Aug 082011

by drmvm1

Of course, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is located and headquartered in Beverly Hills (on Los Angeles Cienega Blvd.). The thing that many individuals do not realize is the fact that there are actually many excellent celebrities who are from other countries around the globe.

Heath Ledger, an Australian, bagged the best actor award posthumously last year for his remarkable portrayal of the mad Joker in the motion picture The Dark Knight, a Batman film not like any other ever made. It was sad and ironic that immediately after a quick yet amazing career, Ledger would win the award but not live to get it. It was a thoroughly clean sweep that year for foreign Oscar winners as British born actress Kate Winslet (Titanic) received Best Actress for her role as a German woman who seduces a man and is later discovered to have connections to the Nazis and tried as a collaborator. She additionally received a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, as well as a SAG award the same year.

In 2008 Marion Cottilard from France came into the growing list of international Oscar winners when she bagged Best Actress for her impressive performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. In addition in ’08 one more Aussie, the celebrity Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress honors for her role as the trapped Queen in the movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Spanish born hunk Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor in the ultra violent No Country for Old Men, which also won Best Picture.

In 2003, another actress from Australia, the fabulous Nicole Kidman, won Best Actress in The Hours. Another of the Oscar winners that very same year was Welsh born Catherine Zeta-Jones who received Best Supporting Actress for her role in Chicago, the musical, in which she portrayed Velma Kelly. A lot more Oscar winners that aren’t from the U.S. feature Jim Broadbent who won Best Actor in 2003 for a foreign film that no one saw called Iris, and the year 2002 watched New Zealander Russel Crowe win Best Actor awards for the movie everyone watched, Gladiator. This also won for Best Picture that year. Best Supporting actor in the year 2002 went to the flexible Puerto Rican actor, Benicio del Toro, who wowed viewers in 2010 as The Wolfman. In the year 2002 British actor Michael Caine finally joined the ranks of Oscar winners when he bagged Best Supporting Actor for his part as the adoring physician in the moving Cider House Rules, a fantastic film.

Throughout the years, many foreign born actresses and actors have been counted as Oscar winners and you can assume exactly the same in the future. The United States has no lock on the probability of receiving this award, irrespective of where they came from. Film making right now confronts its toughest problem ever facing economic downturn and the problems worldwide. We are vulnerable to losing this much wanted industry and individuals should get out and help support movie making by spending to see these movies once they reached movie theaters.

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Jul 152011

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There are some studies conducted showing that children, from birth until they reach seven, are in the stage that they could acquire language easier. The ability of an individual to acquire languages will slowly decrease as they surpass puberty. How can adults learn language effectively and faster?

We are now living in am era of globalization, every country and culture has become connected whether it is in business, education and other fields. There is a need to be knowledgeable, not in just our local tongue, but also in other languages. It has be come a necessity to be able to be a part of the community, get better career opportunities, and therefore succeed.

There are different methods on how we can improve our skills of acquiring languages. Different aides like CDs, DVDs, books, dictionaries and magazines can be bought easily in bookstores. But experts have agreed that the most important method is by submerging ourselves of the language’s culture.

There are numerous experts who agree that the best way and most efficient method of teaching language would be what is called as “language immersion.” Reading grammar and vocabulary books are indeed important in order to increase language knowledge. But it is practice and exposure that you would find most helpful when learning a new language. For example, if you would go abroad and live there, then it would be inevitable that you would pick up the language. You are exposed to different aspects of culture that uses the language, like television, movies, radio, restaurants, museums, transportation and other public places.

Language immersion will keep learning language balanced. Language is something reflected by the people’s culture, thus, to understand the language it would be best to understand the ideas and concepts behind it by immersing in the culture. Aside from that, it keeps learning interactive and fun. You do not have to pour over boring texts for hours and still unable to retain anything.

Language immersion does not mean you would have to Spain to learn Spanish and go to France and fluently speak French. There are different ways to immerse ourselves in other cultures without spending too much on the airfare.

• You could start by renting foreign films and listening to different radio programmes using the language of your interest. For example, if you want to learn how to speak Spanish, then telenovelas would be a great way to get acquainted with the language. Telenovelas play a major role in Latin America’s pop culture. There are teachers who would testify that students would get involved in the dramas that they do not even realize that they are slowly improving their Spanish skills.

• Foreign films are also great avenues for language immersion. They are interesting, easy to access and of course in the language that you would like to learn.

• If you are not a big fan of foreign dramas and films, then you could certainly learn a lot from foreign sports. You could learn from the announcers and fans, just like in drama, you get involved with the sports that you keep track of it and gradually understanding what those announcers are actually reporting.

