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The Wedding Singer Movie: How To Get People To Listen And Help You?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 No comments:
(Warning for possible spoilers for The Wedding Singer 1998 American romantic comedy film, which is about a guy who has his heart broken by the one he supposedly loves. But he ends up meeting someone else and eventually gets his happy ending)

Falling in love with someone who is already engaged

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In The Wedding Singer, the title character, Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler), finds himself falling in love with Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore), a waitress and the main female character.

That’s all well and good, but the problem is that Julia is already engaged to be married to her fiancé named Glenn Gulia (Matthew Glave).

Glenn turns out to be a very horrible person though as he has no qualms cheating on Julia. This gives Julia an awfully convenient reason to fall in love with someone else.

Problems thanks to a misunderstanding

Anyway, thanks to a misunderstanding, Julia thinks that Robbie is back with Linda (Angela Featherstone), his former fiancée.

This prompts her to head to Las Vegas with Glenn so they can get married right away. Naturally, Robbie wants to stop this from happening. He follows after the couple as soon as he finds out about the misunderstanding.

Airplane scene in The Wedding Singer

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Who would have thought that the trio would end up in the same airplane? It does seem awfully convenient, no?

Nonetheless, I didn’t mind it all that much as what happened between Julia and Robbie in that scene was really quiet sweet.

The Wedding Singer befriends practically everyone on the plane

Aside from that part, another thing that I liked about this airplane scene was how Robbie was able to befriend all the people in the first class section of the plane.

I found it amusing, cool and even heartwarming when we see Robbie telling everyone on the plane what happened between him and Julia and having all those people listening intently and supporting him and being on his side.

Maybe it’s not all that realistic as some people might not really care about these kinds of things, but, I liked that scene in The Wedding Singer anyway.

It was great how the people were nice and kind enough to listen to Robbie’s story. More than that, they even took the time and effort to help him out. What do you think about this scene from the movie?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by CoDLia (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to symbolize Julia and Robbie and what happened in the airplane scene because the couple in said image also looks sweet and adorable

- Second pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above
- YouTube video features a scene from The Wedding Singer

The Scarlet Flower 1952 Soviet Animated Movie: How To Show Your Dad You Love Him?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 No comments:
(Warning: possible spoilers for the 1952 Soviet animated film "The Scarlet Flower (Аленький цветочек, Alenkiy Tsvetochek in Russian)")

The Scarlet Flower is a variation or sort-of adaptation of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with a number of differences. This article focuses on one of the main characters in this story – Nastenka, the youngest daughter of the merchant Stefan and the ‘Beauty’ or ‘Belle (if you want to go with the Disney version)’ of this movie.

How is Nastenka different from her 2 older sisters?

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From the very beginning of The Scarlet Flower, we can see right away how different Nastenka is from her 2 older sisters. We can tell and see that she is kind, caring, pure and just plain good.

When her sisters asked their father to get them expensive and materialistic gifts, which showed how greedy they were, Nastenka merely asked for the scarlet flower that she saw in her dreams.

Of course, she had no idea how much trouble that single request would cost her dad and her family. Stefan must pay the price for taking that which does not belong to him. He is ordered to return to the island where the Beast lives.

Nastenka didn’t need to help; she could be selfish if she wanted

Nastenka learns about what exactly is going on and what exactly is in store for her father by overhearing Stefan and his friend talking. She was understandably horrified by what she’d heard but she didn’t really need to do anything about that.

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She has her flower already and her father was clearly taking care of this problem.

In short, her help wasn’t needed; at least, her dad wasn’t making her do anything.

She could have stayed in their house and lived happily there. She didn’t need to go anywhere.

How much does Nastenka love her father, Stefan?

And yet Nastenka clearly loved her father and couldn’t just stand by while he intends to return to the island where the Beast was.

She didn’t want her father to die or get hurt. As such, she decided to be the one to go to the island instead.

She thought that since this was her fault for asking for the flower, she should be the one to pay the price for it instead of leaving it to Stefan who wouldn’t have gone to pick the scarlet flower if it wasn’t for her request.

This is admirable, to say the least, and really defines Nastenka’s character as a loving, kind and good daughter.

When she got to the island where the Beast was and when she found out that the ring could bring her back home, she didn’t leave even when she had the chance to do so. This was because her father promised and so she stayed to fulfill that promise.

