Movies Posts

Into the Wild

I just read this book by Jon Krakauer and I found it absolutely fascinating. It is soon to be made into a movie so I’d read it before then if you have the chance.

It tells the story of a guy named Chris McCandless whose body is found dead in an abandoned bus in a remote part of Alaska (I’m not giving anything away here, it says this on the cover of the book.) It is the story of the last few years of his life as he hitchhikes across the US and Mexico and eventually into Alaska. What is so great about the book is that it’s a collection of people’s first hand experiences with him, exerpts from his own diary, and quotes from books that he highlighted that were found with his body. It speaks volumes into the idea of adventure and community, or lack thereof.

I don’t agree with his stance on everything, but I’ve learned a lot of insights from his perspective. Here is part of a letter that he wrote to someone:

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiaitive to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

V for Vendetta

This has quickly become one of my favorite movies for numerous different reasons. I highly recommend it. In the first scene that you see “V” he gives a monolgue that pretty much lays out the movie…did I mention he mainly uses big words that start with V? Here is what he says in the movie:

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

This sounds pretty cool when he says it although as you probably can tell it is hard to know what the heck he is saying. To fix this, one of my buddies decided to take the time to translate this. Here is what he is actually saying in normal language:

Look Here! In sight a humble experienced performer cast in substitution as both sufferer and afflicter by the changeability of Fate. This face is no mere front of excessive pride, is a trace of the voice of the people, now empty, disappeared. However, this brave return of a dismissed annoying imitation, stands renewed, and has promised to get rid of these corrupt and poisonous animals of prey advancing immoral practice and bestowing the extremely immoral and ravenous disrespectful act of will . The only end result is retribution; a feud which both members of opposing parties murder each other, held as a pledge, not in failure, for the worth and adherence of truth of such shall one day make right the alert and the morally excellent.. Assuredly, this soup (potato soup) of words turns most wordy, so let me simply add that it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.