Wednesday, September 14, 2011
There is this early memory I have from when I was about three years old. My younger sister was barely learning how to walk properly in her sixteen month old self. We were staying with our father that week because our mother was attending a wedding in Colorado. To my sister and my unknowing, our mom was actually in the midst of separating from our dad. We were too young to really figure out that after this trip, we would be seeing our parents at separate times.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
She replied, “Of course! What’s up?”.
I said with a sense of humor, “Ok, so I’m lying in my bed all bare assed because I ran out of bandages. Will you please, please stop to get me some more?”.
She answered back with a loud laugh in my ear, “Ha ha ha ha! Oh man, you would call me for something like this! Sure though, I would gladly bring you some!”.
Approximately twenty minutes later I hear my best friend Stephanie walk into my front door. As I yelled out to her not to walk into my room just yet, I slowly covered my lower back as much as I could. “Ok, now you can come in.” I yelled again. When I saw the expression on her face as she gazed at my road rash all over my body, I knew she was a scared for a moment. She sat down next to me on my bed as I lay on my stomach with only a towel covering my butt. She asked what happened last night, and for the first time in my life I had to relive something that made me sick to talk about with each word that spilled from my mouth.
The film is about a poor tramp, Charlie Chaplin, who falls in love with a blind girl, who sells flowers. The tramp saves a millionaire from committing suicide, and the millionaire treats the tramp in return. The millionaire dresses him and even "gives" him his Rolls Royce. In the morning however, the millionaire doesn't recognize the tramp and kicks him out. The tramp drives around and sees the Flower Girl. He buys all of her flowers with his recent mini fortune and drives her home;which in turn makes the blind girl believe the tramp is rich. While visiting her, the tramp reads an eviction notice and offers to pay. The tramp tries several jobs in order to make the money, but ends up getting it from the drunken millionaire. The money is enough to pay for her rent and also pay for the surgery to cure her blindness. From a misunderstanding with the money, the tramp has to go to jail. When released the tramp stumbles upon a flower shop that is run by the once blind girl. She hands him a flower and with the touch she recognizes him. The film ends with the idea that they'll live happily ever after.
I was pleasantly surprised that a silent film could hold my attention and be an okay movie. Charlie Chaplin makes the movie. He was able to tell a story about a boy loving a girl, while simultaneously making the guy next to my laugh so hard I thought he might fall out of his seat. In all, thanks to Chaplin the movie was worth seeing. I now know that a film can be good with speaking or without.
This is were I saw the true good-hearted nature of Charlie. He offers to pay the woman's rent and for a corrective surgery that could let her see again. Charlie is then faced with the problem of financing his promise to his love. After showing up late "FOR THE LAST TIME!" to his stable job (no pun intended), he is offered a boxing match by a slightly shady character from the back of a building.
The boxing match is in my opinion the zaniest part of the movie. Just the build up before the fight is classic. First he witnesses a huge black guy sparring with an imaginary boxer and after he is defeated in the ring, Charlie is put on edge. To top it all off, the guy he was pitted to fight gets in an argument with the victor of the previous fight and knocks the wind out of him with one punch. Charlie of course greets everyone kindly and even puts his gloves on backwards, classic! After a short lived but funny attempt at fighting the boxer, Charlie is defeated and left penny less.
While wondering the streets sad and hopelessly, he runs into the rich man with amnesia from before and thank goodness he's belligerently drunk. He takes the Tramp and and gives him a stack of money. With $1,000 dollars at hand, the Tramp avoid being wrongfully accused of stealing and gives the money to the blind beauty. Time passes and Chaplin meets the no-longer blind girl right after being ridiculed and messed with. She doesn't recognize him until she grabs his hand to place a flower in it. The movie ends with a long-anticipated realization and on a very happy note. I thought the whole movie was sweet and silly. Charlie Chaplin will forever be immortalized in this movie.
