Movie Review: Schindler’s List

By now, almost everyone who has had intense interest in the history of the massacre of Jews in World War II by the Nazis should have heard of Oskar Schindler.  Thanks to Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” film, Oskar Schindler is ever firmer being immortalized in our hearts.  I’ve watched “Schindler’s List” many times, and each time I get so emotional by finishing it.  The film is amazing, because it’s so meticulously painting the evil deeds that the Nazis had done.

Although the film was released in 1993, but it’s timeless.  Thanks to the fact that Oskar Schindler was a real person who had made real contribution to humankind by preserving lives while others killed in World War II.  Half of the battle is won by having a really good script, and so the other half would require great actors.  Liam Neeson is just amazing in his role of Oskar Schindler.  In the film, he isn’t overacting, and so his just right method of acting as Oskar Schindler brings the real Oskar Schindler back to life and onto the big screen.

I don’t usually like black and white movies, but somehow I’ve never felt that I’d been watching black and white movie whenever I’m watching Schindler’s List.  I like how Steven Spielberg had one particular artistic moment to be included in this black and white (Schindler’s List) movie is when a little girl runs around in a red dress.  In one of the earliest scenes, we see her in a red dress, running to hide under the bed; later on we see her lifeless body, in a red dress, carting off to be burned.

“Schindler’s List” is one of those films that I won’t mind watching over and over again.  I like to imagine when all hope is lost, there is an Oskar Schindler somewhere who would genuinely light a torch to eradicate some darkness.

The film depicts Oskar Schindler as an opportunistic man, because at first he was all about making the money.  After seeing so many Jews were killed off by the Nazis, Oskar Schindler took on the mission to save the Jews that he employed in his factories.  He went out of his way by spending off his fortune to save as many Jews as he could.  Because of Schindler’s audacity in saving his Jews, generations of Jews survived after World War II.

In summary, I think “Schindler’s List” is one of those timeless masterpieces.  In my opinion, the film does a good job on bringing Oskar Schindler’s figure back to life.  Besides “Schindler’s List” as being a good film, it has a very powerful message in which we all can treasure till the end of humankind’s time.  The message is of course, regardless of skin color and religion, lives matter.  I think “Schindler’s List” is a perfect movie for showing in a history class so the students can learn more about the horrors of World War II.

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World Powers Of Today Won’t Be Around When World War III Reshuffles World Players

I think we are living in a period in which is very similar to China’s Warring States period.  Of course, there are many things that will refute this point of view soundly.  For an example, we can say that this is the modern era with modern technologies of all sorts, weaponized or not, and so we should not go back too far into the past to figure out the future.  In respect to modernists and contemporary thinkers, I think they have an argument if they’re trying to make this case, but I don’t think they are 100% correct.  In a grander picture, China’s Warring States period reminds us how states were fighting for supremacy.  Once, there were many in the East, but once relatively modest Qin state became the supreme State of them all.  In today picture, we are seeing the same struggle in a larger scale of course, because we are talking about a possible World War III.

United States is trying to retain the global supremacy at a cost of spending greater sum of money for military and whatnot.  Russia is trying to stand up tall and strong again like it once was a super power.  China is re-emerging as a Middle Kingdom again.  Many other important region players such as Turkey, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and so forth are trying to carve out more world space for themselves by taking the advantages of the struggle between huge powers (e.g., United States, China, Russia).  If we look closer at this big picture, it seems the world is playing a similar rhyme to the one in China’s Warring States period.  In fact, this scary picture may also look like any other past period that got many world powers struggling for resources, territories, and cultural supremacy.

I’m sure there were ups and downs for a state that was trying to survive China’s Warring States period.  Thus, it is obvious that at the time, small state that should look harmless was able to dominate over the stronger ones.  Just like life, in natural state, things can go awfully weird and non-straight line.  This means, it’s possible for a harmless, small state of today to dominate the future, globally.  This means we should not think arrogantly that United States, China, and Russia would always be the dominant powers.  Furthermore, we can look back at World War II and see that this war had completely reshuffled many world players’ strengths at the time.  I think Britain was most noticeably shrunken and given way to the United States rise till now.  Although, I think the United States was risen for quite some time already before the WWII, but the rising pace was accelerated even faster and more intense as WWII played out.  Right after WWII, many European powers were drained out of resources, money, and whatnot, thus the United States and Russia became the two most dominant players that created the so called the Cold War.

I’m not a history buff, but I think even with my measly historical knowledge it’s enough for me to see that if World War III to occur, the world will once again see a reshuffle of world powers.  Perhaps, the so called the superpowers of today will no longer be the lead countries after the next world war.  This is why it’s rather sad to see so many online commenters who joked casually about the next world war as if they wished for the next big war to happen, according to their online comments under various online news articles.  Perhaps, Einstein would be dead wrong on the next world war, because it’s possible that cooler heads in the future might use nuclear weapons in limited way, preventing the nuclear winter here on earth.  Nonetheless, such an aftermath won’t look pretty either, because the depopulation of earth in such a scale won’t be easily recovered.  It’s sad to see that us humans dare to think about depopulation, because we fear of running out of resources and spaces.  Why don’t we be constructive instead and think up way to share available resources.   Even better, we can improve our technology to allow us humans to colonize outer space planets and moons so we can mine for even more resources.  Basically, there is untold and near unlimited amount of resources that are waiting for us to mine out in space, and yet here on earth we are killing each other for scraps.

Why am I writing this blog post now?  I’m seeing so many countries are preparing for the next big war.  Especially, the big boys like the United States, China, and Russia are spending even more money on their military.  Perhaps, I’m just paranoid about this, but I fear that countries with stronger military incline to push for war as they think that their military can win war.  Of course, it’s not wrong for a country to have a strong military in case she needs to defend herself in an unexpected war.  With that being said, I don’t think it’s right for a country with strong military to encourage illogical war.  Furthermore, we are no longer in a time period in which weapons can only kill hundreds, but we are in a time period in which our weapons can annihilate a city in one go.  In such a scenario, the aftermath could render a city unusable for decades to come and more.  I don’t think war is wise, because death and destruction do come only when nothing can be agreed upon.  We humans are built to think, and so we should let common sense runs wild!  We should not be like animals that may eat their own children.  Bringing the next big war to fruition may have the consequence that is no different than animals that eat their children.  Such cannibalistic behavior should only be reserved for Hollywood films and not for real life.  In my opinion, the next big war will definitely reshuffle the world powers of today!