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War Horse Movie Review

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War Horse Resiliency
Introductory Statement
This paper provides a critique of the 2012 film War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg. The film takes place during the World War I era and follows the life of a horse named Joey. The film presents various depictions of what it means to be resilient. This paper will provide a summary of the film, examine the key concepts found in the film’s story line, and discuss resiliency and the Biblical solution to adversity from the film’s perspective.
The film begins with the birth of the horse, whom Albert admires over time. The colt is ultimately auctioned and bought by Albert’s father at a price more than three times its actual value. Albert’s father Ted is willing to pay the price because he knows the horse will bring his son happiness. Albert is indeed made happy by the horse and trains it to do…… [Read More]


Craig, W. L. (2008). Reasonable faith; Christian truth and apologetics (3d ed.). Wheaton, Il: Crossway Books. 

Evans, C. S., & Manis, R. Z. (2009). Philosophy of Religion (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Spielberg, S. (2012). War Horse. LA: Dreamworks.

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As You Wish Scene from The Princess Bride

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Assignment One
Subject: “As You Wish” Scene from The Princess Bride
In the “As You Wish” scene from the Princess Bride, some of the primary themes and motifs of the film are revealed through the elements of cinematography. The scene takes place outdoors, with a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery. Across this idyllic background, the two main characters, Buttercup and Wesley, have a discussion. However, Wesley has become the new Dread Pirate Roberts and Buttercup believes she is speaking to the man who killed her one true love. There is a high degree of dramatic irony in this scene given that the audience knows that Wesley is behind the mask. The fact that Buttercup does not recognize Wesley—even though she waxes poetic about his eyes--underscores the humorous, satirical nature of the film.
The editors cut back and forth from Buttercup to Wesley, using middle range and wide-angle shots to enhance…… [Read More]


Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.) [Electronic version]. Retrieved from

Powell, J.T. (2006). Pirate story. Syracuse University Surface.

Reiner, R. (Director) (1987). The Princess Bride. Film clip:

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Rey as Mary Sue in Star Wars

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Population and Society
In the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, the character of Rey is conceived and communicated as a stereotypical Mary Sue—a character who is seemingly perfect at whatever she does and goes through little or no struggle to acquire skills that an ordinary person would take years if not a lifetime to perfect. For example, Rey acquires the skills of a Jedi Knight within a short space of time, while it takes Luke in the original film a great deal of practice, training and perseverence before he can begin to harness the force. Rey portrayed as a Mary Sue creates a negative bias in the audience because it fosters an unrealistic expectation of womanhood—that women can do anything by virtue of their being strong women. As Byrd (1978) points out Mary Sue stories first emerged in Star Trek and described “the adventures of the youngest and smartest…… [Read More]


Byrd, P. (1978). Star Trek Lives: Trekker Slang. American Speech, 53(1), 52-58.

Kadish, M. (2018). Is Rey From The Last Jedi A Mary Sue & Is It Sexist To Think She Is?  Retrieved from

Thor Skywalker. (2018). Rey and the sad devolution of the female character. Retrieved from

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James Cameron's Avatar and Nature

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Avatar and the Rain Forest
The tropical rain forest is a place unlike any on earth and for that reason its vegetation has attracted more attention from writers than any other vegetation anywhere else on the planet: as Whitmore (1990) states, “more ‘purple passages’ have been penned on lowland evergreen rain forest than any other vegetation type” (p. 40). Through this lens of human beings’ fascination with the wonders of the tropical rain forest, one can see why James Cameron took such care to bring to life the tropical world of Avatar. Cameron’s film is an ode to nature—to the wonders of the environment. It is a sci-fi reimagining of what our world could be like if only we stopped trying to loot and plunder the natural world. As the villains in Avatar show, nature is corrupted by the external influence of people who seek to exploit nature and create…… [Read More]


Davis, W., 1996. One River. Simon & Schuster.

Whitmore, T. C., 1990. An introduction to tropical rain forests. OUP Oxford.