This was a good movie. I liked that it was more funny than I had first anticipated. The film is silent and black and white which takes some getting used to. Some parts of the movie were too repetitive, like when the rich man pours the alcohol in Charlie's pants. I did not think this movie was going to keep my attention but to my surprise it did. I did not like Charlie's moustache. Something about it bothered me and brought the movie down for me a little bit. His facial expressions were kind of odd but they did make sense as to what he was feeling. I think over all for being an old movie, it was pretty good.
Like everyone else, I too was pretty skeptical about watching this film since it was silent and in black and white. I remember watching parts of this when I was younger with my dad, and actually thought it was a pretty good film! It was funny, and kept my attention unlike I had expected. Charlie Chaplin was a very good actor the way he could portray comedy, romance and sadness without even speaking. Some of the humor may not really hold the same affect on our generation as it did for that time, although it was still entertaining. I also liked the moral of the storyline of the film that is revealed at the ending. This was a nice change of pace from the different films we watch today.
I started to practice martial arts at the age of five. My inspiration was Bruce Lee himself. My dad started to show me his movies and i got a flyer from school and begged him to sign me up. Another inspiration is my master. I remember the first day i met him. It was also the first day of training. At first he seemed; intimidating, big, strong, yet wise and compassionate in his own way. I had a passion for my training and my master saw this, so he took me under his wing. I first noticed this the day he had me fight a blue belt when i was a yellow belt. I kept getting hurt and knocked down, but got up ever more ready to fight. I didn't have many skills at the time but showed heart and fighting spirit. That I would not be beaten, that i would not back down. My master called the fight naming the blue belt the victor. As i was getting ready to leave he stopped me and smiled, put his hand on my shoulder and broke out into a roaring laugh. I was young and didnt understand why he was laughing. He went to his own gear bag and pulled out a book. He walked over handed it to me and said "Keep it. Read it. Remember it." He smiled again and walked away.
The film of City Lights with Charlie Chaplin is a silent film. The movie revolves around the misadventures of a gentleman tramp (Chaplin) and his liking of a blind woman. Chaplin is for lack of a better word, a nomad. He walks all over his city pretty much not doing anything. He comes across a blind flowerwoman who believes he is a rich man because she hears a car door shut. He stays around a bit and she splashes him with water accidently. In the evening Chaplin comes across a rich man going to kill himself. Chaplin saves him and the drunk rich man thanks him by taking him for a night on the town. Chaplin and the man go out and make fools of themselves. The man awakens sober and doesnt remember Chaplin. Chaplin, not being rich, visits the woman he likes quite often. She becomes sick and behind on rent. Chaplin finds a job but is fired for being late. He is then offered to box for easy money. His original opponent left and he fought a big mean man. He lost the fight but sees the rich man drunk again. He gives Chaplin money to take care of the girl. However, Chaplin is framed for robbery. when he is released from prison his beloved has a flowershop and she touches his hand and remembers him.
I believe all I can say about this movie is wow. I was skeptical of a silent film being used to words and music and all the modernism in film making. This movie was great. I loved the way the music made things more exciting. I felt like the music made all the emotion in the film so much more intense. From the fight scene to chases to funny moment to when he saw and was seen by his beloved. I am intriged by silent films now and would love to try more of them. Even without words you could tell what was going on and follow the movie. I liked black and white films and now I also like silent films. Thanks Charlie Chaplin.
