Coco: A Review

“Coco” is a 2017 Pixar movie that took the movie world by storm. Spreading messages about the importance of family, loyalty, and more, “Coco” is a very memorable movie that I would highly recommend. My favorite part of this movie is the art style. From the glowing petals to the spirit animals, this movie expresses itself like no other. Within this movie is also mounds of Mexican cultures, like the Day of the Dead AKA Día de Muertos.   “Coco” takes place in Mexico. We see the life of Miguel (Anthony Gonzales) living with a family that despises music in its entirety. Coco doesn’t understand why until he is told of the story of how his great-grandfather (Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal) “abandoned” his family in a pursuit to be a great musician. On Día de Muertos (Halloween). Miguel decides to take his great grandfather’s (who in the present day is famous) guitar which is being held in a museum. When he strums the guitar, he is transported into the land of the dead, where he sees old relatives and the deceased coming to take the offerings presented to them.   (Main) Voice Actors Include:   Anthony Gonzales – Miguel Gael García Bernal – Héctor Benjamin Bratt – Ernesto de la Cruz Alanna Ubach – Mamá Imelda Renee Victor – Abuelita Jaime Camil – Papá Alfonso Arau – Papá Julio Herbert Siguenza – Tío Oscar / Tío Felipe Gabriel Iglesias – Clerk Lombardo Boyar – Plaza Mariachi / Gustavo Ana Ofelia Murguía – Mamá Coco Natalia Cordova-Buckley – Frida Kahlo Selene Luna – Tía Rosita Edward James Olmos – Chicharrón Sofía Espinosa – Mamá   Pixar has been known to have the most brilliant minds behind the creation of animated films. They always leave a favorite aspect for many viewers. Mine happens to be the spirit animals. According to Heroic Hollywood’s article on the matter, the design process of this film was extremely challenging. Many of the lead animators have never had to model skeletons and create wardrobes for them. They wanted the skeletons to look as human as possible which is why you may see bones stretch and move oddly. They tried to make the bones resemble skin with small movements and expansion in ways that aren’t realistic. Spirit animals belong to some of the already deceased and help the owner when help is needed. The spirit animals featured in this movie are a small monkey with extraordinary powers, a dog which is Miguel (main character’s) friend, and a giant flying panther with the wings and back legs of an eagle, horns of a ram, and bright yellow eyes named Pepita. All the spirit animals in this movie have special abilities and fluorescent colors all over their bodies, which adds a fun visual experience.   Now with every movie, there comes a message. “Coco’s” was the importance of family and how it should always come first. They emphasize this concept a lot by blatantly saying out loud, which was a little bit cheesy.  I agree with this though, being from a Lebanese background, family means everything. Culture and family is an extremely important role in the beliefs of many Spanish. They provide offerings and food for those who have already passed and are not even around anymore. They put up the deads’ pictures to celebrate the afterlife, leaving everyone included. Of course, you can expect Pixar to nail this right away being so reputable for their research and all…   All together, this movie was great. The story, attention to detail, and artstyle, all fits together to make a fantastic movie that changed the way I see many aspects of things in the real world. I highly recommend this movie and will for sure watch it...

Casablanca – The American Classic

This American classic has themes ranging from affairs – to illegal trafficking – to a man who knows nothing but a broken heart and how to run a bar. In this film, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) owns Rick’s Cafe Americain In Casablanca, Morocco. During WWII, the German army had seized Casablanca so none could leave. Rick is given two travel Visas that give anyone a pass to leave Casablanca. While holding on to these, his past lover, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) walks into his bar. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”. She arrives with Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), her husband, who had just escaped a concentration camp and is planning to escape from the grasp of the German army for good. The only way to do this is to get Ricks help, whose heart was broken by Ilsa. Through the beginning of this movie, it was unorganized. I was confused in many parts. It all comes together as the movie continues, though. A few parts I would notice that the actors’ dialogue didn’t seem natural. You could tell that they were reading a script. It was either because they were speaking too close to each other’s sentences or the scriptwriter wasn’t the best. Humphrey Bogart plays Rick Blaine as a nonchalant bar owner who “sticks his neck out for nobody”. Bogart plays this type of character well. He naturally speaks softly and has that rugged/gentle kind of face. This film left me with some memorable parts. Like when one of the characters named Sam (Dooley Wilson) starts to sing the famous “As Time Goes By”.   The greatest aspect of the movie for me personally was the storytelling. Between the cinematography and the dialogue, It all fit into place. You always knew that they were under siege due to the watchtower, which always provided a source of light and foreshadowing to the government state of Morocco. The close-up shots reflecting the secret love between Rick (Bogart) and Ilsa (Bergman) to the constant tension of corrupt cops acting as if they were loyal to the system, this movie really left a dent in my memory. Casablanca was released on November 26th, 1942 to every cinema in America. This makes sense because most of the actors in this movie were already well known. Directed by Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers Studios took Casablanca and released it to the world. The movie won academy awards for best picture, actor and more. 9/10 – would watch again.   ~ CAST ~   Humphrey Bogart – Rick Blaine   Ingrid Bergman – Ilsa Lund   Paul Henreid – Victor Laszlo   Claude Rains – Captain Louis Renault   Conrad Veidt – Major Heinrich Strasser   Sydney Greenstreet – Signor Ferrari Peter Lorre – Ugarte   S.Z. Sakall – Carl   Madeleine Lebeau – Yvonne   Dooley Wilson – Sam   Joy Page – Annina Brandel   John Qualen – Berger   Leonid Kinskey –...

