Reflections from Seminary Students

Book Review–Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

January 17th, 2012 § 0 Comments


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is Jonathan Safran Foer’s (Author of Everything is Illuminated, you may have seen the film, and Eating Animals) 2005 New York Times bestseller, which was recently made into a movie.  The book is written in first person from the perspective of Oskar, a nine year old boy as well as through letters to Oskar from his grandmother and letters that his grandfather wrote.  Oskar is extremely unique, and possibly autistic, but because the book begins after Oskar’s father has died, it is possible that Oskar’s oddness, such as the refusal to wear clothing that is not white,  is merely his intriguing personality coupled with his curious coping methods. » Read the rest of this entry «

Film Review–Life in a Day

December 16th, 2011 § 1 Comment

Life in a Day is a Sundance Film Festival documentary compiled from video taken by people all around the world in in order to show what life is like on Earth during an ordinary day.  The documentary was accomplished by asking individuals to film their lives, on July 24th, 2010. In fact the tagline for the documentary is “Filmed by You.” The participants were also asked to answer three questions: 1) “what is in your pockets,” 2) “what do you love” and lastly 3) “what do you fear.”   4,500 hours of video from 192 countries were submitted.  Life in a Day is result of the hour and 35 minutes of video that made the cut.

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