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The night was quiet, too quiet. All you could hear was the soft warble of the water flowing somewhere behind the tree line. The bright sky, filled by glowing stars and a full moon, couldn’t enlighten the night through the dense foliage of the jungle. There was an easy gust of wind now and then, crossing the loaded branches, making a low sound, more calming in the dense, quiet darkness of the night.

They were guarding a random position, taken 2 days ago from them. Josh and Matt were staying in a fox hole with a full loaded machine gun on a cold tripod. They had their Tommy Guns on the side of the hole, as well as 3 hand grenades and 2 Colt Pistols, but they’ll remain unused, lost in the darkness of the night.

They knew each other as back as they could remember. Josh and Matt were best buddies, both from the same hometown, both taking the same schools, sharing the same adventures and problems, both being here, in the same night. Matt was 2 months older than Josh and always took care of him as a youngest brother he never had. He even saved his life twice since they were on the battlefield, but he never thought of that as a favour, or a good gesture. He always felt like that was his job, like he had to protect Josh, like that was a normal thing to do for him.

– Goddamn trees! You can’t even see the sky and I’m tired of this darkness! If they attack, we won’t be able to see them not until they get close enough to wipe us of the face of Earth.

– Yeah, Josh said. At least is not raining and it’s not too cold as well. If we weren’t at war, this would be a perfect night to stay awake, think clear in the quietness of the night or simple enjoy the silence.

– Only if…

As now, it doesn’t count at all. In the war, there is no beauty and even no time to catch your breath. There is only the silence or the thundering of combat, only clear fields or smoky holes, only dead corpses or dying bodies, slowly losing themselves at the influence of war. They could never enjoy anything in the war, even that calm and quiet night back then. You must stay alert at all times, constant vigilance, as the training thought them and there is a strong reason to be so.

– You heard that?

– What?

– I just thought that… Never mind! Let’s just be careful!

And in the silence of the night a short, sharp sound crossed the jungle as a gun was loaded…

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“Les Miserables”  is a complete and glorious experience of breathtaking music, performances and ethical life lessons

Les Miserables is a 2012 British musical drama film. The film is based on the musical of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg which is in turn based on Les Misérables, the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo. The film is directed by Tom Hooper, scripted by William Nicholson, Boublil, Schönberg andHerbert Kretzmer, and stars an ensemble cast led by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried.

The film tells the story of…you’re kidding right? Go read that amazing book, you ignorant (no offense)! Anyway, if you read only Twilight or The Holy Bible, Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes mayor of a town in France. Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert. The plot spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political turmoil, which in the film culminates in the June Rebellion of France.

The film follows the events of the novel very well, considering that the book has more pages than some of us could count. The main characters are, as I highlighted above, Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, Fantine, Cosette, inspector Javert and Marius, Cosette’s love interest. The book (one of my favourites) is one of the most beautiful novels in the universal literature and Victor Hugo is one of my favourites authors. Les Miserables holds a huge potential, is a book that you first feel and then think about. Hugo creates a whole universe, with powerful characters, impressing message and strong ethical value, but enough about “The French Bible”. Shall we talk about this movie, right?

The Musical 

 Les Miserable is, for first, a musical and that is something that most of us aren’t used to. This might come hard for the usual viewer and I heard a comment from one of my buddies, saying “there was too much singing”- what were you expecting from a musical? Nevertheless, the songs are amazing, the film is based on one of the most popular stage musical of all times.

The songs of Les Miserables is live played, giving the actors the chance to act and express themselves vocally in the same time and the result is breathtaking at some points and more than satisfying as a whole. The score is an integrate part of the film and offers the most of the emotional effect that is going to shake your soul.

The characters

To love another person is to see the face of God

Hugh Jackman plays the main character of a man who doesn’t know what love is, but embarks a life journey that is going to change his perception over the world. The unfortunate fate throws Valjean in prison for stealing a piece of bread in order to save his sister’s child from hunger. Released from serving a 19 year sentence, Valjean knows no love, but only hate resulted from an unfair life shaped by human factor. His thirst of revenge will slowly turn in saturation of love. The turning point from the incipit is one of the many amazing moments this films offers, Jackman’s performance is breathtaking and Valjean change is remarkable at all points. Another turning point in Valjean’s evolution is his relation with Fantine, or the influence she is going to inflect and, on the second place, the hunt of Javert. Cosette is the one that finally shapes Valjean’s heart into the most memorable and ethical characters from Les Miserables.