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by mikanxsakura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to symbolize the father and daughter, Stefan and Nastenka, from the film
- YouTube video features a scene from the aforementioned movie
- First pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above

David Duchovny Russian Beer Commercial: Reason And Meaning Of This Ad

Thursday, August 18, 2016 No comments:
David Duchovny, an American actor who is well-known for his roles in the TV series The X-Files and Californication, starred in a Russian beer commercial specifically for the Siberian Crown (Сибирская Корона (read as Sibirskaya Korona) in Russian Cyrillic) brand.

Siberian Crown beer commercial

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In this commercial, we first see David ordering a drink at some bar. As he waits for the beer he ordered, he then wonders what it would be like, what his life would have been like if he was born in Russia, if he was Russian.

We then see him having different Russian occupations like being a cosmonaut, hockey player, ballet choreographer, etc.

At the end of the commercial, David Duchovny gets his beer and he says that there are many things that Russians can be proud of. We then see the Siberian Crown beer logo.

Is this a commercial or a movie trailer?

In another article, I talked about how this Russian beer commercial was odd because it didn’t seem to have anything to do with beer. It didn’t seem like a beer commercial, so much so that if you didn’t know this was going to be a beer commercial, you might think that what you’re watching was a movie trailer.

The beer only shows up twice

This is especially so since the beer only appears at the start (when we see David at the bar ordering some beer) and end of the commercial (when David gets the beer that he ordered).

And the logo for Siberian Crown only appears at the end. Only the first and last part contained the bar scene. The rest makes you wonder what any of it has to do with the beer commercial.

Cultural difference or not?

I wondered about that in the other article I wrote, thinking maybe this is a cultural difference, something only Russians will be able to get. Upon doing more research, I discovered that the ad actually makes sense, somewhat. But this is something that only those who know about Siberian Crown will be able to get.

Siberian Crown slogan

For starters, the slogan of Siberian Crown is actually “you have something to be proud of” so that explains the line in the ad commercial. The rest of the commercial follows that theme too, showing that Russians have many things to be proud of.

It’s good to know there is an explanation about that. But now I wonder why Sibirskaya Korona’s slogan is “you have something to be proud of”. What does that have to do with beer or drinking beer? What do you think? Could this be where the cultural difference answer fits? Or is this something that only those who drink beer or who are fond of beer will understand?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by YizelePhantom (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Image was chosen because it features the Russian flag; that and the figure shown is actually Russia (Ivan Braginsky) from the Hetalia Axis Powers anime and manga series by Hidekaz Himaruya
- YouTube video shows the Siberian Crown Russian beer commercial starring David Duchovny; this one has English subtitles

The Scarlet Flower 1952 Soviet Animated Movie: Reason Why You Want To Be Kind?

Friday, August 12, 2016 No comments:
(Warning: possible spoilers for the 1952 Soviet animated film entitled, "The Scarlet Flower (Аленький цветочек, Alenkiy Tsvetochek in Russian)")

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The Scarlet Flower’s basic plot is a variation of the fairy tale known as the Beauty and the Beast with a lot of differences.

The supporting characters are also important in a movie

In this article, I’d like to focus on the nameless characters, the supporting characters. To be more specific, I’m talking about the merchant Stefan’s (he’s the father of the female main character) crew and his apparent best friend.

These guys don’t have names and we barely see them and yet that doesn’t make them any less important. That doesn’t mean they’re nothing or that they don’t matter or that they’re not capable of kindness and goodness in the way the main character is.

The mark of a true friend; the beauty of friendship

I’d like to commend Stefan’s crew and his friend for their actions, for the goodness of their hearts and their kindness and how they are a true friend to Stefan. When a storm strikes and ends up tossing Stefan overboard their ship, his crew and friend set out to find him.

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They could have just left him. They didn’t need to look for him. They could just go back home and say that he died or something. Who would find out? They could then have his riches for themselves.

And yet they didn’t do any of that at all. They didn’t return home even when they had the chance to do so. They kept looking for Stefan until they found him.

This scene in The Scarlet Flower movie really shows how humans can be capable of kindness and good deeds and how friends really are because true friends would never abandon each other.

The kindness of others helps to show exactly what kind of person you are

What Stefan’s crew did also helps to show what kind of person he is.

