I have been busy with some stuff before I graduate- watching movies, reading books (non-business types)- no seriously!
I didn’t want to watch Babel because of the hype surrounding it, but it was actually a very good movie. Brad Pitt looks convincing as an American tourist caught in Morocco. Cate Blanchett looks average…well…only if she were more beautiful. After the Wedding won lots of nominations (including Academy Awards Best Foreign Film of the Year, 2007) and awards. By the way, there are some great movies that win the Oscar (like Chariots of Fire) and there are some really BAD ones (for example- Crash). Fans of the latter movie- please don’t start abusing me. I have seen better stuff- at least that’s what I think. For the life of me, I can’t explain why a movie such as Little Miss Sunshine would be nominated in the Best Film Category. Thank God it didn’t win. Anyway, what I wanted to say is that I really don’t care about the Academy Awards.
Let me jump to another topic now because I like being random in life. I have been reading a graphic novel called Maus. It’s written by Art Speigelman and is a true story, based on his father’s life during the Holocaust. Vladek is the main protagonist, who loses everyone except his wife. Later in life, he turns very miserly and keeps the stove on all the time because the electricity is included in the rental bill. Besides, it helps him save match sticks (the wooden kinds)! What sets this apart from many other Holocaust stories is the fact that humans have been portrayed as rats and Nazis as cats, which reminds me of The Animal Farm written by George Orwell, which was a satire on the Soviet Union. The name of the characters are also non-fictitious. America has a special fascination for World War II. It seems to have rubbed off on me too. I love watching all kinds of Holocaust movies and reading many Holocaust books.
Here is a scene from the novel, in case you’re interested: