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The movie “The Fisher King” directed by Terry Gilliam is about an egotistical shock jock named Jack Lucas who gave unhelpful advices and even insults listeners who calls his show in hope that the radio jockey would help them. However, Lucas’ call out on the last caller would haunt him as the news coverage caught his attention where the shock jock realize that what he have done led to the deaths of several people at the night club. Afterward, a guilt-ridden and unemployed Lucas was seen drinking whisky and became dazed as he tries to walk out of the room. Later in the movie, Lucas was out wandering in the middle of the rain during which he was mistaken for a homeless by a kid who gives him a toy. When Lucas encounters a group of hoodlums who beats him attempts to burn him to death, a homeless man named Parry comes along to save him. After driving the hoodlums away, Parry then introduces himself to Lucas and tells him about the quest in which he must find the Holy Grail.

This movie is about the characters’ quest to find what they were looking for. While the quest mentioned in the movie is about Parry’s attempt to find the Holy Grail, the real quest in the movie was in fact about Lucas’ journey to redeem himself. The incident that Lucas have indirectly caused by mocking the caller, driving him to shoot up the nightclub also resulted in the death of Parry’s wife. Lucas took it upon himself to help Parry find love that he lost in order to make up for the tragedy he helped caused. While Parry’s stated quest is to find the Holy Grail, he actually have two quests. One of his quests was to overcome the trauma he suffered due to death of his wife. As it is shown in the film, Parry would have flashbacks of the event in which his wife was killed in front of him and often times hallucinated, causing him to see a red knight trying to kill him. Parry’s other quest is to rediscover his new love after the said traumatizing incident. One of the main moments of the film is when Parry was stalking a woman named Lydia in the Grand Central Station. At that moment, Parry’s imagination is depicted as the people in the Grand Central Station starts dancing like they’re in a ballroom. Once everyone were done dancing, Parry’s imagination comes to an end as the people in the Grand Central Station stops and goes back to what they were doing.

As time went by, Lucas would help Parry by setting him up with Lydia but the attempt would become ruined as a result of the trauma Parry suffered as a result of the tragic death of his wife. At that point Lucas would give up on Parry until toward the end of the film when he gave the homeless a trophy as the Holy Grail (which he stole from the mansion in Upper East Side), thus helping him to complete his “quest”. This in turn helped Parry overcome his trauma, allowing Lucas to complete his quest as Parry rediscover his love and became together with Lydia. Lucas and Parry would become friends, demonstrating the development of characters in which the two have underwent and the lesson that is learned which is to help one another in times of need.

I enjoy the film as it demonstrates the how consequence of the action of one person can have on the other as shown in the beginning when Lucas mocked his listeners and refused to give out helpful advice, leading to one to go one a rampage which in turn affects Parry. Both Lucas and Parry each went through their own respective journeys to find what they needed. Lucas’ quest was to find redemption while Parry’s quest was to find salvation, both of which are connected to each other. Once their journey is finished, the two men became close as a family as they both went through changes that shaped them throughout the film. There’s even a symbolism as Lucas breaks into the mansion by scaling up several floors to bypass security, making it looked as if he was climbing into a castle to find the grail, helping to complete Parry’s quest and break him out of his trauma. The one part I don’t like the film aside from how the two thugs (the same whom Parry saved Lucas from) who attacked Parry were never seen getting their comeuppance. Makes you wonder if they got off scot-free as they were never heard from again after that scene. Overall, it’s a good film as it mixes humor and drama together with elements of a medieval theme. The ending is like a fairytale where things were resolved due to instances of adventures and risks (such as Lucas’ burglary mentioned earlier) where it is then capped off with fireworks, wrapping it up nicely.

4 stars out of 5

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Before I went to listen to an album by Miles Davis called “Kind of Blue”, I have known about Miles Davis for some time. However, I only heard of one song by Miles Davis and I will get into that later as it does comes from this particular album. “Kind of Blue” which was released in 1959 has five tracks and the album itself is over forty minutes long. Each of the tracks is relaxing and comfortable to listen to. Because of the nighttime feel the tracks have, it felt as if the music have been performed at the nighttime settings like the bar or the city club. The only track I happen to know about prior to listening to the album was “Who’s That?” which is over nine minutes long and has a relaxing feel.

“Who’s That?” also happens to be the first track of “Kind of Blue” so it starts the album off very nicely. The track then makes a smooth transition to the next one called, “Freddie Freeloader” which makes it sounded like as if the first half of the track went on a brief break before picking it up on the second half. More importantly, the beginning of the track is also an alternate variation of “Who’s That?” which adds to the similarity. Then on the next track “Blue in Green”, the music is played with the slower and relaxed pace despite being shorter at over five minutes long. “Blue in Green” has more of a somber tone compared to the previous tracks as it has a somewhat tragic sounding theme. Afterward, the tone of the album changes when the next track called “All Blues” where the theme becomes suspenseful as the tension would rise as the music continues until the sounds of the saxophones raise their pitch to generate the excitement until it calms down to return to its suspenseful tone.

Another thing is that when it comes to how the album ends, “Flamenco Sketches” is a final track that gives off the impression of the sad ending to the story the album tries to convey through the sounds of music that were played. This track is much slower than the rest of the album and the theme is sadder than that of “Blue in Green” as it marks the end. It is a perfect way to end the album as the music closes to a satisfying theme.
The impression I have of the album is that I figured rest of the tracks after “Who’s That?” will be similar. To a degree, I was right as “Freddie Freeloader” started off as a slightly more upbeat version of the opening track. However, there are variations in other tracks that differs one from the other. As mentioned before, tracks such as “Blue in Green” and “Flamenco Sketches” are more depressing than the rest of the album as the theme tends to be more somber. Then in “All Blue”, the track is the most interesting in the entire album as the theme tends to shift from suspense to a more exciting build before going back to its initial tone. I enjoy the album and it’s a great listen. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys music.

Rating: 5 of 5

I listened to “Chunk of Change” again two weeks after I first listened to the album. My opinion regarding the album remained mostly unchanged from my previous review aside from “Smile Upon Me” which I felt to have gotten more repetitive since the first listen. “Smile Upon Me” is a decent track but it felt as if the song basically plays the same thing after its somewhat nauseating introduction. Fortunately, the rest of the tracks in the album didn’t follow the same route. Although some tracks such as “Sleepyhead” and “Cuddle Fuddle” have sounds are distorted, they managed to remain fun to listen to as they were able to avoid the repetitiveness that could hamper the enjoyment. “Better Things” and “Sleepyhead” are the best songs in the entire album as it is the kind of song you would dance to. When it comes to how the tracks are played, “Better Things” has the electric techno flavor with a mix of old school dance mix from the 1970s. “I’ve Got Your Number” has a funky beat which makes it a catchy song and can make you want to bop your head while listening. While not as fun to listen to like “Better Things” and “Sleepyhead” were, “I’ve Got Your Number” is still a good track although I do believe the song being one of those that can become annoying upon multiple listens like “Smile Upon Me”. Then there is “Live To Tell The Tale” where the beginning sounded like a track from a 8-bit video game for few seconds. The song would pick up and became a very pleasant track to listen as well.

Overall, “Chunk of Change” is a fun album and while it does have a less enjoyable moment, most of the time it delivers when you wanted to be entertained. The songs I would recommend listening to the most would be “Better Things” and “Sleepyhead” but it’s better to listen through the entire album. Although my second impression does hurt the review score for the album a little, it’s still the kind of album I would listen to several times over and still enjoy it. Some tracks may become tiring, but the fun you have can help you go through this without a shred of regret. If you’re looking for something that can make you feel good, this album is for you.

Rating: 4

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From the interview.