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Big Red 
20th-Jul-2015 05:59 pm
I feel like I have so much to talk about but I'm just too tired. It's not that much, anyway, just a couple of things. First, we watched Big Red last night, which is another movie that was recommended to us by coastal_spirit. The recommendation came after we watched Old Yeller and there was some discussion about dog movies all being so very very sad, so Big Red was recommended as one that is not sad. And it threatened to be sad, but it wasn't! (Is that a spoiler? I don't think it's necessarily a spoiler to define something as a comedy or a tragedy, because you at least want to know going in if you're going to be happy or sad afterward.)

The movie is about a boy who just lost his last family member, so he goes to find a job taking care of show dogs and he only speaks French but he's learning English from a book! And he likes animals very much! (Those are the two things he kept saying in his "please give me a job" speech, and they were super adorable! I think I mentioned this before...or maybe I wrote it in a Chaika review that we haven't posted yet, but anyway, we love to hear people who don't know English very well speak English. It's the adorablest. Is that politically incorrect? It's not because we feel superior or anything; it's because it's heartwarming to see people try to do hard things, and learning a language is hard! Okay, if you ask me, learning a language is not necessarily hard, but speaking a second language is nearly impossible! (We just had an experience with that at Anime Expo.))

Anyway, the boy befriends the Most Important dog, and drama and stuff happens from there. I will say, and this is almost definitely a spoiler, that you might think it's a sad movie if you like mountain lions more than people and dogs. I was pretty bummed that they killed the mountain lion. It mostly seemed to be minding its own business, just watching from a distance to see if the guy died. Then Big Red started attacking and it seemed like it was just a power play, like, "Hey, this is MY mountain, got it!?" And the mountain lion seemed to mostly just be defending itself and trying to get away from the annoying dog, except that it should have run away when it had a good chance. Then they shot it, and I was sad. But everybody else lived, and I liked everybody else well enough, so overall, it was pretty happy.

So now that I spoiled the end, you should go watch it! There's a lot more stuff in it, too, and the end is just to say, "This was a fun journey, but we need to stop it somewhere or the movie will go on forever." And Rene is so very very adorable. His accent wasn't like the French accents we're used to hearing in cartoons and stuff, and we figure that's because he's speaking Canadian French, so now we want someone who speaks Canadian French to see the movie and tell us if the accent is legit.

The other thing I have to talk about is the new Ace Attorney game, but that one is a little more involved and chock-full of spoilers. Not that anybody we know who still reads our LiveJournal would care about Ace Attorney spoilers... But this is the one that takes place in the Meiji Era...but the spoilers are actually more for Sherlock Holmes. Anyway, I think I've typed enough for today, so I'll save that for tomorrow or some time when I don't know what else to write about.

Today I'm thankful for getting to work on Noragami today, ice cream being on sale at the store, having cookie dough to bake the next time we find ourselves in dire need of cookies, getting to see another great old Disney movie with animals, and the adorable hero of Big Red.
21st-Jul-2015 01:58 am (UTC)
Yay, you got to watch Big Red! I had a moment of concern because I thought you might be going to say that the movie was sad, and I thought maybe it was, and I didn't remember. I do remember now about the mountain lion, and you know, I think that as an adult, I would have much the same idea that you did, about the lion minding its own business and being territorial, as animals are, and that it would have been better if it had just gone away and not been shot. :( I don't remember feeling that as a child, but my guess is that we were supposed to be frightened by the lion, and not care much about it. But I wouldn't feel that way now. I'd be like, "Oh, poor lion!")

Rene is adorable. I probably thought he was adorable when I was 9 or 10, too. ;) I just went and looked at a clip, and I'm not sure if his accent is totally legit or not, but since the actor was born in Quebec, I'd say it might be. I've known/talked to a lot of French-Canadians. Some have strong accents, and some don't. I think it depends upon whether they were brought up in a bilingual environment, or one in which just French was spoken. And yes, Canadian French is different than Parisian French, in the same way that American English is different than British English.

I had a physical therapist whose name was Stephane. He came from Montreal, and had not learned English until he came to America as a young adult (probably 15-20 years ago. His wife is American, and he used to travel back and forth from Montreal to see her before they were married, but came to live here when they got married). I am very interested in languages, and I asked him when he felt he truly became fluent in English, and he said there were two things that determined it for him: 1) When he started to dream in English (sometimes) and 2) when he was carrying on a conversation in English and had the ability to understand another conversation happening in English in the background while he was talking. I asked him if he thought in French or English, and he said that if he was with French-speaking people, he thought in French, but if he was with English-speaking people, he thought in English, and he thought that was another indicator of his fluency. Stephane didn't have a very strong accent, probably because he was so fluent in English and mainly lived with English-speaking people, but he did sound mildly French-Canadian.

I hope you enjoy my (sort of) off-topic conversations as much as I enjoy writing them. I have been told (good-naturedly) recently that I talk too much, which is nothing I don't know. ;)

Edited at 2015-07-21 05:00 am (UTC)
21st-Jul-2015 09:17 pm (UTC)
Haha, sorry to freak you out. We wouldn't have held it against you. We like to watch sad movies sometimes, too, so it would have been fine...unless it was as sad as Old Yeller, because man. But I think it's very difficult to be more sad than Old Yeller. (That reminds me, there was an Animaniacs cartoon where little Skippy Squirrel saw Bumbi, and his aunt Slappy spent the whole episode trying to get him to stop crying about Bumbi's mom. She finally succeeds by taking him to meet the actress who played her (who was a friend of hers), but then on the plane ride back they were showing Old Yellow. We got the joke back when we first saw it, but now we really get it.))

Re: accents: Yeah, in the movie there was also Emile who sounded pretty much like an American but also spoke French, and Therese, who had an accent that sounded more like Rene's. We're pretty fascinated by languages, too, but we'd never come across Canadian French until we saw this movie. Except for one story that Athena's French teacher told her, which involved going to Canada and speaking French to the people there, and someone said merci, and the Canadian French person responded with bienvenue, which totally does not mean you're welcome in France French.

Of course we always enjoy stories! (Well, maybe not always; some people are boring, but you're not--at least not in typing ;).) Thank you for sharing!
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