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martes, 14 de febrero de 2017

And Now, for Something Completely Different: It’s...

(or how to recognise an essay  from quite a long way away)

One of the things I enjoy the most in this world is watching The Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I’ve enjoyed it since I was 10 years old. When I am in a bad mood, all I need to do is to put the disk in to my DVD player. Afterward, everything makes sense again and I have a smile on my face for the rest of the day. I am not the only person with this feeling. The Monty Python troupe includes some of the most influential artists in this world. Keep on reading, and maybe you will learn interesting facts about The Monty Python.

Mr. Chicken aproves it.

Do you think now I am going to start to write their bio? I don’t want to bore you with it. If you are interested in stuff like that, try it on Wikipedia. You won’t regret it. You will be satisfied and I will have saved a lot of time copying-pasting and praying not to be caught. What I want with this essay is to tell you why I like The Monty Python.

Believe it or not, my first contact with these geniuses was through a Spectrum video-game. 

It got worse when I turned 14. I was home alone, and I expected my friend to bring some adult movies. He brought it indeed: a video-cassette with episodes of “Monty Python's: Flying Circus”.  The next two hours were full of laughter. I had Monty Pythonefteria, which definitely is not as bad as diphtheria is; but unlike this one, my illness had no cure. Both diseases make you do funny noises and leave you breathless, of course, but at least you can prevent diphtheria.

Since then I’ve tried to collect all the Monty Python’s Flying Circus episodes and all their movies. Now, after almost 20 years there are no enough “collector’s editions” to satisfy my hunger. Now I could list their episodes and films but, remember, it is all about “Me”, not the Monty Python. If you want to know more, try it on, a website even “more better” than Wikipedia.

            You could think, “You are just a fanatic”. Of course I am. “No, you are not”. I’ve talked at the beginning about a video-game, but do you know the “Python language”? Unless you are a nerd, you don’t. The fact is that the Python is a programming language named after the Monty Python. Let’s try another one: “Spam”. You don’t need to be a nerd to know this word. Well, the spam is called spam after a Monty Python’s sketch. They didn’t invent the word, but they popularized it. Besides, shows like “The Simpsons”, “The Big Bang Theory” or “The Office”, are full of references of these comedians. Such cultural influence can’t be by chance. This cultural influence is the result of their grandiosity. 

According with clichés: People tend to think the “British sense of humour” is ironic, intelligent and sophisticated. Monty Python are claimed as the best representation of the “British sense of humour”. I wonder if the people know the Monty Python. They are not anything else than surreal. Moreover, they are not totally British: Terry Gillian is American.

Enough said. The Monty Python are one of the most impressive humorists in the world. They are prolific, originals, funny and influential. Video-games, tv series, films... Their acting will be remembered and other artists will pay them tribute for centuries.

Do you want to know more? Read a book. It is always a good choice. 


lunes, 13 de febrero de 2017

Review of Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013).

In spite of Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013) was one of the most acclaimed films in the 86th Oscar’s Award Ceremony, I think it is not the masterpiece that everybody says it is.  Even though I enjoyed it very much and I like it, it can be only qualified as “entertaining”.

Please allow me to explain myself just before you start to shout that I don’t know how to appreciate a good movie.
I must recognize that the cast is good and they perform very well, since the only thing that Sandra Bullock needs to do is breath hard and George Clooney performs perfectly the role of George Clooney. A least the result is convincing! Furthermore, I don’t have any complain about the film’s scientist exactitude. In my opinion it is a good film in this sense although a lot of blogs and web pages have done a complete research about the film’s mistakes. I don’t mind them. I don’t want to pretend I’m an expert in Physics. So I won’t waste time on it.
My main point is that the movie pretends to be poetic and it includes a bunch of metaphors, which are quite obvious and simple. Talking about life, death, resurrection, evolution through a “space story” is very easy. Moreover, you are not going to do it better than Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The movie neither is dramatic. I mean, it is not more dramatic than films such as Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) or Outland (Peter Hyams, 1981). That kind of atmosphere and fear about loneliness and being forgotten in space is not something new. The feeling I had after having watched the film was that it was only a scene of a film, not an entire movie.
So, if you decide to watch Gravity I’m pretty sure you are going to enjoy great FX but there is no anything else. To its favour, it only last about 90 minutes.