I really thought I wasnt going to like this movie just because it was really old, it was in black and white, and there was no voice to it. Turns out, I really enjoyed this movie. Even though it is silent everything is explained by the actions of the characters. I really like Charlie Chaplin as an actor. He is funny. Through out the whole movie I was laughing. I really liked the fact that towards the end the lady recognises him just by the touch of his hand, but when she first laid her eyes on him, she wouldnt want anything to do with him. I would really enjoy to watch other movies like this. =)
Well, you cant hear the actors talk. In the movie, "City Lights", Charlie Chaplin plays a poor tramp that falls for a blind girl. He is also trying to get rich and become a business man. He becomes friends with a rich man, who i think has a drinking problem. Charlie helps the girl out with almost everything she needs help with. As an attempt to help her with her problems he finds a job. When she is being threaten of being evicted, he fights in a boxing match. Although he lost the fight he was still determined to help her. He finds his rich friend and asks to barrow some money. His rich friend is about to get robbed when he receives the money. He is then accused of hitting and robbing his friend. He gives the blind girl the money so she can stay in her home and get a surgey that will cure her blindness. Later, he is taken into custody and when is let out, he finds that the girl is no longer blind. She now owns a flower shop and tries to offer him money and a flower. She then realizes who he is, he was the man that helped her out. I find it very romantic that he tries and help her out. I was so glad that in the end she saw him and didnt freak out or anything of that sort. I sure hope that they fall in love. They would make a good couple.
“City Lights” is about a tramp who falls in love with a blind woman. Now, being that this is a romantic comedy, there is more to the story than that. The circumstances under which the tramp meets the woman are different and cause a bit of confusion between the two. The woman believes the tramp to be rich when he is actually the exact opposite. At his “home” (a bench somewhere in the city), he finds a man who is about to commit suicide. The tramp talks the man out of ending his life and in return, the man tells the tramp that they are friends for life. The man takes the tramp home and supplies him with money and a car which furthers the tramp’s facade of being rich to the blind woman. The tramp goes to his visit his “friend,” but the man is only loyal and friendly when he is drunk.
The tramp, no longer being supplied with money, gets a job as a street sweeper but is soon fired for being late too many times. When the tramp is visiting the blind woman (the reason he was late to work), he discovers a surgery that she could undergo to correct her eyesight. He also happens to discover that the woman must pay her rent or she and her grandmother will be evicted. The tramp agrees to pay for both. Out of a job and in need of money, the tramp comes upon a man who offers him a deal he can’t pass up: the two are to fix a boxing match with each other and split the winnings fifty-fifty. The tramp agrees and when he shows up to the boxing match he is freaked out enough as it is. Then, the other man receives a telegram which states that the police are in search of him and he must leave town immediately. The man leaves and another man is put in his place. The tramp tries to be friendly to the other man but it doesn’t work to his advantage. The tramp loses the boxing match and receives no money for his efforts.
On his way “home,” the tramp comes across his drunken “friend,” who takes him home and treats him well. His “friend” gives him one-thousand dollars with which to pay for the blind woman’s rent and optical surgery. What the two men don’t know is that there are two thieves in the man’s home. One of the thieves comes up behind the tramp’s “friend” and knocks him out. The tramp calls the police and they come to the rescue but, judging by his clothing, mistake the tramp to be the thief. The tramp’s “friend” comes to and, now sober, claims that he doesn’t know the tramp and accuses him of stealing. The tramp flees and gives the money to the blind woman, telling her she can now get her surgery and pay her rent. As the tramp is walking down the street, he is taken by the police and thrown in jail.
A few months later the tramp gets out of jail. As he walks down the street, he discover that the once blind woman has opened a flower shop of her own. Meanwhile, the woman is hopeful in finding her love, he who paid for her rent and surgery (which obviously worked out well because she is now primping herself in a mirror). The tramp eventually walks into the flower shop and tells the woman that he is the one who paid for her rent and surgery. The woman takes his hand and holds it near her heart. The tramp is obviously very dear to the woman. It seems he’s even more dear to her now that she knows he wasn’t a rich man and actually had to work to get her that money.
