Producers: Stuart Cornfield, Jonathan Sanger, and Mel Brooks (uncredited)
Director: David Lynch
Writers: Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch, Frederick Treves (book), and Ashley Montagu (part of the book “The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity”)
Cast: John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, Helen Ryan, John Standing, Dexter Fletcher, Lesley Dunlop, Phoebe Nicholls, etc.
Rating: PG for thematic material, some disturbing images, and brief language
Running Time: 2 hours and 4 minutes
The Elephant Man is the drama based on the life of Joseph Merrick. It was Mel Brooks who suggested David Lynch direct this incredible story. While the script has some embellishments of Joseph Merrick’s life, especially the dark parts (read severe abuse), it goes without saying the story is compelling. The movie also involves a doctor, Frederick Treves, who initially sees Merrick as a medical specimen to inspect and poke with his instruments. He soon begins to see him as a human being with feelings and intellect that serves Merrick well. He is then able to stay at the hospital Treves works. While staying here, he feels more comfortable with his appearance and loses his fear of meeting others including women. It is not only Merrick who benefits from this continued arrangement. Treves is able to present Merrick’s case to the Pathological Society to enhance his reputation, eventually showing Merrick himself to the other doctors. While the reasons for his body abnormality is faulty by today’s standards, the elephant connection is not hard to believe for that time period. Current research concludes Merrick most likely suffered from a combination of Neurofibromatosis type I and Proteus syndrome. I’m recommending this movie because its whole production is one of the best. John Hurt’s portrayal of Merrick led to the widely recognized Academy Award category of Best Make-Up of today, as Hurt said to his wife during filming, “I think they finally managed to make me hate acting.” So yes, when an actor says this, you know it’s probably great, and it is in all respects.
I’ve been trying to keep up with everything, blog and other hobbies/interests, and all the while doing my best to find balance in other areas of my life. I realized I haven’t been putting in the time I should take to read other people’s blogs, so I devoted some time today. It wasn’t much, but some is better than none. I wonder how many others have such a hard time fitting all they want to do into each week. I wonder how many others have as varied interests as I do. I wonder how many of them try to make each one as if they were the most important thing in their life. I wonder if I’d be better letting some of these interests become unimportant to me.
I can’t believe April is halfway done. Time keeps slipping away or it seems like it. As I read other people’s blogs about various topics, I thought about my Jewish friends, the dark side of myself, my own rewrite, how circumstances and events shape who you are especially death, wealthy people who don’t have to work so hard to feed themselves, a broken U.S. government, causes that makes me feel alive, topics that energize me, the differences among people, things that stimulate my brain, my love of history and facts, and ridiculous things like gumballs the size of your head and five pound gummy bears.
It’s not that I don’t want consistency because I’d rather have it than not. I’ve read that you should focus on one or two things for your blog, and maybe that is where I erred. I have a lot of interests, and realize that some posts are more popular than others with the few followers I have. It’s just that I do what feels right to me, putting more emphasis on certain things than others. I’m still learning about my passions, tolerances, and limits as a blogger. There’s many different ways to blog, and listing some of them in several places feels right to me. I might change it later down the road to streamline it better, but I personally like viewing similar items in one place. So yes, maybe I need to be a little less concerned how others might perceive my blog format and what I write because this is me in all my blogging madness.
Other places where my family lives has rain and snow right now while where I live continues to go from moderately warm to hot.
A very common used word in the English language and top 10% of the words used in the English language.
These insects aren’t that bizarre, but good thing I don’t see them on a daily basis or on any basis.
Life continues as some say. I worked on Saturday and pretty much caught up on my sleep due to the lack of it this week. I managed to visit Amoeba and bought a few movies. I went to another store and bought more puzzles I don’t need. I keep being mesmerized by how quickly this year is flying by. I’m transitioning on moving so that’s taken up a lot of my brain space. Anyway, here are a few pictures, and promise to blog a little more consistently this month.
This is the end of the Genghis Khan photos. Hope you enjoyed the photographs.
