Saturday, July 18, 2009
Hell of a ショウ.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indy's intense focus on the sandbag and the golden treasure, in the first scene.
does Indy use the correct amount of sand? Er, no.
Just a few more grains of sand would have done it...
Bellock: "Once again Dr. Jones, we see there is nothing you can possess which I cannot take away."
Despite being such a scoundrel, Bellock plays himself off as a refined French gentleman throughout the film.
Indy isn't very prosperous in the first major scene. (the golden idol gets taken away)
Marsh makes me think of the tropical jungle in the beginning of the movie.
Indy running/swimming across the ford to the airplane, native arrows whizzing around his head.
The nazis orders to recover the ark at all costs. "Hitler's been collecting religious artifacts, he's nuts on the subject"
The scene where the government agents show up in the beginning - flash of their badges
In the scene where the two federal agents display their ignorance on the bible, Indy in turn shows off his patent knowledge of biblical history. (patent in this kanji meaning easily recognizable; obvious)
Indy arrives at his ex's hut in Nepal in the wee hours of the night.
For what it's worth, Marion really should have kept a fire extinguisher in her bar/mountain hut/"sty" (as she calls it).
Marion's cabin gets "baked" (burnt) to smouldering ashes.
the coin wound embedded on the nazi's hand.
"I tell you what, until I get back my 5000 dollars, you're gonna get more than you bargained for. I'm your goddamn partner!!" - Marion
Indiana in one of my favorite, all time scenes of victory: the black swordsman shows up in the street and waves his sword around - Indy just sighs and shoots him.
Not a box, but a coin, with measurements inscribed on it. (it is for finding a certain box though)
The Well of Souls - a.k.a. snake pit with obvious glass divider.
The scene where Bellock and Marion are drinking, while she wears the white dress. They are laughing hysterically, but suddenly she pulls a knife and makes jokingly threatening face. They just keep laughing!
I exhorted Indy all throughout the famous helicopter fistfight scene!!
A bed-ridden Indy, on the ship, with Marion nursing his wouds.
make a deal
Indy, holding a bazooka, threatening to blow up the arc.
The ark shining.
The ark illuminating.
The detailed last scene of the movie, with the Ark being put in a warehouse full of identical boxes.
Temple of Doom
The first major scene of the movie. Symptoms of being slipped poison may include intense action scenes...
The blue vial of antidote. Or the semi-attractive (but failure of an actress) who is the main heroine of the film's blue eyes.
Seriously. Indiana and short round. Nice appellation, guys.
Indy, riding an elephant out of the Indian village.
Who wears a skirt like that in India? Really?
Indy finds an extract that tells of the 5 magic stones in sanskrit... brought to the village by a dying child.
"The biggest problem with her is the noise" - says Indy of the annoying blonde. Her voice is pretty irritating.
"I'm not that easy you primitive ape!"
"I'm not that easy either"
"Five minutes! You'll be back here in 5 minutes!"
"I'll be asleep in 5 minutes."
The inners of the cave/volcano area.
Sacrifice charred in a volcano.
All ancient religions have their strange, auspicious ceremonies. This one just happens to resemble the aztecs...
Indy and his shortround's interactions.
In order to manipulate Indy, they feed him that evil blood drink. [image: him writhing around on the stone bed surrounded by candles]
How exactly does she manage to keep a fresh plate of make-up on throughout the entire film? (Or the laughable makeup of the cult priests)
The mining cart almost colliding with the wall, as Indy stops it with his shoes.
Indy can rise up from the bottom of the cut wooden bridge. (the whole final action scene)
The Last Crusade
The tablet is seen as evidence that the holy grail really exists!
reparations for finding a 500 year old gold cross? Dinner and champagne. (also a general theme: he is always making mention of his payment for getting artifacts to the museum)
Dr. Snyder. Oh yea
Dr. Snyder, looks a southern-bell for a woman with a thick German accent
The pure beauty of an afternoon lunch in Venice, ruined by Dr. Jones and Dr. Snyder crawling up out of the sewer. (outside of the library/church. Everyone in the scene is weairng pure white colors)
Indy acquiesces the nazis by handing over the book in exchange for Dr. Snyder's life! BIG MISTAKE!
Is there any resemblance between Indy and his father? Really?
