Blog 18: Vertigo

Source: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2014/scientific-program/swirls/

I am not even sure how to start my initial thoughts on Vertigo. So… this movie is just… weird. The plot is practically Tzeentchian by nature yet somehow all comes around to join together in one unifying plot. The motives for the people in the film seem to be standard, but the turns this film takes definitely speak to it’s psychological nature. A man going mad from the death of an individual who was not the individual that is now dead but is. The feeling you may have just gotten from reading that sentence is likely exactly what I felt throughout the majority of this movie. Though I can’t speak too soon since it isn’t technically over yet. The things I like most about this movie is exactly the somewhat confusing plot I mentioned earlier. It reminds me of a Bob Ross painting. When you start, it looks like a bunch of squares and crappy looking colors on a canvas. Afterwards though, you end up with an extremely coherent painting that demands attention from its passers. This imbues the plot with a certain charm, at least in my eyes, that one could make such a not terrible movie with so many fragmented subplots while maintaining cohesion to form a bigger picture. One thing I do not like about the movie is the acting and the stereotypes. It is a standard damsel in distress/affair story turned death instilled madness. Not to mention the acting out of such stereotypes is not incredibly well done. Now the dreaded question of modernization. I would first of all find a way to replace those template stereotype sub plots with something else. I’m not sure what exactly. The acting on such stereotypes could be better played out if they had to stay though. The next largest change I would make is an update to graphical aspects. Better camera equipment, 3D animations, and all that jazz. Oh, one final issue I had with the movie was it’s use of music. It seemed that for the majority of the movie the music was rather confused as to what mood it was trying to set. This was somewhat irritating considering we had to take notes on such music. Overall I would say this movie is something I would definitely suggest someone watch, but it certainly isn’t a movie I would be willing to re watch more than once.

Blog 17: Further Confusion, but now with Society

Source: https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1172010-filthy-frank
(No, I am not ashamed of this)

My initial impressions of the work were primarily misinterpretations. Whitman would make an analogy to something that I either wouldn’t get or would misinterpret. The primary way I have been correcting said misinterpretations is primarily through our teacher, and a bit through our group discussion. Though one of those two may be more reliable than the other, it still brings up interesting questions as to why people would interpret the work differently, and how society today has shaped the meaning of the work. My initial thoughts on our groups section of the work were more of understanding than my previous observation. This is also primarily because our teacher gave us a few hints for the first few lines, and then it got us on the right track. I think our section is presenting an interesting topic though. As far as me and my groups interpretations go, it is about society and war. It talks specifically in the first section which I am presenting about society. It talks about how children are our future, and how society is something that cannot truly be understood. These to me seem to be the roots of modern day philosophy or, at least, modern day thinking. I would say the most important lines from the section would in fact be the first 9 lines. These lines introduce to you the idea and the analogy that this entire section relies upon for it to make any sense whatsoever. They are the lines that set up the theme of society in all its mystery, and all it’s consequences. It sets the theme for the generations that take the mantle of society each time one other generation passes. It sets all of this up to support the further parts of this section. The most difficulty my group and I have been having with this work was really coming to a consensus on what interpretations was correct. We all threw out a bunch of ideas and twisted the words or meanings to support them, but none of us could quite identify the actual meaning of the work. Not without a bit of help from our teacher that is. Overall I found the sections of the work we read to be intriguing, but difficult. It really challenges you to find the meaning within the seemingly unimportant words on its pages.

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