Small Movies- Great Ambition

Thank you Dr. Jason for sharing your feelings and your appreciation for my best blog follower Jeremy's work! Unfortunately his YouTube account is no longer active as it has been removed by YouTube staff under the usual pretexts. I don't think Jeremy disappeared from the scene anyway. I'll do my best to find him again and ask him, amongst other things, which software he used. Yes, more to come, I own some other Jeremy movies. Think "Let's Dance Movie" was created in 2011, just think what he could do, or could have done, with his skills and taste, by means of the more recent technology!
Watch the tonality of the colors of the pastels in the photograph you sent to me, They are colors which are true, intense, natural and profound. I am quite surprised to be able to see them so well on my screen, which is certainly not a high-quality one. The fact that the pastels you used had been packed inside packs of cardboard is irrelevant. Inside those packs of cardboard there were beautiful pastels. This is what counts. And let me say that the more I get old, the more it counts. And it is weird! Watching the colors of these pastels, give me the same emotion I feel when I watch the entire work especially the beautiful nature views. Perhaps because they also are true, intense, natural and profound.

I really do encourage guys to reveal their art works and I'm kind of frustrated about how they are banned from such a great famous youtube. I can tell there is no resonable reason to delete their short movies but let's hope their small cinema works would be more appreciated in the future. They just need to take a tremendous amout of consideration into the copyright issues, that's all.

Manny and Rufus

The other day I saw this new Nickelodeon film called Rufus and it's a short movie indeed only 50 minutes long. It stares Jace Norman who also plays an other character Henry Danger. The story is about a dog that turns into a boy. The only difference is usually in other TV shows and films is about the kid turning into a dog and the dog would remain stuck as a dog and the kid of course wouldn't like it but in Rufus it's totally the opposite because the dog turns into a boy. So it's an unusual film. The movie starts out very with those bad guys after a magic amulet which they were trying to steal and  the guy that owns the amulet who lost it and eventually this boy called Manny (role played by Davis Cleveland) finds it when he was playing with his pet dog outside at the park downtown.
Jace Norman and Davis Cleveland in Rufus

Jace Norman and Davis Cleveland in Rufus
Manny who is new in town trying to fit in at school and has a cruch on a student there and the only friend in the world for him is his dog Rufus. Manny puts the amulet around his pet's neck wishing that his dog would be like his best boy friend which obviously he is but he's not a boy. So Manny wakes up the next morning and found out that his dog turned out to a boy, a role played by Jace Norman. This film is pretty funny and it had lots of good jokes with Rufus basically not knowing how to act like a human. He does lots of silly things like chasing squirrels and soccer balls. When a teacher at school tells him to sit down he literally sits down on the ground like dogs do. Sometimes Rufus would smell people inappropriately just like a dog would do in real life. One thing I think would have been done to make this film better is technically the amulet can do anything that you want. You could put the amulet around your neck and wish to be a super hero. But they didn't do that for this movie, they basically went with one wish. It's like finding a jinnie lamp as you can wish for anything. Manny could have wished for anything he wants because he saw the work of the amulet on his dog eventhough he did not really mean that his pet turns into a boy. He just could grab the amulet put it around his neck and wishes for being top kid at his school for example. He didn't try none of that which is a little bit silly. The story line did not go further with the idea of the amulet.
Jace Norman and Davis Cleveland in Rufus

Jace Norman and Davis Cleveland in Rufus
I Think this film was just a cash in because Nickelodeon knows Henry Danger is a big hit. They know that if they hire Jace Norman to play an other role in a movie they can make lots of money. And I think that's the main reason Rufus film was made. Alot of real life tv movies starring kids these days are getting really old. I know they are popular with films like High School Musical. But anyway the amulet of Rufus was destroyed by the bad guys and he was stuck as a dog again forgood. But it wasn't a sad ending because Rufus is meant to be a pet afterall and eventually Manny ends up being top boy at school. It is basically a happy ending. I guess I give this film a 7 out of 10 because in terms of story it doesn't really go far and it doesn't really fascinate everyone. If Nickelodeon decided to work harder making the story of this film nice and long and "more funny" with more creative ideas, they could 've made this a cinema movie on the big screan. However many people would disagree with me because they love Henry Danger as knwon as Jace Norman.  

