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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Movies and History - we like it

Since we have one channel that plays stupid shows most nights we have been watching movie
rentals from the library nightly.

Last night we watched this very funny cute movie about the history of the number 1. Its called The Story of 1 it was presented by Terry Jones (ex Monty Python). It was humorous and educational all in one. Most educational shows tend to end up being funny, but not on purpose. This one was a PBS home video. Here is a link to my favorite site. I learned how to write 9 in binary number system. 1001. That's nine. Isn't that cool!? This is how they showed it below in little egg holders. Imagine the numers are the egg holders and the # is the open place in the holder. The number places stand for different number and you have to add those together.
# # # # # #
32 16 8 4 2 1
1 1 1 1 1 1 = 63
0 1 0 0 0 0 = 16 ... I think.. haha. OK well Thats enough of that.

I tried to look it up on wikipedia.. and it confused me. BUT you can check it out if you like.

I watched the movie Enemy at the Gates. It stars Jude law, Ed Harris, and Rachel Weisz. It was a great movie showing what was happening in Russia during WWII. The nazis were in Stalingrad and if they took that city it would mean the fall of Russia. Law plays a character who is based on a real man. The story in the movie is mostly fiction but he was a snipper who may have had a battle with a German snipper (played by Ed Harris). It was great, I never knew the importance of the Russians during WWII. History is so biased.

This movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was sad to watch. I dont think its based on an actual true story but it too was based during WWII. It was about a German family who moved out of the city to a house near a concentration camp that the army Commandant father was in charge of. The mother is aware that the camp exists but is very unaware of what happens there. The young son 8 mets a boy in "striped pajamas" who lives on the other side of the fence. They become friends but soon learn they shouldn't talk to eachother. The boy also finds it unfair that the boy in the fence gets to "play" with all those people when he has no friends. Its so sad to see how innocent this boy was to what was happening around him. Their is a Jewish prisoner who works at the house doing odd jobs and peeling potatoes. The little boy fell off his swin and hurt his leg. The man carried him inside and fixed him up. Telling the boy he used to "practice medicine" as a Dr. To which the boy replied well you must not have been very good if you had to practice and that must be why he is here peeling potatoes now and not being a Dr. Because he wasnt that good anyways. I recomend it. Its a very touching story and its sad but real.

We also watched An Inconvenient Truth. I think it clearly shows how global warming not only is possible and real but how we as humans have changed the earth and its "natural" cycle. I actually felt bad for Al Gore in parts! Who knew I could feel like that. I usually find him annoying and boring. This has been a passion of his since he was in college. I think its amazing that he is still speaking about it after so many years. I am glad he has not given up on his mission. Thanks Al, keep up the good work.

We have also watched many other history movies and documenteries from everything on The American Revolution (16 disc CD set) to the Zulu Wars. A battle against the British where they lost even when they were supposed to be so awesome. They did some research to show how the Zulu men were at the advantage from the start. AND there was a solar eclipse the day of the fight too! Crazy.

I think Roman likes movie night too.

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