Fear has become a part of everyday life
Don't Look Up is a 2021 American apocalyptic black comedy film written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay,
The movie cast actor and actress with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep.
It is about the story of two astronomers attempting to warn humanity about an approaching comet that will destroy human civilization.
Michigan State University's postdoctoral astronomy student Kate Dibiaski stumbles upon a new comet one day. Supervisor Dr. Randall Mindy is delighted with the new discovery. Still, soon after calculating the Comet's orbit, he learns that the Comet will collide with Earth six months later and destroy the planet. The two hurriedly reported this to NASA's Joint Earth Defense Division, and Director Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe wrote it to the White House.
But it's disappointing to figure out politicians' responses whose imaginations everyone expected to react properly are only concerned with the presidential election and approval ratings. Also, they do not trust professors from state universities other than prestigious universities. They distrust the government and contact the New York Herald to publicize it directly. He appears on a popular morning live talk show but fails to get the facts out and deal with it.
Rather Mindy becomes a show icon, and Diviaski becomes a meme and is teased. Then, suddenly, President Jaina calls the two of them and tells them to develop a solution. But the clever Diviaski quickly realizes that this is a politician's strategy and hypocrisy. Eventually, the government will respond by launching a spacecraft loaded with nuclei to destroy the Comet before it reaches Earth. However, this plan is thwarted by Peter, the CEO, who is blinded by the company's business and money.
In the end, doomsday will become a reality, and all humanity must accept all these fates. They will organize their lives from various perspectives, including their religion, philosophy, love, and profession. But in reality, their bucket list was not ideal and beautiful. During the six months of the Comet's approach to Earth, people, like the real political world, are split in two, distrusting and slandering each other and unable to cope with the devastating dangers that await them only focusing to enjoy their lives. It must have been the same in the days of Noah's ark in the Bible. Instead, they ridicule Mindy and Kate, who truthfully announce danger and look back on their lives with fear and humility.
But eventually, when the Comet comes close and becomes visible to everyone, they come to believe. But it's already too late. The Comet destroys everything, and the human race comes to an end.
As a Korean, I found some exciting keywords in this movie. It's about Korea. There are very familiar scenes to me in this movie, just like home. One of them is the Seoul Station scene. This scene is often seen when North Korea threatens by firing missiles and sends breaking news when there is a war crisis. I've seen it a lot since I was a kid, so I know what it means just by looking at the silhouette. Korea is a country at war where the war is still not over. This means that you never know when, where, or what will trigger a war. I've talked to foreigners about apartment prices in Korea before, and they were shocked. "No, why are houses so expensive in a country where the war is not over yet?" I also don't know a clear answer to this fact. And the second surprising thing is that while Koreans are right on the brink of war, no one feels fear. North Korea fires missiles and threats, but South Koreans go to picnics, concerts, and parties to maintain their daily lives. No one buys emergency food, buys plane tickets, and runs to the semi-gungho on this news because this fear is very familiar.
In this movie, too, we were talking about common horror. The president also complains to the two scientists that he hears fierce sounds of the climate, war, famine, and famine every day in front of the two scientists who tell them a great truth. In other words, she became so numb that she felt bored because it was her story she had always heard. She thinks Comet is one of those stories, too, and doesn't take it seriously.
Getting used to something can create hidden risks if we are not prepared and awakened. But in general, people don't like to talk about serious risks or prepare themselves. The two scientists even went to the talk show, but the host tried to sort it out as a joke by asking for a light conversation. Instead, he regards Dibiasky, who tells the truth, as a kind of mental illness.
It is an obvious phenomenon that can be seen all the time in our society. When someone raises a right hand for a question and tries to prevent or say something in response to a risk, they drive the person who has a consciousness of crisis as sensitive, less socialized, or insane. Such a society would not be a healthy society. Don't Lookup satirically describes a sick society well.
And also for me, most impressively, Dr. Mindy passed by as he entered the White House looking at the portraits on the wall. Since I am a person who likes to draw, such scenes were interesting. However, when the last Earth is destroyed and everything is destroyed, one of the drawings Dr. Mindy saw is thrown out. The painting was popped up from our earth and disappeared somewhere.
I think it was appropriate as a keyword to describe the end of the earth. Personally, if there is one thing I regret about this movie, in a word, when we had the Last Supper at Dr. Mindy's house, the computer graphics used to convey the image of destruction did not feel unfamiliar and sophisticated. I think it would have been better without this scene. Instead of artificial computer graphics, I think that the portrait can include every meaning of that. It means that everything is useless in front of the ruins of our planet.
