a messy divorce and a criminal after her …
As far as I’m concern, this is one of the best thriller ever : the script is well written with clever dialog. And the director, Bruce Evans, as well one of the writer knew how to put it on screen : some scene are so brutal, and some make you laugh. For me, a movie is rated “good” when the evil part is a real wicked one. But here, the bad guy is also the hero and even thought Brooks is a vicious serial killer, the writers make him so interesting, so smart that obviously, I root for him and I want him to succeed . So complex, isn’t it?
In addition to that, the acting is very well done. Kevin Costner (Time Cop, Dance with wolves) delivers one of the most intelligent and emotionless character on film since Hannibal Lecter. William Hurt (Syriana, The Village) Oscar winner, the maniacal alter ego is always ironical and sarcastic and can show compassion at the same time. And Demi Moore (Ghost, G.I. Jane) portrayed a cop with strong personality who wants to kick some ass.
If you’re looking for an intriguing and smart thriller, you’ll be delighted with this one.
Rumours says this was the first of a trilogy. I cross my fingers it will be !
GREAT DEBATERS (2007) – 1935, Marchall Texas, Slavery abolition has been declared but racism and segregation are still remain. Professor Melvin Tolson (Denzel Washington) from the Wiley College casts students to form the school’s debate team : Hamilton Burgees (Jermaine Williams) the talkative guy, Henri Lowe (Nate Parker) the rebel, Samatha Booke (Jumee Smollett) female student and James Farmer Junior (Denzel Whitaker) fourteen years old student. Professor Tolson knew how to emphasize their skills and so the team becomes unbeatable. Their course leads them to break down the wall between white and negro people. The team of four turns out to be the first negro debate team in U.S to face white debate team. But coaching the debate team is not the only Tolson’s activity, he has his own fight ….
The movie is based on a true story of Melvin B. Tolson’s life, a professor at Wiley College Texas who during hard time in America, he stood and fought against racism an segregation with non violence actions. The Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Déjà Vu) decides to relate his history in this amazing movie as being the director and also performing the leading role. Denzel Washington chooses another Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Last king of Scotland, Streets Kings) to co-star with him.
The movie talks largely about Debat. It’s a contest where each participant is doing a clash of arguments about a subject. Professor MelvinB Tolson resume it in few words “Debat is a blood sport. It’s a combat. But your weapons are words.” In fact, although your opponent try to disgrace you, you will be also judge on your knowledge, your strategy and you approach? So, your argument have to be clever, judicious and funny at the same time. Not easy! well, being a debater required to everything but shy and weak. It grows one’s knowledge, builds one’s personality and even changes one’s life. We can even say, it teaches. It’s an evidence that contest like debat improve not only students skills but also school notoriety.
In Madagascar, there are others contests at school such as essay contest, dictation contest, art public speaking, but they are not taken seriously. They are more games for fun and not a real competition. Whereas, it will be much more useful than a simple game.
The US Embassy will organize the “International Education Week” (IEW) on November, 18th and 19th at the National Library in Anosy. It is an educational event that the US education department and the US department commonly organizes every year throughout the world. For this year, the ICE CLUB will take part in it. So, we invite you to come! you will have the opportunity to know more about studies in the USA but also the ICE Club.
Dagomc, English Corner – Midi Madagascar – November, 12th 2009
That night, a violent storm attacks a town in Maine. The next morning, a thick mist is approaching from off the nearby lake. David Drayton (Thomas Jane), his eight-year-old son and his neighbor Brent Norton drive to town to pick up food and supplies. On their way to the market, they see the army and the police, heading toward the mist. As they are shopping, an old man runs in the market with a bloody nose and screams “Something in the mist!”. Everyone looks outside, the mist is moving to the supermarket. After a while, nothing can be seen but white smoke : the mist has completely covered the supermarket and may be the whole city . People doing their shopping, sellers, everybody get trapped in the supermarket. Suddenly, unworldly horrific creatures appear and people start panicking …
The story is based on Stephen King’s novel, considered one of his scariest book. Personally, didn’t read it yet (anyway, I’m not into books!!) but the movie is incredible. That’s surely because of its originality next the others horror like “Hostel” or “Saw”, bloody scenes with psychological struggle. Besides, Frank Darabont (The Green Mile ),the director, agreed to make the movie only under the condition that no matter what, they wouldn’t change the scripted. And it works fine. I was absolutely gripped during the entire film. I recommend it to all of horror fan.
