CULTURE

Black Panther : a new kind of superhero movie

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Black Panther was released last Wednesday on our screens. And the least we can say is that this film with its exclusively black cast brings diversity in the Marvel’s universe.

Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright, the film is the first of its kind — a Marvel film led by a black director. Critics pointed out the importance of this diversity in today’s culture,  particularly the film’s majestic portrayal of Africa following Donald Trump’s recent “s-hole” comments.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as a king. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as king and Black Panther is tested when he is drawning into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world in danger.

The film takes a long time to start but it is really worth it to wait for the entry of Erik Killmonger to see the amazing performance of Michael B. Jordan as the villain. Some say his evil play is among the best the Marvel’s universe has ever created.

But what has struck us most is the place of women in the film. Black Panther’s little sister Shuri, her bodyguard Okoye and her girlfriend are representations of strong and free women, giving Black Panther another huge positive message.

In brief, even if the film is a little long, Black Panther is a really unique blockbuster that deals with its themes (political or not) sometimes in a little simple way but always with great accuracy. And that’s what makes it so strong.

Mélissa Chatel Karras, IEJ 3C

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MOVIE: ‘The disaster artist’: second time’s a charm

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“The disaster artist” is the latest movie directed by James Franco. The actor decided to tell the story of the absolute disaster The Room. The movie is famous for being bad, actually “the worst film of history” some might say.

Tommy Wiseau originally wrote, directed, produced and even played in The Room. It tells the story of Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, who meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class; they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

The Franco’s Brothers made this unique duo come to life for a second time, to explain how the worst film ever made was created. We don’t learn more about the mystery Tommy Wiseau. Where does his money come from? Where does he come from? We’ll probably never know. But we now know that the Franco brothers form a great and harmonious duo on screen. James Franco plays the weird Tommy Wiseau while Dave interprets Greg Sestero, the next great actor to be according to Tommy.

James Franco, thought his impressive act, doesn’t judge Wiseau or the other protagonist, he shows himself empathic and kind towards the famous fail artist. The Disaster Artist is an intelligent movie, with a director who tries to understand the complexity of his character. All along we don’t make fun of Tommy Wiseau, we laugh because Tommy Wiseau is funny, sweet and caring despite his weirdness… Thanks to the talent of Franco brothers.

Eloïse Sibony, IEJ 3C

 

Underground world of wine

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Situated in Paris near metro Passy, « The Wine Museum » is a gallery which is not like the others. In fact, it extends for more than seven kilometers under the streets of the city. We were able to make an exclusive visit.

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« I hope you’re wearing good shoes ! » laughs the master of the place Mylène Carabeuf. Without further ado, she takes us to the huge museum. « If you want to see everything and understand everything, you need at least an hour of discovery, » she precises. « The Wine Museum » is primarily built on historical foundations. Leading to many streets, especially the street of Eaux (meaning water in French, which is funny considering we are in a wine museum), these galleries impress as much as they fascinate the visitors and the most curious tourists. Encrusted in the walls, you can find many treasures of national heritage : great wines – which however remain undrinkable, because of their antiquity – extravagant corkscrews, ancestral glasses … So many objects impregnated by French culinary culture. « These galleries go all the way to Neuilly-sur-Seine. Notice that all these objects were loaned by the Paris City Hall… they took the dust so we gave them a new life ! » Mylène continues.
For wine professionals, it’s like paradise: the whole story of this drink is told. « We have tried to tell the origin of wine as an integral part of our society.» Thus, from one room to another, we understand the way in which the wines of Bordeaux were produced, and how they evolved according to consumer demand. On these last words, Madam Carabeuf lets us lose ourselves in the long corridors. « The Wine Museum », an intelligent and fun way to linger in what is under your feet. 
And best of all, the location allows many private tastings…

Samuel Regnard, IEJ3C

Thanksgiving: an annual reminder

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The North-American continent is getting ready for Thanksgiving, one of the major celebrations in the United States and Canada. Turkeys, cranberries, mashed potatoes or some pies, everybody gathers around a delicious family meal. This year, the holidays would be celebrated on Thursday 23rd of November.