Indy and his father are constantly bickering over who is the leader!
The real holy grail is not one of the many sparkling cups in the last scene.
There are so many scenes to choose from. Any time Indy dons his hat, jacket, whip, any of his classic attire.
Indy risking his life again and again throughout each film.
He's the star. He has the luck of the stars to not be dead 100 times over already.
He's always going after some sort of prize.
You can't help but hold Indy in high esteem; He's a believable yet noble hero, with somewhat flexible morals. (shooting nazis is 100% ok?)
His surname is just fine. Really, there's nothing wrong with Jones. It's the Indiana part that is just plain weird.
Surfs up Indy! I imagine him holding a surfboard. Surely I won't forget.
(don't need a story - 紹介する)
I imagine Indy and his dad, gathered around a pine tree for Xmas
We oughtta sue Spielburg for Indiana Jones 4. Seriously, f**king aliens??!
Steven Spielburg (in the 80s)
All finished! If I'm not mistaken this is the biggest on-yomi group, so WHEW. おつかれ. For the two people who follow my blog, I hope you enjoy it. :)
Friday, July 3, 2009
キ 53 characters.
"I am the キmaster... are you the gatekeeper?"
How many ghosts are there in this movie? How many people get marshmellowed?
Egon is the epitome of strange.
Venkman: "This reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole in your head"
Egon: "That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me."
As slimer draws near, Venkman really should have moved. Eww!
I thought there was nothing remotely equestrian (related to horse riding) in this movie, but one scene with Rick Moranis talking to a horse comes close!
The traps, the zappers, this movie is loaded with awesome mechanisms.
I ain't 'fraid of no ghost!....or spirit!
"At noon, 10 people witnessed a free floating full torso vaporous apparition!" - Ray, about the library ghost. Or you can think of vapor as dry ice, one of the most overused special effect of the 80s, and this movie is no exception.
Venkman giving the poor guy with the fro electric shocks from across the wooden desk. or the secretary's desk in the GBs HQ.
Slimer is always hungry!
The GBs get kicked out of their previous college facilities. So, they take a previously run-down firehouse and turn it into HQ!
Sygounrney Weaver hopes that the ghostbusters can help her!
The GB's set the standard for "paranormal elimination" in NYC
Don't cross the streams! It's too dangerous!!!
Janine Melnintz, the secretary, is a memorable scribe. I think of that scene where Egon pops out from under her desk. *AHEM*
Ray: "We really haven't had a successful test of this equipment
Egon: "I blame myself."
Venkman: "So do I."
The scene where Ray is roused from his sleep by a female ghost undoing his belt... I don't seem to remember that from when I was a kid, hmm...
Chronicle sounds like the name of a newspaper, so, the various newpaper headlines involving GBs that pop up during the montage.
When Bill Murray thinks his girlfriend his dead (And doesn't know she is alive inside a crumbling shell of a statue)
I imagine the national flag of zuul looks something like this.
Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis play characters who are used like chess pieces: the keymaster and the gatekeeper.
The fundamentals of ghostbusting: aim steady, set the trap and don't cross the streams!
Both Moranis and Weaver's characters (keymaster and gatekeeper) are possessed for a period of time in this movie.
Venkman's expertise branches off into many fields, but mostly ghostbusting and lady killing.
The GB's brandishing their badass zappers.
This could reference many of the paranormal scenes of the movie... when Sigourney Weaver's characters sees the radiant light behind her door.
The GBs are forced to abandon operations when they get arrested!
This kanji reminds of me of changes in weather, so I think of the dark clouds, storms and all around hell-breaking-loose weather that comes when Zuul is in season.
The GB's undertaking their first case, in the hotel.
The end of the movie.
Dr. Venkman, in the beginning of the movie, is loathe to collect the precious ectoplasm. "Somebody blows their nose and you wanna keep it?"
The GBs are in a "rut" when they are overloaded with work.
All of NYC rejoices when the Stay Puff Marshmellow Man is defeated!
utensil... this kanji is also used for weaponry. Hence, the GBs zappers (or protoplasm emitters if you prefer)
I ain't afraid of no ghost!
