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Movie Critique: The Pursuit of Happyness
When it comes to film making, the subject of rags to riches tales have been one of the most common subject for many filmmakers. Most film viewers have watched a number of movies that revolve around a financially broken protagonist making it big. However, in the post Y2k era, it is a common perception among many that a movie has to be high on graphics, special effects and budget in order to make its mark on the audience. Low budget rags to rich tales are seldom able to leave a significant mark over the audience and enjoy little limelight at the box office.
The 2006 Will Smith starrer, 'The Pursuit of Happyness," is clearly not just another tale of how a man starts fro dire to economical circumstances and makes it big. The Pursuit of Happyness, despite of not being a high budget movie…
Bennett, J.T. (2007, January). Will & Jaden Smith: 'Pursuit of HappYness' Chronicles the Struggles of Raising a Son and Getting Ahead Hollywood's Hottest Father/son Duo. Ebony, 62, 52+.
Shargel, R. (2007, March/April). In Praise of American Rectitude. The New Leader (Online), 90, 25+.
com). Pricilla Dean, despite her odd and some might say crooked features and curvy figure, had an interesting though brief career offering audiences a unique and fierce performance in Outside the Law in 1920 (Stanford.edu, 2011).
It's rare nowadays to have published short fiction in movie magazines. This one utilizes five stars under the headline and above the title.
This article demonstrates that human beings still write simple "how-to" style articles even nowadays, and that explaining from one person to another how to accomplish something is a timeless endeavor. The headline of this article demonstrates what a new profession the movies were and represented a field that one could "break into." One typically wouldn't see an article of such simplicity during modern times. Another interesting aspect of this article is that it's written by Mabel Normand. Mabel Normand was an actress and comedienne of the era; she was very popular…
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Some of the famous action adventures include the latest ventures like Transformers. It is a classic example of new age action adventure movies which has a great deal of science fiction involved. Some action adventures also include a healthy dose of comedy like Jackie Chan movies such as Rush Hour.
Romance is possibly the one genre that is not likely to disappear. Even though over time, it has taken on a different role, it has always been the central strength of cinema. Romance had always been there and there have been some unforgettable romantic movies over the decades. Movies like "An Affair to remember," and Casablanca were the types of romantic movies we saw in old days. Things have changed and romance has become more cynical, less melodramatic but equally charming. There are still times when some traditional type of romantic movies comes forth like "Notebook"…
Neale, Stephen: Genre and Hollywood. Rutledge, 2000
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Custen, George. Bio/Pics: How Hollywood constructed Public History. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. 1992
In Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, the selfishness seems even more chilling. Henry's murder spree starts with the death of two prostitutes, and it is the lack of significance that Henry gives to those murders that is startling. It would probably be freeing to lose that connection to people, to be in a position where human life means nothing. However, it would also be alien and frightening. That is why movies like Silence of the Lambs have such a tremendous appeal; Hannibal Lecter may have killed many people, but he is clearly capable of forming some level of emotional attachment. He seems so charming and engaging that he turns into the hero of the movie, though his actions do not support that role.
Finally, serial-killer thrillers tap into the basic fear of strangers. Serial-killers are distinguished by the fact that they do not target those close to them. In…
Movie production is one of the world's most enduring, exciting, and economically prosperous industries. Whether Bollywood or Hollywood, Bonnie and Clyde or Batman Returns, the film industry continues to rake in the dough and please a wide range of audiences. Chapter 6 of the text describes the origin of the film industry and its evolution and development. The authors also discuss the potential for film to influence cultural values as well as its importance in shaping them.
The film industry began somewhat as an offshoot of still photography, which first made an impact in the late nineteenth century. The commercial appeal of motion pictures was soon apparent and innovators in the United States and in Europe helped to develop the technologies required to run the cameras and viewing equipment. For example, early movies capitalized on the viewing box and photographic technology invented by Americans like William Dickson and George Eastman…
Devi's life is shown as sadly representative of many women's in India of lower castes. She is forced to marry as a child to a man she does not love, because her parents cannot afford to feed her. Her husband beats and humiliates her. Devi's abduction by bandits is portrayed as a relief, rather than penance for the young woman.
After Devi is abducted in the film, her anger against men is so intense; she physically lashes out even at her lover. However, eventually she finds a sense of friendship and fellowship amongst the bandits. The film explains Devi's criminality as a product of her oppression due to her caste and her gender. It turns her life into an instructive parable for the reader as to what can happen when the marginalized people of the world have no voice. "The press is fascinated by her boldness, by the way she…
Egbert, Roger. Review of the Bandit Queen. The Chicago-Sun Times. July 14, 1995.
January 18, 2011.
The Bandit Queen. Directed by Shekhar Kapur. 1994.
Surprises are definitely not this film's strongpoint and whoever enjoys them might want to look away. Nonetheless, the acting and the story together compensate for the lack of tension and shock.
The movie shows how people are trapped because of their belonging to a particular group. Because of the insecurities they feel, individuals are unable to discover themselves and are thus likely to spend their whole lives feeling sorry for what they are. It takes only a small time for Ana to mature and realize that there is nothing wrong with her, whereas it is almost impossible for her mother to escape the prejudice she was taught during her lifetime. Even when she is presented with the opportunity of enjoying herself, Carmen prefers to leave her daughter and the rest of the factory workers.
While the movie follows Ana as she grows from a teenager into a woman, it also…
The rapid approach of the train is contrasted with slow, sensuous and lingering shots of the partially unclothed woman.
This contrast of beauty and peril speaks directly to the experience of the filmmaker himself. Among the countless experimental techniques exhibited in Vertov's film, he employs a variety of modes which suggest self-reflexivity, especially as it relates to the filmmaker's balance of beauty and peril. From the very opening scene, there is a meta-reality implied by the acknowledgement of the content itself as being cinematic in nature. That is, the opening theatre sequence in which viewers file in, an orchestra prepares and a man readies the projector seems almost to reverse the concept of opening credits by mimicking the experience of the audience itself.