I will admit, before watching the film I was a bit skeptical. Seeing as how watching the film was necessary, I pushed my skepticism aside. However, three minutes into the film I was laughing like crazy! I know many people disregard the film because it is a silent, black-and-white film from the 1930s, but once you look past all of that, it is a really great film. In fact, I couldn’t imagine the film if it had talking and was in color being as great as it is. I feel that Charlie Chaplin’s ability to make someone laugh without saying a word is absolutely amazing. It’s all in the timing, reactions, and facial expressions. It’s a whole lot easier to say something funny than it is to do something funny. I also really liked the moral of the story. The film tells you that you can love someone for who they are and not what they look like; something that I feel a lot of people don’t really understand (at least not at my age). It also shows the great lengths people will go through for the ones they love. It’s a beautiful storyline with a lot of comedy. I thought the film was great and I would more than willingly watch it again!
Growing up with my mom was probably the best thing that has happened in my life so far. Pamela, my mom, grew up in Gardena, California with her mother as well. Being a citizen of California in my eyes, meant things were competitive but easy at the same time. My mother took it easy on me as well as her being a loving and caring mother. My mom believes in proper language, healthy eating, non-violent discipline, and always doing the right thing. She never talked to me like my dad would. She made sure that her sentences were grammatically correct. When I did the wrong thing or when I did things I was not supposed to, she would always talk it out with me by using her words and not her actions. My mom probably only whipped me once and that was when I was about four or five. Ever since then I have never seen another belt unless it was being used to hold my pants up on my waist. Mom would always say to me, “Two wrongs don’t make a right!” By this she meant that if someone did you wrong that doesn’t mean you would be right by trying to get even with them. She felt that being the bigger person got you further in life then being the one that always wanted to retaliate. Since my mother had white in her, I experienced things I would have never experienced with my dad.
The movie City Lights is a 1931 silent film that stars Charlie Chaplin a tramp that lives on the street. he ends up falling in love with a blind girl that sells flowers. She thinks that he is a rich man and he plays the part to make it seems so. He ends up meeting an actual billionaire who becomes his friend but only when he is drunk, when the billionaire becomes sober he completely forgets who Charlie even is.
The night that the billionaire and Charlie meet he takes Charlie out to a club and they get drunk. On the way home Charlie drives and tells the billionaire that he likes his Rose Royce and drunk as ever the billionaire tells him "you like it, have it". Charlie uses the car to take the blind girl home and impresses her. he accidentally find the bill for the house payment that the girls grandma has been hiding from her. Charlie vows that he will pay for her operation to make her see and pay the rent that is due the next day.
Charlie gets a job picking up the leftovers of horses. but goes to see the girl and loses his job. determined Charlie finds his old friend who has just returned from Europe asks him for money the billionaire gives him 1000 dollars. all of a sudden robbers hit the billionaire on the head then rob him, and the billionaires butler calls the police. The billionaire doesn't remember Charlie and then the movie gets a chase scene. Charlie escapes the police gives the money to the girl and then gets arrested and goes to jail.
Years later Charlie is released from jail. the blind girl can see and owns a flower shop waits for her man to return sees a few kids picking on Charlie and gives him a flower. feeling his hands recognizes him and accepts him into her life.
As early as second or third grade my mother would say, “Make sure you do your best, and get all your work done today” as we drove to school.
“Okay mom, I’ll try my hardest!” I said.
As I kept hearing the same thing every day my responses were with attitude.
Last night I had watched the movie "Hobo with a Shotgun" out of sheer curiosity of the name. Though completely brutal and gruesome, I thought the movie was genius. The film starts with a homeless man (Rutger Hauer) who goes unnamed throughout the whole movie, riding a cargo train to a wasteland of a city that humanity forgot. The first thing he witnesses is the local cocaine drug lord brutally beheading a man (who is Ricky from the hysterical series "Trailer Park Boys") in the middle of the street by attaching a sewer cover apparatus around his neck, dangling him in the sewer, and tieing a noose of barbwire around his neck. The noose is attached to the bumper of a truck, you probably knows what comes next.