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The Distinguished Gentleman

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The Political Process
In a political setting, people transfer their individual political power to their representatives to form sovereignty. The representatives then constitute a government at the helms of affairs, using the state instruments to control the political system in society. There are procedures involved in the power transfer, and each stage of this is known as a political process. However, there are different schools of thoughts on what constitutes a proper political process. Individual elector, politicians, and sometimes, political parties form their political ideologies based on the perspective that best suits their narrative of the right political process. From different countries, political parties, and leaders, we have witnessed different political processes, and one movie that perfectly depicts the public’s opinion of a political process is the 1992 American political comedy movie, The Distinguished Gentleman.
Written by Martin Kaplan and Jonathan Reynolds, and directed by Jonathan Lynn. The film starred,…… [Read More]


Critical Analysis: The Distinguished Gentlemen. Politics and Films Database Honors 495: American Politics, American Cinema.

Inclusive Political Processes: Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding. United Nations Development Programmes.

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The Wizard of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz some regard as ‘like a dream’, a kind of Alice in Wonderland motif set in America. It represents a means of witnessing the culture of the mid-west, but also a dream world that allows someone like Dorothy to find herself and her way home. Dreams influence films and vice versa. How those that made The Wizard of Oz convey the dream element was through key decisions in cinematography, lighting, and acting style. Such decisions generated a film that even now is regarded as one of the best in its genre.
To begin, one must examine the cinematography of the film. The cinematography aspect of The Wizard of Oz follows several themes. One in particular, is the theme of “Dreams, Hopes, and Plans”. The dreams of Dorothy and her friends have been brought into focus via an acting out of what they desire most (Bulkeley, 1999).
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Baumann, S. L. (2008). Wisdom, compassion, and courage in the Wizard of Oz: A humanbecoming hermeneutic study. Nursing Science Quarterly, 21(4), 322-329. doi:10.1177/0894318408323488

Bulkeley, K. (1999). Touring the dream factory: The dream-film connection in The Wizard of Oz and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Dreaming, 9(1), 101-109. doi:10.1023/a:1021321227642

Plantinga, C. R. (2009). Moving viewers: American film and the spectator\\\\'s experience. Berkeley: University of California Press.

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The fakeness of Hollywood

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The author of this brief report has been asked to offer a review of a video that is currently present on the YouTube collection of videos. Rather than providing a simple “shot by shot” review or any other sort of basic review, the author will instead use proper terms, ideas and concepts to get a fuller picture of what the video is trying to accomplish and what methods are being used to accomplish the same in terms of its structure and methodology. There are a number of important factors that will be considered include actual intent, clear intent and what is truly going on within a scene including its narrative, its themes and so forth. While it is possible to read too much into a given scene or the points it is trying to make, there are other times where that is the precise thing that is to be done.…… [Read More]



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Character and Monomyth Black Panther

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Black Panther: Character and Monomyth
The great success of the 2018 superhero film Black Panther was noteworthy from a cultural perspective because it was a blockbuster superhero film to gain wide acclaim with an African-American cast and proudly Afro-centric themes. The film is testimony to the success of the demand that historically marginalized groups see themselves represented in major cinematic productions. However, despite the fact that the hero T’Challa is noteworthy due to his ethnicity and race, his story in many ways embodies the traditional, critical aspects of the monomyth of the hero’s journey, in which a hero is called to embark upon a needed journey (usually reluctantly), is initiated into a new way of life, followed by a return.
In Black Panther, T’Challa must return to his native Wakanda to assume the throne after the death of his father T’Chaka. To do so, he must face a test in…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler. Walt Disney Studios, 2018.

Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1st ed.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton

University Press, 2008.

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Black Power and Black Cinema

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Black Power Movement and Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s: A Discussion of Overlap
As many scholars agree, all art is a product of its time. The social tensions, trends, patterns of thought and political issues of an era can’t help but influence the art that is created and consumed. This is particularly true with cinema and all forms of media arts. This paper will examine how the Black Power movement influenced cinema (and at times was influenced by cinema) in three distinct films of the 1960s and 1970s.
The Defiant Ones
“The Defiant Ones” (1958) directed by Stanley Kramer was a film that succeeded and failed in making meaningful commentary on race and race relations. It was perhaps its failings that helped provoke the Black Power Movement of the 1960s and 1970s most acutely. The movie is a “buddy film” a genre of cinema that details a story around…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Baldwin, James. The Devil Finds Work. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013.

