Watson

As part of Sustainability month we were invited to watch the film by Fed Square

Watson is a movie talking about one man’s life in saving all the whales and marine lives. He started Sea shepherd. They are passionate about tackling key issues in our oceans such as illegal fishing and plastic. Climate change is another key threat. Sea Shepherd was founded in 1977 by Paul Watson. He was passionate about saving the earth! It was hard and they tried many times to save them. The global moratorium was passed in 1986 and we saved over 5000 whales! Commercial whaling is where they kill the whale and its sad

Paul has a lot of awards for his work with animals. He is American. The feds wanted him for something at first! He lived in Vancouver and he worked on ships as a whaler and traveled to Iraq. He used to throw bombs and killed sea life and then he didn’t want to do it. The ocean is full of whales. He is an environmental activist. Greenpeace was not a part of the whale and part of whaling. The baby whale had been killed by the Russians!

We want to protect our oceans and marine life and make it beautiful

Before that Sea Shepherd talked about how much rubbish we waste. They talk about plastic being eaten by the animals!

Plastic kills marine life

We need to stem the tide of plastic in the ocean! The amount of trash that people throw out is so high. They did 4km of the 14km of beach and they collected 7100 tonnes of rubbish

Dulpan is a beach far from Anaheim land. Sea Shepherd volunteers joined forces with the Dimaru rangers to clean the beaches. Some of the rubbish comes from South East Asia

They would have collected 250000 tonnes of rubbish. We need to get rid of our plastic addiction so that our marine life does not die. We all have a part to play to make our country beautiful

 

It is run by Sea Shepherd who looks after our seas and wildlife. Their project is run for two weeks a year and the rangers clean it the rest of the time

The people clean the beach with the nets and its a challenge to get it to landfill! There are many steps to get there. They have to take it to the campsite. The rubbish and nets have to be sorted

When the restrictions ease on museums and other tourist places and travel in Melbourne, we encourage you to visit Sea shepherd in Williamstown and get involved.


Mulan

I saw the new Disney movie at home on the Disney Channel. Orignially it was going to be for the cinemas but due to Coronavirus they put it straight to live stream.

Directed by Niki Caro the theatrics of the movie was really good. She is from New Zealand and they are known for their good theatrics and detail.

The storyline remained the same however there was no talking dragon and there was a female witch which is played Li Gong. Li Gong is known for her role in Memoirs of a Geisha. She is known to play dramatic characters.

Based on the 1998 movie its about a woman who disguises herself as a male warrior to save her father and the kingdom from the evil Bori Khan. She is courageous and fights really well. At the training, she fails it at first and then later on passes. Later on when the other soldiers find out that is she is a woman she is expelled from the camp. At the Imperial city, she makes up and has a brilliant idea of defeating Bori Khan and the Witch.

The movie is based on being brave, loyal, and truthful. These are three pillars of Chinese Wisdom. Yifei Liu was great in playing Mulan who is brave and she defeated Bori Khan the evil warlord who defeated many kingdoms and tried to take the Imperial City by kidnapping the emperor. Donnie Yen plays Commander Tung. At first, I could not recognize him as he is older. I couldn’t recognize Jet Li as the emperor as he always fights

The movie is available on Disney Plus


The social dilemma

The Social Dilemma is on Netflix and it is a compelling documentary about social media and its deep dark secrets

How much is social media wrecking our lives? Google and Facebook have few people but yet they bring in billions! They sell their user’s info. Advertisers pay for the products u use. And they are competing for your attention. How much time can they get you to spend? AI has been discussed here as well as the algorithm and your goals are different than the advertisers.

False information makes the company money. Facebook has trillion of this misinformation online. There are a lot of conspiracy theorists online

Resurrection is talked about here.

They talk about how the mind works. The psychology of how people think and how to make technology persuasive. And how to make people use the product. An unconscious habit. Eg the slaw machine in the casino.

Prototyping eg your friend tagged you in a photo. When you tag people in photos it generates advertising and hacking activity on Facebook. People can hack into your account. All these strangers are recommended by Facebook to be your friend. This is why it’s important to ask your friend’s permission before you tag them. If they tagged you, you can always remove the tag.

Emojis are another way to growth hacking. Get people to get more friends in as many days

Manipulation is another way of getting users to look at ads and respond

Vulnerability is exploited here. We cant tell whats true and what’s not. Addiction is important here. People are addicted to these things. I couldn’t get off my phone. A lot of people fall prey to these things and dings. I’m addicted to Instagram and before the 14-day iso, I used to do it a lot. I used to be addicted to it a lot

Social media is a drug. We can talk about dopamine here. It takes away a kid’s self-worth and identity. We were not evolved around what 10000 people think. It is a fake popularity. It forces you to think that I need it back. We cant eat at the dinner table without it

There has been a lot of depression and anxiety for teen girls and suicide.

