“A THOUSAND WORDS” DIRECTED BY BRIAN ROBINS
Jack McCall is a book agent working in a company. One day he propose to sell a book that will be written by Dr. Sinja a religous leader who is popular to many people for his teachings and healing. Jack visit on of sessions of Dr. Sinja while he is meditating he act like he sees the blue pearl but he doesn’t he just act like that doesn’t have knowledge about the blue pearl, he only do it so he can talk and negotiate to Dr. Sinja about writing a book for him to sell. While they are talking Jack saw a tree called Bodhi at Sinja’s backyard he touch and have a scratch, saying that the tree bite him afterwards Dr. Sinja agree to write a book to be publish for Jack and to the company he works. On the other hand Caroline talk to Jack about buying and transferring to a new house but Jack decline and suggest that to just renovate a room for Tyler but Caroline gets mad then a earthquake occurs but actually a tree same as at Dr. Sanji’s place appear at Jacks yard, not knowing why it happens.
The book written by Dr. Sinja is delivered to Jack and his secretary Aaron question him if he read the book but Jack doesn’t read a whole book only looking a the first words of the first and last pages of it, but then Aaron inform him that it’s only five pages and he show it to Jack. He hurriedly goes to Dr. Sinja and ask why it is only five pages Sinja said that it’s a summary. He also said that Sinja sent him a tree but Sinja doesn’t so he takes a look at it. At Jack’s yard Sinja observe the tree and tell Jack that every time he speak the tree leaves fall that Jack and the tree is connected and when all the leaves fall he will die as the trees. Jack doesn’t believe it at first but afterwards he conserve his words have a hard time dealing with his work and as well as to his wife in result he lose his job and he lose his family.
He lost hopes Sinja doesn’t know what to do but he gives him a pieces of advices. He got drank play a cd and sing a song makes all the leaves few. When he awakes he visit his mom and he said that he love his mom and goodbye, he visit Caroline and Tyler he said that “you, me, we, eternity and then leave. He visit his father’s tomb and said “I forgive you”, then the remaining leaves gone he died but he return to life again he got a call from Aaron told him that all the leaves are back.
After what happen Jack decided to write a book named “A thousand words” make his past company which he works publish it as Aaron have his past position in the company and acting like Jack’s character before then a tree same as Bodhi tree was delivered to him. Jack bring Caroline and Tyler to the home Caroline what to lived in and tell Caroline that he own the house and buy it for them, Then Tyler talk copying Jack Saying “boom, boom, boom Jack and Caroline became a lot happier.
THE END. III. CAST
EDDIE MURPHY as JACK McCALL
The main character of story he talks a lot many of it are non sense or out of the topic while communicating. He doesn’t accept any opinions and doesn’t read books fully only at the first words of the first and last pages at first but in the end he change. He is the father of Tyler and the husband of Caroline. He hates his father for leaving him and his mother.
KERRY WASHINGTON as CAROLINE McCALL
The wife of Jack and mother of Tyler. She loves Jack so much as to his son.
EMANUEL RAGSDALE as TYLER McCALL
The baby of Jack and Caroline.
RUBY DEE as ANNIE McCALL
Mother of Jack, she’s at the home for the aged, she call Jack as Raymond but Raymond is her husband Jack’s father.
CLIFF CURTIS as DR. SINJA
He is a religious leader, holistic leader, and a new age dispenser of wisdom. The person who gives advice to Jack McCall. Jack’s target of him being as a book agent.
The story is about loving our family and on forgiving person/s that do badly to you. Accepting opinions and don’t be self-minded. Rerouting the path of those person who are not in the right path.
Set at the modern age, at United States of America. Mood of realizing all things even the small are very important to you
* The beginning of the movie says interprets that Jack will die of he speak a sentence. * Jack’s attitude on how he handles things meaning that he is a self-minded. * Jack and Caroline had a arguement which results in Caroline leave their house with their son. * Jack won’t talk so he can’t discuss things clearly to those person he communicates. * A squirrel climb up the bodhi tree Jack is tickled. * They smoke the bodhi tree as Jack became insane.
* The beginning is the mere ending of the story.
* The attitude and character of Jack in the first parts of the story and the attitude and character of him after all the leaves fall
* The Bodhi tree
Representing Jacks whole being and his life
* The book of thousand life
Jack’s book representing the title of the movie.
The movie is timeless everyone can relate to it. Everyone knows and can relate what is happening in the movie. It gives moral lessons which are applicable to one and all. Applicable all the time whether any age a person is because it gives lessons for our daily life
The move has a comedy theme for Eddie Murphy is the main character. When the story flow is drama after second/s Eddie Murphy will act in a funny way which changes the mood even he is in hard situation and doesn’t know what to do. The story has a unique story toast is connecting a tree including all its part to a human being, that when the tree die the human will also die but in reverse it gives lesson to the human to talk only words or sentence directly to the point and related to the topic and not luring anyone.