Such devices are employed thereafter as a vehicle for the delivery of the film itself. Long sweeping shots capture the filmmaker himself, traversing a symbolic demonstration of…
Friedberg, A. (1994). Window Shopping: Cinema and the Postmodern. University of California Press.
The couple that hopes to adopt Juno's baby is well cast (especially Jennifer Garner, the wife) too.
Juno, above all, takes center stage with her pretty face, her ponytail and hoodie, and her wise cracks, which is quite typical of an intelligent, perceptive high school girl. Paulie too is an ideal actor for that role as he and Juno go from just having some teenage affection for each other into a more serious couple facing a more serious issue that could have been a tense disaster but for their intelligence and social savvy.
hen Juno runs into Jennifer Garner (the woman who will adopt Juno's baby) towards the end of the film, even though the married couple's bonds are fragile so Juno may not be giving up the baby to a couple, the viewer sees how perfect a choice Garner was for this role.
hat's the theme? Do other elements…
Scott, a.O. (2007). Seeking Mr. And Mrs. Right for a Baby on the way. The New York Times.
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They need their aggression to be released but fail to do it, as they are afraid to be judged by others. If the person is alone he will be misunderstood, but in a group of co-thinkers he maintains inner strength and becomes open. It was used by Tyler who manipulated peoples' nature in his private purposes. Tyler's phenomenon is obvious: his ideas are simple and close to people who had experienced aggression. He doesn't have any political or social program, he doesn't support any political opposition to American system: either Communists or neo-Fascists. He doesn't need it as it will limit the number of his supporters, moreover all those ideas are well-known and are well-known to be false ones. Tyler's one is new, universal and is too temptating not to be followed.
This doctrine proclaimed by Tyler has a danger for a society as it may result chaos and anarchy.…
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Film Reaction -The Cooperation
Film Reaction -- the Corporation
The chapter that dealt with the investigative reporters who worked for Fox News on a show about the prevalence of bovine growth hormone in our milk supplies particularly resonated with me. I was struck by what a microcosm this vignette is with regard to the production and disclosure of knowledge in contemporary society. Multiple and competing demands are nothing new for science, but the business of science has become increasingly complex. Scientific research and development, and the application of science in praxis, is impacted by available funding, governmental initiatives, extant research, the marketplace, and political will. It is not surprising, then, when competing demands collide.
An entire spectrum of reasons exists for why information that is important to consumers might not be made available to them, even when there is potential for or known evidence of harm to the…
The way the racist juror was dressed and groomed indicated a lack of class and personal pride. He was an ignorant man who had worked hard all his life, had risen to a level in society where he was above minorities and other impoverished Americans, but still not as well off as he would like to be. He had a deep seeded anger at his position in society which manifested itself as hatred toward minorities. The only way he could feel good about himself, it seemed, was to increase his own self-worth by putting down those who he felt were lower than himself.
However, Juror #10 knew, deep down in his soul, that what he said was wrong, that his beliefs were not in accordance with American ideals. This subconscious knowledge was conveyed through actions such as his wiping of his face, his fondling of his handkerchief, and his meekly…
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An analysis is done of the accounting methods employed in the world of glitz, glamour, fame and money in other words the movie industry to assess the increasing disparity between the techniques adopted by them to arrive at the financial statement figures as opposed to those stated in the "Generally Accepted Accounting Practices."
The standards and regulations of the accounting world have been twisted to give them an entirely different meaning in the light of movie accounting. This is majorly done by distributors and studios in order to show the failure of a particular project and their by deprive the profit participants of their lawful share as per the contractual agreement.
Applications to real life scenarios have been quoted to demonstrate how movie accounting is incorporated within the financial statements. It can be concluded that this form of accounting is not only illegal but also unethical. However studios…
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Not only is this showing that his love is allowing him to respect her wishes and provide for her desires even if he does not share in those desires, but it also shows that he wishes for her to be pure, and provides her a way to wash away all of her activities with the men and to restore her purity. This desire for cleanliness also makes Xiu more exotic to Lao Jin and so it can only strengthen his feelings for her.
Though Xiu returns Lao Jin's love, it is a platonic, daughterly love that she feels, not a romantic or sexual love. It is possible that after all she has been through she may not be able to allow herself to feel any kind of romantic or sexual love, but even if she could feel this kind of emotion for Lao Jin, it would be in vain since…
The last scene of the film shows Monica playing for a team in the newly-formed WNBA, with Quincy and a baby daughter cheering her on from the stands, showing that the couple has managed to find happiness and success both in their professional goals as well as in their personal relationships.
Athleticism as Knowledge?
It can be difficult at first to equate the professional development seen in this film with the concept of a knowledge worker. It is of course true in the strictest sense that athletic ability is not really the same as knowledge, and might even be considered closer to manual labor in some instances. For both Monica and Quincy, however -- and really, for any great player of any sport -- success is determined by how well they can play the game in their heads, and not just on the court. Their knowledge has to do with…
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As they speak, the camera will alternate among full frontal couple head shots, full frontal shoulder couple shoulder shots, full frontal close-up individual head shots and three-quarter to full profile couple head or shoulder shots.
The end of the scene shows them debarking in clear morning light at a very scenic airport in the Alps, with huge full color panorama of the snow-capped mountains in warm daylight. There is no snow on the tarmac, but we can see snow on the ground where the planes do not go. We see a full scenery panorama with the plane on the ground, could be a different and smaller plane than the first, as they may have switched planes in Paris. This airport does not have the capacity for the larger aircraft. The plane can be already stopped and the baggage handler carts are approaching as passengers debark. The camera dollies in as…
Sideways is two hour tribute to drunk driving and friends who should all consider joining AA together. In it Jack, a voice-over advertisement actor, and Miles, the author of an unpublishable book, swing through California wine country. There they spend their time getting drunk and laid while trying to escape sordid reality -- Miles has just left a failed relationship with a controlling, belittling woman and Jack is about to enter one. The movie attempts to portray these two as realistic figures. The humor and pathos of the work is intended to emerge from the audience's sympathy and horror at their mid-life crises and their awkward attempts to make their ways through life. Miles in particular is supposed to have a certain every-man charm, as seen in the fact that he has an ordinary lifestyle with an ordinary job (as a middle school English teacher) and his…
movie starts with the year 1981. The location is San Francisco, California. The main character (protagonist), Chris Gardner played by Will Smith, invests his complete life savings in transportable bone-density scanners which he exhibits to doctors and sells as a convenient quantum leap over typical X-rays. Although he makes some sales, he is unable to make enough money to pay his bills. His already disillusioned and bitter wife, played by Thandi Newton, decides to leave him and their son for fear of being unable to be a single mother. He is left with his son and decides to continue selling the bone scanners downtown.