When the earth is destroyed, everything we have been looking for and living will disappear. So what's left in the end? As the Dutch philosopher Spinoza said that even if the earth is destroyed tomorrow, we will plant an apple tree today.
When the earth is destroyed, everything we have been looking for and living will be vanished. So what's left in the end? As the Dutch philosopher Spinoza said that even if the earth is destroyed tomorrow, we will plant an apple tree today.
Among the American films released in 1993, there is a film called "Rudy."
Rudy is a biographical sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite enormous obstacles.
Like a movie, Rudy, 1993.
Rudy was born into a poor blue-collar family, one of 12 kids. Like his parents, Rudy also had to work as a factory worker as if it were his fate. He only dreamed of becoming a football player at the prestigious University of Notre Dame.
All but, he didn't have enough grades to enter the prestigious Notre Dame or muscular body, physical status, talent to become a minor football player. Additionally, there was neither a wealthy father nor a legacy within the university to open the back door to college naturally.
Even though he had many hurdles to jump up, he eventually overcame all kinds of trials and tribulations and became a football player at the University of Notre Dame. Based on a non-fictional story, this film depicts the hard work toward a dream and the process of overcoming it with moving anecdotes.
Rudy saved the money from working as a factory worker and moved near the University of Notre Dame. Neither his family nor his girlfriend understands Rudy, whose dream fits his situation. Rudy worked hard for all-A credit in his courses, starting with his community college. He tried to transfer every time and dreams of moving but failed. Fortunately, Rudy succeeded in admission with one last semester remaining. But he also had great difficulties becoming a football player. Above all, his body was short and under average in the team.
He couldn't even afford a house to make matters worse. Fortunately, the school manager helped him sleep in the school office.
Rudy dreamed of playing at a football stadium someday, and of achieving that dream, he cleaned the stadium and exercised hard on the football team. His enthusiasm like this moved the teammate around him.
Each of his fellow seniors, led by team captain and All-American Roland Steele, lines up to lay his jersey on team coach Devine's desk, requesting Rudy be allowed to dress in his place for the season's final game. "Please let Rudy play instead of me." Eventually, all the players put their jerseys on the desk like this. But he's still not out of luck. But his passion and hard work pay off in the end.
At the time, A teammate's little "Rudy" cry echoes throughout the stadium. Finally, everyone shouted Rudy. The coach, who always opposed Rudy going to the finals, had no choice but to push Rudy's back. Devine finally lets Rudy play on the Notre Dame kickoff to Georgia Tech. Rudy stays in for the final play and sacks the Georgia Tech quarterback.
With the help of his teammates, Rudy could run his dream stadium in the final game.
The Rudy was carried his teammates' shoulders to cheers from the stadium.
The final scene is very moving to see the players running with an undersized Rudy cheering for the stadium. I wish we could write a success story like this in our lives. If hard work and passion are recognized someday, society will be a truly healthy society.
However, although the director made a movie based on a true story, many people cannot live in such a healthy society with their hope.
The 1993 movie "Rudy" told the story about how Ruettiger, a poor student from a working class background, struggled to join his beloved Notre Dame football team despite being much smaller than the other players. After years on the team's practice squad, his determination eventually wins him the chance to play in the last game of his senior year, fulfilling his lifelong dream.
Anecdotes and success stories that evoke such strong motifs and passion are all around us. But looking at the illustration below, it makes you think again whether this is really that easy.
I know Rudy's heart. How many people like Paula above illustration can't still live their dreams because they have no money, opportunity, or time to support their families?
Art education, in particular, is an impossible field without money, resources, and support. But is it a sin for a poor student to have a dream because they like to draw?
How should these aspiring artists make their dreams come true?
In Rudy's movie, someone like an angel appears to help whenever Rudy is desperate and frustrated. The people like guardian angels encouraged him, supported him, and helped him unknowingly. I think Rudy was fortunate. In reality, most don't.
I know a student who studied like Rudy. One of my husband's relatives is an artist. He was poor and had no money to buy art materials. With an unsatisfactory situation, he entered art school.
