Good Books and Films

Good books and films (geniuses and masterpieces) are often born out of childhood traumas and poor family circumstances

If you do not have drama in your life, then why will you create a happy end in your dreams? The best boost to move forward and to work hard is a mournful, poor, miserable and horrible childhood. If people do not have happy childhood, in their adulthood they will probably try to create a happy resemblance of their childish dreams.

Walt Disney, as well as Pamela Lyndon Travers (born Helen Lyndon Goff) didn’t have the carefree and joyful childhood. Walt Disney suffered from the numerous beatings of his father, he began to work at 8, because his family was very poor.  Helen Goff’s father, whom she loved very much, died from influenza, when she was 6-year-old girl. So, Disney and Travers were unhappy in their childhood. That is the reason, why they devoted their lives to create a happy, fantastic childhood for millions of children all over the world. And that was the instrument to try to return the chance to change their own childhood, to change the past reality into something positive and correct, to revive childish hopes.

God does not give the gift of the poetic talent, God gives the talent of bad life. Only a small number of people can get the benefit out of the chasm of despair.

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 Ukrainian language divide: are we divided or united by the language?

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All people on the Earth have their own peculiarities, points of view, characters. We are different and unique. Everybody likes to be special. That is why I think that every language must be unique and independent. The official language of any country is a superb chance for her to prove her own identity. The language is a part of important symbols, part of our souls and motherland. So, to my mind, language unites the country and must unite the people of this country. But Ukraine is totally another story…

First of all, many people, who now live here, are not Ukrainians at all. They do not want to learn the alien language, they do not understand the necessity of learning it. They don’t feel themselves as a part of Ukraine nation. Not always Ukraine is welcoming foreign guests. People do not like to be made do something by force. It spurns.

The second reason, why the language situation in Ukraine is so unstable and obscure, is that many people speak “surjik”, an illiterate mix of Ukrainian and Russian language. We will never save our native language if we do not respect its rules and its traditions. At least well-educated people must speak correctly. All of us need a good example. And not only in the issue of language.

As opposed to the above ideas, language may unite the country if people value their history, origins and traditions. Ukrainians do value these things, but during the war language is an extra one irritatingred rag to a bull. It only pours oil on the flames.

All things considered, I can say that now language divides Ukraine into two parts. But I would like to underline that we can be united. We just need to be more tolerable and tactful to each other. In any case, we are humans. We are the top of evolution. That is why I hope and believe, as many people do, that we can come to an agreement without primitive methods of assault and battery.

My Education

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I have few memories of the time spent at kindergarten. I was at playgroup only two weeks. My Mom says that I liked being there. I remember the large bowls with condensed milk. After two weeks I infected all kids in my kindergarten with chicken pox and that was the end of my stay at playgroup.

At the age of six, I entered the first form of grammar school. I have a lot of recollections of my primary school. Fortunately, it was co-educational school. That’s why when I was 6-year-old, I met my first love, even two. Both of them were in my class. The school also had its disadvantages: we were supposed to sleep at day-time and I hated it. But my kind mother was my savior from those cruel rules of primary school. She always took me home after 12 a.m. Children also had to study English from the 1st form in this school, but at that time I couldn’t say whether it was advantage or disadvantage for me. The only thing in my primary school I was sure about is that I didn’t like the process of studying in Ukrainian language at all, because I couldn’t understand any word. But it is necessary to say, that my first teacher always told my parents that I had “clever eyes”.

All my school years from 4th up to 9th form I remember very vaguely. I had different marks: sometimes “A”, sometimes “C” or “D” (the latest was quite OK for me if to talk about math). To be honest, I envied my friends from simple schools, who came home from school at noon and played in the yard all the time. And I also decided not to care about my education. So, studying wasn’t in the list of my interests up to the age of fifteen. My parents never made me study hard; they respected my choice in favour of happy childhood. When I was thirteen, the interest of the teachers in our moral upbringing was an irritant for me. I also disliked taking part in extra-curricular activities, I was too busy falling in love with a strange boy in leather skinny trousers and chains.

At fifteen, I understood that I was bright and clever girl. And I asked myself: “Are you stupid? Why can’t you be the best student in your class? Why do you have “satisfactory” if you can have “excellent” mark?” Then I blossomed intellectually, and was at the top of my form for most subjects. Especially, I was fond of literature and languages. My good reports at the end of term were big consolations for precious time spent at studying. I excelled academically and, finally, at sixteen I got an excellent school progress record.

At sixteen, I successfully passed 3 exams during Centralized Testing and entered the university on the specialty “Foreign languages and literature”. Now I am a third-year undergraduate and I love studying here. I thoroughly enjoy studying English and literature. This university gives me a lot of opportunities for self-development and self-improvement. I make fantastic friends and get the necessary knowledge for my further life.