What are the origins of this holiday?

At the origins the term referred to a peasant’s celebration, in certain European countries, where they thanked God with prayers for the happiness they could enjoy during the year. Thanksgiving commemorates the help given by the natives to the Pilgrims of the Mayflower at their arrival in the New World, known today as the United States of America.

Some would say that this commemoration tends to overshadow the massacres committed by the English on the Native Americans, as if at the time the encounter of the two cultures were peaceful and graceful.

In any event, now the holidays is more a way to gather the family and friends around a good meal rather than a commemoration of the ancestors. It has become a commercial celebration, during which people exchange gifts, joy, and are thankful.

 

Aubry BERNARD, IEJ 3F G1

Tribute to David Cassidy

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The teen idol David Cassidy died on Tuesday, at the age of 67. The singer and star of the television series “The Partridge Family” passed out in Florida due to a hepatic insufficiency.

David Cassidy had known a big success in the United States by embodying the character of Keith Partridge in the musical television series broadcast during the 70s. The series was about a widow and her children who decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band. Cassidy then dashed into a solo career with a lightning success: more than 12 albums and 30 million sales. Hollywood pays tribute to an actor and a “talented and nice” singer.

In 2011 he took part in the casting of “The celebrity apprentice”, a program inspired by  Donald Trump’s “the apprentice” , where the actor as the first one to be fired by the future president of the United States.

He was in an artificial coma since the critical deterioration of his liver and his kidneys. He was hospitalized in Fort Lauderdale, with his family at his bedside. He leaves behind him two children and an inheritance in the pop-culture for all those born before the 80s.

Emma Férey, IEJ 3F

Paris Photo Show 2017

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This year, Paris Photo show takes place at Le Grand Palais with Karl Lagerfeld as the guest of honor. The show lasts three days (9th – 12th November). 

The Paris Photo Show is one of the world’s leading fairs for photography. This unique event offers an insight into the fine art of photography from its beginnings until today, and presents a future-oriented overview of global trends and available forms of expression in this medium. This year  different historic and classic works and a lot of  treasures were presented. Monochrome seems to be the biggest trend compared to last year, when  a lot of colors and big formats were displayed.

There is a real change compared to past years. An exhibitor of a big fair gallery said that “People were fed up with big formats, they don’t have any space on their walls. Those images gets old and become unfashionable.”  For example Jeff Wall, the photographer known for his big sophisticated staging, this year presented small works, one of which showing a flower window shop in Paris. Even Gregory Crewdson, an American, who usually chooses cinema scenes, exhibited tiny panoramic monochromes.

Patti Smith whose work is known for a lot of melancolic and intimate pictures, hand picked the menu of stands. But even if the works reduced in size, the prices are ever increasing.

Alice Grisol, IEJ 3EG2

 

Drake stopped a concert because of a sexual agression

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The Canadian superstar Drake interrupted his concert in a Sydney night club on Wednesday evening. Why ? Because a man was touching several girls in the audience. And the rapper threatened the wrongdoer for several minutes.

An act lacking of class in a night club named Marquee. While Drake was performing at the stage, he asked his beatmaker to stop the music. Suddenly, he pointed at the groper in the crowd and said: “If you don’t stop touching girls, I’m gonna come out here and f**k you up, bruh […] I’m not playing with you. If you don’t stop putting your hands on girls, I’m gonna come out there and f**k your *ss up.” His reaction, rare for a performer like him, has met a great success both in the club and on social media. We don’t know if this alleged groper was expelled of the Marquee NightClub. According to ABC News, Drake or his manager has not commented on this incident.

This event becomes symbolic with current accusations of sexual harassments in Hollywood and all over the world. An English singer did the same thing last summer, in the Netherlands. This member of the group Architects stopped the concert, just like Drake in Sydney. Such acts stand in stark contrast with the silence which reigns in Hollywood.

 

Wallid Addigue, IEJ 3E Groupe 2