Clothing, jewelry, instruments, and other items from Genghis Khan’s time.
This diorama was hard to see in person and even more difficult to see in photo, but trust me it was impressive.
This was probably my favorite part of the exhibit because the vases were absolutely stunning and could’ve spent much longer, but time was of the essence to see everything.
Swords and weaponry used during the Khan family reign.
This triple-bow siege crossbow was huge. These photos don’t show how massive it was seeing it in person.
Mongolian warriors and the way of life during Khan’s reign.
Koreans were under Mongol rule from 1250 to 1392, and paid tribute/tax to the Mongols in weapons and armor. This is one example.
The whole ensemble of helmet, sword, gun, and arrow.
I could not use my flash in the exhibit or take video of the performers. This is why some of the pictures are semi-blurry and most are darker than normal.
How do you actually pronounce the ruler of Mongolia’s name?
Genghis Khan’s empire and influence through the years.
The ruler, himself, as a replica bronze statue.
Genghis Khan was a warrior and statesman.
Not everyone thought highly of Genghis Khan including a few of his own people.
Size perspective of Genghis Khan’s empire.
You better bring your passport if you want to travel.
Capital life in Karakorum was the place to be during Khan’s reign.
Buddhism, Shamanism, Islamic, and Christian faiths were found in Mongolia.
Genghis Khan and his descendants in wooden sculpture.
Chagadei (second son of Genghis Khan), Khaishi (second son of Ogudei who is Genghis Khan’s son), Wife of Khaishi, and Oruz (oldest son of Kaidu)
Nazama, Turandot, and Kaidu
Enduring elements from Mongolian culture.
Quotes from Genghis Khan exhibit.
Concepts and items brought to you by Genghis Khan that exist today.
Tsam masks and artwork honoring Genghis Khan and Mongolia.
Genghis Khan 818 years later in 2018.
Live performances by a Mongolian musician who played the horse head fiddle (I don’t remember his name) who flew in from Mongolia and Zana Gankhuyag (managed to find him on the Internet). Zana did two different dances. One was a dance focused on happiness and the other was an interpretation of a man taming a wild horse. They performed three times each day, five days a week.
Quote from I Saw the Devil by Kim Soo-hyeon: “I will kill you when you are in the most pain. When you’re in the most pain, shivering out of fear, then I will kill you. That’s a real revenge. A real complete revenge.”
Director: Jee-woon Kim
Writers: Jee-woon Kim and Hoon-jung Park Cast: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-hyeok Lee, In-seo Kim, Kap-su Kim, Bo-ra Nam, Ho-jin Chun, Gook-hwan Jeon, etc.
Cast: Kee-young Cheong, Hyung-cho Il, Hun-you Jeong, Seong-weon Jo, Yeong-shin Kang, Byung-ki Kim, Hyun-woo Kim, Jae-young Kim, Jung-hwa Kim, Kil-soo Kim, Greg Moon, Jae-sik Moon, Sungho Nam, Bryan Song, and Youngjoo Suh
Rating: NA but has adult content throughout the movie such as sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity, alcohol, drugs, and smoking, frightening and intense scenes
Running Time: 2 hours and 22 minutes
There’s no doubt that parts of South Korea likes its revenge movies, and I Saw the Devil is definitely one of them. The movie could have been pared down a little more in the editing process, but it’s enough to keep your attention throughout. Then again, this isn’t a movie you fall asleep to unless you find it boring. I Saw the Devil is about two men, one a serial killer and the other an agent, and how neither one backs down from the other. Hatred takes on a new meaning after someone is killed, and each now has a mission to destroy the other at all costs. One already operates out of a dark place you could call hell, while the other becomes dangerously close to it. This is good versus bad, but eventually it turns into bad versus bad as the serial killer (Min-sik Choi) continues to torment the agent (Byung-hun Lee). It’s every man for himself on the streets where it’s better to kill than to be killed, but who actually survives and by how much is only found at the end. I say watch this movie and then wear it as a badge of honor because it was one that almost never got released.
I Saw the Devil gets a rating of 90%