Boy Of The Terraces: My Personal Memories

This world really is in a sad and sorry state in so many ways nowadays. Don't get me wrong, though. I do love the good, positive things about most technological advancements and the Internet, but I just wish that these things weren't *everywhere* constantly and driving people apart. That's why I don't have a cell phone either, nor do I have any other little gadgets and gizmos that are designed to make it so that you're "plugged in" all day every day. I have my laptops, and that's good enough for me, and I pretty much never take those with me when I leave the house. In fact, I can't remember the last time that I did. I don't need to be "plugged in" all the time. As a Tunisian guy who spent all his childhood in the old city of Tunis where the events of "Boy of the Terraces" took place, I do really wish that there were still a strong sense of community in neighborhoods nowadays and that people didn't have this initial fear of each other that they do with people they don't know, that lack of trust that has been hammered into society over time. There's nothing wrong with being cautious, but it's gotten to the point to where most people think that if, for example, as a boy in Alhalfaouine you go to the women's public bath when you were 10 or 12, you're probably out to get hurt and bullyed by your friends or even the women inside. 
Slim Boukhdir in Boy of the Terraces
It was a tradition for us back then but not anymore these days..I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I ever did enjoy those times which the producer of the movie has exposed them magnificently, although I know I don't have to worry about that since I never would anyway because just the mere thought of missing my old neighborhood is appalling to me. I absolutely *love* to see me live like those days as an other " Noura" feeling good and being happy and building my self esteem in a very conservative environment, and in the same way it hurts me tremendously to see how much changes destroying that wonderful traditional Tunisian lifestye..

Lasse Nielsen Films

Lasse Nielsen is a Danish 1970s films producer born on April 15 1950 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark's one of best known film makers with sensitive subjects being dealt with publicly. Lasse Nielson is a great mark in European cinema for coming-of-age movies manifested in many tremendous works of art such as You Are Not Alone (Du er ikke alene) released in 1978 for which he got the Chicago's internation festival of film award and also La' os være released in 1975 for which he got the Festival of Berlin award.
Du er ikke alene film making of 1977

Du er ikke alene final scene
During his training, Lasse Nielson said he prefered to speak through images rather than writing. Shortly after he graduated he produced his first film La' os være. He collaborated with the Danish composed Sebastian in many of his works. You Are Not Alone (Du er ikke alene is a unique 1970s film. For those of you who enjoy coming of age videos as much as I do you may relate to my appreciation of the relashionship between the two boy protagonists form, their unique attributes, their ability to do so many things, their ability to be playful and serious at all stages of the movie.

La' os være making of 1974
They are just as prone to prove they can throw a ball farther than others as they are to prove they can do whatever they like and love. Of course,  nowadays society will do what it can to crush their innate desire. 
Lasse Nielson's 1970s vintage films were considered okay during that era but they are somehow making a big deal of controversy especially now in the United States because of the subjects being treated and also due to the "infamous" nudity scene of Bo (15 years old) and Kim (12 years old) having a  shower together. Nielson was asked about that in 2011 for a possibilty of remake of  the film and he replied with his very famous statement: "No, I don’t believe the film could be made today. We have an unfortunate situation of self-censorship these days." Nielson's films are Danish, and among most Europeans, South and Central Americans... actually, most of the world that is not English speaking, young boys relashionships is a right of passage, not an abuse.

Boys being curious about it and wanting to esperience love when they're  young is part of the normal culture. And, the idea of a boy being curious about his sexuality is considered noble.You'll find it in a LOT of movies, with the 13/14 year old boy having his first real  experience. And the general cultural impression of this is, "Yep, that makes sense."

