Friday, January 21, 2011


I'm back! So much for Maltese Falcon or Avatar. I decided on Alice, the SciFi channel mini special. I am not a particular fan of the story of Alice in Wonderland, but this version I enjoyed. Maybe it has something to do with the SciFi channel. I also enjoyed the short series they made of the Wizard of Oz entitled the Tin Man. I like the futuristic feel to them. Inventive, original.... God knows we need some originality these days.
Well, this Alice is a live version that involves little Alice all grown up in today's modern times. She is a judo instructor and is dating a man, Jack. One evening he abruptly offers her a ring of engagement, scaring her into saying they are moving too quickly. He slips the engagement ring in her pocket and leaves. Alice finds the ring and chases after him outside to give it back where she sees Jack being kidnapped. Pursuing his kidnappers, she stumbles into a mirror that transports her to a futuristic wonderland of sorts. There the Red Queen has a casino that ensnares humans aka "oysters" and harvests their emotions to be sold to the people of wonderland, Jack is her son. He stole the ring of Wonderland that allows them to get into the human world to kidnap oysters for harvesting. Without the ring, the Red Queen is virtually powerless. Alice, not knowing any of this, stumbles her way into the kidnappers clutches, only to escape and blindly find her way to getting help. She happens upon the Mad Hatter, a gambling man of sorts, that has connections of value to help Alice find Jack and get back to the regular world.
There are moments during the plot that just when Alice thinks she can trust someone, she realizes they have an underlying plan that uses her as a pawn. She is constantly gyrating between trusting, questioning her trust, and questioning the people she is having to put her trust in; as well as, trusting her own decisions. It seems exhausting, and yet, that's what life is most of the time.
It isn't that I was impressed with the special effects of this movie or that the acting was anything spectacular. I think what I like most about this Alice is that is is modern and in the now. It is nicely adapted with an original twist to the plot and the scripting was well written. It poses a lot of thematic questions anyone can relate to;What woman hasn't stumbled into a situation that she has no idea what's going on or who anyone really is? What woman hasn't found that the people she trusted had hidden agendas? What woman hasn't had to stand up for herself and not let anyone take advantage of her, even though it may break her heart?
I enjoy the simplicity of these questions. That is a word I use a lot. Simple, in all it's forms, is a beautiful word, and an even better thing to have. Make seemingly difficult things simple in your mind. There is beauty in simplicity. Nothing is too hard to achieve, as Alice comes to learn. You can find truth if you're strong enough to seek it and accept it as truth once you find it. And you can find your way home as long as you're willing to make the journey to get there. It's never as easy as clicking your heels together three times and making a wish. ...At least not in my experience... But what do I know? I'm just a twenty-two year old blogging about her life alongside movies as she stumbles through Wonderland or Oz, or whatever the heck this life is called. I think there are some lessons Alice has to teach us, we haven't even thought about yet, till now, as we explore wonderland with a new outlook.

Considering Avatar

Here it is a Friday afternoon, errands have been accomplished, rest has been somewhat accomplished; I am nesting comfortably as they say all pregnant women do in the last stages of being miserable. After having felt myself slip into the "organizing" mode, I can see why women do it: it is a way to cope with the uncomfortableness and the constant pain. So, I am merely here relaxing now, trying to do something productive in my time. I considered putting on Avatar, because my new blu-ray player has just been set up, but I don't feel committed to sitting for two hours; and besides, I'm about to eat lunch. However, it sounds like a good idea after lunch, maybe... I also have the Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart.. That sounds tempting....
Well, here I leave you. I just wanted to say something plain, sweet, and simple. I will be back in a few, tucked in with a good movie I am sure. Take care all and God Bless.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Yes, Man!