We need to learn how to live with these devices. The son went without technology for a week. On the third day, he looked at the phone and released he’s being scammed. He takes it back to bed as the information algorithm. We went without it for 14 days

Politics is talked about here and discourse happens. The boy went to a protest and goes to a protest

We need regulation and law to protect everyone on social media. The companies can sell stuff but human rights need to be looked after

We can change the way these products are designed and how we make the world better. How can we make it better? The way social media is designed is not going in a flash. But we can learn to live with it. And we can learn not to be on it all the time.


Julia and Julie

I really wanted to write about this movie as we are living in Coronavirus times in our own little bubble and we see the same people day in day out.

Julie and Julia is a movie about food. It is based on a true story involving two women and their love for cooking and food. There are ups and downs in their lives as the women learn to cook well. This is a feel good movie. Directed by Nora Ephron and starring Amy Adams and Merryl Streep this movie is a feel good one.

Julie and Julia is a food loving movie. Here you’ll see all the food porn and see that French cooking is really simple and it could be amazing

Julie cooks all of Julia’s recipes within a year and writes a sucessful blog about food and how her relationship with Julia has deepened. She imagines Julia being in her kitchen with her. Julie has a mundane job of being a office worker and she lives in a tiny Queens apartment with her husband.

Later on Julie’s blog becomes popular and she gets an interview with a popular editor.

Julia lived in France for quite some time. Julia is also an American who went to Le Condon Bleu cooking school and cooked in the professionals class. Like Julie she had some major hurdles to contend with. Like Julie she lives with her husband Paul. And together they enjoy food and love each others company.

Food is the way to someone’s heart and its ok to love yourself for who you are not what you look like. You should have a healthy relationship with food and exercise. In today’s world its a pity that people don’t have such a healthy relationship with food. People always talk about diet and I hate that because people are missing out lots of memories with food.


World Laughter Day

World Laughter day is on the 5th of May and this year it is incredibly important because we have seen a lot of depression and anxiety during these Coronavirus times. It is important to stress less.

What makes you laugh today? Is it a joke that someone says? Or is it someone’s action? Laughter is contagious! Laughter burns about 10-40 calories per laugh and it lightens our mood. And you’ll forget that the Coronavirus even exists

What are some funny films that you could see during this pandemic?

Liar Liar

It is the film that made Jim Carrey famous

The Mask

Borat

About a Boy

There’s many others that you could see on Netflix. Even better why not have a watch party?


Cyberbully the movie

In our everyday lives at work and at school we are bullied a lot. People are bullied for all kinds of reasons whether it is a disability or looks or some other reason. We watched Cyberbully on Youtube as this movie is a VHS movie.

It stars Emily Osment as a 17 year old girl who has just had her birthday. For her birthday she got a a laptop and all the freedom with it. That night she signed up for a social networking site where she was bullied daily by a girl named Lindsay. It got so bad that she attempted suicide at the end but came out alive.

BE careful of what you post online about someone, it will come back to haunt you later on.

Do watch the movie now, especially during these school holidays. If you have kids you should talk about cyberbullying and being careful online. Kids should tell you their password so that you can check up on them online.

Make sure that they befriend people that they know from school and family friends. They should set their Facebook to private.

If they are being bullied, they should tell you and their teacher. Let them know that they don’t have to go it alone. Be there for them. If you are being bullied at work do tell your manager about it. Make sure that you have evidence such as emails or videos. Tell your family about the bullying so that they can be there for you.


Harry potter movies

We talk about the Harry Potter movies which is about a boy who grows up to be a man and a famous wizard. In the first three movies Harry is just a student at Hogwarts and enjoying his time there and not thinking too much about Voldermort. Then in the fourth movie things began to change and the movies are a bit darker. The movies are based on JK Rowling’s books- there are eight movies and each are a sequel from the last movie. It is the same for the Harry Potter books.

Sometimes we believe in curses such as Wingardium Leviosa. The Harry Potter movies encouraged me to be and strong and confident. In the Goblet of Fire Harry’s name was written in the in the cup even though he did not sign up. But in the end he learned to be stronger and he just had to get on with the challenge. He had to deal with it head on. And that’s what we have to do as runners. And he kept doing that for the next four movies- meeting challenges head on.

