Posts Tagged ‘hero’

Miep Gies, keeper of Anne Frank's diary, passes away

Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group who helped protect Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died in the Netherlands aged 100. [Story continues]

The impact of Mrs. Gies' actions cannot be understated: a third of the manuscript she preserved was published as the book The Diary of Anne Frank, which became the first or most personified exposure to the Holocaust for many people. For readers, Anne's diary changed World War II's victims from people to persons.

The book has also seen countless adaptations on stage and screen, and was used prominently in the 2007 film Freedom Writers, based on a true story, which featured the character of Miep Gies. In one scene, a high school student calls her his hero. She responds, "Oh, no. No, no, no, young man, no. I am not a hero. No. I did what I had to do, because it was the right thing to do. That is all … Even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room."

I hope, first and foremost, that we never find ourselves in the world Mrs. Gies did — but, if we do, I hope we can follow her example and wisdom.

Mock Turtle Soup

New trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is up.

I grew up in the Eighties, which this decade of the Naughties is desperate to emulate, with its revivals of He-Man, G. I. Joe, and TMNT. While I think it's great that today's kids have access to the quality programming that taught so many of my peers to venerate Saturday morning, it's also challenging to see these elements of my youth being reinvented in less-than-faithful ways.

In this instance, the TMNT movie doesn't look half bad. I've never seen the new animated series, so I don't know how this CGI film compares to it — but the movie seems to retain the combination of action and comedy that made the original show so captivating. (The tendency among my peers is to see the entertainment from their childhood mature along with them — but if it's a dark TMNT you want, go back to the original comic books.)

I'm worried about the animation style, though. The models all seem too comical, almost Pixar-ish, which I don't feel behooves what they're trying to do. Though "ninja turtles" is far from a plausible concept, I think the absurdity of the situation would be better served by realistic representations. Let the animation be the straight man; otherwise, the over-the-top actions and situations are likely to be dismissed as cartoonish. Juxtaposition — know what I mean?