Friday, February 28, 2014

English: Conversation: Short Films

28/02/2014
English: Conversation: Short Films
Teacher: Audrey Ross

We discussed about these movies:
1.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBhjDgmGrXg
Comedic story of an eccentric Tokyo convenience store worker whose obsession for neatness leads to a sudden change

Film Analysis - Short Film "Right Place"

This is a short film which I decided to look into as research for my psychoanalytical study, it concerns a  young man with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) working at a small supermarket. The film focuses on his condition as it renders him unable to leave anything out of place or unordered and shows various quick shots of him constantly checking and rearranging shelves, even if customers are in his way. This also leads him to follow a few customers rearranging the shelves as they go along, such as making sure every item is facing outwards and is a set distance apart from each other and appears tidy. This continues until he comes across a female shoplifter in which he grabs the item she was about to try and steal and places it back on the shelf and sets about in rearranging the shelf it's on, then when he turns to reprimand the woman he notices the woman has socks that are uneven so without even thinking he kneels down to straighten them out to make them both the same height. This event leads him to be slammed against a wall by his supervisor in which even as he is being yelled at he cannot stop himself from straightening his bosses glasses as they are slipping down his face, which ends in him being fired and forced to look for work elsewhere, and he ends up seeing an advert for a bonesetter at a museum which could actually make use of his obsessive tendencies.


The film focuses heavily on the characters obsession to keep things ordered and perfect, his obsessive drive to try and control his environment and keep it in order. This is shown constantly thought he quickly edited close up shots of the man rearranging shelves and items within the supermarket, and shots of his face reveal his annoyance when things are taken out of place and are not properly replaced. His obsessive drive also leads him to perform actions that would be considered socially abnormal such as him almost instinctively reaching down to adjust someones socks if they were uneven, and also even when he is being punished his obsession takes over his actions as he adjust his bosses glasses for him. The film also uses a non diegetic music soundtrack that seems very rhythmic and is timed well with the quick close ups while the character indulges in his obsession, although the music does seem clunky and doesn't really fit well with the setting of the film even though it does fit with the character as the music seems very ordered and repeats itself.


2.)


This is an English translation of the lirics:


To have a good start
Into this jolly new day
And to wake myself up
I have a coffee


An arabica
Black and spicy
I get on my parka
Now I'm ready to go


Where are you going
My loved one cries
"Let's have a kava, I just got up"
Being ahead of time
And a bit rushed
I change my mind and have another coffee


At 8:15
One has to admit
The offices are empty and you get easily bored


But I stay calm
I know how to adapt
Before they get there
I have time to drink another coffee


The day starts
Everybody can work at least until
It's time for a coffee break


My secretary comes in
"I have made it the way you like it"
Damn, just had one
But now that you've prepared some


A business dinner
Not far from the road
The weather's great but I'm a bit stressed out
My colleagues have a great time
"You're so cool René!"
"Have another cigar and a coffee"


Once we're finished
My collegues worn out
I call a taxi
But I would like to jump
I run all over Paris
Then I see a coffee bar
I order a decaf
But re-caffeined


I arrive at the office
My secretary reproaches me
"You're a bit late; I was starting to get worried!"
Oh! I throw her out the window
She was asking for it
Anyway, I got to go home
But first a coffee


Waiting for the subway
I get mobbed
A small old woman says to me
"Do you know what time it is?"


Hey, I hit her in the face and push her onto the platform
I rush home and I get myself a ... can you guess?!


"Daddy, daddy,
I'm the best student in my class!"


Honey, what's up!!
Now stop annoying me!!
How stupid this kid is!!
And now he's starting to cry!!
I lock myself up in the kitchen!!
There's still a bit of coffee!!


It's been a while that I've locked myself up
I'm all alone in my kittchen and I drink coffee
I had better sleep
The police are going to arrest me
So I hide under a bank and I have another coffee


Thursday, February 27, 2014

English: Watching a Futuristic Film

27/02/2014
English: Watching a Futuristic Film





Published on Aug 1, 2012
Sight, a brilliant and disturbing short sci-fi film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, imagines a world in which Google Glass-inspired apps are everywhere.
This is their graduation project from Bezaleal academy of arts.


A new film called Sight successfully tackles the subject of augmented reality, commenting on the potential impact of this rising technology.


In the short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, we find out what it means to live in a virtual reality, where everything from the art hanging on the walls to the reactions of the date sitting across the table are displayed in a contact lens-like device for our own eyes only.


We are introduced to protagonist Patrick, as he lies prone on the floor of his nearly barren apartment, playing a game only he can see. Next, we follow him into the kitchen, where he scores points for uniformly chopping cucumber slices in a virtual-reality version of Fruit Ninja.


The seven-minute film eventually shows us just how complicated virtual reality can get, as we watch Patrick struggle to relate to his date, Daphne, in the real world. We're taken from a computer-enhanced environment of convenience to more complicated and murkier reality, showing us what it might be like if apps and cellphones weren't just handheld devices, but embedded into our minds, bodies and culture.





And this is not a fiction now:
This is a video:
And this is an article about it:
http://innovation.uk.msn.com/tomorrow/space-glasses-offer-a-next-gen-vision-of-the-future

English: Story Time

English: Story Time
In this class, we will narrate a story together! I will give the students the start of a story, and each student will have to continue the story bit by bit. You will be the author and along with others in the class, we will complete a short story! This will be tons of fun, so make sure you join!