XI. SPIRITUAL VALUE
The movie gives many moral lessons one is give importance to our family, no one can replace them even they are sick still that is your family, bind between family is unexplainable. Two even a leader either member or a common citizen must give importance to every single thing around us, or we have. Accept opinions of others for it can help and change us. Don’t talk nonsense and lure anyone for it have a karma in return. Forgive person/s even you hate them a lot because hiding hate or anger in your heart turns you to another you. Don’t be cruel.
XII. PERSONAL REFLECTION
The movie is so immenseit gives many moral lessons to the viewers including me. They connect the religion Buddhism to the movie showing the tree where Buddha meditates when he is alive. The movie shows a personification between a tree which not really moving and to a human being which he controls his own life. I love Eddie Murphy’s movies because most of it is inspirational.I get many lessons in life from the movie which I can apply to reality.
“Feng Shui” by Chito S. Rono
Joy and her family moved to a new home for her to avoid her mother-in-law, it’s time for a new beginning to start a new chance, new hope. She feels that they were really a family that times even his husband work on his will without instructing around. One day while joy is riding a bus the man beside him forget a thing wrap in a newspaper she hurriedly call the man to give it but she lost the man so she decide to bought home the ba-gua but she stop at a bakery and buy some bread the owner of the bakery look into the mirror of the ba-gua. She go home riding a tricycle but the driver Mang Nelson go back to Joy’s house because he forget a canned goods and her ba-gua he even look at it. Joy at her office he gains many new recruits to join their company having a commission of 200,000 and his husband also get a commission his job of a 100,000.
Joy even won a lottery in a supermarket while she was in shopping. She hammers the ba-gua to their back door, eye level . . . afterwards she see a guard looking into it. Joy receive many luck but she figured that many had died the bakery owner, the guard, the real owner of the ba-gua, etc. so he consult her friend Thelma about it she help her and they even go to a Feng Shui expert tell a story and later on he give a solution to end the curse. Her husband had a affair to Dina and he was killed by the husband of Dina, Louie. She got lucky that she was not killed but in return his friend Thelma, her son Denton and her daughter Ingrid died in a accident by having a warning of showing their year animal in feng shui.
Joy go home then a lawyer came offering her a cash in exchange of the Ba-gua but she refuse because the feng shui expert Hsui Liao told her that she must refuse a luck then break the ba-gua to break the curse. Later on Thelma and her children came as if they were alive but Joy didn’t notice it. She asks his children to wash-up and she show Thelma the broken ba-gua but after that her son told him that they died to the accident they told before. Joy leave their house but a new comer at the front of their house came a two girl see and pick the ba-gua and show it to their parents
* Kris Aquino as Joy Ramirez(main character)
* Jay Manalo as Inton Ramirez(husband of Joy)
* John Vladimir Manalo as Denton Ramirez(son of Joy)
* Julianne Gomez as Ingrid Ramirez (daughter of Joy)
* Lotlot de leon as Alice (Joy’s bestfriend)
* Ilonah Jeav as Thelma (Joy’s bestfriend)
* Ernesto Sto. Tomas as Billy (Denton’s friend)
* Daria Ramirez as mother of Inton
The story is concebtrated to horror, but it shows family relationship on how a mother love and think of the safety of his family as also to his friends.
It is set in many places at Joy’s house where most of the scene is taken, At Joy’s work place, at the house of Billy, at the condominium of Dina, at the hospital, etc.
* The moments that they see their year animal according to fens shui, they will die or they die regarding it. * When Joy receives a new luck in return it hints that another person will die.
* When joy’s wife is showing good deeds in contrast he is hurting Joy and
he is only lovable to her because he is having affair.
* Another is when joy receives luck another person receiving bad luck in their love.
-As the symbol of for those who look into it they will die but the owner of it will receive luck.
The movie is cannot be applied to the whole world for they may not get the meaning of those deaths especially if they doesn’t have a information or a single detail about ba-gua. Many people won’t believe it for we have many religion and Chinese have Taoism or communism religion. Some of the religions around the world don’t have the same belief as others. The movie has a language of Filipino which other people doesn’t understand.
The movie shows a story about Chinese on what they believe towards ba-gua, on what it give and take. The story also says that some or most of luck that are received in not right manner have a bad things or penalty in return.
XI. SPIRITUAL VALUE
The movie gives a lesson on how we take care our family that most of the time we think first our family instead of thinking our own self first and that is a unexplainable reason. The story also gives detail on having a luck by believing Feng Shui many Filipino are now hooked to it now a days, even other nationality ore believing it.
XII. PERSONAL REFLECTION
Feng shui is directed properly in a unique way but it doesn’t scare me at all. Some details are marked to me like those ba-gua scenes, lotus feet appearing, and those focus scenes to Kris but it has no lasting impact. Actually foreign horror movies are more trilling to me than those locals I don’t know why but maybe because it was made more creatively and more realistic. Despite of it I praise the director, writer and the cast for delivering the right feelings on what the movie want to say to the people. I thank the movie for educating me about ba-gua for what it really symbolizes.
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