Natural disaster

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 cyclonegiovanna@gmail.com 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 :

How beautiful we are!

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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!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN ?

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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”