La Bamba

I first have to say that not only to i own the movie, I have seen it about 20 times. Even though i have seen it so many times i still enjoy it.  I find that there are several reasons why i actually like the movie. First it seems to me that the 1950’s was a period in time that was innocent and simple( at least simpler than now).  The other reason is the music genre for that time sounded  real good and unique  ( a bit different that what you hear now). Lastly the cars. How could you not love those cars!   But if i leave all of that out and just focus on the movie then i like that fact that it is a true story , but it has such a tragic ending to not just Richie Valens but the big bopper and Buddy Holly  who were all rock legends. Other than that the movie is outstanding and i’ll probably watch it a 20 more time

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Annie Liebovitz

I have to say what a great documentary! What a talented and well-respected photographer!  Really amazing to see how she came to be in the photographic arts industry. I would assume it would be expected  and hard to avoid getting caught up in the celebrity world  , especially when put in a position and following musicians and high-profile people.  I am not sure i understood correctly but when John Lennons wife spoke about the image Annie took  of John Lennon lying on Yoko Ono  in the nude , that he  was murdered some hours after that?  I have seen that image before and never realized the connection to it until now.  I also read Vogue magazine and i found it interesting to know that she take pictures for them. She seems to be a woman who knows what she wants and is going to make it happen. I have to say that documentary i would have to watch over again because there is so much detail and so much mentioned  how can you catch it all in one hour and a half sitting?

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MOPA Exhibit

I attended the MOPA Exhibit last Friday October 21st at the Balboa Park Museum. I found the exhibit to small since they were doing space renovation in order to able to include more exhibits. The exhibit room was pretty large with lots of wall space which was great because it accommodated some very large pictures.  I tried to take pictures with my camera phone of the images i wanted to talk about ,but i was quickly told by a staff member i wasn’t allowed to take any pictures. The pictures that i saw seemed to revolve around the environment, pollutants, people living in or around the heavily polluted areas and even the remains of wildlife.  I felt as if though the images  told not only of the present environmental damage , but how future generations may suffer later on. It is pretty obvious when the the planet is being over-used and natural resources are being depleted at a rapid rate. Materials that are no longer of use are being dumped in landfills  take  an enormous amount of land For example the photo image by Andreas Gursky called Landfill . It showed a huge landfill site in Mexico and further back into the picture barley visible, are people sifting and walking through the dump site. Another  photo image that caught my attention is Edward Burtynsky Oil Spill .   The image showed blue/green water  and dark black sludge that coiled around large body  of water. That very same oil  contaminating the water also kills marine life. All of this acts as a domino effect , when one thing happens, so does another.  The images are moving because it had me think about behavior  to our “home” and the repercussions that can happen if we don’t change our ways. op

 

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American me

I watched the movie American me  and i found that to be an intense movie .  I love it in the sense that it has calls out the chicano culture and the prison gang culture. I have seen this movie  about  ten times and i still catch little pieces that i might have missed  before . The part that sticks out the most in my mind is the beginning of the movie when Santana (main character)  tells the beginning  of how his life got started.  The most memorable scene is when Santana’s mother goes to Los Angeles to meet with her boyfriend and his friends who are all “pachucos”  . The scene takes an violent turn when  American Sailors beat the “pachuco” men and rape the girlfriend.  Then towards the end of the movie it is his “father” who explains to Santana may have been the product of a rape . The beginning part of the movie is probably the most intense partly because there was a time when violence between  american military and civilians clashed even on home turf. Unfortunantly these hostile clashes  actually did occur and American military were disliked as a result of it.

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Buena Vista Social Club

I saw this when it first came out. I loved it then and i love it now . The music reminds me of what i grew up hearing as a child  in my own house. On one hand it’s sad to see such a beautiful country left to fall into ruin. Yet all the musicians who once used to play in the prime and Ray ( producer)  found them and reunited the band. Surprisingly, all the  the members were still alive  and were brought together to perform ay the prestigious  Carnegie Hall,a once in a lifetime opportunity for these aging performers who have never stepped foot in New York!  My personal favorite is El Carretero. I love the country song that he sings “soy el carretero”.  The music performed by the Buena Vista Social Club  takes me back to the heart of the island and culture  that i know.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Watched Manufactured Landscapes and to tell you the truth didn’t really care for it .The fact that landscapes are being used for industry and all the waste is creating these huge landfills which people end up living around . I also noticed that the area that was documented in China the air quality seemed really polluted. I found it difficult  to notice that some of the workers moving oil and sludge were very young . One person i saw had to been around the age of 14 taking a small bucket and moving oil.  Another part of the movie that i didn’t like was  when all the workers were crammed into these factories almost programmed  like robots assembling pieces of equipment  no talking and no communicating ,just working.  Other than that i did not  care for the movie it was depressing . I cant imagine being forced to leave your home and to add insult to injury having to tear down your own house  only to have to relocate.

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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot was a fantastic movie!! I can see why it was rated so high! There are a couple of points in the movie that i feel i need to point out.  First, i admire  the fact that a young school boy who is living with his father, brother and grandmother takes a liking and a wish to learn ballet, especially compared to the fact that his father had other ideas in mind ( male dominated sports).  I believe in most cases it takes quite a bit of courage to go against parental wishes of what they feel is best. Secondly i respect the ballet teacher , she was hard on her pupils but fair. It was through her encouragement and willingness to not only accept him as a student but saw a desire , a drive to excel . This sort of ambition eventually lands him in a prestigious  school of ballet and as an adult becomes  the main star of Swan Lake. I also wondered about Billy’s grandmother who i think may have been an aspiring  ballerina at one time . It seemed throughout the movie in her own quiet way  that she desired that her grandson  become what she had always wanted to fulfill.  It was interesting to see how a family who underwent personal and economic loss come together full circle in the end  making this movie a success.

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