Today was an alright day. I am biding my time until I can go on my maternity leave and take a break from work. I was browsing my extensive collection of DVD's to watch something good and what did my eye spy but the movie Yes, Man! This movie is already a few years old, but I felt the push, the need, the want to put it on. I was already writing a blog about it in my head. I already knew what I wanted to say about the ending of the film.
If you haven't seen this Jim Carrey film, it is about a man named Carl. He divorced a few years back and hasn't done anything with his life since except stay working at his bank job. He has let his friendship with his best friend go to the wayside, he doesn't make an effort to make new friends, and he actually avoids any and all people. Every day he wishes he could get back with his ex-wife, who already has a serious boyfriend. In short, he never says "yes" to anything in his life. He constantly says "no thanks" or "he's busy." On his lunch break at work, Carl is sitting outside and a man greets him that knew him from some past function (college or something) and asks him what he's doing with his life. Carl answers negatively, which prompts the man to present him with an inspirational pamphlet about a support network who's mantra is "Yes!" He joins this group of people and has to say "yes" to EVERYTHING; has to go out drinking with his best buds and foot the bill; has to agree to letting his elderly neighbor lady give him a blow job; has to agree to a mail order bride; has to learn Korean, amidst a long list of other things. However unsavory some of the things he has to say yes to, there are quite a few things that aren't unsavory. He gets out and enjoys his life more and even meets a gal.
I enjoy watching Jim Carrey's antics and gyrations. He is so exaggerating (to say the least.) I remember the last time I watched this movie. I was curled up with my baby's dad on the couch on a day much like the last few days; there was a lot of snow on the ground, but the sun was out. So, we closed all the curtains, even shut the bathroom door, to make it dark and cozy to watch the movie. We dozed off and on watching Yes, Man! It was wonderful. It was so simple. It was a day I will remember. He asked me as I put on the movie if it would be nice to do "this" aka watching movies and just relaxing together more often. I turned and nodded my agreement. Yes. It would have been nice. Yes. It would have been nice. Yes. It would have been nice. After having been saying no to so many things in my life at the time, I told him yes.
If there is one thing I have learned from this movie and from my own life, it is that life isn't about saying yes to everything. It isn't about saying no either, because there is more I've said no to in my life than I've said yes to. It isn't about yes or no. It is about just living, being willing to take chances, make mistakes, make decisions, and be the best person you can be in the process. It's about not letting the world change you, but you changing the world. And maybe the world is just one person to you, and maybe it literally is the whole world. Who knows better but yourself? The journey to saying yes to your individual life is a long one. Say yes to that. You can't go wrong there. Say yes. I did. And I refuse to let anything anyone does to me or anything the world throws at me make me say no to my life. It is mine; and it is worth saying yes to.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The King's Speech

It has been a long while since I have blogged anything; since I have reviewed any movies; since I have enjoyed myself enough to take the time to. I am coming back to my familiarity of myself and what it is that I, Katalin, do. What do I do? I relax, I take my time doing things. I go to work, I get off work, I come home, figure out dinner, go read, watch something on TV that interests me...etc. etc. I am simple. I have a simple foundation. And I am learning how to keep it travel size so I can take it with me where ever I end up. I recently had the epiphany that everything around me can change, but I can stay the same. Just because my environment changes doesn't have to change the person I am inside. My clothes, my home, my car can all change...But the person I am on the inside doesn't have to. She just adapts and decides what she will accept as change and what she won't. Very liberating epiphany. I have found a huge part of myself.
I had the utmost pleasure of getting to go see The King's Speech yesterday. There wasn't one element of this film that didn't hit the right pitch and note. The soundtrack blended and complimented the script and actor ensemble. The filmography was precise and eloquent. The actor ensemble itself was seamless and natural. I never was reminded through this movie that any of them were actors playing parts, I was safely convinced what I was watching was real. Colin Firth plays the Duke of York, not yet king, and Helena Bonham Carter plays his wife. Geoffrey Rush plays Lionel Loge.
If you don't already know what it is about, it is about King George VI of England as he takes the throne while his country England is on the brink of war with Hitler's Germany. The king has an issue though that prevents him from representing his country by broadcast: he stammers. At this critical hour in history when the world needed a voice to speak for the people, he stumbled through and across basic sentences. His wife tried finding as many speech therapists as possible to help him overcome his problem to no avail, until one day she found Lionel Loge. Lionel was not a qualified doctor of speech therapy and yet had been in the Austrian military to help recovering soldiers with speech problems that come with trauma. Upon meeting the duke, he promptly tells him, he will only work with him on an equal level starting with names. He will address the duke as Bertie, and be addressed as Lionel himself. He creates a trust and friend level to help Bertie realize that past issues are a huge part of the cause stammering affects certain people.
The historical value of this film is priceless and the mode of it carried out is done beautifully. One of the most wonderful aspects I came away with after seeing this film was the theme that it isn't who we are statistically, or what our personal/physical faults are that make us who we are as humans. It is whether we recognize our status and faults and step up to the challenge to overcome our fears that will define us. It was inspiring to know that based upon true events, a duke stepped up to face the challenge of overcoming his inability to speak and to be king, so that he could speak for his nation to step up to the challenge of fighting against Nazism/socialism that threatened the very humanity of the world.
I sit back and look at all the things he faced and struggled to overcome, and I realize we all have challenges to face, myself included. The question is will most of us fight that uphill battle, or will we go around it and not reach our potential?