Best Movie: North Country

This week, I attended two sabbaticals: 从电影看到东西方文化的差异 (Differences in Western and Eastern Culture in Films) and Ancient Chinese Math. Despite what the title might seem, the sabbaticals were held by both Chinese and English teachers!

We watched a lot of snippets of different films in the film sabbatical, but we watched two films fully. 秋菊打官司 and North Country.

North Country was amazing.
The plot showed how women gained their rights, by standing up to the men. While the law system was pretty advanced for the 1980s, women were looked down upon, and abused and harassed because the men’s attitude. But North Country shows that women have rights, and women can take a stand against the norm to fight for what is right.
The two scenes that really touched me was when Josie’s father finally stood up for her in front of all the men, all his friends and also when women, miners and Josie’s family stood up in support for her during the court hearing. It was so touching and so inspirational, and this shows how one person can affect a whole group of people, a whole state and then, the whole world.
Not to mention the stellar cast in North Country. Charlize Theron, who was amazing, Frances McDormand, who I recognise from Mississippi Burning and was just so brilliant, and not to mention Jeremy Renner. I just love Jeremy Renner, and all his roles, but this role was a huge turning point for me. It shows how flexible he is in his acting, how he can act as the antagonist and still be so hot and amazing. (Yeah, my fangirling self is showing…)

In a nutshell, this movie is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

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Best Movie: North Country

The Breakfast Club

In a span of two days, I’ve accomplished about 4 movies. The Breakfast Club, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Best Exotic Marigolds Hotel, and Snow White and the Huntsman. The Breakfast Club is probably one of my favourites.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming of age comedy-drama film written and directed by John Hughes. The storyline follows five teenagers (each a member of a different high school clique) as they spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all deeper than their respective stereotypes.

I was first compelled to watch this movie because I was fascinated with the old movies. I like to call them “oldies”. I loved Grease, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and this movie is now added on to the short yet classic list. The movie is really cute. And very realistic. It’s hilarious, and confusing at the same time, and makes me laugh even though I should be exhausted at 11 in the night.

Bender is the jerk, the trouble-maker, but yet I can see what Claire sees in him. Behind that bad-boy appearance is a boy who is consistently hurt and put down by his father and just want to be liked. His snark protects him from any more hurt, and as a boy of course he’s meant to make trouble. He’s also loyal, from how he distracted the Principal Vernon just to save his new friends from being caught.

Claire is most likely the Queen Bee of the school. She’s pretty, and she is into makeup and shopping. She’s innocent, and she’s a little conceited and self-conscious. She’s unable to admit that she’s a virgin, but she has a kind soul and is probably the first to see the good in Bender.

Andrew is the jock. He’s on the wrestling team, and so were the rest of the men in his family. His father puts high hopes on him, and consistently gives Andrew grief from not doing bad-ass things and getting into trouble and risking himself from losing the wrestling competition. Andrew feels overly pressurised and feels hatred and anger to his father, just like Bender.

Brian is the geek. He’s handsome, and really cute. He’s into Mathematics, and Physics and like Andrew, his family has high expectations of his grades. Brian is also unable to admit he was a virgin, and was suicidal because he flunked an assignment and was afraid of his parents’ reaction.

Allison is the confusing one. She’s a compulsive liar, and her family ignores her, making her feel despair and feel like leaving home. She carry around things as though she is running away from home. She has no friends either than the Breakfast Club, and her random yet few outbursts makes me feel confused. She doesn’t dress well, and keeps to herself.

But soon, the Breakfast Club bonds together. Claire helps Allison doll up, and everyone admits about their problems, such as peer pressure. However, despite these developing friendships the students are afraid that once the detention is over, they will return to their very different cliques and never speak to each other again. After the detention, in which Brian write an essay for all of them, Allison and Brian kissed, and Claire gives Bender her earring, which he wear on his ear.

I think what touches me is not only the developing, rare friendship between them, but also the essay Brian wrote.

Dear Mr Vernon,

We accept the fact that we have to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention, for whatever it was we did wrong, but we think you are crazy for making us write an essay to you about who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out, is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket-case, a princess and a criminal. Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,

The Breakfast Club

It was so true and realistic. People see each other as they want to see. We are consistenly being defined by labels. And we feel the pressure to abide by this labels.

I suddenly feel the courage to break out. I don’t know what I am labelled as, be it grumpy or irritating or goody-two-shoes. Who cares? As long as I’m who I want to be, as long as I’m friends with who I want to be friends with, as long as I dream whatever dreams I want to dream of, WHO CARES?

I don’t.

The Breakfast Club