But he couldn't do homework or paint because the art course needed financial support such as materials, exhibitions, and advertisements. He was always frustrated whenever he faced reality. However, his friends, who felt sorry for his situation, secretly threw the charcoal and pencils he had drawn on the floor. And they signaled him to take it without any permission. He was able to graduate safely with the help of these friends.
Wouldn't it be great if Rudy could freely and safely enter and graduate the painter without these angels? However, even with the changing times and the passing of time, the admission fee for art colleges is not low enough for poor students to comfortably try. Even after admission, they have to think about the material, exhibition, and publicity costs. Even after graduating safely, finding a job is not easy. An artist's desire to live with only a brush expresses his will to starve to death.
Like Rudy in the movie, many senior artists overcame these adverse conditions and moved forward. However, I hope that the society we live in one day will become a society that does not require Rudy, not a culture that makes such a Rudy. So I hope that those who are poor but want to paint can safely pursue their dreams. I hope that you will not worry about your livelihood for the rest of your life and worry about your future simply because you love to draw and want to draw.
Movie Minari review
The film "Minari" is a classic immigrant story with specific details that many people can relate to their life. The story begins when the Korean American father, Jacob(Steven Yeun) of an immigrant family, heads to Asokan, a rural town in the United States, to fulfill his American dream. They came from Korea in the 1980s to live a better life, and As a means of living, they work as a chick gender inspector in a California factory. However, Jacob is disillusioned with his monotonous job and wants to show his daughter, Anne, and six-year-old boy, David, the ideal image of the head of a householder who realized his dream as a farmer. But his wife, Monica(Jeri Han), disagrees with his future goals and wants to return to California for a stable life and treat David's heart disease. The only tension that leads to a calming movie like this classical music is the conflict between Jacob and Monica. Had they not been close-ups and vividly alive descriptions of their strains, this story would have been nothing more than an American dream scenario or a diary for immigrants.
One day, they saw the news that a tornado was approaching their 50-acre farmhouse, and Monica's expression was the same as the attitude of the immigrants to the risk they faced in unfamiliar land for the first time. Because the description that evokes empathy is like the autobiography of director Jeong Isaac, an American Korean raised in an immigrant family.
Director Jung made the story's climax by not forcing him to put a dramatic element into the screenplay but by introducing Grandma's character in the play. Grandmother, Soonja(Yuh-Jung Yun) came from Korea to take care of her grandchildren instead of Monica. Soonja, a typical Korean grandmother, brings water parsley seeds from Korea and plants them along a nearby stream with her grandchildren. Minari is a familiar Korean herb name and can cook in various foods. It symbolizes the Koreans' ability to adapt quickly and the fortitude to rise again after overcoming difficulties. In the middle, the film shows a little joy that sparkles like our lives in constant tension. Grandmothers from Korea are holding hands and walking along the stream, children laughing on wooden swings made by their mother, and husband fulfilling their dreams with neighbors. All of these spectacles are probably thought of by most immigrants at least once.
But conflicts always arise when people who have lived in different backgrounds gather together for a long time. The grandchildren bother the grandmother, who doesn't fit with them, and the son-in-law complains at the mother-in-law, who secretly makes the wife's side. To add insult to injury, Jacob was scammed by the same Korean and lost all the money he had saved for his dreams. This movie tells about life itself. It is like our lives that we must endure and endure numerous hardships and difficulties for a sparkly short time. After many twists and turns, they eventually adapt to the peaceful Asokan, assimilate with their neighbors, and live a life like a movie. This film calmly portrays immigrant families becoming one with nature and the people around them.
This film was not an intense stimulus like a poster for incitement or a success story that was not common, but it was a meaningful attempt to remind us that our life itself is a film.
From an unfamiliar land in Germany to another strange land in the United States, I look back at the lives of immigrants where every day is a challenge and every hour is tense. At any moment, I realize myself calling me that I am an immigrant artist. When I attend the group exhibition in Mills Pond Gallery last year, I wrote my artist statement like that:
Last April, I have finally got an opportunity to attend ArtExpo New York.
But the pandemic broke my plan and the event postponed next year.
Moreover, I still have been struggling with a hard time since I moved to New York from Germany.
As an immigrant artist, everything is a big challenge for me.
In spite of the difficulty, art gives me energy for survival and mission for the future.
I believe that war and chaos have plagued for a long time, but even the plague passed us for an artistic life.
I hope to become a immigrant painter who draws such a Minari-like work that can grow well anywhere and be a portion of good energy for anyone.
Myungja Anna Koh