Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Let the games Beijing!!!

After a long long time of waiting we are coming close to the moment when it all starts! The start of the Olympics at Beijing isn't far away anymore!

The world seems to holds it breath while the opening ceremony is coming close, maybe when it has finished some noises can be heard again of human breathing. For now, the excitement seems to grab hold of my heart and still I have to wait for two more days.

I guess we will see the olympics of a very high architectural standard, some of the venues are really amazing, like the bird-nest. Last night I saw a documentary about already legendary badminton-player Zhang Ning. In fact this is what makes it really special, the story behind the athletes.

Our prince (heir to the thrown) and also IOC-member Prince Willem-Alexander said something interesting today. He said it would be better that with the next Olympics the olympic flame won't travel the world anymore before it arrives in its host city. 'The reality is that this beautiful symbol of hope has become a target of protest'. He also said that during the olympics, the sport is always more important than politics.

In my opinion our Prince is totally right, we shouldn't let the image of sport gets hurt because of some weird fanatic people who confuse politics with sport. After all, it is the biggest sport event in the world, athletes train and wait for four years for this moment. What kind of ungrateful people are going to take their pride away? There were also thoughts of boycotting the Olympics... people totally seem to have lost their way sometimes. It is a moment to unite all the countries, all these athletes and the most beautiful culture in the world.

Two days, just two days and than it all starts. Records will be broken, miracles will happen and many tears will flow. The only bad thing..... I won't be able to sleep too much.

Good luck The Netherlands!!! Good luck China!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Madeleine (South-Korea, 2003)

Madeleine, directed by Kwang-chun Park, is a film that won’t leave a very big impression but it tells a simple love story in its own way. In my opinion, many things could be better in this film. In the beginning I was very worried about the acting of the two main characters, later one I thought the film was trying to find its way in becoming a drama but didn’t really touched me.

Though it has its flaws, it can be very enjoyable as well. Like I said, it is a rather simple love story, very uncomplicated and very predictable. Still, it is no terrible film. I really liked it, maybe it is because some scenes really are beautiful and humorous, maybe it is because some scenes do contain emotion, maybe not at its fullest but that is what it makes a rather good film. Nothing too much, it’s all about showing the love between a boy and a girl and that it isn’t always easy, but sad things can be overcome.

I liked the acting of Min-a Shin ( a bittersweet life) pretty much, her smile really has something wonderful.