It just doesn't fit the flick, so, I imagine some kind of funky tortoise ghost, maybe Slimer's 2nd cousin twice removed...
when the catholic priest shows up in the mayor's office! "I'm not gonna call a press conference and tell everyone to start praying."
rocky beach 磯
winnowing fan 箕
fish fin 鰭
capital suburbs 畿
Notes: As you may have already noticed, I've added lists of kanji from Remember the Kanji 3 (an expansion of the first book with another 1000 characters) that match my on-yomi groups. My plan is to go back and make stories for them, most likely next year after I've learned them sufficiently. It will also be a good chance to review my old templates.
Notable, recurring correlations: 己、棋 (right side)、奇。This template is much more random than some previous ones.
This movie is just plain fun. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did, (if not for studying, than for the nostalgia!) I'm a busy man, but I'm trying to generally update once a week. See you next time...
カ 44 characters.
Andy can really add! He crunches numbers, and wants to add funds to the library!
Morgan Freeman's first narrative line in the movie: "There must be a guy like me in every prison: I'm the guy who can get it for ya."
Red (Morgan Freeman) can get what you need.
The emotional and physical baggage that Brooks (the old man) takes with him, leaving Shawshank.
The whole bit with the opera song being played over the prison intercom!
River - up the river - prison - this movie!
Prison. It changes a man. Many men, in fact, in this film.
The young buck Andy teaches for a year, a ripe flower in his youth, shot down on the Warden's orders.
It's a prison movie. Vagabonds riding freight-cars to get around isn't such a big stretch.
Morgan Freeman: "I mean, seriously, how often do you ever look at a man's shoes?" [scene: Andy wearing dress shoes, not prison shoes, just before escaping.]
The fat guy getting beaten to death at the beginning of the film... talk about overdoing it, sheesh. Or any of the other harsh punishments in this movie... 2 months in the hole for Andy, killing his potential witness, etc.
Whirlpool -> intense flows of water -> when Andy slips out of the pipe, 500 feet of raw waste, into a river during the storm.
It was a real calamity when old-man Brooks was released after 50 years, and hung himself.
The first scene of the movie. Andy, gun and liquor in his lap, sitting outside his wife's lover's house.
One could say that Andy has "married into" his problems in this film. (unfaithful wife, framed for murder, etc.)
Andy is the #1 guy when it comes to calculating earnings for prison guards (and preparing w2s)
The scene where they are tarring the roof, and enjoy some cold beers on a hot summer day.
The Warden's wife will be a widow after he blows his brains out!
The "fruits" (pardon my language) attacking/stalking/raping Andy. (Red calls them "the sisters")
How many chapters of the bible did Andy cut out to hide his rock-carving axe?
The "fruits" (sorry again) treat Tim like a piece of candy in this movie. Eck.
I don't think this needs to be spelled out. =/
Morgan Freeman - the man who can get any item you need, for enough "smokes."
melons -> breasts -> something there is little to none of in this movie.
This movie is all about life below the surface. Life in jail.
A fire. There are so many possibilities... and you probably already know it from 火曜日, but, for the sake of consistency: Andy lights a fire under young punk's ass to get his high school diploma.
Andy makes the library department of the prison something amazing!
The splendor of sweet, sweet freedom - this scene.
The Warden's infamous provisional workforce, "the inside out program," where prisoners worked for nothing!
Andy really had an excellent idea talking to the guard and suggesting he take a tax write off.
Andy really understands the value of things: music, money, hope, etc.
In his spare time, Andy likes to carve chess pieces.... and plan prison breaks!
Sanskrit ka 珈
jeweled hairpin 迦
Notes: One of the first tricks I ever learned about reading kanji from my first teacher was this: sometimes you can find a "katakana clue" in the kanji to how it is read. Notice how many of the kanji in the カ group are pronounced as such.
Another tip, which may be painfully obvious but I'll mention it anyway, is when kanji share radicals or primitives, they tend to (it's by no means a golden rule) share pronunciations. There are 5 examples in this post: 可, 化, 過, 家, 果. The idea here is not to try to force each kanji into memorization, but to remember what I can, and with several similar kanji, remembering one can be the key to reading all of them. In other words, if only one of 3-5 stories stick where the kanji share primitive, I consider it a success (and you should too!).
Two really serious dramas in a row - expect something light-hearted, fun and from the 80s next week!