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Movies we have enjoyed

Gattaca

Gattica
Samantha Wynter from Mexico finds this movie interesting because it examines the conseqences of genetic engineering of humans in the future. It shows the struggles of Victor, a man conceived naturally and with imperfections, to succeed in a world of genetically-designed, perfect humans.

Central Station

Central Station
Stella Tupinamba from Brazil reviews this excellent Brazilian film which was recently nominated for Academy awards. This movie which features the talented actress, Fernanda Montenegro is, in Stella's words, "like a prize" for Brazilians. It's a very special film. Don't miss it!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Masako Kanki from Japan was pleased to find the movie so faithful to the book, but a little disappointed in the lack of character development. Nonetheless, she found the movie fantastic and is eagerly looking forward to viewing more movies based on Harry Potter books.

Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful
Akiko Tanaka from Japan feels this Italian movie is a very special one. She found the story very beautiful, but very sad. She tells us the basic story of this heartrending movie, which shows us we should never forget what happens during wars.


The Exterminating Angel
Véronique Schlumberger from France tells us just enough about this classic Luis Buñuel film to leave us in suspense. It's a 1962 movie, but it's psychological impact will keep you glued to the screen. This movie is not to be missed.

My Left Foot
Hasanuddin Rachman from Indonesia tells how this thoughtful movie made a deep impression on him. He believes anyone who sees this film will be touched to see the true-life struggle of Christy Brown who struggled to overcome crippling cerebral palsy and succeeded in becoming a brilliant painter, poet, and author.



Movies about the invasion of privacy

The Truman Show

The Truman Show
Bernard Bonnet from France gives us his impression of this disturbing fantasy which depicts the total invasion a man's private life—from the moment he is born up to the present. He is now thirty years old and becoming a little suspicious of what is going on around him.

Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State
Renate Pauperio from Brazil reports on this movie which describes how a man's life becomes a nightmare when he accidently receives a evidence exposing a serious political crime. Eavesdropping, surveillance cameras, even satellite tracking become part of his every moment.

The Net

The Net
Manabu Ozawa from Japan introduces us to the main character, Angela Bennett, a computer programmer who is totally addicted to the Internet. She spends hours and hours in front of the screen working, ordering pizza, reserving a flight seat, and chatting with online friends. Then comes the sinister aspect of identity theft.



Commentary about Movies

American and Japanese Movie Audiences Differ
Ryoko from Japan


Books That Have Inspired Us

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
Yukiko Hattori from Japan remembers the surprise of finding a flooded classroom one day in junior high school, an event which provided her and her classmates a good deal of excitement. She explains how that event led to her discovery of the book Daddy Long Legs and how reading this book inspired her to appreciate the small things in life.


Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever

Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever by Judge Judy Sheidler
Patricia Vilhena from Brazil read Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever and enjoyed it because it presents lessons for happiness. She says we can learn a lot about work, family, and relationships from the author's experiences



International Television Programs

Betty la Fea

Colombian Soap Operas
Maria Caridad from Colombia writes about the popularity of soap operas, or telenovelas, in Colombia. She describes the characters and summarizes the stories of two new kinds of soap operas and explains why people in her country love these kinds of television programs.

 

Korean Historical TV Programs

Korean Television Programs about Historical Events
Ji-Tae Kim from Korea writes about the popularity of TV programs based on historical events. He feels that they provide good history lessons, but also points out that these programs are presented from different cultural viewpoints.


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