If I could do it all again, would I do anything differently?  Certainly my parents made a right decision sending me to grammar school. Sometimes grammar schools can take the childhood away, but they provide more opportunities for studying on a good professional level, taught children to work hard and manage the difficulties by themselves.

Gravity

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Gravity is a science-fiction thriller and space drama that was filmed by Alfonso Cuarón. Gravity was released in 3D and IMAX 3D on October 4, 2013. The film starsSandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Lieutenant Matt Kowalski. The producers of the film are Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman. The screenplay is written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son Jonás Cuarón.

Gravity received ten nominations at the 86th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director for Cuarón, Best Actress for Bullock, and Best Original Score for Price. Alfonso Cuarón won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and the film was further nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress in Drama for Bullock and Best Original Score. It received eleven nominations at the 67th British Academy Film Awards, more than any other film of 2013, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actress in a Leading Role. Including his nominations as producer (for Best Film awards) and editor, Cuarón was also the person with the most nominations.

Gravity is a story about astronauts in outer space, the wreck of the spaceship and their attempts to survive. To do this sometimes they need to let off, sometimes they must snatch out their life out of death’s jaws. The film is about psychological struggle, desire to live. After the explosion of a Russian satellite, the spacecraft of our heroes receives significant damage that eliminates possibility of further flight and return to earth. Then there is a struggle of the space debris with human weaknesses and fears. Fortunately, film has a happy ending that is very important for us, simple audience.

The film raises the spiritual themes: the person’s inner struggle whether to fight and survive or to give up and die, love to children, the necessity of mutual aid. The inner strength and instability of life may be seen as the key theme of the movie. We can also notice the religious themes in the film. Ryan Stone says that her dead daughter is an angel for her, Dr. Stone also asks the deceased Matt Kowalski to tell her daughter that mother loves her and is proud of her child. Ryan Stone in her most difficult moments communicates with her daughter, who is on heaven. The presence of attributes of faith such the statue of Budai, the St. Christopher icon also tells us about the fact of believing in Upper Virtues. One of the main themes is the evolution of person and humankind at all. When Dr. Ryan feels deep sad and despair, she takes an embryonic position (as the most impenetrable and comfortable, like in the womb). When she finally came back to the Earth, she crawled out to the shore as a reptile in the beginning of human evolution.

This film is definitely worth seeing! It is spine-tingling and nail-biting. I was on the edge of my seat during all these 90 minutes. The powerful climax is everywhere in this film, from the first minutes to the last moments I had any guess about what would happen in a minute later. Film has a star cast, brilliant acting, many twists and marvelous views of space. It is memorable and absorbing film.

I recommend it to everyone who can feel and share. It doesn’t matter if you are 6 or 66-year-old. You will definitely enjoy it.

 

Marionettes by John Singer Sargent

To my mind, this picture in Impressionism style is about aristocratic and rich society, people of which play with the lives of the lower social strata. Wealthy people do not care about the fate of the poor; they just use them as the clowns and laughing-stocks to have fun. It is the sorrowful destiny of all the centuries, wealthier people rule poor people, openly and boldly or secretly and in this case even more cruel. In our Millennium nothing has been changed. The highest ranks use “plebs” to achieve their own interests. Rich people through simple people out of their way, if simpletons disturb their “Great Majesties”. Please, don’t think that I am kind of Robin Hood, but I dream about equality in our world, and if people have wealth, it must be well-deserved and got in the honest way. People should not allow anyone to govern their dreams and conceptions. Even marionettes can make an insurrection, if they will be morally strong and will not bend under the desires of others. Безымянный214

If I could be an animal, I would choose a dog

If I could be an animal, I would choose a dog. If to be exactly, a cane-corso breed. This dog has a weight as I have now. I want to dribble, to snore, to walk at home with dirty paws and after all this ill-mannered actions to be a lovely pet for my owners. I want to gnaw a sofa and to snap in front of their guests. I want to lick the face of my owner, to run with an open jaw, to wake them up in 6 a.m., bay and bite their heels. I want to eat super-premium-feed and to see the happiness on the faces of my owners when I pup a large pile of my faeces.  I want to play with the ball, stick and boomerang. And I want to become a champion in the dogs’ competition.

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Irina Farion and the sunshine

Lots of factors may influence our mood. Everything may be important: from silly advertisement on TV up to the world tragedy.

As for me, the weather have a great influence on me. When there is the sunny weather, I am enthusiastic, thrilled, refreshed, content and playful. When it’s raining outdoors, I am gloomy, moody and melancholic.

I usually don’t care about world situation, but Ukrainian politician Irina Farion makes me feel edgy, irritable and disillusioned in some of our political party.

When I need to get up early in the morning because of necessity to go to university, I feel drained and miserable, but if I plan going to the seaside, there is no problem to get up at 6 o’clock. In this case I feel exhilarated and I am up in the clouds.

Friday – is my favorite day even if I was working all day, in the evening I am full of energy and elated.

Today I got up rather early, but today is Friday, that’s why I am OK.

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