Characters: 2 People, 1 Doctor, 1 young helper (nurse)
Person 1: A pregnant woman (Maria)
Person 2: Maria Husband (Anthony)
Doctor: Dr. Who
Nurse: Peter


Location: Verbling Hospital


Time Period:  Present Day (2014) - Morning time


Plot (Storyline): Maria wants to have plastic surgery. Anthony doesn’t know about it. Dr. Who and Maria make a secret appointment to give Maria a facelift (cosmetic surgery). During the surgery, Anthony comes in and he is very angry.


Title: A Scary Surgery



Once upon a time...Maria was watching TV and she saw something interesting on TV. It an was advertisement about plastic surgery. After she watched the advertisement, she contacted the doctor in Verbling Hospital to make an appointment. She asked herself “Why did my husband say earlier that he loved me very much, but this time he only said that he loves me?”


Maria knew the doctor at Verbling Hospital from a class she had taken on Verbling earlier. She and Dr. Who had a good working relationship. She called up Dr. Who’s office and decided to make an appointment with him:


Maria: “Hello, I want to meet with Dr. Who if he is free.”


Peter: “Yes Maria. Why do you need to talk with Dr. Who?”


Maria: “I want to get a facelift.”


Peter: “ I wouldn’t recommend you get a facelift because in a previous case our patient lost his face.”


Maria: “Oh! I’m surprised to hear your recommendation because just this week I saw an advertisement that Dr. Who was an expert at facelift surgeries. So can you give me an appointment to meet with him directly because I really want to tell him about my concerns, please?”


Peter: “Okay, Dr. Who is free on Friday at 9:00am.”


Maria: “Yes, that’s good for me. Please do not call my house and tell anyone of my appointment, especially my husband.”
Peter: “Yes, your secret is safe with us.”


Chapter 2


Maria tells Anthony that she is going to her mom’s place. Anthony is a suspicious person and he had been checking Maria’s calls. When he heard about the secret appointment, he was very upset.


When Maria felt that her husband found out about her secret facelift appointment, she came back home and spoke to Anthony. She explained her reason for making the secret appointment. She said she didn’t want to tell her husband because she did not feel beautiful and that Anthony did not love her anymore, not like before.


Anthony accepted her explanation and he let her go to finalize the expenses for the surgery, without contributing his own money.  


Chapter 3


Maria is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital. She looks excited, and doesn’t look nervous. Meanwhile, Anthony is at home and getting angrier by the minute. He takes his gun and starts driving towards the hospital, and yelling at himself for letting his wife go.


It was a wonderful, sunny day for a tragic story.


Anthony meets Peter at the hospital and he angrily asks Peter “Did you advice my wife to get a facelift?!”


Peter says “Mr. Anthony, we didn’t give her any advice about getting a facelift. She came to us voluntarily because she believed what she saw about Dr. Who was that he is capable of doing a life-changing surgery on her.”


Anthony got angry and started a fight in the hospital. At this moment, Maria came in and wanted Anthony to stop fighting. Maria approached Anthony and reminded him that this surgery was for herself and special for Anthony so that she can maintain her beauty.


Anthony replies “I love you very much, Maria. Come home with me please.”


Maria says “I love you too. I don’t want the surgery anymore. You are the most important thing in my life. Let’s go home.”


The End

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Typed by Teacher Hina


Monday, February 24, 2014

English Tea With Lemon! -- NEW LAWS MAY ALLOW CHOICE OF BABY'S SEX ---


24/02/2014
English Tea With Lemon!

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NEW LAWS MAY ALLOW CHOICE OF BABY'S SEX
Jim and Debbie Jones (not their real names), whose daughter was killed in a tragic domestic accident last year, plan to use the new British human rights laws to win the legal right to choose the sex of their baby. The Jones, who have four sons, say that the 'female dimension' has disappeared from their family since the death of Jasmine.


"Words cannot describe what it feels like to lose the little girl we had wanted for so long. We know another girl won't replace Jasmine, but we want the chance lo try," said Jim Jones. "What we're hoping to do with the use of technology is create the female dimension again. We have psychologists' reports and doctors' reports which confirm that our reasons for wanting a girl go beyond just wanting to replace her. Our family doesn't feel complete any more. I adore our sons but we would like another girl."


Gender selection is only possible in Britain for medical rather than social, psychological or physical reasons. Pro-life campaigners say that if the Jones are allowed to choose the sex of their baby, it could lead to babies becoming consumer items. A spokesman said: "We are totally opposed to engineering the numbers and g,enders of people in society. That leads only to disaster." The Jones' lawyers will be basing their arguments on new human rights legislation.


Article six guarantees everyone "a fair hearing" from public authorities and Article eight protects the right of everyone to 'respect for family life'.



Read the article again. Mark the following sentences true (T) or false (F):


1.The.|ones feel they need a baby girl to make their family complete again. (T)
2. At the moment in Britain it is not possible to choose the sex of your baby.
3. New laws on human rights may allow the Jones to choose the sex of their baby.


Discussion.


Do you think the Jones should be allowed to choose to have a baby girl? Why? \Why not?


Look at the sentences below. Mark them in the following way:
if you agree
X if you disagree
? it you partly agree and partly disagree
1. An unborn child has rights. Those rights must be protected.


2. We don't have the right to interfere with a child's future personality and appearance.
3. Deciding the sex of your child will be a basic right in fifty years' time.
4. We should have the automatic right to choose particular genes for our own babies


Discussion.
1. There is a history of red hair in my family.
I have red hair and I was badly teased at school. I would like to make sure my child does not have red hair.
2. I'm a university professor and my husband is a doctor. We'd like to make sure our baby is intelligent.


3. I feel there is too much violence and aggression  in the world. I would like to make sure my child is a calm and gentle person.


4 I suffer from a genetic disease which I inherited from my mother. My children have a one in five chance of having the same gene.

Before I start a family, I want to have treatment to make sure I do not pass on this gene