Chelsea’s Entertainment Reviews

Stealing Harvard (2002)

F

Overall Rating = 3.04/10
Type; Comedy
Zero out of Seven on the Chelsea’s Reviews LaughO-Meter

This movie was directed by Bruce McCulloch, the director of Superstar, so I had high hopes. But unfortunately it let me down. I absolutely hate Tom Green, and I usually cant stand watching his movies, but this was one of his better ones. The plot had potential i guess, but not much. It was quite… bland. Although it did have its up points, like whenever Megan Mullally was in front of the camera. She almost managed to make the movie worth watching. It had its funny parts, but it seemed like it had all been done before. Im going to give a bland review for a bland movie. Frankly, it just wasnt that good.  

3.33/10 

B

This movie was ridiculous. Its story-line, the actors/actresses, it was just stupid. But this isnt including Megan Mullally because i love her i think her part was probably the best throughout the whole entire movie. The story-line was just so dry, it was definately something that felt like was done before as B said. It seemed like they tried way to hard to make something like a college tuition funny, when in the end its simply just not what it was. This is definately not a movie worth watching more than half of. 2.75/10

– R

November 29, 2006 Posted by | Movies | Leave a comment

Pearl Harbour (2001)

B+

Overall Rating = 7.91/10

I don’t even know where to start with this movie. I have so many mixed feelings and views on this…. I love the movie, I cant help it. I would love it so much more if it resembled any form of true history. I know that Pearl Harbour was tragic, and watching it was incredibly hard. Just the thought of all those people dying… But the music, and the cheers, and everything leading up to the end… it all conditions you to think that bombing the Japanese was the right thing to do. It shows the bombs dropping and it tries to make you feel good about it. Nothing in war ever turns out good, and I hate when there are pig headed American film producers who try to come off as partiotic and heroic, when really the entire idea of war is disgusting. I think if the screenplay was co-written by a historian or any nuetral well educated person the outcome would have been much more accurate. On a lighter side; the movie was put together amazingly well, the love story and all the side stories were intense tear-jerkers. The graphics were great, and the acting was phenominal. When I say that though, Im speaking of the side characters. Cuba Gooding Jr, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight etc. I have never liked Ben Affleck, but this was one of his better films. Kate Beckinsale was stunning, and Id watch the movie all over again just to see her. but….Alec Baldwin…. He looked like he thought he was in a parody mocking pearl harbour, rather than representing an important role in his countries history. Not that I didnt think it was funny, but casting him was a huge mistake. I cant quite figure out if I like this movie or not, I go back and forth… and I just dont know. So im going to justify my radical rating with this; acting 8/10,  Side stories 9/10,  Historical Followings 5/10. Total

7.32/10

 B

This movie for me was one of the most heart-wrenching, it definately came close to being as sad as Titanic was the first time I seen that. I knew a little bit about the history behind the real Pearl Harbour attack (i failed to pay attention to that in school), but B filled me in as to what was told actually happened. Even though it was mostly the American’s view on the war, i still found this to be an amazing story. With both the war story and the love triangle they created.  The part in the movie that got to me the most were all the men in the ships drowning and their hands coming out of the ship grate things. I got teary there. And then when Danny dies and tells Rafe that the baby that would be Dannys is now Rafes…oh boy…the tears were a flowing. Kate Beckinsale is also one of my favourite actresses and I think she did amazing. Josh Harnett did really well for mainly being know as a “chick-flick-actor”, and Ben Affleck, I applaude him for actually impressing me in this film. I hate Alec Baldwin, and thats all I’ll say about him. I liked this movie immensly, i could watch it a couple more times and it was still have the same effect on me as it did the first time.

8.5/10

R

November 26, 2006 Posted by | Movies | Leave a comment

Paper I wrote on; Reassertion of Local and Regional Culture

Globalization is bringing cultures together, and mixing the beliefs of many various backgrounds. While this is happening though, many cultures are struggling to keep the uniqueness of their ethnic background sacred. Whichever culture you think of, you can imagine the difficulties they would find in keeping their traditional lifestyles. The most common thought is that if everyone comes together there won’t be as much discrimination. One of the goals of the groups who are trying to keep their unique lifestyles is keeping their people marrying and reproducing people of the same race and ethnicity as themselves. This pressure is going to easily lead to more racism and new discrimination from minorities towards majority groups. Rap and Hip-Hop artists don’t usually look kindly towards white artists trying to produce the same kind of music as them, and this is just one example of the many ways that the reassertion for local and regional cultural tradition is growing. The creativity that was brought from different places is being used by North Americans, and this is seen as the disfiguration of their uniqueness.

The push to carry on cultural traditions is producing gangs and a number of negative aspects, although it is also producing more ceremonies and traditional customs. More musical and artistic productions are coming out as well, and many are going mainstream. The media is using all the creativity of separate cultures to make new shows, for example, the show “So You Think You Can Dance?” mixes all various types of dancing and judges people on their ability to do it. There is also a pushing force by many religious figures to join the views of their groups, I feel it when I talk with certain elders and religious believers. For as long as I remember there has been a pulling sensation from all religious angles.