While taking a cab, at the end of the cab ride, he impresses Jay Twistle, played by Brian Howe, who happens to be a manager for Dean Witter, by quickly solving a ubik's cube. Chris does not have enough to pay for the fare and decides…
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movie Maria Full Grace a 2004 joint Colombian-American drama film written directed Joshua Marston,
The principle concept demonstrated dramatically and quite effectively by first-time director Joshua Marston in his 2004 film Maria Full of Grace is that the drug world merely functions as one of the effects of the overall economic system that currently governs the planet. This system, of course, is predominantly capitalist and, as such, needs someone to capitalize on. In the film, that capitalist victim is a character named Maria, and a couple of her friends who are forced into positions in which they transport drugs to try to overthrow the ills of poverty. This concept represents the principle ideology in this film. Its conception of good and evil, then, hinges on the ills of this capitalist economic system that impoverishes and exploits people. The true villains are the ones who keep the system in place, while…
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Maria Full of Grace. Dir: Joshua Marston. Feat: Catalina Moreno, Wilson Guerrero, Guilied Lopez. 2004. Film
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Watching the life of Carl McIntyre in this movie was very moving and inspiring. Carl McIntyre, a 44 years old actor and salesman with three kids and a wife, lived a normal life until everything changed one day. Carl suffered a massive carotid embolic stroke that left him unable to speak, walk, and understand others. He had to start all over again since in his own words, “he’s an infant mulling and puking.” I found the movie to be a great depiction of what it means to have life with Aphasia. It was a very heart wrenching story with a humorous aspect to it.
The initial moment of the stroke was extremely scary; to see Carl lying hopeless on the floor with his child on top of him having no idea what is going on. It is an event that can realistically happen and unfortunately you cannot control situations like…
A Star was Born
1. Thesis Statement: Fame shapes the public status of an individual but can be characterized by deep personal struggles and pain.
2. Fame is a by-product of hard work and commitment.
a. Ally’s young pop career was as a result of her singing prowess and the time she spent with Jackson talking and sharing songs throughout the night. She worked with Jackson in writing music, which contributed to the growth of her talent and singing career.
b. “… talent comes everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it to have people listen to it, that’s a whole other bag. And unless you get out and you try to do it, you’ll never know” (Schramm par, 5).
3. Fame has some pitfalls that can result in a downward spiral.
a. Despite being famous, Ally had to contend with challenges in her marriage,…
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…
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It is hard to deny that Sophie's Choice indeed has the trifecta of what I believe good movie-making needs: superb acting, sound, and cinematography, as it was nominated excellence in acting (won by Meryl Streep), cinematography, and music by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Academy Awards. hile I have seen many movies, few have touched me the way Sophie's Choice has. I can remember the seamless acting, the haunting music, and the visual beauty of the film itself. In viewing Sophie's Choice, it's easy to see that a great film is so much more than commercial success or box office revenue; a great film is compelling. It grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. In looking for movies that resonate with the viewer, one cannot come any closer to perfection than Sophie's Choice, one of the most compelling films of all time, a gripping…
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The film industry produces experience goods for consumer enjoyment and consumption, and substantively relies on consumer differentiation for the economic success of movies. Moviegoers appear to differentiate films primarily on the basis of genre, starring actors, exposure to promotion, recommendations from other moviegoers and film critics, and -- for the dedicated film buffs and connoisseurs -- directors, cinematographers, and even screenwriters associated with the film production (Albert 1998, De Vany 2004, Eliashberg and Shugan 1997, Hand 2002, Krider and Weinberg 1998, Nelson et al. 2001, avid 1999, Smith and Smith 1986, Wallace, Steigermann and Holbrook 1993). Access to information about films is related to the resources and networks that moviegoers enjoy, and on the attention that films garner, as expressed by the media and through social networks. Information about films is accessed by moviegoers from many sources: 1) The genre of the film; 2) the rating of the…
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The leading lady of the film within the film is crazy, without the need for abusing any form of intoxicating substance. But the primary difference between the contemporary and the past film does not lie in any of these imperfect parallel details involved in their mutually chaotic plots, nor the minute distinctions in the minds and portrayals of stock characters. Rather, the difference lies in the way that DiCillo's style of storytelling constantly forces the audience to remain on edge, unaware if they are watching real life or the film that is being filmed -- or the director or actor's idealized dream of what the creative product should be. Thus, the later film has an added nuance about how the creative process can take over the lives of actors and directors, as well as seem absurd to individuals outside of the movie business. It also forces the viewer not simply…
Making a movie about making a movie. This may hardly sound like a gripping subject matter, merely annoying self-commentary and self-analysis on the part of the screenwriters, directors, and actors involved in the self-referential and navel-gazing project. However, this subject matter has proved popular fodder since Francois Truffaut filmed "Day for Night" in 1973. "Living in Oblivion," directed by Tom DiCillo in 1995 is only the most recent film to take up this now familiar plotline.
Truffaut's film despite the French director's reputation as a cutting edge auteur of cinema seems to play to many common assumptions the audience might have about 'creative types' and film. The plotline of the film within a film is melodramatic and inchoate. The film is over its budget, the director's vision, he feels, is being ruined. The leading actress abuses alcohol. The leading actor is sexually involved, to the evident detriment of his performance, with a behind-the-scenes member of the crew.
