A is for Angle

Ilustration

Hovercraftdoggy. (26 Oct, 2014). The ‘Lantern Pavilion’ in Langgata, Sandnes, Norway  by AWP / Atelier Oslo architects. Photographs by Jonas Adolfsen

The Lantern Norwegian Wood

Meaning

Lisa was amazed when he looked down, her sight directed toward the valley that was way below from the mountains, she was standing at the top and the line that separated her eyes from the world below was diagonal. Everything seemed too small for her, like if men had become little figurines walking around in a murmur that contrasted the utter silence of the giants that held her existence. Tall trees that in her eyes looked more like the children of the valley surrounded the small town where Ned and Kate were playing, their puppies were beside them looking for a rabbit that had run away to hide in its burrow, their little wet noses stuck in the earth. Ned looked up and saw Lisa standing at the top of the mountains, diagonal sight. She looked like a little star in broad daylight sparkling from above, it took him a few moments to clear his mind and know that his sister had returned.

Wordy Words

A is for…

Abbey, accent, accurate, act, actor, adjective, adversary, adverb, alliteration, amazing, ant, anxiety, apple, April, arm, army, art, ashtray, awesome, axe.

Dictionary Meaning

The space within two line or three or more planes diverging from a common point, or within two planes diverging from a common line. The amount of rotation needed to bring one line or plane into coincidence with another, generally measured in degrees, minutes and seconds. A viewpoint; standpoint. . A position from which something is viewed or along which it travels or acts, often as measured by its inclination from an implicit horizontal or vertical baseline.

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The Will To Live

An Essay Of The Film: Dallas Buyers Club

 

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Many times I have wondered about the “engine of life”, where does the strength come from when everything seems to go the wrong direction? What makes us want to live through the difficulties? I believe that most of us learn to live life as it comes, without questioning it, but sometimes an event might take place and change everything about us or show us features of ourselves that were hidden deep within. This new insight could hold the power for us to change our view about what life is and help us transform it in ways that suits our best self. Dallas Buyers Club by Jean-Marc Vallée (2013) is a film that, in my opinion, reflects on general wonderings about how some of us live without consciousness, just adjusting ourselves to the immediate pleasures and taking life for granted. Then, about the importance of taking decisions when necessary mainly out of a crisis that transforms our perspective and finally, creating a new life consciously. I don’t believe there is a recipe for having an ideal lifestyle, but if this movie should work as an example, it would be of the strength of the “will” and of how far someone can go when one desires to achieve something.

      Ron Woodroof is a cowboy man who enjoys life through the rodeo, sex, drinking and gambling. After an unforeseen accident he is taken to the hospital where is told that he is positive for HIV and that it seems his life has only thirty days left. From that day on he struggles to find ways to survive and to live his life with a certain level of dignity. At first, Ron cares for not much except his sweet rewards of pleasure and about his friends perhaps without thinking that there could be an end to that fun, he is unaware of his own mortal condition and his finite existence. The first sequences show us that Ron likes to have sex with different women at the back of the stables while the rodeo is on show. Afterwards, he goes to the dressing room to gamble with his friends. Life for him seems to be a chain of vices that fills his head with excitement however, when he is back at his apartment, there is no one to receive him or to take care of him when he feels ill. The “call” of something being wrong with him is ignored and only after he goes to the hospital and receives clear and loud the news that his life is to an end, he confronts his own reality, the awareness of his living self. It is at the edge of loosing everything that he realises he does not want to die; the denial of the situation comes to invade his body since he does not want to believe that something outside of himself might end his journey:

Ron: Fuck this, this is shit. Fucking thirty day motherfuckers. Let me give y’all a little newsflash. There ain’t nothing out there that can kill Ron Woodroof in thirty days“.

He was right, nothing outside of himself could end his journey more than what he used to do to himself and still could do. I think that many a times we just do not realise how important is each an every one of our experiences since they may have either positive or negative consequences that later develop by themselves, and just as our actions define us also the decisions we take play an important role in the construction of our journey through life, taking things for granted can lead us to learn in more difficult ways how important we should be to our own eyes, I am not speaking of a pretentious sense of importance though, I am referring to the essential respect and care that we ought to have for our place in this world, taking aside religious or spiritual ideas, but at the most basic fulfilment of our needs and well-being.

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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (2013)

      Technical Data

(1) Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

      Writers: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

      Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

      Production: Truth Entertainment, Voltage Pictures, R2 Films

      Country: USA

      Year: 2013

      Language: English / Japanese

      Duration: 117 min

      Genre: Drama / Biography

Awards: Oscar for Best Actor  (Matthew McConaughey), Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jared Leto), Oscar for Best Make Up and Hairstyling. Golden Glob for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated to an Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year.

Synopsis

Inspired by true events. Dallas, 1985.  Ron Woodroof is a homophobic poor electrician who lives between the rodeo gambling, sex and drinking. After an accident at a construction site he has to go to the hospital where is diagnosed with HIV and just a few weeks to survive, from that moment onwards he has to struggle to get the medicaments that may give him a chance to live life with dignity.

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Honour to Richard Linklater

21 Years: Richard Linklater

Matthew McConaughey, Keanu Reeves, Zac Efron Honor Richard Linklater in ’21 Years’ Trailer.

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D is for Director

Ilustration

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Meaning

This is a man who flies away in his mind. He has the capacity not only to organise people and stuff, both wittingly managed as props, but also ideas, moments, events, emotions and stories. Many of them known by their special features that, although are not a requirement, seem to be the preferred behaviour among them: obsession for control, obsession for a story, obsession for images and words; detachment from reality in order to create another sort of reality; reflectiveness upon anything and everything that happens around. This is a very dangerous man who, no doubt, will bewitch anyone that likes magical imagery through the stories he can manage to put in images, movement and time; and also through the happiness and satisfaction that inevitably causes in the audience.

 

Wordy Words

D is for…

Day, dairy, daisy, daughter, dear, destiny, detachment, dilatation, divine, dominant, door, dormant, doorway, dragon, dreams, drops, drugs, dubious, dull, dungeon, duty.

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