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Archive for September, 2007

Pride and Prejudice: 1995 BBC miniseries vs 2005 Movie

Posted by MAaP on September 26, 2007

Pride and Prejudice is one of the most beloved classics of all time. The romantic story revolving around two of the greatest characters has captured many readers in the world. The heroine Ms. Elizabeth Bennet has attracted us with her wit and intelligence rare in the period set in the novel. The lead male character Mr. Darcy, with his standards and proud aura, has captivated many as well.

With the novel receiving many favorable reviews and getting favorable critiques, it was expected that the story would be adapted into the screen. There were many versions and adaptations, but the two most popular would be that of the 1995 BBC mini series, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, and the 2005 film, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.

1995 BBC TV serial

BBC Pride and PrejudiceBBC’s Pride and Prejudice was composed of 6 episodes, and the entire series pretty much stuck loyally with the events of the novel. Audiences loved it, and the Rotten Tomatoes has given it a perfect 100%!

One look at Jennifer Ehle and you’re sure that she’s great for the role. She exhibits intelligence and sharpness that holds true to the character of Elizabeth Bennet.Firth as Darcy and Ehle as Elizabeth

Colin Firth has also brought about a great impression as Mr. Darcy. Both of them, him and Mathew MacFadyen, has been praised for their performances as the silent and serious hero.

2005 Film

Pride and Prejudice 2005Unlike the British TV serial which remained with the main storyline of the novel, the film had many changes. This is understandable as following the novel in its entirety would result in very long long long long movie. Scenes had to be cut and the storyline had to be revised in order to adapt it to the big screen.

Keira Knightley was nominated for an Oscar with her role as Elizabeth Bennet. She was also the only one of the Elizabeths that was of the same age as the character.Knightley as Elizabeth and Macfadyen as Darcy

Matthew MacFadyen delivers a more brooding and silent Mr. Darcy, and is being compared with Colin Firth as to who is the best Mr. Darcy.

The movie is particularly complimented on director Joe Wright’s use of complex and sweeping shots that lasts several minutes. It eventually won him the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

Aside from Keira Knightley’s nomination and Joe Wright’s award, Pride and Prejudice 2005 also garnered three more nominations in the Academy Awards (Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Costume Design, and Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures ), and four more nominations in the BAFTAs.

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Kaka versus Cristiano Ronaldo

Posted by MAaP on September 18, 2007

This is a battle between two of the fast-rising professional football players who we just love to see clash on the field.

Kaka and Ronaldo

Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo

Kaka in actionKaka

Full name: Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite
Nationality: Brazilian
Team: AC Milan
Achievements:

Revista Placar Bola de Ouro: 2002
Campeonato Brasileiro Bola de Placar (best player by position): 2002
CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI: 2003
UEFA Best Midfielder: 2005
Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 2004, 2006
Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2004
UEFA Team of the Year: 2006
FIFPro World XI: 2006
UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 2006-2007
UEFA Champions League Best Forward: 2006-2007
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2007

Ronaldo in ActionCristiano Ronaldo

Full Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Nationality: Portuguese
Team: Manchester United
Achievements:

PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2007
PFA Young Player of the Year: 2007
PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 2007
PFA Premiership Team of the Year: 2005-2006, 2006-2007
Football Writers’ Association Award: 2007
Barclays Player of the Season: 2006-2007
Barclays Player of the Month: November 2006, December 2006
PFA Fans’ Player of the Month: October 2006, February 2007
FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year: 2005, 2006
Portuguese Sports Personality: 2006
Portuguese Footballer of the Year: 2007
Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 2006-2007
Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year: 2006-2007

In my opinon: Kaka wins. Despite having more achievements than Kaka, I perceive Ronaldo to be more individualistic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, especially when you’re a forward. Aggressiveness is needed for a forward to break through the defense of the opposing team. But watching the two of them and comparing them, Kaka seemed to be more in control and calm despite being aggressive in making a goal.

Kaka is also more of a team player. It’s not surprising, since he was initially a midfielder. But in football, being a team player counts a lot.

There’s also something about Ronaldo that exudes a rather boastful aura. It maybe unintentional on his part, and it may be just my impression of him. But a thought comes to mind that if a certain person is humble and down-to-earth, he wouldn’t give you an impression that he is conceited and overconfident. Kaka doesn’t.

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