While Truffaut's film depicts the difficulties of temperamental animal and human actors -- "Living in Oblivion" depicts a temperamental dwarf who is angry about the misrepresentation of his people. "Living in Oblivion" depicts a cameraman, as opposed to a leading actor, who has romantic difficulties. The leading lady of the film within the film is crazy, without the need for abusing any form of intoxicating substance. But the primary difference between the contemporary and the past film does not lie in any of these imperfect parallel details involved in their mutually chaotic plots, nor the minute distinctions in the minds and portrayals of stock characters. Rather, the difference lies in the way that DiCillo's style of storytelling constantly forces the audience to remain on edge, unaware if they are watching real life or the film that is being filmed -- or the director or actor's idealized dream of what the creative product should be. Thus, the later film has an added nuance about how the creative process can take over the lives of actors and directors, as well as seem absurd to individuals outside of the movie business. It also forces the viewer not simply to laugh ironically at the lives of the people before them, but to realize that both the viewer, the actors, and the people behind the set are all engaging in a kind of fantasy, whenever the process of filmmaking or viewing occurs.
Film Analysis: American Beauty
Film Analysis: American Beauty
Film Analysis: American Beauty
American Beauty (1999) was written by Alan Ball, creator of the HBO series 6 Feet Under, and directed by Sam Mendes. American Beauty centers around the Burnham family, who, on the surface seems like a picture-perfect, white, upper-middle class, suburban family. The protagonist of the film is the father and husband of the Burnham family, Lester, who, fed up with the boredom and monotony of his life, has an interesting "mid-life" crisis, that includes a very active crush on his adolescent daughter's Lolita-type best friend.
The film follows the Burham family as each member (mother, father, and daughter) transition into new stages of their lives. Lester's transition is the most notable and spectacular. He loses his high paying job and begins working at a fast food restaurant. While working the drive-thru, he discovers that his seemingsly…
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Woody Allen's Annie Hall
Music is hardly used at all throughout the course of Woody Allen's classic comedy film Annie Hall. Like the great Ingmar Bergman, a director that Allen has idolized throughout the course of his career, Allen chose to leave a music score out of the film altogether.
Allen has always been known for his unconventional use of music in his films. He has never commissioned an original score for any of his movies; rather, he prefers to use established jazz and classical music recordings. But in a lot of his films, these jazz scores can be heard constantly in the background. Not so in Annie Hall.
One of the few uses of background music to be heard in Annie Hall include a boy's choir Christmas melody that features in a scene where the characters are driving through Los Angeles. In another instance, Mozart's Jupiter Symphony can be…
There are enough similarities of story and characterization, however, that while one must take care not to see Troy as fact, or even as an essentially faithful movie version of the Homer's the Iliad, one may still learn something about the plot, characters, and setting of Homer's great poem by seeing it. Educationally speaking, perhaps one of the greatest benefits of a major motion picture like Troy is that seeing it might interest more people in reading the Iliad, for comparison, and/or in learning more about Greek legends, myths, and mythological characters in general.
The basic plot and setting of the film is this: the Mycenae Greeks (Greece and Sparta) and the Trojans, having been at war, have finally reached peace after many years. Two handsome young Trojan princes, Hector and Paris (sons of King Priam) are celebrating this fact with Menelaus, King of Sparta (Menelaus's brother Agamemnon is King…
Grey with a way to accommodate the needs of their Ids and their Superegos. Their Superegos imposed the societal constraints on sexual relationships, which would drive both Lee and Mr. Grey to enter into monogamous sexual relationships. Their Ids drove Lee and Mr. Grey to seek immediate gratification of their aggressive urges through sexual behavior. By entering into a relationship with each other that allows them to fulfill both needs, Lee and Mr. Grey allow their Egos to reconcile the needs of their Ids and Superegos.
Furthermore, the Secretary addresses the issue of sexuality, and highlights the intimate relationship between sexuality and aggression. The unusual thing about the Secretary is that it demonstrates that a relationship that might be viewed as deviant was actually helpful to both members of the relationship. Prior to becoming involved with one another, Lee and Mr. Grey are both in pretty bad shape. Lee was…
This lack of trust further leads to dysfunctional conflict.
Dysfunctional conflict refers to a destructive and unhealthy disagreement among people. In a team, this could lead to a removal of focus from the task at hand. This occurs in the scene, where all the members of the team allow their emotion of fear to control their behavior. Rather than seeking solutions, they appear to look for scapegoats upon whom to blame their situation. The scene ends with the potential to resolve the conflict.
The scene focuses very much upon the conflict aspect of communication breakdown, rather than clearly illustrating the positive aspects of the team involved. There appears to be no basis of trust among the team members, which leads to an escalation of dysfunctional conflict. In order to better illustrate the full range of aspects involved in the concepts, the scene might have included a sense of basic trust…
His stance is also one of superiority as he presents himself as the victim of his own vision and artistic expression. In this context, the generic pronoun "they" symbolizes Craig's detachment from the world around him as he feels superior which he believes, is what causes his isolation.
Craig's wife, Lotte, is perhaps the most radically changed as a result of traveling through the portal. She becomes convinced that she is a transsexual, and consequently, feels the only way she can be true to herself is to assume a new sexual identity, i.e. that of a man. However Lotte abandons her desire of sexual reassignment when she becomes aware that by starting a relationship with Maxine, she can in fact assume a different gender role simply by falling in love with Maxine. Maxine, on the other hand, embarks on a sexual relationship with Malkovich so she can be with Lotte.…
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My story being done,
She gave me for my pains a world of sighs:
She swore, in faith, twas strange, 'twas passing strange,
Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful:
She wish'd she had not heard it, yet she wish'd
That heaven had made her such a man: she thank'd me,
And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her, should but teach him how to tell my story.
And that would woo her. Upon this hint I spake:
She loved me for the dangers I had pass'd,
And I loved her that she did pity them.
This only is the witchcraft I have used:
Here comes the lady; let her witness it.
Setting: The inside of the administrative building. Nighttime. Othello is wearing a suit, and is confronted by the school's president, 'Dr. B,' and several members of the administration in their pajamas.