• Radio has played a major role in language acquisition. There are online radios from different parts of the globe which you can listen to. You may find it difficult in the beginning but later on, you will start to identify more and more words and eventually learn the language.

• Eating in foreign restaurants would also allow you to get acquainted to foreign dishes and how they were pronounced. Some restaurants would even include foreign performances while dining.

Learning different languages could be done in ways that you do not have to spend too much or leave the country. But if you feel that travelling will boost your experience and education, then go ahead. There are many options that you could choose from, make sure that you will be picking out the most practical.

Bollywood Crew Explore Joint Ventures, Filming Sites In Israel
JERUSALEM, July 11 (Bernama) — On a constant search to quench audience’ insatiable thirst for the exotic, a delegation of top Bollywood crew arrived in Israel Sunday, to explore joint ventures and scout potential filming locations.

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Feb 212011

This particular movie genre is often confused and misrepresented. While it has many fans across the world, several films which fall in different categories are placed under the “horror” label and they are accepted by the general public. Sites which should provide a good definition of horror, such as the site with the same domain name, features movies such as “Pan’s Labyrinth” in such genre which is absolutely erroneous. Movies such as Pans’s Labyrinth fall within the “Fantasie/Sci-Fi” genre which has nothing to do with horror.

To have a better idea of what this particular genre involves we can define horror films such as: “films that are designed to elicit fright, fear, terror, or horror from viewers. In horror film plots, evil forces, events, or characters, sometimes of supernatural origin, intrude into the everyday world.”

Keeping this definition in mind, the best horror movies tend to leave a certain impression in the viewer. Movies such as “Hostel” or “Saw”, while they are very cool in their own “gory way” fail to deliver the after effects of a good horror movie, for instance, after watching any of the previously mentioned films, an average horror movie fan would go to bed like nothing ever happened, however, if the same viewer were to see a good foreign horror movie such as “The Ring – AKA Ringu” or “Dark Water”, right at the time to turn off the lights and go to bed, an overwhelming feeling of fear takes over; and that’s exactly the way we know that the movie we have seen is a great “horror” movie.

Films which show a great deal of killing are “disturbing” but we all know that if a killer were to attack any of us we’d have a way to fight back, after all, regardless of how twisted a killer might be, he/she is still human. On the other hand, films which portray evil spirits, ghosts, apparitions and demons are a whole different story; what is really frightening to us humans is the fact that if we were in the actor’s shoes we’d realize that “There is absolutely NO way to fight back against these forces”, and relying on a sacred object is not as reassuring as having a weapon which we know is going to injure or vanish whoever or whatever is after us, of course this is all figurative speech, we are just illustrating a point!

Asian horror movies tend to deliver the right blow as far as horror movies go. Since not much is invested in “special effects” they focus their efforts towards ‘the story’ which is way more effective and leaves a stronger impression. All of the movies mentioned below were so good that each had an english remake, which had visual effects improvements in the remake but as many hardcore-horror movie fans can tell, the story might have been ruined which fails to deliver the horrifying effects (in the viewers) compared to the original. Good examples of such movies are:

Ringu: This is also known as “The Ring”. The story revolves around a girl’s death story and the way she was apparently killed by her own parents, then thrown into the depths of a well where she now lives, and escapes into the real world through a cursed video tape in order to take revenge and kill people.

Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara): This is a particularly exceptional Japanese production which shows bone chilling scenes of a little girl who all she ever wanted was to have a mother, even after death! The title describes part of how she died and the element she used to haunt people.

Ju-On: The title translates to english as “The Curse of the Grudge”. This particular movie has no happy ending compared to American movies where the vengeful spirit is exorcised at the end. The story revolves around a house where a mother and a child were murdered by the father, and the way that these spirits come back to hunt whoever who lies within the walls of this residence.

Very few american movies have taken the horror movie making factors into their own productions. The very best example we have of a good english horror movie is “Silent Hill” which was derived from a video game but had a terrific story and amazingly frightening special effects. Besides such rare movies, asian films know how to deliver bone chilling productions relying mostly on good story telling rather than gory scenes and visual effects. Other Asian movie recommendations are: A tale of two sisters, Phone, Premonition, Uzumaki, The Cure.

Algerian resistance with gangster feel
Outside the Law, an Oscar-nominated foreign film from Rachid Bouchareb, is a gripping French-Algerian coproduction that makes Algeria’s epic struggle for independence from France look like a gangster movie.

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