“Battleship” (2012)


“Battleship” – May 2012

Such an amazing experience watching this full of animated-geographically scientific visual images movie! I was amazed by the appearance of the alien spacecraft and the way our satellite system is being used as a means of communication with creations living in outer space (assumingly). From visual images to audio system, the movie did not show any lack of quality. However, some parts of the movie are not using many computer graphic mode systems, except for the image of the alien plane and the visual image of the aliens. This technical part makes this movie looks even better. This movie tells something “as if” aliens will come to the earth.

When I watched this movie, my mind goes back to watching the serial of Alien versus Predator and Transformers. The aliens’ appearances at this movie seem to be similar to those that are seen in the Alien versus Predator. I was given again with the image of aliens with advanced technology that uses multiple techniques and incredible war-like system machines and weapons. The different thing between Alien in Alien versus Predator with this movie is that the alien in the Alien versus Predator came to the earth to make connection with humans and try to save this earth from the attack of the Predator, while in the Battleship the aliens are already trying to attack humans with their massive advanced technology. What makes me surprised is when the aliens came from the outer space right after they received a “certain signal from the satellite”. Does that means the aliens came after this signal? Or, they came after they know that the satellite gave signal to the outer space where the aliens are located? These things wonder me a lot.

When I look at the aliens, now they have unique characteristics. They look “like” lizards, I would think. What does it mean by this? Why did the aliens have the lizards’ eyes? Fiction is always interesting, isn’t it? Then, at the stage where the main characters captured one of the aliens, I imagine that this alien signifies “something”. I saw that the aliens have “beard” now. Fantastic! Why did they have “beard” like form? I would assume that the aliens resemble the image of “Muslims”. Usually, Muslims have beard, just like Osama bin Laden. And, how are about their eyes? Why did one of them give sign to the main character that his planet will be attacked soon by his own peers? This Battleship movie, I think, is more than just a movie about Battleship. It provides clues to many more angles of interpretations. What does it mean with “using the sun as the way of murdering the aliens”? Was that a sign of saying something about “immigrants in the United States”? Well, I may have gone too far in analyzing this movie, but so far, for average viewers, this movie is indeed worth watching.

In general, the plot of the movie is not flashing back, but it is moving forward. In other words, there was no scene where all characters present the historical event, although the movie itself shows some signs of historical events, such as the ship using name of Missouri, in which closing to the end of the movie, some old-people showed up to use the ship. This scene tells me that “respecting the elderly figures is a sign of respecting the history behind the freedom of a country”. The Pearl Harbor tragedy is one of historical events where the United States defeated Japan in the World War II, although before that Japanese fought the United States for similar purposes. This alien spacecraft illustrates the idea of Japan’s technology at its time in opposing the technology of the United States. At the ground of the Battleship, the real image of the story with what happened in the past with Pearl Harbor was almost the same. A deep message of this movie seems to be taken from this Pearl Harbor event.

Subconsciously, this movie is indeed presenting a complicated but yet deep meanings and interpretations. It resembles history, politic, culture, and even gender-based representation in the movie. The death of one of the male characters in the movie also reflects something, which I would think as more than just a death. I would probably go too far in seeing this movie. And, again, what does it mean with that “bombs” that look like bottles? That looks like bombs that are being used by the demonstration at different places on this earth. Looks interesting, right? Rihanna is also there in this movie by playing as one of the ship crews. She is better in the movie than in her songs lately, I assume. From the “races” presented in this movie, most of the races existing in the United States are there as well. This movie also presents male domination, but the presence of Rihanna has made this movie interesting. Besides, the female character with the blonde reveals the system of class and life in the mindset of American people, I think. The man with the broken legs means more than just a man with broken legs. He is the icon of the hard part of being veterans. I guess most American generations owe respect and gratitude toward their old veterans. Without them, their country will stand as it is now. It is the duty of American people to stabilize their country, but of course, the enemy is not just what we can see by our eyes, but it is indeed something dark that lies within ourselves that we need to cure. This darkness is triggering brutal ways of restoring peace. Peace cannot be done through wars. This is an absolute claim. If we could talk, why would we want war?

Well, after you watch this movie, please let me know your opinion. I would love to hear your answers on my questions above. Is it worth watching for different times? Yes, it is! Does it have sexual explicit movie? No. This movie is open to all ages, I think.

Have a great time from finals for all graduate and undergraduate students in the United States by now. Take care!

“Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter” (2012)


I was a bit surprised of knowing that a “horror” movie would have a historical title in line with Abraham Lincoln, one of impressive figures in the United States, especially dealing with the effort of banishing the slavery phenomenon. After looking at its name, what does it mean? I was so curious and I decided to watch it. The result is, “well, yeah, the historical part was great, but the vampire part, well, I cannot say it was bad, but it was a bit boring”. You want to know why and how, read the following comments, just for you.