The Defiant Ones. Directed by Stanley Kramer, Perf. Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier. 1958.

Dunne, Sarah. \\"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Hollywood’s Misrepresentation of the Politics of Interracial Relationships in 1960s America – The Midlands Historical Review.\\" The Midlands Historical Review, 2018, Accessed 13 Aug. 2018.

Fleishman, Jeffrey. \\"\\'Guess Who\\'s Coming to Dinner\\' is 50 and Racial Tension Still a Problem in America.\\", 2 Feb. 2017,

Guess Who\\'s Coming to Dinner. Directed by Stanley Kramer, Perf. Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracey, Sidney Poitier. 1967.

Harris, Glen A., and Robert B. Toplin. \\"Guess Who\\'s Coming to Dinner?: A Clash of Interpretations Regarding Stanley Kramer\\'s Film on the Subject of Interracial Marriage.\\" The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 40, no. 4, 2007, pp. 700-713.

Mellen, Joan. Big Bad Wolves: Masculinity in the American Film. Elm Tree Books, 1978.

Roediger, David. \\"The Defiant Ones, 1958.\\" For All The World To See - UMBC, 2018, Accessed 13 Aug. 2018.

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Movies and Methods Volume I

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Not only does Nichols provide a good context for the many paradoxes that can confront film studies with his insightful and thoughtful introduction, but he also shows how sharing approaches and methods can help to stimulate a lot of the best writing regarding film. In addition he shows many of the common problems that are seen and deals with the contradictions that appear. Like the first volume of the anthology, this second volume also provides smaller introductions so that each essay and piece of information can be more easily understood. It also allows a reader to peruse the book and find the pertinent piece of information that he or she needs at that point in time, which can be very valuable, especially for a novice to the film industry trying to find information quickly. Having the smaller introductions before each piece also help to showcase each item within the context…… [Read More]


Nichols, Bill (1976) Movies and Methods: Vol. I. University of California Press.

Nichols, Bill (1985) Movies and Methods: Vol. II. University of California Press.
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Movie A-Better-Tomorrow-1986 Revolves Around Two

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Ho finds out that Mark has a twin brother who was a former gang member that went straight and traveled to America where he opened a restaurant in New York. Kit Ho's brother was fatally wounded almost the same time his daughter was born but before he got to the hospital he died .after Kit's funeral Ho, Ken and Lung decide to avenge the death of Kit by launching an attack on Ko's mansion at a time he was meeting with one of his counterfeiting clients. A huge gun battles goes down with the three men killing almost 90 people in the process. These three sit down within the mansion and the police surround them.

The plot of the movie is basically cohesive and is reasonably not complicated. The climax of the movie towards its end is both tragic and played out quite excitingly. This movie a better tomorrow is…… [Read More]

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Movie Secrets and Lies There

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She eventually does however, and this particular episode merely shows the types of problems that families have with one another. It functions as a piece of foreshadowing since it occurs in the beginning of the film. While the aforementioned couple argues about whether or not the husband looks better with his glasses on or off, or why the wife has chosen to hide her crucifix because it is not expensive enough or gold, the viewer is merely given visual clues that the tension, arguments, and problems that have befallen this particular couple is one of the themes in the movie. The couple, therefore, functions as a microcosm of the couples and families in the film, and of the problems that plague them.

Not all of the portraits that Morris is shown taking at the beginning of the film are as argumentative as that of the aforementioned couple. However, the vast…… [Read More]

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Movie Proposals These Would Be the Mission

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movie proposals. These would be the mission for the firm and its basic proposals, the company's "must" objectives, the company's "want" objectives and the estimated ROI for each of the for movies. This report will evaluate each of the movies as perceived by the four criteria previously mentioned and will subsequently make an overall evaluation and reason the best choice for the company.

The first movie, "My Life with Dalai Lama," perfectly complies with the main ideas of the company's mission. First of all, from a creative point-of-view, the idea to present the life of a personality through the eyes of a snake and through the eyes of other animals befriending him is new, interesting and creatively a positive aspect. Further more, to some degree it is also championing environmental concerns by presenting the role of animals in the life of a personality of 20th century history, bringing the animal…… [Read More]