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I recently saw Oz The Great and Powerful and my excitement was seriously justified. I was in awe of the characters and art direction and simply loved the story. What a beautiful and mesmerizing film, to say the least. Director Sam Raimi did a fantastic job at capturing the beauty, amazement, and fantasy of Oz and all that it encompasses. I was highly intrigued and surprised as the story unfolded.
The film tells the tale of how the great Oz came to be. Oscar Diggs, a man who once was a sideshow magician and conman, becomes a strong leader and caring individual. Learning of the good that had always remained inside him, he takes on a journey that even he can’t believe. Landing in Oz, by way of tornado, he meets various characters that will soon become his friends. From flying monkeys and fairies that bite to porcelain dolls from chinatown, this film will truly keep you wanting more.
The landscape itself is a main character. With its vibrant hues and unique personality, the land of Oz comes alive right before your eyes. I wish I could go there just for a day to witness the true magic it clearly has. It set a colorful and interesting backdrop for the story and really creates the fantasy driven reality we all love. From emerald green to the bluest of skies all the way to the darkest of grays, the rainbow is clearly shown through every viewpoint.
In the end, Oz saves the day along with all the great people who call the land of Oz home. With teamwork, bravery, and goodness, they take on the wicked witch and all is happy again. I thought the story was clever, smart, and fun. A nice way to introduce the Wizard of Oz for sure. This girl loved every minute of it.
There have been plenty of times in my life when I thought things couldn’t get any worse. Just like most people. Staying positive and being strong has helped me move past these road blocks as well as having patience. Sometimes you just have to stop and breathe to see the bigger picture. Know that everything happens for a reason.
This photo was taken a few years in Bellmore, NY at the Meroke Preserve. I have always loved pathways, whether they be a bridge, a road, or just a simple trail, they remain one of my favorite things to photograph. Its become such a connection to my life, the will to keep moving forward.
You may not see a clear path in this shot, but I do. The trees are silently guarding it and the sun is delicately lighting the way. Nature always shows you where to go. Sometimes you have to look a little deeper and really think about the best way to move forward in life. Don’t let anything or anyone get you down. Be positive, stay motivated, and kick ass. Hopefully, just like me, you will always find a way to succeed.
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I am a big fan of M. Night Shyamalan, always was and always will be. I think he is such a great storyteller. He brings a true sentimental touch to the screen that leaves you thinking much more than when you started. The Village is one of those films. One of my favorites from his collection, its a tale of protection, fear, and love. With beautiful cinematography, flawless set and art direction, and an amazing group of actors, The Village explores the boundaries of good and evil and true love.
The film takes place in a small Pennsylvania village cut off from the rest of the world. The elders have built it to protect their children from the “wicked”. There are known monsters that live beyond the village and because of this watch towers and barriers of oil lanterns have been constructed for their protection. The time is 1987 but the villagers live an Amish lifestyle, no electricity and a simple way of living.
The main couple, Lucias and Ivy, express their love for each other and plan to soon marry. When a young boy dies and Lucias asks to go into “the towns” for medicine, he is denied. However, he ventures out anyway. The color red is used throughout the film as the bad color, and is seen on doors & shown through flowers when the monsters are near. Red cloaks also cloth their bodies. While he is away, the village has a visit from these beings and it startles everyone into a frenzy. A few days after Lucias gets back, he sadly gets stabbed by another man, Noah, in the village, who loves the girl as well. Unfortunately, he has developmental issues and doesn’t truly realize what he has done.
In order to help Lucias, Ivy gets ready for her trip to the towns for medicine. Although she is blind, she is strong willed and eventually makes it back with the items she needs. The journey through the woods is one of terror and truimph, as she comes across one of the monsters and defeats it. But there is a major secret in the village that unfolds through the film and in the end another life is lost because of it.
Told through the colors of nature and New England beauty, The Village is a remarkable tale filled with lessons on life and love. From the mossy greens and earthy browns to the pops of yellow and red, the backdrop of the woods truly allows for a peaceful, yet haunting feel. There are scenes that will surely win you over and ones that will startle your inner being. Another great story with a message that will continue to be relevant as the years go by.