All of these different acts seem to be those of people in positions of powerlessness that want to be heard. They want society to recognize that they have a personal freedom to express themselves the way that they want. It needs to be seen that although they have this right, there is nothing stopping other people from joining their ideas, and maybe it shouldn’t be such a bad thing to have followers. Instead of looking at these people as intruders, they should see them as interested people ready to be educated on that certain way of expression.

B

November 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Paper I wrote on; Diversity in European Colonizing

European colonialism brought so much diversity it is almost hard to site specific examples. Indigenous tribes were the first cultural group to have emerged with European contact. The British, French and Irish, as well as many others came over in hopes of a better life. The stories and ideas of a new country moved fast overseas and brought people with dreams and experiences of all varieties. With this, mixed-race marriages and relationships began. New relations were derived when two mildly, or extremely different cultures combined. African culture has played a prominent role in North America’s cultural history as well. In modern Canada, mainly in British Columbia, Asian culture plays a remarkable role.Asian culture has impacts on business, fashion, and many other aspects of society. Many of the Asian immigrants coming to North America are wealthy, and come for business opportunities, or better education. Many of the technology and business oriented occupations in Canada have spots that must be filled by immigrants, and most of these educated immigrants come from various parts of Asia. This immigration benefits North America, and it also creates a more diverse land mass. Immigrants from Asia bring along with them different fashion, cuisine, and media outlets. As well as all these social differences, religion is brought into the equation. Immigrants from anywhere in the world bring with them their own religious beliefs, and not only immigrants recently. Throughout history, Canada has been seen as one of the most diverse countries, and it isn’t only religion that gives this impression. Canada also has a multi-juridical law enforcement system, Quebec uses Civil law based on historical documents, whereas the rest of Canada uses a separate system based on English common law.

The nuclear family has been effected throughout history by diversity. When ethnic backgrounds blend together to create a family, many times the religious beliefs of these individuals follow them. This usually causes conflict with the choice of religion for the children of the family. Children are also affected when they have two racially different parents, because many times they have to struggle to find information about their relatives, and the ways of their traditional lifestyles.

All of these important aspects of ever changing diversity in North America come from outside influences. I am proud to live in a country with such an assortment of ethnic, religious, and cultural choices. Although there are flaws, it seems we are living in one of the most open-minded countries in the world.

B

November 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Paper I wrote on; Pressure for Unification in North America

North America has had pressure for years to blend all of its different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Throughout history North America has always had a huge diversity of different people. Lots of people living in all parts of North America want all of these differences to mix together, while the minorities are pushing to keep their uniqueness. An example of this, in Canada, is the confrontation between the Native Americans and the government. Through the Indian Act, Bill C-31, and many other legal documents the Native Americans feel that they are being pushed into the common culture of North America.

Unification of a country has many positive and negative sides. The blending of cultures, beliefs, traditions, and customs would undoubtedly lower the problems with racism and oppression. If more people believed in the same things there would be less room for difference, which would eliminate the possibility of minority or majority groups. If everyone’s values were the same, discrimination wouldn’t pass on. As well neutralizing differences, the diffusion of cultures creates more creativity. When given the chance to cross blend different ways of life, new products appear. This would, and does create religions, traditions, sports, companies, and many other culturally appealing and attractive alternatives.

Although this seems appealing, you have to take the time to acknowledge the point of view of the minority groups. The thoughts of many Native Americans is that “Indians think it is important to remember, while Americans believe it is important to forget.” Many of these people feel that their ways of life are being pushed out of history, and forced to be forgotten. It is so important to Native Americans to gain back the rights and freedoms that they once had to live and practice the traditions they believe in. They feel that they are not the same as the majority Americans, and they don’t want to be. Unification would not only bring them further from there heritage, it would also force them closer to the customs of American life.

With this being said, I think it is safe to say that the discussion of unification in North America is one that would have both strong positive and negative followers. People from all different ethnic backgrounds would have various opinions, and this topic wouldn’t be completed in a debate. Watching the transitions in North American life brings you to see that this unification and diffusion is already happening among us, and many other countries in the world. It seems to be fully in progress, and stopping it would impossible.

B

 Refrences

Allen, P.G (1992). Pushing up the Sky , p 208-221

Anderson, K (2000). A Recognition of Being, p.116-153, 223-225

November 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Paper I wrote on; African Impact on North American Culture

The creativity of the African Americans has had an enormous impact on so many different aspects of North American culture. The seventeenth and eighteenth century slave trade brought numerous West Africans to North America. The slaves were brought from different parts of Africa, and although there were fewer numbers of immigrants from south-eastern Africa their cultural impact wasn’t lessened at all. The type of cultural blending mostly depended on the location, and ethnic background of the Europeans interacting with the African American people. African impact was strong and very common in many Latin American and Caribbean places. In 1983 6.2% of the general population of Latin America was of the African ethnic group, and many were African mixed races. Some of the many influences are music, literature, media, and fashion. My main focus is musical influences, and the creativity derived from it.