The movie played with people’s mind : it describes how easily people can be manipulated, fooled when they are scared. Trapped in a place, not knowing what’s going outside. The 911 doesn’t answer. And then, monsters attack you, you don’t understand what happen, you don’t even know how to protect yourself. In that case, we are ready to follow whoever says “I got the solution”, although this solution is insane, … Your brain doesn’t work normally anymore, there’s no right and wrong, there’s no rational or irrational, you just think of what can make you get out of there, whatever the consequences are, whoever gets hurt. “I wanna get out of here, I wanna feel in peace, I wanna feel secured!” that is your aim. And whoever dare to stop you, or disagree with you, you will come to kill them if it needs to.
Human being are so proud to say “We’re different from animals, we’re more clever and conscientious”. But put them in a damn situation where they are facing danger and fear, or just make them believe that all the things they have will disappear. And then the animal in them will rise above! Sometimes, it’s worst and they invent politics and religions to justify their actions . How beautiful we are!
In 1999, the Civil War consumed the Sierra Leone. After the rebels attacks his village, Solomon Vandy, a fisherman, get separated from his family. He was forced to work in the diamond field where he discovers a huge pink diamond. While hiding it, the Commandant of the Rebels sees, but the rebels are attacked by the government army and Salomon is arrested. In jail, the commandant tells the prisoners that Salomon found a priceless stone. The African mercenary smuggler, Danny Archer who witness all the scene, proposes Solomon his help to find his family in exchange of the diamond. To reach his goal, Danny uses Maddy Bowen, an American idealistic journalist which aim is to get information about diamond smuggling. Each one of them were linked to that pink diamond : The Commandant of the Rebels : to fund their actions, Archer : to get out of Africa, Maddy : to track down diamond smuggling and Solomon : to get his family back…
Edward Zwick is not (The Last Samurai, Glory) at his first war movie. They couldn’t find a better director to combine History and fiction into a magnificence drama story. And, the actors were also well cast. Leonardo DiCaprio, the handsome guy from the blockbuster “Titanic” becomes a mercenary with a perfect South African accent. I have to say that during “Titanic” phenomenon, I never thought he can play such a character. But, his movies tell far more about his talent : The Beach, Catch me if you can, The Departed. Nevertheless, despite of his great job, the eyes turn on Djimon Hounsou (Beauty shop, Gladiator), his physical presence and his drama acting just mean. And not to weightless Jennifer Connelly (Hulk, A beautiful mind) , she was pretty convincing in the journalist who wants to make the difference. The movie was nominated for five Oscars in 2006, including : Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Djimon Hounsou.
“Blood Diamond” is based on truth events that happened in Sierra Leone. To refresh the history, The Sierra Leone Civil War began in 1991, initiated by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). The R.U.F. used the diamond field to fund their union. Smuggling, massacre, terrorism and many other atrocities were done by the rebels during 9 years of conflict. Tens of thousands died and more than 2 million people were displaced and became refugees attempting to escape the civil war. It was officially declared over on 18 January 2002. But till now, there is still 200 000 child soldiers in Africa
Politic steadiness is one of main bases to an economic development for a country. Unfortunately, political power is the most unstable in Africa. In Madagascar, for many times, the country was destroyed by conflicts between the government and their politic antagonists : 1972, 1991, 2002 and 2009. The situation nowadays is not as terrible as a civil war described in the movie. But if things still go that way, it may lead to a civil war. I hope I’m wrong. “TIA” they said in the movie, which means : “That Is Africa”. Are we that lost ?