John Othello: Look Dr. B,…
Shakespeare, William. "Othello." MIT Classics Page. [2 Nov 2006] http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/othello/othello.1.3.html
Humanity seems to unravel altogether in Pi: Faith in Chaos, both written and direct by Darren Aronofsky. Max is a brilliant but socially crippled young mathematician who has built a supercomputer and possibly unlocked the mathematical secrets of the universe, explaining everything from the stock market to God. The mathematical precision with which the world would operate if this is true casts a great deal of doubt on the existence of free will. At the same time, however, the film is asking questions about reality, and whether or not Max's discovery can truly be used in any practical way. Ultimately, both questions are rendered moot by Max's destruction of the mathematical portion of his brain. Though this seems to be an act of free will, it could also be the natural and inevitable next step in the algorithm of his life following his discovery of the sacred 216-digit number. Regardless,…
Gotham is a dark place, which manifests evil in the character of the Joker (Jack Nicholson). Bruce Wayne, Batman, is the force with which evil must reckon. Batman, however, has his own dark side, which is manifest in his costume, his gothic style mansion, and the technology he employs to combat the Joker and other criminal elements.
In this film, Burton needed only a few big name and talented actors -- Jack Nicholson (the Joker), Michael Keaton (Bruce Wayne aka Batman), Billy Dee Williams (Harvey Bent), and Kim Bassinger (Vicky Vale) to attract that audience that might otherwise have opted out of a comic book to film production. Yet the actors in this instance by virtue of their talent need minimal direction, and that allows Burton to focus on the structure of the film. The film is not structured around the actors, but the actors fill the structure of the…
Dudley, Andrew (1984). Concepts in Film Theory, Oxford University Press.
Caughie, John (1982). Theories of Authorship: A Reader, Routledge, New York, New
Valicha, Kishore (1988). The Moving Image: A Study of Indian Cinema, Orient
Whereas Marco's devotion to Lydia is based on his perception of guilt and responsibility for her predicament, Benigno's infatuation with Alicia seems to be a perfect example of the manner in which men can be love struck by a complete stranger even without any substantial interaction between them first. From the perspective of human sexual attraction and romantic infatuation, Benigno's infatuation is typical; what is atypical and perhaps less realistic is Benigno's continued devotion in light of Alicia's prognosis for recovery. From a much darker perspective, the apparent mental instability to which Benigno is prone may provide some explanation for his preoccupation with a virtual stranger. Ordinarily, it is not so much the manner in which men become infatuated with strangers so quickly that is sometimes a function of mental instability.
On the other hand, what very often is an indication of psychological dysfunction or obsession is the continued infatuation…
However, in spite of the fact that the film was promoted as a motion picture displaying real-life events, it appears that the director did not hesitate to modify a series of aspects about the environment that he shot in and the story itself. The protagonist's wife and children were not actually his and Flaherty correctly believed that audiences would be more deeply impressed if he presented the story from a more spectacular point-of-view. Even with this, one can still claim that the film is a documentary because it presents viewers with its own creation.
Many individuals took advantage of the fact that documentary films were very influential and devised propaganda strategies using motion pictures. Many individuals involved in this affair considered that fiction films no longer had a strong appeal and that society was more concerned about seeing 'cinema verite'. Many filmmakers got actively engaged in creating films discussing political…
Aufderheide, Patricia, "Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction," (Oxford University Press, 2007)
Ellis, Jack C. And McLane, Betsy a. "A new history of documentary film," (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005)
The relationship between the two women is strengthened as the film advances and as they discover that they have more things in common than they initially thought. The two criminal-oriented individuals find that they have serious issues with their families and that something urgently needs to be done for them to solve their problems. The bond they form is best observed to the end of the motion picture, when Ray has second thoughts about leaving Lila and instead presents herself to the authorities, willing to be penalized for her actions. In spite of the fact that some viewers might consider the film's ending to be dull in comparison to the dramatic outcome they expected, the final is actually satisfying, as Ray's punishment is somewhat equivalent to the illegalities that she committed.
The frozen river can be taken for granted, with all the risks involved in crossing it, and it can…
1. Dir. Hunt, Courtney. Frozen River. Sony Pictures Classics, 2008.
film Field of Dreams
Executive review: The objective of this paper is to provide an in-depth analysis of the film 'Field of Dreams' , taking into consideration such intrinsic aspects of the film as the plot; characterizations; contextualization and storyline; moods and particularly evident ideological perspectives.
The plot within Field of Dreams begins to take shape when, due to instruction given unto him by a mysterious, heavenly voice one day, Ray Kinsella [Costner], a struggling owa farmer, begins to turn one of his cornfields [virtually the exclusive source of his income] into a baseball diamond. The characters he meets and the experiences he subsequently has, the eventual result of his accomplishment (s) and the ultimately reconciling and redeeming conclusion collectively converge to make for a movie that, in spite of having various fictional and illogical inclinations, depicts a pot that is fundamentally logical moralistic.
The film, directed by Phil Alden…
It begins to become increasingly apparent as the movie nears it conclusion, especially with the appearance of the ghost of Kinsella's father that the prime objective of the movie isn't baseball or success; in fact, it becomes increasingly evident that this is movie based upon representing the lives of people living with deep set regrets due to particular wasted chances within their lives. The film isn't just for baseball fans and neither is it just for those with sentimental tendencies, its fundamentally for people those experienced loss and want, just for a few minutes, a shot at regaining things that they have lost as a result of past mistakes.
Ebert, R. (1989). Field of Dreams. Digital Chicago @ http://www.suntimes.com/ebert/ebert_reviews/1989/04/349987.html
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…
Sunset Boulevard is a classic film noir produced in 1950 and directed by Billy Wilder. The film begins with the murder of Joe Gillis, a floundering screenwriter who ends up dead in a swimming pool. "Poor dope," the voice over says. "He'd always wanted a pool. Well, in the end he got himself a pool, only the price turned out to be a little high." The voice over, delivered in classic film noir style, turns out to be none other than Gillis himself. Far from being an unreliable narrator, though, Gillis promises "the facts" and delivers. The entire film Sunset Boulevard is the retelling of "the facts" from Gillis's perspective. Wilder's choice of narration is dutifully ironic, as a failed filmmaker becomes famous. The theme of the movie is reminiscent of the Great Gatsby, with its peek at American decadence and lost dreams. Because it offers rich social commentary, Sunset…
Armstrong, R. (2000). Billy Wilder: American Film Realist. NC: McFarland & Co.