The main influence in my opinion is music, and the center genre would definitely be blues. Although there hasn’t been certain answers about how exactly the music was derived, we do know some facts about the constructing of instruments. Many believe that Africans brought with them the instruments, and some suggest that the remains of red clay that was caked to the surface of some drums indicates that they had been buried and hidden away. Some others say that this would have been near impossible, and the instrument would have been made upon arrival in North America. This fact would be hard to believe because of the limited recourses that slaves had. Although either way, the influences are undeniable.

Creativity wasn’t hard for African Americans, they had endless hardship to create songs about. I think we would all agree that the original theme of music is based on the experiences that the artist has had. And through out the lives of these slaves, experience was something which they carried with them. The slaves took what they thought was important and useful to them from the European culture, and brought it into the music they made. Another reason for such a creative outflow would be the constant craving for African culture. After being moved so far away from everything they knew, it would be understandable that they would want to carry on anything to keep them close to their ethnic background. The attraction from North Americans towards this culture, is what has kept the product of African and European mixed customs alive. African music has always been more functional. Every genre or piece of music has some function, either to tell a story, make work go by better, or just to give pleasure. But above all African music is more closely tied with details of living, more so than most European songs. The pleasure of this music is what has kept the strong attraction to it in North America. None of the music that we listen to today would be the same without these huge, substantial imprints.

B

References

Davis, D. J. (1995). Slavery and Beyond; The African Impact on Latin America and the Caribbean, xi, xxi.Kubik, G. (1999). Africa and the Blues, 5-7.

Roberts, J.R. (1972). Black Music of Two Worlds, 3-5.

November 25, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fergie, oh Fergalicious

Ok, so we just downloaded the Fergie cd, and wow. I must say it is A-W-F-U-L. The things she sings about has to be the worst I’ve ever heard. Do you really need to repeat over and over how to spell the words delicious, and tastey, i think we all learned that in our early years of elementary. Then theres “All that i got (the make up song)” *VOMIT* over and over again she asks her man, or woman whatever, if they’ll still love her if she doesnt work out or if she doesnt change her freakin natural hair, my god! Her lyrics sound like she actually wrote them, theyre awful. Dont get me wrong i used to LOVE Fergie but then i heard the rest of her songs and it blew me away how awful they could actually get. All of her songs sound like shes trying to be someone else, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Pink and any other well known female artist.  Her song “Clumsy” talks about how she got hit by cupid, but clearly cupid hit her much to hard because she all of the sudden lost herself and became everyone else.

Fergies overall rating for this album, as some of video on trials people would say, 12 Dirrrrty Hollabacks out of a ka-zillion

– R[odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/2578553/view]

November 25, 2006 Posted by | Music | 1 Comment

Fifa Street 2

Awesome Tricks!!! So much fun to play…. but extremely frustrating. We’re only half way finished right now, so ill edit this when we’re done and post my opinion on the ending. Its a great game to play with a group, its an awesome multi-player game. The tricks are extreme and really easy to learn, unlike other games where its to complicated to try. It also did a phenomenal job with the 320 Pro Superstars featured. The “Rule the Street” 1 player section is fun to play, and its packed full of extras. Its isnt just a straight forward tournament or something boring, you have to upgrade your team, challenge old team mates, create a playing field, custom create a personal player. As well as all this is has an amazing soundtrack, and a custom mp3/radio feature where you can add and delete the songs you want to listen to while your playing one of the best Xbox Soccer games of its day. Added in with the Skill Challenges and the normal game mode this game makes the list of awesome sports games to add to your collection.

9.2/10

B

 I have been playing this game for about a half a month now and im almost at the point where i would rather throw the controller at the t.v screen than try to beat the level.  I think that I’m at about 63% done the game and trust me it is not getting any easier. It is a great game to play, it has awesome graphics and awesome everything. I highly recommend this game to people who like competitive sports and like to play against other people because it is excellent for that. Althought B and I throw some awful words at one another when we play that game its still awesome.

9/10

R

November 22, 2006 Posted by | Xbox Games | Leave a comment

Red Eye (2005)

C

Overall Rating = 6.21/10
Type; Action >>> Suspense Action
One out of Seven on the Chelsea’s Reviews ThrillO-Meter

Ok… there really isnt anything to say about this movie… which makes it a really boring review. The acting was fine, nothing spectacular. And thats pretty much what you can use to describe this movie… nothing spectacular. The story was interesting, maybe with a little more depth and creativity it could have really blown up. To me, this movie was the equivelent of Snakes of a Plane…… hollow and 2 Dimensional. But really… what else can you expect from Wes Craven?

6.08/10

B

This movie was one with a storyline that I had not quite heard of.  The first time I watched this movie I wont lie, I was honestly on the tip of my seat. It was full of suspense after the first 20 minutes or so of the movie. The main male actor throughout the movie creeped me out beyond belief and at times I found myself leaping towards the television trying to strangle him. But then I watched it the second time and it wasnt so great.  Rachel McAdams has definately shown herself to be a great actress, she can play such diverse roles and does amazing.

6.33/10

– R

November 21, 2006 Posted by | Movies | Leave a comment