Abby comes to the rescue with a sawn-off shotgun and a lawn mower shield (personal favorite weapon) and helps rescue the Hobo from a sewer decapitation. I won't blow the ending, but allot of people die.
I did not fit in with the other sports people. They didn't see what I do as a sport. They said I am not an athlete so I can't train with them, or even just hang out with them. Just because I don't compete within the schools does not by any means imply I am not an athlete. The wrestlers accept me because I have become more than friends with the best wrestler in the state of New Mexico in the 140 pounds weight class. I have seen them train and I train just as hard. To be able to stay on a walking horse, one needs a great sense of balance. To race and jump a horse one must have incredible leg strength, especially to keep the horse cantering and to hold on for dear life. One must have good arm strength to control the reins to keep the horse from going off the predetermined path. Lastly, one must have good posture to jump the horse and land correctly, not fall off and not get a fault, or penalty.
At school, I used to be told by my friends "that is so weird. Where would you go to do that anyway?" My response was always "this is New Mexico, there are a lot of places to ride. I ride in Lamy." What is the difference between riding horses and playing football? Isn't football just running or kicking a ball and knocking down the other players? Is it not that simple? Of course it has its set of rules, just like riding horses. I try to finish a set course faster than the other people. I don't see myself as being that different.
My trainer would tell me "okay Ariana now we are going to raise the fence higher, just hold onto the mane and she will know what to do. Her dam is a pony and her sire is a draft horse, she is the stupidest thing and I have never seen anyone handle her like you." Just like getting fatigued in cross country I got foggy after a while, and just like getting pinned by an opponent in wrestling I fell off and hit my back in the wood jumping fence. I ended up with bruises from shoulder to shoulder. When the people at school saw them, I would be asked "ouch how the hell did that happen?" I would tell my story, "I made a mistake and didn't keep my leg on. My horse, Lilly went to her hind legs and i fell flat on my back as she jumped." At that point no one would say anything. They just sat and looked at me like i was crazy. I would just assure them that it is no more dangerous than the sports they do. Just the same as getting concussions and broken legs in football, being dropped by the cheerleaders or being in a chokehold for too long in wrestling, danger comes with the territory. Riding a 2,000 pound horse is just the same as wrestling about 14 guys in the 140 pound weight class all at once. It takes just as much skill and precision as the wrestlers, cheerleaders, dancers, and football players.
Working at the barn I have realized something, riding horses can be rather therapeutic when one is not trying to compete on them. Only one of my friends understood this. She worked at the barn also. Mentally ill people or people with brain damage usually find help when it is used for therapy. Even the wrestlers will jump on a horse to correct their posture and make their back ache subside. I have learned more about life at the barn than I will anywhere else. I have learned the struggles of competition and living with disabilities. My favorite memory is when i had the opportunity to teach a little boy of the age of 7, who among a myriad of issues had Golder Hare Syndrome and brain damage. Working with him made me a better rider and person because I had to figure out how to get him to understand how to ride a horse and what a horse feels when he pulled on the reins and kicked her at the same time. It also taught me to have incredible patience. The next competition I entered, I earned the blue ribbon.
Getting a blue ribbon in one show does not mean anything about the next show however. In the warm up laps, a gust of wind blew and Lilly got spooked. She took off bucking and kicking with me still on her. I almost had her tamed but then found myself in the soft dirt of the arena. As I lay there, I felt a sharp pain shooting through the top of my arm and my fingers going into my hand. She had kicked me on the top of my shoulder and stepped on my hand. Amazingly enough, it wasn't shattered. One broken bone in my hand and some permanent skin discoloration was all she had done to me. I was shaking and a little bit afraid to get back up but I knew if I didn't, I probably never would. She was calmed and I got on her and walked her around for a while. After this incident I watched races for a while and didn't, well couldn't compete.
Down in El Paso, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada, you run as hard as you can and it's still just good enough to compete but not good enough to win. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, you are expected to win. When you don't they assume the horse has bit sores or the rider just can't get it done plain and simple. I can get it done. Just like taking the state championship in wrestling or football or track, it is a pride no one can ever take away from you.