Gibson, A. (2001). And the Wind Wheezing Through That Organ Once in a While": Voice, Narrative, Film. Retrieved online: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/nlh/summary/v032/32.3gibson01.html
Smoodin, E. (1983). The image and the voice in the film with spoken narration. Quarterly Review of Film Studies 8(4): 19-32.
Wilder, B. (1950). Sunset Boulevard. Feature film.
The ultimate proof of the film's tendency to utilize hyperbole to portray the author as someone whose morality was questionable due to his own pursuit of success, wealth and fame lies in the quantity of interactions that Capote had with the two prisoners. There is certainly evidence in Clarke's biography that implies there was a fondness and physical attraction between the author and Smith. However, the sheer number of visits that the movie portrays is certainly erroneous. In actuality, the writer's "extended prison sojourns in the film are…fictionalized. In five years, Capote…visited his subjects no more than half a dozen times, though he did correspond with [them] weekly... He…was less interested in dealing with the defendants as people (Gibbons)."
As such, it becomes fairly obvious that the film Capote exaggerated a number of different facets of his personality and behavior in order to render the author as a consummate perfectionist…
Blake, Leslie. "True, Man." www.offoffoff.com. 2005. Web. http://www.offoffoff.com/film/2005/capote.php
Dujsik, Mark. "Capote." Mark Reviews Movies. 2005. Web. http://mark-reviews-movies.tripod.com/reviews/C/capote.htm
Gibbons, Phil. "Capote' vs. Capote." Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. 2006. Web. http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/icapote-vs.-i-capote/
Leopold, Todd. "Bennett Miller: Fame of 'Capote', Love of 'Cruise'." www.cnn.com. 2006. Web. http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/29/bennett.miller/index.html?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ
Choose a Film Interests
Isolate a specific issue, case, problem, or scenario related to business, politics, leadership, advertising, marketing, or ethics in the film.
In the movie Wall Street, there is a focus on a number of issues to include: business, marketing and ethics. What happened is Bud Fox is an up and coming broker who will do anything to be successful. This is when he meets Gordon Gecko, who encourages Fox to become creative in the investment advice that he is providing (by obtaining inside information). The impact is that Fox quickly become corrupted by the easy money and fast life of Gecko's world. Once he realizes that Gecko is using him for his own personal benefits, is when he begins to face legal troubles (with him being arrested for insider trading). After wearing a wire and recording Gecko's involvement is when Fox goes to court. The…
Wall Street. (2012). IMBD. Retrieved from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094291/
Newkirk, T. (1998). Insider Trading. SEC. Retrieved from: http://www.sec.gov/news/speech/speecharchive/1998/spch221.htm
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…
movie industry in America has been controlled by some of the monolithic companies which not only provided a place for making the movies, but also made the movies themselves and then distributed it throughout the entire country. These are movie companies and their entire image revolved around the number of participants of their films. People who wanted to see the movies being made had to go to the studios in order to see them. They made movies in a profitable manner for the sake of the studios, but placed the entire industry under their control and dominated over it. The discussion here is about some of those famous studios inclusive of that of names like Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Culver, RKO, Paramount Studios, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios, Raleigh Studio, Hollywood Center Studio, Sunset Gower Studio, Ren-Mar Studios, Charlie Chaplin Studios and now, Manhattan Beach Studio.…
"What better way to annoy the Hollywood liberals than to remind them every single day that
George W. Bush is STILL the President?" Retrieved from https://www.donationreport.com/init/controller/ProcessEntryCmd?key=O8S0T5C8U2 Accessed 15 September, 2005
"What's interesting about the business is that it's no longer the movie business" Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/hollywood/picture/corptown.html Accessed 14 September, 2005
It also says a lot about our society that so many people went to see the film and endorsed the film. It is not because this film is about heroes or heroism. It is because the film's ultimate message is to never forget the people who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was a time when the people of the country came together in support and grief, and a time that made the country and its people just a bit closer to one another. It was an epic time in history and this film makes everyone remember, ultimately so they will never forget.
In conclusion, this is an important and emotional film. It is certainly not easy to watch, and it is easy to demonize the terrorists and fault the military because of their scrambled messages and inaction. However, the director does not demonize the terrorists or…
Fortuna, Michael. "Bingham Feels 'United 93' Does Son's Memory Justice." Villages Daily Sun. 2006. 1 Dec. 2008. http://www.thevillagesdailysun.com/articles/2006/04/28/lifestyles/lifestyles01.txt.
Roberts, Sheila. "United 93 Movie Review." Movies-Online.ca. 2006. 1 Dec. 2008. http://www.moviesonline.ca/movie_review_detail.php?id=1769.
United 93. Dir. Paul Greengrass. Perf..J. Johnson, Gary Commock, Polly Adams, and Opal Alladin. Universal Pictures, 2006.
Wilson, Tyler. "United 93' a Powerful Re-Enactment of Tragedy." University of Idaho. 2006. 1 Dec. 2008. http://www.uiargonaut.com/content/view/1839/47/ .
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…
The NC-17 rating, of course, is a compromise to avoid serious films being given the 'X' rating associated with pornography possessing no artistic value. But having any rating system at all means that filmmakers who want their films to reach a wide audience, and need a wide audience to pay back their backers may feel pressured to compromise their artistic integrity for the sake of getting a more desirable rating, because R-rated films can draw in more movie goers.
The subjective nature of film ratings even under the MPAA is evident when one considers that certain things we take for granted, like nudity, for example, were originally prohibited by the Hayes Commission. Foreign films from nations with different sexual standards, documentaries about important subjects, and other films that contain taboo topics can be effectively censored by being given a NC-17 rating, while violent, major Hollywood blockbusters with little artistic pretentions…
This Film is Not Yet Rated" Directed by Kirby Dick. 2005.