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Abraham Lincoln is very well-know for his effort is establishing the process of uniting the United States as a country. A big part that I envy is where he stated that the slavery and freedom from oppression are the keys of establishing the unity of the United States. For this part, I really do like it, and I agree a long with what he stated. At the beginning of the movie, I thought that it would talk about historical movement in the United States with a “serious” demographic visual represented story about the anti-slave establishment. Then, here comes the mixing of this historical part with the story of “vampire”. Now, it seems that I was given a picture that those who live with the blood of the slaves is called “vampires“. Because Abraham Lincoln fought with the oppressor of the slaves, therefore, he would be called as the “vampire hunter”. It is interesting, isn’t it? However, my simple question at this point is that “what would Abraham Lincoln think when he knew that his name is being used as a vampire hunter”. From me, Rest in Peace, Mr. Abraham.

On the surface, I could see that the vampire part is almost similar to that in the Twilight, except the one that could kill the vampire is a living man who is free and healthy. Abraham himself loved to write (like me) and he is also literate enough in “reading” codes being sent to him to catch the vampire. Unfortunately, the driven power that brings his efforts to kill all the vampires is “revenge” when he was looking at the scene where his mother was being killed by a vampire. He saw that when he was about to sleep in the middle of the night at that time. Her mother was dead and soon he figured out that the person who killed his mother was a vampire.

If only he was not driven toward the revenge of killing the vampire, Lincoln would seem to be portrayed as the humble person with a noble character. He has a nice and lovely wife who always takes care of him and a cute boy who is so polite in front of his father. This character is then mixed with the characteristic of “vampire”. I am curious to understand the aspect of the “vampire” in this movie. To which extent does this vampire stuff deal with? I would assume that it could deal with the symbolic meaning of “enemies”. However, which enemies? Perhaps, the enemies portrayed in this movie are those that oppressed the slaves. This interpretation is only seen on the surface. It could be much deeper than this.

When I read this movie through present lens as a global citizen, Abraham Lincoln himself can be read and seen as the Americans who are willing enough to free any slaves from being oppressed. Vampires are those that do the oppression. The slaves are those that live their life in misery and poverty because they have been put in an unfair treatment throughout the story of the anti-slaves movement. From these three big stuffs, why does Abraham Lincoln fight with the vampires? Uniquely, there is a misleading vampire that also has revenge to his “big” enemy. This misleading vampire wanted to kill the big vampire, but he could not do it because he has turned into vampire. The rule is, “vampires cannot kill vampires, only a living man could”. The only thing this misleading vampire could do is to find an ally that has this quality. Then, in a such fortunate event, he found Abraham Lincoln who has high level of revenge to kill the same target, the big vampire.

Ideologically, though, this movie seems to present us with a mixing historical story. It is good in terms of its historical moment. What makes me keep thinking is the existence of the “vampires”. There is a scene where the big vampire mentions the slavery during Jews and Christians era. I would think that these “vampires” are the symbol of the oppressor. At this point, if we look at it through our current lens, we can ask ourselves, which oppressor? What makes someone or something being called as the “oppressors”? From which point of view we see the oppressor as the oppressor?

Someone or something can mean the oppressor for that particular individual, but for others, that someone or something may not or even cannot be seen as the same thing. At last, however, this movie is a bit entertaining, but the scary part is not that much challenging. Viewers need to watch this movie carefully. If you watch it on the surface, you would not be impressed with the existence of the vampires. If you watch it through different lens other than what you already have, you would be impressed of knowing what the vampires entail and imply at the end.

Have a good week everyone!

The Twentieth Century Literature: 1900-45


History of English Literature

(Written in 2007, published in this blog in 2011)

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The Twentieth Century Literature: 1900-45

The Education of Act in 1870 that makes the elementary education compulsory for people in the age of 5 into 13 is the factor of the development of literary public, the rising of popular press, and the mass production of ‘popular’ literature for a semi-literate ‘low-brow’ leadership, that those at the end shows the existence of rapid expansion of unsophisticated literary public at this century. Moreover, the increasing access to literary and to education in general, led to profound changes in the reading public. The ability of writing a letter besides reading ability is the real example of literacy ability in the wartime because 1900-45 is the time when World War I happens.

Characteristics of Twentieth Century Literature:

  1. after 1918, ‘Modern’ defines the effect of literature that are to expand its range, to fragment its solidarity, to enlarge and profoundly change its audience, its forms and its subject matter.
  2. the influence of Sigmund Freud works about ‘unconsciousness’ as a sort of psychological theories among other theories has influenced literary works; therefore, the characteristics of this century is that there are many works of art that are difficult to read because readers have to prepare themselves before reading the works by understanding psychology, anthropology, history and aesthetics to get the meaning and the values of works. It is then, existing the ‘Against Modernism’ as ‘Modernism’ is the key concept of this era that means to battle the chaotic writings.

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