When I could get back up and start to practice again, I noticed all the coaching differences. The football coach says run four miles, and they obey. The wrestling coach says do fifty reps of a certain weight exercise, they do it. If I don't feel comfortable doing something, I don't have to do so. I have a lot more freedom in my sport because I am riding a 2,000 pound animal. If I do something wrong she may spook and I can lose control and end up dead. If I am uncomfortable doing an activity, I slowly work up to it. Part of it is skill, part courage. I would like to see the football players try to jump a four foot gate and water pond, which is easy for me.
Shows are not about the prize, they are not about winning. They are about being that much better than everyone around you. When you have found how fast you can run and how high you can jump, you have completed one of the first goals in riding. Then the task is going higher and faster. That is one way to get better. Having an eye for how fast and how high is not something that can be taught. One must have the fire inside them to have success. The higher the jump the harder the fall, the harder the fall, the more you want to get back up and prove yourself.
Monday, September 12, 2011
This movie stared Charlie Chaplin who was in love with doing silent movies. In the movie he plays a hobo who comes across a beautiful blind women. He meets her while buying flowers from her. At this moment Charlie gazes into her eyes and realizes thats the girl for him. After this first encounter he continues to come back around and make sure that she falls for him. While all of this is going on Charlie comes across a wealthy man who is about to commit suicide. Charlie changes this mans mind and the man tells him "You are my friend for life." There is one problem with this picture. The man is only friends with Charlie when he is drunk. Once the man is back to his sober self, he acts as if he doesnt know him. So the only time these two interact is when they are happy off of a little bubbly.
Charlie ask his friend for money to help out the blind women because he knows they need help. They need help with the operation for her eye sight and with the rent. Charlie does everything in his power to help and when he gets the money he then tells her "I have to go away for a while." She doesnt understand why but its because Charlie was accused of stealing that money and put in to jail for quite a while. When he gets out he goes looking for her and finds her. She doesnt know at first that Charlie is that guy. After a couple of minutes of star gazing into each others eyes, she says to him, "You?", and then she realizes thats her true love.
I enjoyed the moral but not the movie. I'm not a big fan of older movies like this. If its not talking or in color I doubt I'm going to watch it.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
This movie didn't really interest me. It was pretty funny and romantic. But I didn't like the fact that he lied about who he was only because she was blind and couldn't see who he really was. But again in the end she does realize he is a tramp but he did all he could to help her with rent, he always bought flowers, and he gave her money so she could finally see. Now she sees that you don't have to be rich to have a heart and want to help others in need even though you don't have. The tramp did all he could to help her until in the end he had no more and got thrown in jail. I thought that he was a really good person for going out of his way to help a girl he just met that he doesn't even know. He knew she was in need of help and knowing he didn't have what he needed to help her he went out of his way every time and eventually ended up in jail.
Located inside the money was a tracking device. This tracking device leads Anton to Llewelyn. He finally caught up with him at this motel. Llewelyn was smart enough to know that something was up. He hid the suit case in the vents and checked in to another room so that he could retrieve the money. Anton was not going to give up until he had his money back. The two go at it with a shooting. They both end up getting shot and injured. Once Llewelyn gets away he tosses the money over the USA and Mexico border bridge. Even though he got rid of the money his troubles weren’t over. Anton still went after him and ended up killing him.
This movie made no since to me. I personally didn’t understand the whole point of it. All I know is that I kept hearing gun shots. I also kept seeing people die. This movie had a lot of bloodshed in it. I think that if the movie wouldn’t have been so complicated then I would have understood it a little more. I also would have put more of my attention in it if they spoke more. I kept jumping because Anton kept blowing off door knobs. I would like to know what the point of that was. All in all they movie itself was good just the moral of the whole movie was pointless.