But it did make me wake up a little to the fact that this was not a true date and fact biopic, but a Stone biopic, which looks more into the heart of darkness of the topic than most others in the genre.
While the humor was there another unexpected feeling I walked away with was fear. This is just not fear of this particular president's way with words or from his gut decision making cowboy politics. It is the fear and the reality that the president is after all is said and done a human being making, often, inhuman decisions. One tends to think of the president as on a pedestal and the scrutiny there is so much higher that any error or misstep or malapropism is multiplied a hundred fold. But in this particular president, Stone by way of implication is saying that if you are not fit…
The newsreels are a successful thematic device as they are used to guide the viewer through the details of the events. It was the decision more so of the studio executives to leave some things out as they only used what would drive the story of the horse. Only upon further investigation of the history does one gain a fuller knowledge. Still the filmmaker's intention of getting the story to the forefront of the American consciousness was successful and met critical review.
In the film Malcolm X, Spike Lee misleads the viewer about the full nature of racism held by the Nation of Islam. The Nation of Islam characters in the movie say that whites are "blue-eyed devils," but never revealed to viewers is the doctrine about whites being eliminated in racial Armageddon. Furthermore, Lee did not limit the film's context to historical accounts; instead he chose to…
Malcolm X Dir. Spike Lee. Perf. Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett. 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, 1992.
Seabiscuit. Dir. Gary Ross. Perf. Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper.
DreamWorks Pictures, 2003.
The Best Years of Our Lives. Dir. William Wyler. Perf. Myrna Loy and Fredric March.
movie versions of "The Green Mile"
The Green Mile" is a six-part serial novel by Stephen King, an acclaimed novelist known for his themes of suspense, thriller, and the supernatural. The novel uses Paul Edgecombe, the chief prison guard of Cold Mountain Penitentiary, as the chief narrator of the story. He talks about his life as a prison guard during the Great Depression years, specifically during the year 1932, a year when he met John Coffey, a black American convicted for raping and killing two young girls. Edgecombe shares how his life (and belief) has changed tremendously when he met this particular man, most especially when a "miracle," a supernatural thing that happened to Edgecombe, making him doubt whether Coffey was indeed capable of murder or not. The novel also includes numerous characters that takes the novel an interesting turn, starting from Edgecombe's friends, also prison guards in Cold Mountain,…
Clinton, Paul. "The Green Mile Covers Powerful Territory." 9 December 1999. Cable News Network Web page. 15 July 2002 http://www.cnn.com/1999/SHOWBIZ/Movies/12/09/review.greenmile.
King, Stephen. "The Green Mile." New York: Simon and Schuster. 1999.
The Green Mile. Director: Frank Darabont. Performers: Tom Hanks, Michael Duncan. Film Production. Warner Brothers (TIME Warner Entertainment Company). 1999.
The Man Who Would Do King." Preview Magazine. January- February 2000. 15 July 2002 .
movies atings television shows atings. Cuently aea numbe shows television potaying negative aspects ace, class gende. Fo, show "Family Guy" a show played "pimetime" mateials show "kid-fiendly.
Watching Toy Stoy is likely to influence many adults to believe that it would be wong fo them to allow thei childen to view the animated comedy. I believe that it is wong fo the Motion Pictue Association of Ameica film ating system to povide it with a G. ating, taking into account the violent scenes that the animation contains. Andy's next-doo neighbo, Sid, is a hoible peson and he is obsessed with mutilating toys. While it would be pefectly nomal fo childen to occasionally beak toys, an individual who wants to mutilate toys and who ceates mutant toys consequent to doing so is actually deanged.
Poviding childen with the image of a deanged individual is pobable to have a negative effect on…
references and profanity, but violence is practically absent and adolescents are shown in ways that are characteristic to teenagers in general.
This film has an inappropriate rating and it should have been provided with an R. rating or even with a PG-13 rating. By labeling it NC-17, the Motion Picture Association of America virtually fails to acknowledge that teenagers are capable of putting across behaviors that are not socially acceptable. The reality is that many teenagers are likely to identify with characters in the film and that the most activities shown are actually perfectly normal for teenagers.
The chart is meant to emphasize the rating that each film should be provided with when concerning particular aspects like violence, sexuality, and drug use:
2 stands for G -- general audience
4 stands for PG -- parental guidance suggested
In this respect, it relishes on surprises that you find David Gamut missing in the movie, while Munro dies and Alice commits suicide. Indeed, it makes the reader doubt on whether or not he has skipped some parts in reading the novel. However, once the confusion is solved and the reader is able to let go of any regrets that the screening does not follow the plot of the book entirely, the result is a good script, following a coherent course of actions with well conceived settings. In this particular case, that the historical truth in Cooper's book was no followed accurately by Mann seems to have helped the latter into creating indeed a movie and not a documentary. Without the element of surprise, without the drama, the humor, or the love story, the script would have least resembled a movie.
In fairness, the only possible way to enjoy the…
film Lone Star discussing various aspects of the movie.
Lone Star" is John Sayles' best movie yet, a richly textured, multi-racial, multi-generational examination of a Texas town. The writer/director Sayles brilliantly combines drama, romance, mystery, and social observation into a one third love story with a twisted one-third-murder mystery. Exploring the lives of half a dozen people in a Texas border town (i.e. border) Sayles ties them all together in his script with discovery of a skeleton in the desert that brings the skeleton out if every closet in the sleepy little berg. Two off-duty sergeants from an Army post near the town of Frontera find skeleton remains and a rusty Sheriff's badge. The current sheriff of Frontera Sam Deeds, son of late legendary lawman uddy Deeds, begins an investigation. Sam quickly learns that the remains are those of the corrupt sheriff Charley Wade, his father reputed to have run…
Lone Star" Director: John Sayles, Producer: R. Paul Miller, Maggie Renzi, Screenwriter: John Sayles, Year of Release: 1996
Mandy Moore plays a fairly straight laced daughter of a minister in A Walk to Remember who finds out that being involved in relationships with others is more than following a list of to do's and to don'ts. When she is placed in the path of Shane West's character, a 'bad boy' who also needs to learn the value of looking beyond the a person's surface characteristics, the two find that understanding others, and understanding themselves, is a matter of getting past the surface habits, into the 'real' person that often hides, afraid of contact and rejection.
