Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Life Lesson 1

My mother said something to me the other day that made me pause and think. She said "I hope I don't look down on people." We were having some type of conversation, the topic lost to me now, and she came out with that little gem. It literally stopped my train of thought. Have I ever looked down on someone? Surely I must have, no-one is perfect after all. So I started trying to think back, was there ever a time in my life when I made someone feel bad about themselves due to something that they are or that they're doing? I truly couldn't recall a single time, so then I decided to take a new approach. I looked back on the times when someone had tried to put me down. One occasion that sprung to mind was when I was working as a waitress a few years ago. A few friends of mine came in to have some lunch. Things were slow so I was able to chat with them, now for the life of me I couldn't tell you what we were talking about but I do remember one comment from the conversation, that had taken place over four years ago. My friend made an absent-minded comment of me being "just a waitress". Now I know it wasn't her being intentionally cruel or condesending, I'm certain of this as she's still a friend today, but it still stung a little. Now I'm the type of person to laugh things off so that's exactly what I did, and we'll still laugh about it today but it put the thought in my head, how many times have I spoken absent-mindedly and said something that can cause hurt without even realising it? And then ta-da, one event came rushing back to me. I was roughly eight years old and I made a comment about a family member breaking a trampoline if they were to attempt to bounce on it. Something stupid yes? Nope. It hurt them. I didn't think about the words before I said them and I can still see the flash of hurt and embarassment that flashed across their face. Most certainly not my finest moment. Of course I grovelled, pleaded and apologised 'til I was blue in the face, it just so happened that this family member was extremely soft and took things to heart fairly easily. As horrible as that memory is, it's a life lesson, something that I'm extremely lucky to have learned so young. And fine maybe I'm called a push-over by some people and yes, I rarely say "no" to people and alright, I'll concede to the fact that I'm generally the first person to offer assistance but so what? Isn't that the way it's supposed to be? Aren't you supposed to help your fellow man and not demean them? Oh the examples of prejudice, discrimination, racism and extreme ignorance that I've already seen, and not even 20 years old, is enough to last me the rest of my life. In all honesty, isn't ignorance the one thing that we need less of in this world? All I know is that if I hurt someone, intentionally or not, then I feel this burning need to apologise, to make things right and if I'm honest, that's the thing that let's me sleep at night. Well that and a good book.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Review

The fourth movie in the Twilight series. Released worldwide on Friday the 18th of November. Staring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewert and Taylor Lautner. €9.60 and one and a half hours of my life I will never get back.
Now let's not be rash and say that this movie let's down the rest of the Twilight franchise, because let's be honest, it never had much of a high standard to begin with.
In this installment we watch as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen get married, have extremely awkward 'relations', somehow manage to breed a half-breed vampire/human baby and then the cringe-worthy, extremely disturbing scene of Bella 'giving birth' and Edward changing her into a vampire. Now 'giving birth' is in inverted commas purely because of the fact that she does not simply give birth, oh no, Edward is required to bite the demon baby out of her womb due to it crushing Bella from the inside out due to it's sub-human strenght. This particular scene was rather graphic, surprisingly so for a movie rated 12.
One good point being that the movie barely deviates from the original text. Which must of pleased the fan base known as the 'Twihards'.
Another good point that must be made is Kristen Stewert's acting in this particular movie. Kristen Stewert, also known as the girl with the one facial expression, gives a rather improved preformance in comparason to the previous movies.
In short Twilight is about a stroppy teenage girl that must choose between her furry werewolf friend or her dead, one hundred and ten year old boyfriend. It gives the impression to young girls everywhere that the most important thing in their lives is their boyfriend.
Although many would be surprised to realise that althought the franchise does have a wide fan-base of teenage girls, it is also extremely popular amongst the older generation of women. Which is somewhat disturbing when you see a 40-something year old woman wearing a 'Team Edward' t-shirt and trying to paw at Robert Pattinson.
One final point about the movie, something that truly irritated the hell out of me, was the fact that Stephaine Meyer, the author of the much-loved Twilight series, was featured in the wedding scene. Not only was she featured but she, along with another Producer of the movies, were giving a close-up camera shot. You most certainly would not see J.K Rowling wearing Wizarding robes in any of the Harry Potter movies so why on Earth did Ms. Meyer or the Producer feel the need to place themselves in this movie? Yes I can understand the sentimental value of watching these characters that you have created and nurtured for years take the final step into adult-hood but do you really need a close camera shot? To me personally, that shot just screams 'attention seeking' but hey, if I ever create a hundred-million dollar book series turned movie franchise and am offered a cameo in one of the movies then I might just have to eat my own words! You never know!