Other Kind Of Fans

Jacob Sartorius
This is a very special post as it is about an other kind of love which is in most cases hidden and so secretive. What if a regular boy fan has a crush on an other celebrity boy! Yes it sounds so awkward but there are almost a hundred Emails sent to us about that! First let me talk about  Jacob Sartorius and he is certainly so cute, and his confidence makes him hotter. Been around celebrities. Some are quite needy, and pluck at your heart strings, but, in the end, they are celebrities. Most of the people around them are insincere and just using them. They don't understand genuine relationships. They cannot have them. And, I've found, no matter how cute and succesful the boy star is , you can find a nice  and maybe more intelligent and succesful boy down on the beach to appreciate, who is just as beautiful, if not cuter. Without the glaring spotlights, constant spies, and general insincerity. And you can see Joacob made all that and with all his simple lifestyle. 

But anyway, they'll naturally assume, no matter how good you are to them, or how much you love them, that you're as false as all the others who claim to genuinely care, but really don't. And, they are as likely to turn on you out of convenience, as anything else. Also, celebrities love attention. If the fame starts to fade, going on a big talk show and confessing they were not treated good is a guaranteed way to get back in the headlines, get a few new starring roles, and have a shot at rekindling a flagging career. Seen it more than a few times. But anyway I wish all luck to Jacob Sartorius and I wish him a very awesome celebrity career especially in his singing and his new vlogging channel which appears to be very interesting and cool with all those funny videos of him. Just do a very quick search on YouTube: Jacob Sartorius and you'll get amazing videos results. I had an E-mail from this 13-year-old boy  who is a fan of Jacob Sartorius and I don't know how to react to his text as he said he just wants to write some words, even if he feels kind of being  just a lurker. He says he has the big luck, to have some wonderful boys around him almost every day. They are the reason he likes his life. Specially to one of them he is in deep love and he means Jacob Sartorius. He says wow, what a wonderful boy he is! But then, there comes the moment, Jacob had to leave . That´s making him so sad all the time. It is so hard to stand that moment and the time he is missing him.

So his life is full of great pleasure as he mentioned in his message. But there is also so much time he feel lonely and only want to have Jacob close to him. So at the end: complicated life. He finally asked us: Any of you have the same problem and suggestions, how to stand it?
So for an answer first I really don't mind anyone being gay or anythingelse he is and not he wants because I do believe  that is not a choice. The intensity of your sadness is equal to the intensity of your happiness. The more you'll be happy, the more you'll be sad. In my opinion, you should try to be a little less happy when the boys are around you, and a little less sad when they are away. In other words, you should try to control your emotions by actively evening out the intensity of your feelings. You can only do this by SLIGHTLY detaching yourself from anyone you love when they are around you BUT you'll feel them closer to you when they are away. By doing this, it may seem you renounce something, but actually you gain the smooth colors you didn't see before. The world is not just either black (your sadness) or white (your happiness), but instead a beautiful scale of grays (your smooth emotions).


Happy People

I got too many E-mails from people asking me questions about the young star Joseph Mrabet. This boy is a pleasant surprise in the Tunisian Happy People series. As a Tunisian guy, I've watched all the episodes and that young guy is so astonishing with his amazing performance in the role of Aziz. Joseph is a pleasant surprise of the whole work presented by director Smiri. Aziz is so influenced by his unresponsible father, played by famous actor Abelli, both addicted to the internet and flirting with women and girls.

Joseph was noticed through his famous youtube channel where he used to criticize local TV shows in a very funny way with his friends. Their little videos caught the attention of director/producer M. Smiri and he was chosen to perform the role of Aziz in Happy People. Joseph says his acting experince was successful with Sawsen Malej who plays the role of his mom.

Joseph says that he got big encouragement from his crew including cameramen who gave him a big boost to gain more confidence and to be able to "snipe" the viewr's laughter. In Tunis International Radio, he said that the show had big criticism frompeople who confirm that almost all jokes in the series are stolrn from local facebook pages about jokes but he denies any of that.

Azis is the perfect portrait of the naughty boys, so annoying who just imitates his father's behaviour. However, although all that bad behaviour he keeps studying hard and taking good care of his school and homework. Personally, I think this is a good beginning of the "American-way" funny TV series and by the way this is the first time Tunisian TV views watch that kind of comedy. All I can say is keep up the good work Joseph.
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