Let me present you : Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson). He is an ex-secret agent. He finds a job as a bodyguard. He’s divorced and have a 17 years old daughter Kim (Maggie Grace). During her holidays, Kim asks permission to her father to go on a trip to France with her friend Amanda. Skeptical about that idea of her daughter flying away from him, in a foreign country, he lets her go anyway. Arrived in France, at the airport, Kim and Amanda is approached by a friendly guy and proposed them to share the cab fee. In the house, Kim was on the phone with her father when, from the windows of the bathroom, she sees men enter in the house, attack and kidnap Amanda. Still on the phone, Bryan gives her instructions but aggressors finally find Kim and kidnap her. Later on, Bryan discover that his daughter was kidnapped by the Albanian mafia in human trafficking. He has 96 hours otherwise he would never find his daughter anymore …”
“TAKEN” (2008) is an action movie as I like: a hero, solid as a rock, reaching for his goal and killing some bad guys on his way. If you are a fan of the series “The Bourne Identity” (Matt Damon) then you shouldn’t miss this one. The director, Pierre Morel (Banlieu 13), and the writer, Luc Besson are French. It was predictable because most the scene were in France. But, it seems like French people can make good action movies as well as comedy. The action scenes were really realistic : car races, gun shots, and my favorite : the hand to hand fights. More surprising is Liam Neeson (The Haunting, Schindler’s list), I never saw him playing that tough and unshakeable guy before. He is incredible. One of my favorite quote is : “I’m retired, I’m not dead”. His character’s motivation is so honorable that we hope that he would kill more.
The movie touched also a warm matter : human trafficking : it’s kidnapping girls and forced them to be sex-slave and prostitute. Actually, it’s the third illegal trade which paid most after drugs and weapons ($10billion per year). As one of the trafficker says in the movie: “It’s not personal, it’s just trade”, those people don’t have any scruple to use other people as an object, a stock to sell. They are well organized (corruption, money laundry, mafia) it takes years to crack their system down. And even if one of those traffic is dismantled, ten groups, worst than those before is raised. Over 2 million people are trafficked per year. Their victims are young girls and children. Internet is one of their means to attract them. And there are some who kidnap children too. The 96 hours mentioned in the movie is also true : once you’re out of the country you were kidnapped, it’s almost impossible to find you. Their network extend all over the world : Europe, US, Mexico, Asia, Africa, everywhere. Unfortunately, if you travel alone, your missing may be not declare only after the 96 hours.
In Madagascar, the trafficking most deal with children. There were several times when in the news papers, we can read an article about a child kidnapped. Report from an US investigation says that family members, taxi drivers, friends, tourist guides can sometimes an accessory to the trafficking, due to our poverty. Knowing those injustice, I am so for the death penalty. My advice is to be careful : do not trust easily people you just met.
Human Trafficking (2005)
directed by Christian Duguay,
with Mira Sorvino, Robert Carlyle
In the trailer, “BICENTINNIAL MAN” 1999, was present as the next Robin Williams’ comedy … that is so wrong, cause a 13-15 child cannot understand the complexity of this movie. It is so much more than just another “Ha ha” comedy. There are a lot of subtle message in each part of the movie.
The Martin family receives delivery of a NDR-114, a servant android (Robin Williams). The Android, named Andrew, begins to display some personal interest as curiosity, compassion, … feelings that a robot shouldn’t have. Mr Richard Martin (Sam Neil), the owner, noticed his difference and decide to teach him, time was endless for Andrew, he can be whatever he wants to be. Time pass by and Andrew is growing up. Despite his intelligence and knowledge, the way he perceives things changes. He discovers life, friendship, death, freedom, and love. He becomes as complex as a human can be…
“Bicentennial Man” is based on Isaac Asimov’s book.. The story take place in a near future and it last like 200 years … compress in 1H 30. The directed, Chris Columbus (he did Rent!!!) and his crew made an excellent job : the vision effect and the make up are astounding. It’s unbelievable how realistic they made the age advancing make-up. Robin Williams (Jack, Flubber), is one of those actor having the ability to make people laugh and cry at the same time. And a special bravo to James Horner (Titanic, Braverheart) music composer for the soundtrack, it is just amazing. Personally, I prefer the classic version, but Celine Dion’s performance for “Then you look at me” is not that bad.
This movie can’t be assimilate as a “Pinocchio” fairy tale. It arises a delicate subject as the definition of humanity itself. Isaac Asimov, the writer, has a complete different vision of our future.FYI, the movies A.I. and I Robot were based on his novel as well. He open up our eyes to something new, a new vision : the point of view of humanity from a robot. It shows how complex and beautiful we are, that even a robot which time is endless and knowledge is unlimited, envy us. Our capacity to feel and to love is the best gift given to us, that makes us so special, no more, no less. So be proud whoever you are, cause you are unique.
“As a robot, I can live forever but I prefer to die in dignity as a human being”