 I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I’m living!

Anne Hathaway plays Fantine and she was acclaimed for her secondary role here. You’re not going to see her for long time, but the impression she offers is strong enough. “I dreamed a dream” is as emotional as it can be, like the voice of entire understated humanity sings it, outstanding I would say. The image that Anne manages to build for Fantine is amazing, her abasement over the role is brilliant. Fantine is probably one of the most impressible characters of this movie, by her unwilling defacement and pain. You’ll see a character that reflects everything that can go wrong in this world, a soul condemned at life. The death is a release from the claws of fate.

I am reaching, but I fall. And the stars are black and cold… as I stare into the void, of a world that cannot hold…there is nowhere I can turn, there is no way… to go on!

Javert is a police inspector. He reflects the coldness of human heart, the fierce thirst for human justice taken to the extreme, the world resumed at work, the desire to climb the scale and Russell Crowe is experienced enough to portray him. His musical parts are good, but the climax he reaches is in his final moments. He is going to pass through an evolution that will slowly become his major theme. The monologue he has at his best is great, moving and comprehensive and offers an interesting perspective over the world.

 

Here they talked of revolution. Here it was they lit the flame. Here they sang about ‘tomorrow’ and tomorrow never came.

Cosette is played by Amanda Seyfried and she represents the love interest of Marius played by Eddie Redmayne, but her influence expands also over Valjean. You’re going to find a love triangle, where the romantism meets the protective and profound love, the last one meaning the connection of two human beings and the great influence they can carry to each other. Hugo is a romantic and the love between Cosette and Marius is pure, unadulterated and ideal.

Marius is a student, driven by the fire of youth and the desire to make a change in a rotten world, to break the chains and to be free. He and his friends, especially Enjolras, are the spark of a revolution, a theme that will suit many ardent and tired of order souls. Cosette is the one that influence Marius the most, giving to his life a sens. Even if he is young and can’t reach the magnitude of Valjean for example, he portrays a great character. “Do you hear the people sing?” is an inspirational song, that lifts spirits and offers the momentum.

The Thenardier couple, played by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (what a combination!) represents the human disgrace, the state of deliberate distortion and for this reason Hooper push the atmosphere a bit here.

The whole cast and crew did an amazing job. Eponine is going to show you how hard the unshared love can be, Enjolras is going to take you on the barricades, Gavroche will show the power of poors. Every character is well-shaped, their musical parts are great, but the main characters are the cherry on top of the human factor.

The effect

Love. This a recurring theme is many films. God means love. We tend to renegade him as we can’t understand him completely, but maybe it is the fact that we don’t understand the concept of love and ethical equilibrium, the spiritualism we should tend to achieve. This movie shows that love exist in this world under different forms, but the life we live, the running in the opposite direction takes us away from it. Valjean is the symbol of human shifting, showing that we can change our condition, even if we find ourself in a dead point. Connecting with another person and unconditional love are some of the greatest achievement in life. The humanity gets a second chance in the this idealism.

 

Human capacity. This is also a recurring and powerful theme, mainly portrayed in the character of Fantine. The Thenardiers reflect this as well, but in the opposite extreme. We can’t raise ourselves from the misery of the life. We are so fragile and weak, that all we can do is bend over and accept the condition. There are 2 ways of living life: one, to believe there are no miracles and the other one, to believe that everything is a miracle. Les Miserables is the movie of the humble as the title says.

Freedom. This is the theme portrayed mainly in the June Revolution and yet all the other characters reflect it. Every time “Do you hear the people sing?” comes to your ear, the echo of freedom is born. Valjean is chasing an individual freedom and follows multiples layers, while Fantine consumes the desire of an ideal freedom from life. Friends of ABC (in french that “abc” is a pun and it is read “abaisses” which means “lowly” or “abased”) and Marius inflict a revolutionary movement at which few people attent, mainly the students who organised it. This is the most significant social theme of the novel as well as the film. The idealistic load of this part is very powerful and divides Les Miserables in two big parts: The freedom and the social movement and The spiritual and ethical conflict.