Ecodome – Day 8

Today when we looked at our ecodome. We noticed that there was grass growing and that one of the grasshoppers malted their skin. That shows that they are comfortable where they are. The healthy fruit has turned orange from it’s bright red. The decomposing fruit are growing roots and fertilizing the soil. The tall single plant is growing more leaves. All of the grasshoppers are alive.

Ecodome – Day 7

We started our ecodome with 6 small apple – like fruit, 3 grasshoppers and some plants. There are now two plants left. 3 fruits, and three grasshoppers left. Most of the fruit are decomposed/decomposing. There is only one completely healthy fruit. As you can see above. we had several plants. They must have died or the grasshoppers ate them. We observed that there was a grasshopper leg next to the bottle cap yet all grasshoppers were alive and well. I feel that maybe the grasshoppers are slowly dying and this is an indication. The first few days, some of the fruit had a large amount of mold on them. Now you can see that a few have completely decomposed. There is a lot of condensation in the ecodome due to the bottle cap filled with water. The grasshoppers seem to like staying on the tall plant. Next time, I believe that it would be best to get a bigger container, or turn this one on its side. Or maybe put a plant with several flowers so the insects feel “at home”. I also think that next time we should choose a different fruit. I think this because the small apples did not serve a purpose except keep the soil healthy by decomposing the fruit. Take note that we have not opened our current one because we are curious of how long the grasshoppers can...

A peddler getting ready for the fair.

He was moving quickly as he was panicked about the upcoming fair. “What am I going to do?” Fluenza screamed. He was a peddler in the Renaissance times. He had spent so much time working on the farm with his father that he forgot about the upcoming fair. He had 3 days to get his mobile shot prepared for all the rich, busy people. Fluenza was born on June 4th, 1492. His father was a farmer and his mother was a peddler. He loved his mother very much so he became a peddler as well. He had also loved money so it was the perfect job for him.

Social Studies Renaissance Reflection

In this project on The Renaissance, we focused on improving/learning _____________. This is an important skill because ____________.  One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to ____________. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished. – What helped me stay organized? – How did my classmates help me focus my ideas or provide new insights? – What did I change (revise) in various stages and why? We changed our cards and the way the game was going to be played. At some points the cards didn’t look nice and our game was played differently. Now you play it like Monopoly, where you can buy medical research and properties. – What trouble did I have and why? The troubles were time and design. My partner and I do not have the best drawing skills and handwriting so it was difficult to make our game look nice. We were also short on time so we could not put our best effort into it because it would have taken too long. – What feedback did I get that was useful? Many people told us that they liked the concept of our game. The design and look of the game was the main issue… The rest was fine. – How did this writing help me improve as a writer/researcher/thinker? It helps me because as I write, I get to think about what I did and understand what I learned. – How did time impact my work? The amount of time we had affected the quality of our work. – How did my consideration of an audience influence my work? It made us think about how descriptive we should be and how much we should have...

Water purifier blog post.

  How did you work with your group to brainstorm? We all sat down and discussed what our options were. We debated over ideas and which ones would work. After a long discussion, we decided to have a natural filtration system with pebbles, gravel and cotton. What ideas can you offer? I think that our project should have a lot of tubes that require no maintenance. I also think that we could find a way to heat up the water to boil it. What is your group’s next steps? To plan a bit more and continue building. Right now we have an unfinished prototype. It is a large bottle with pebbles, rocks, and cotton on the inside. It seems to clear up sediment extremely well. But it does not get rid of salt and such. What should you bring? I need to bring filter paper and other things like bottles. I have brought a large bottle and two normal sized water...

Food drive poster

The best part of this project was making the poster. I think that all wealthy schools should do a food drive like this every year.