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I’m Spiderman!  0

Posted on January 1st, 2007. About Entertainment.

After Evan informed the world that he is actually The Green Lantern, I took the same superhero quiz and found that I am most similar to Spiderman.

You are Spider-Man

The Flash
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
Iron Man

You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the “Which Superhero are you?” quiz…

Wild Strawberries  0

Posted on January 1st, 2007. About Entertainment.

Evan discovered the Independent Film Channel a year ago and has enjoyed many great films, uninterrupted by commercials. I admit to not being quite the movie fan that he is, nor is my enthusiasm anywhere close to my sister-in-law, Catherine’s, but recently the channel brought on a case of college-days nostalgia. When I was on the University of South Carolina’s academic team as a freshman in 1997, several of my teammates persuaded me (and thus, Evan – we have been together for that long!) to join them at an art film house on campus for a showing of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. Having recently emigrated from a very small town and graduated from an even smaller high school, I was familiar with blockbusters, but did not recognize that movies such as this one even existed. The experience of viewing the film for the first time was a surreal one. Antonius Block playing chess with death, a witch-burning – a reflective masterpiece created during a time when typical movies did not question the existence of God and one’s purpose in life, The Seventh Seal did just this.

The following semester, my English professor mentioned in passing that Bergman’s film, Wild Strawberries, was among the greatest movies ever created. Had I been smart, I would have found a way to get ahold of it then rather than waiting until this past week to see it for the first time. I don’t know why it took me nine years, but I saw that IFC was showing it, set the Media Center to record it. Again, an amazing experience! The IMDB one-liner reads: “After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.” A nice summary, I think, but the way Bergman creates Borg’s story is clever. Flashback, nightmares, eloquent dialogues, and minutes-long scenes lacking words are a few of the techniques used to illustrate emptiness and loneliness. Again, an atypical 1950s picture, although easily recognizable as a Bergman movie. Then again, it could be typical of 1950s European legends – I always picture the U.S. as a tad on the repressed side during this era.

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