Early in the movie, the two are riding on the bus to school together, and the issues of personal knowledge and personal acceptance are brought to the surface via a typically teen conversation. Mandy attempts to engage Shane in a conversation, and is abruptly shut down. He doesn't appreciate her attempts to…
movie ( snapshot). Then, elaborate Typeface printin
The 2009 film Typeface, which was directed by Justine Nagan and produced by Kartemquin Films, is a thoroughly fascinating documentary about the decline of traditional woodblock type and printing. The movie also focuses on the ramifications of that decline, which occurred in the wake of the transition to digital type and modern printing presses. There is a great deal of history in this film, which is centered on the Hamilton ood Type and Printing Museum located in Two Rivers, isconsin. Most importantly, the movie highlights some of the intangible benefits of traditional wood type that are not found in the technologies used today. The result is the viewer gets a comprehensive overview of the benefits of the traditional method, and the reasons why it was forsaken for contemporary ones.
Another fairly intriguing aspect about this film is the fact that, despite the patent…
Morris, Wesley. "Movie Review: Typeface." www.boston.com. 2011. Web. http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2011/01/07/stop_the_presses_for_a_loving_look_at_the_history_of_type/
Jeffery, Sally. "Typeface, The Movie." Eye Magazine. 2010. Web. http://www.eyemagazine.com/blog/post/typeface-the-movie
Typeface. Dir: Nagan, Justin. Perf: None (documentary). 2009. Kartemquin Films.
Weissman, Dyana. "Review of the Documentary Typeface." Font Bureau Blog. 2011. Web. http://www.fontbureau.com/blog/review-documentary-typeface/
film required for the class with a non-Required film of your choice.
One can find a lot of parallels between John Singleton's 1991 film "oyz n the Hood" and Allen and Albert Hughes' film "Menace II Society," taking into account that they both address the idea of young men dealing with violence in underprivileged African-American neighborhoods in the U.S. Even with the fact that both films are filled with stereotypes, they manage to put across the message the producers were interested in sending. They basically emphasize the harsh environment that a person has to deal with in order to be able to achieve success in his or her enterprise.
The fact that both movies are largely appreciated for the way they represent the 'Hood' means that they each have a large fan-base and that reviews are likely to differ on account of how each reviewer perceives each film. "oyz n…
Dir. Allen Hughes & Albert Hughes. Menace II Society. New Line Cinema, 1993.
Dir. John Singleton. Boyz n the Hood. Columbia Pictures, 1991.
I personally thought she is a heroine to all the young women out there who do not want to be sexually repressed, but want personal freedom.
Although Nola is freedom loving, Nola is a character who envies the notion that men in the black community can have multiple partners and have it seen as okay. She, being a woman, would always been seen in a lower regard than a man who does the same thing. She symbolizes sexual freedom at a time where African-American women's sexuality was feeling restricted and bound. It was revolutionary to have a woman enjoy men and actually not want to be tied down. It offers a rare look into how some women are and some wish to be.
Although the film was Spike Lee's first real attempt into films, it didn't seem that way. The ideas were clean and concise albeit with certain ambiguity towards…
film required for the class with a non-Required film of your choice.
Andy Tennant's movie Hitch and Glen Ficarra's movie Crazy, Stupid, Love describe romantic stories by also relating to more complex topics such as love and the difficulty associated with winning someone's heart. Hitch presents Will Smith as Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, a man who assists other men in overcoming their timidity and in captivating the attention of persons that they are interested in. Similarly, Similarly, Crazy, Stupid, Love presents viewers with a story involving a young man, Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) who is experienced in dealing with women and who helps the central character, Cal Weaver, as he deals with a serious crisis in his life and as he tries to be more attractive to the opposite sex.
Alex Hitchens and Jacob Palmer both seem proficient in understanding women and what they want up to the point where they…
Dir. Andy Tennant. Hitch. Columbia Pictures, 2005
Dir. Glenn Ficarra. Crazy, Stupid, Love. Warner Bros. Pictures, 2011.
Film Required for the Class With a Non-Required Film of Your Choice
oyz n the Hood and Menace II Society
John Singleton's motion picture oyz n the Hood, and the Hughes rothers' film Menace II Society both address the idea of the Los Angeles 'hood' as being a particularly dangerous place for young people trying to find their personal identity. oth films have central characters who are somewhat different from their friends and who actually seem to be 'better' than the people that generally inhabit dubious neighborhoods in L.A. The producers obviously wanted viewers to get a more complex understanding of the 'hood' environment. Many viewers are certainly likely to acknowledge that many of the apparently ruthless criminals in these locations are really the product of the world they are living in, taking into account that very little actually have a say in their lives.
Race is one of the…
Dir. Allen Hughes, and Albert Hughes. Menace II Society. New Line Cinema, 1993.
Dir. John Singleton. Boyz n the Hood. Columbia Pictures, 1991
movie elements power, vengeance freedom. Explain chose movie specific references Mill / Norton's arguments.
Finding parallels between Steven Spielberg's 1993 motion picture Schindler's List and John Stuart Mill's theory of utilitarianism.
This proposal's goal is to determine whether or not the film's protagonist was guided by moral principles in his struggle to free a large number of individuals from Nazi authority. It is very probable that Schindler acted on account of his moral thinking, as he acknowledged the fact that he was among the only individuals who could actually have a say in the critical conditions in Nazi-dominated Europe.
y looking at how the character of Oskar Schindler manages to abandon his previous convictions with the purpose of helping others viewers are likely to observe his moral attitude. The fact that he is no longer interested in physical forms of pleasure demonstrates that he virtually reached a whole new level…
Mill, John Stuart. "Utilitarianism," (Forgotten Books, 1939)
Dir. Steven Spielberg. Schindler's List. Universal Pictures, 1993.