This film shows us different stances of humanity, teaches us powerful and important lesson, builds an ethical perspective of overwhelming magnitude and makes you feel little and huge, weak and strong, insignificant and important,  chained and free, void and rich, all in the same time and in high proportions.

The final confession

Les Miserables is one of the best films I’ve seen in 2012 and the best musical on the big screen. Les Miserables offers the viewer so much on ethical and emotional side. Its doctrines are profound life lessons, the emotional perspective is heart-ripping, the songs are brilliant written and played, every aspect is great in this movie. Like the book, Les Miserables is a movie you feel as you watch. It is going to plant a spiritual “miserable” in your soul!

It is one of the movies that shaped me and impressed me so profound, that I can’t find necessary words in order to express what I felt during the view. It twisted and will twist my heart as never before! I got one of the most complete spiritual experiences of my entire life!

I might be wrong, as I interpret this movie subjectively, because it focuses on the ethic perspective and some of you may find it empty. I advise those of you to look inside your soul for a second and use your mind in order to search something different from answers for social and material problems.

My rate: 9.5/10

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Who is Spartacus? What kind of questions is this? For the less comprehensive minds, Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator, who along with the Gauls Crixus, Oenomaus, the Roman Castus, and the Celt Gannicus, was one of the slave leaders in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. He lived between 109-71 BC and he is probably the most known slave and gladiator of all times.

Spartacus War of the Damned” is the 3rd season of the original series made by Starz that follows the life of Spartacus and his uprising against slavery and Roman Republic, but let’s look back for a bit, shall we?

The first season is known under the name of “Spartacus Blood and Sand” and premiered on 22 Jan. 2010 on Starz. It follows the slavery of Spartacus, his training and rising as a gladiator, as well as his escape from the Lentulus Batiatus gladiator school in Capua. A world of slavery, fights, violence, lies and intrigues is portrayed mainly in the series. “Blood and Sand” reflects the rise of Spartacus as a gladiator.

“Spartacus” is marked by a real tragedy as well. The main actor, Andy Whitfield died on 11 September 2011 after the first season of the show because of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and from this reason he was replaced with Liam McIntyre.

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” is a 6 episodes miniseries and prequel to the events of the 1st season. It follows the character Gannicus, the first gladiator to become Champion of Capua representing Lentulus Batiatus

Spartacus: Vengeance” is the 2nd season of the show. It premiered on 27 Jan. 2012. Its story follows Spartacus , after he and his fellow gladiators kill their master Batiatus and escape from his gladiatorial training school. This season is an individual form of Spartacus’s revenge over the romans, especially over Glaber, the man who put him and his wife into slavery. The finale brings the death of Glaber and Spartacus’s final revenge. From this point on, I will say that his fight becomes more collective, more idealistic and for this matter I expect that season 3 will bring an epic clash between the free slaves and their enslaver.
Spartacus and his 3 adjutants
Spartacus: War of the Damned” is the 3rd and final season of the show and aired on 25 Jan. 2013.This brings us to the present point. The first episode is called “Enemies of Rome” and starts with a victory of Spartacus’s army over the romans. The fight has bigger proportions, we’ve seen fresh faces and as a total I’m very pleased.

This season promise to bring an epic war and a conclusion to Spartacus uprising. One of the most powerful symbols I’ve remarked in the first episode is the Roman Aquila that Spartacus uses to kill a couple of enemies. Covered roman in blood, it has a strong message (you can see it on the official poster on the beginning of this article).

So, that being said, “Spartacus” gets bigger proportions, the war finally comes and the conclusion we all know is about to come. The fight for freedom is probably one of the most powerful struggle a man can have against those who enslaved him and Spartacus cause makes no exception.

Stay tuned and for the second episode on 1 Feb. 2013.

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Futility

"Futility of futilities, all is futile"

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