He also dealt with killing Voldermort and he accepted help from his friends and teachers to do so. Sometimes a curse can be a blessing in disguise.

Death. Rebirth again and again. One idea is dead another one starts.

Avada Kedvara is the killing curse. In the later movies it was used to kill the snake and to kill Cedric. So many people had sacrificed themselves for Harry and died for him. We have to think about the sacrifices in our lives.

What do you think about this review? Do leave a comment below!


2012

2012 is a sci fi movie starring John Cusack. Its about the earth ending and climate change. Here they talk about the unsteady globe and the temperatures that are rising. People are forced to evacuate. There is a lot of panic.

There’s tsunamis and earthquakes and buildings falling. Its a movie about survival of the fittest and I thought it would be befitting to talk about it here since climate change is on the agenda. The movie goes for two hours and thirty minutes.

It starts off in California where Jackson (John Curtis) is a non fiction writer. He just got his first book published and people are buying it. He is divorced and Kate (Amanda Peet) is living with this surgeon Gordon who is Kate’s new boyfriend. He seems a bit self centred always talking about Jackson and putting him down. There are lots of references to dying.

The earth’s core moves a lot, but in the end most of the people survived as they were evacuated on these huge giant ships and aircraft.

So what can we learn from this movie?

  • Don’t use energy unneccessarily
  • Don’t buy single plastic things
  • We should worry about the factories that use up a lot of the earth’s resources to produce things- a lot of the fumes from the factories destroy the ozone layer
  • We should cycle, walk or use public transport more often instead of our cars- diesel fumes from the cars destroy the ozone layer

Rent it now on Youtube or you can watch it on Amazon Prime for free


Brittany runs a Marathon

The story is a motivational one and one about why you should take up running even though you are fat or have a disability. It just goes to show that anyone can run. This movie is on Amazon Prime and for new customers they get 30 days free.

This movie is based around a woman’s life- Brittany. And it’s a true story about this sad 27 year old who is fat, drinks a lot and is lazy. She has an apartment and a job that doesn’t pay so well at the theatre. She sleeps a lot during the day. At the beginning she was always late for work because she missed her train. But then when she started training for the New York City marathon, she manages to get the train.

The first time she went to the doctor he recommended that she lose weight and become healthy. And that’s what she did. It takes a lot of courage to become healthier and run a marathon.

At the beginning of the movie Brittany weighed 193 pounds and then she started running a mile, then two miles. Over time she ran faster and faster. Her New York city time was 3:49 hours. That year that she trained, she befriends Catherine who lives in the same apartment block as her and is always perfect. She also baby sits a dog and befriends Jern. Eventually they move in together and they become intimate. At this time she loses her other drinking friends especially Gretchen. Gretchen, although a teacher seemed a bit self centred and not learning to respect Brittany’s space and no.

Later on she gets kicked out and moves back home. She also gets a stress fracture. But a year later she runs the marathon.

Do see the movie if you like to be motivated to lose weight.


Ever After

Ever After is one of my favourite movies. I rented it on Youtube which unfortunately is not a part of my phone plan.

It is narrated by the great Dame and the Brothers Grimm. The painting of danielle was talked about. Danielles life as Cinderella was told. She wanted a life of freedom.

Drew Barrymore stars as Danielle. She is gorgeous and she stands up for what she believes in. Drew is really with playing characters that are courageous and fight for what they believe in. Anjelica Houston is the evil baroness Rodmilla.

Once upon a time a young Danielle and her father lived in this beautiful house. Her father was kind and was always travelling. One day he brought home the stepmother and two stepsisters (Marguerite and Jacqueline). They lived happily for a while until he left for his travels. Then the father falls ill and dies on the road. After that the baroness takes over the house and sells Maurice, Danielle’s favourite servant. Ten years later Danielle gets him back with the money the prince gave him

Baroness Rodmilla is so mean to Danielle. She made Danielle do all the chores and berates her at the ball. She sells Danielle off to the baron and Danielle breaks free from him. In the end the Baroness and her stepdaughter gets punished. Jacqueline was the only one that was nice out of the two sisters.

Danielle falls in love with the prince after he stole her horse. He didn’t want to be king at first. They end up having a good time.

So how can we relate to this story?

In the real world there are a lot of mean people such as a greedy landlord or your boss. We should stick up for ourselves and be happy. Our happiness counts too.

Before you marry someone you should live together with them and see how they are. They should respect your happiness and your life values and you should respect theirs.