This helps to establish Stefan’s character as a really nice and likable person because if he was cruel and mean and if he was a lousy captain, then why would any of his men want to look for him when he disappeared?

Even Stefan’s close friend, the one who’s apparently his best friend, didn’t want him to go back to the island where the Beast was when Stefan was telling him about what happened and entrusting his 3 daughters’ wellbeing and welfare to said friend.

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by hayashinomura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Red-colored flower in the image is meant to symbolize the scarlet flower in the film
- YouTube video features a scene from the aforementioned movie
- First pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above

What Is The Real Issue With The David Duchovny Russian Beer Commercial?

Saturday, August 6, 2016 No comments:
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David Duchovny, an American actor, starred in a Russian beer commercial. The specific beer brand is known as Siberian Crown (Сибирская Корона (read as Sibirskaya Korona) in Russian Cyrillic).

Said Russian beer commercial quickly became really popular, garnering thousands of views online. But there were many who criticized David Duchovny and the commercial though.

Criticisms against David Duchovny

Many say he shouldn’t have done this commercial in light of recent events, particularly the Malaysian Airlines MH17 airplane tragedy, which is being blamed on Russia (but is there even proof of that at this point in time? Or are all these accusations baseless?), and, of course, the rising tensions between the United States of America and the Russian Federation.

Well, people said a lot more than that and in much detail too, but there’s no need to rehash all of that all over again, now, is there? So, what’s the big deal about this Russian beer commercial?

What I want to know is why everyone, or what appears to be a lot of people anyway, is making such a big deal about this Russian beer commercial and the fact that David Duchovny was featured in it?

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Why does this have to be related to politics or whatever is going on in the world right now? This is nothing more than a beer commercial.

Why do people have to complicate matters by adding politics into the mix? It’s just a commercial, so what’s the big deal?

I watched this Russian beer commercial and didn’t get any political vibes or statements about it at all. The commercial itself was fine, but not perfect. It’s also really quite long. The total time is around 2:29.

While I was watching it, I thought the commercial kind of just went on and on and it never seemed to end. It’s a good thing it wasn’t boring. Well, at least, I wasn’t exactly bored when I watched it. I liked the parts spoken in Russian (of course, I liked it more with the included English subtitles so I can understand what the Russian words were).

Russian subtitles = awesome?

Most of the beer commercial is in English and I find it really amusing how the English parts are subtitled in Russian (understandable, of course, since this is a Russian commercial and that’s exactly what’s so cool and awesome about it. I mean, if this was a commercial for Americans or those that speak English, the subtitles would be for the parts that are spoken in a foreign language while the English parts will not be subtitled).

Thoughts on the Siberian Crown commercial

Anyway, like I said, I did like the commercial even if it was long, but, at the very end, I had to ask exactly what this had to do with Сибирская Корона (Sibirskaya Korona), the Russian beer.

If you really look at it, you’ll note that the beer only showed up at the beginning and then at the end of the commercial. You only see the logo of Siberian Crown at the very end. So what does the rest of the commercial have to do with beer?

What if you had been born in Russia?

The video showed David Duchovny wondering what it would be like if he had been born in Russia, if he was Russian. And then the audience is shown many scenes featuring the actor having different Russian occupations (for example, we see him as a cosmonaut, hockey player, etc).

At the end, he says that Russians have many things to be proud of. So what does all that have to do with Сибирская Корона (Sibirskaya Korona) then?

Is this a commercial or a movie trailer?

Really, if I hadn’t known beforehand that I was watching a Russian beer commercial, I don’t think I’d have thought that I was viewing a commercial for a beer brand since it almost feels like you’re watching a trailer for some movie or something.

Maybe this commercial is something that only Russians will get. Maybe they’re the only ones who can get what this has to do with Сибирская Корона (Sibirskaya Korona). A cultural difference, if you will. What do you think? Still, there should be nothing political about the whole thing so people should not get so worked up over it, no? What do you think?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by YizelePhantom (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Image was chosen because it features the Russian flag; that and the figure shown is actually Russia (Ivan Braginsky) from the Hetalia Axis Powers anime and manga series by Hidekaz Himaruya
- YouTube video shows the Siberian Crown Russian beer commercial starring David Duchovny; this one has English subtitles
- David Duchovny pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above