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"With East Great Falls High now just a memory, the kids have grown into young adults ready to wreak havoc with a new rite of passage - Jim (Biggs) and Michelle (Hannigan) are getting married - in a hurry. Jim's grandmother is sick and wants to see Jim walk down the aisle, so they're going for it in two frantic weeks. Stifler (Scott) plans to be there (bridesmaids!), and more importantly to throw the ultimate bachelor party (strippers!). Finch (Thomas) is all for the hedonistic rituals, but not for letting Stifler steal the maid of honor, who happens to be Michelle's sexy younger sister, Cadence (Jones). While everybody else sweats and frets, Jim's Dad (Levy) is cool as ever, dispensing advice that no one wants to hear and getting ready for one of the best days of his life." The group of best friends from their days back at East Great Falls High reunite for the next great sexual adventure in their lives... the wedding of Jim (Biggs) and Michelle (Hannigan), where Stifler (Scott) finds himself falling for Michelle's "knockout" sister, Cadence (Jones). If there's a wedding, we can bet that Stifler will be instrumental in orchestrating the correlating social event... the bachelor party. The event is rushed because Jim's grandmother is possibly terminally ill, so the heat is on to plan the wedding in just two weeks. (Kramer plays an extremely large man named "Bull" that the boys meet when they accidentally end up in a gay bar The third helping of ''American Pie'' offers little more than crumbs. Half the franchise's core cast (including Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, and Tara Reid) chose to skip the big fat geek wedding of recent college grads Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan). You can hardly blame the no-shows, considering that the inept...
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added: 02/03/2012
Disney's Americanization of Aladdin Walt Disney founded the 'Disney' corporation in the 1920's, he saw the animation industry, not as a form of artistic expression, but as a way to make technological advancements in the animating process and thereby turn it into a profitable commodification, something which could be marketed and sold to make money. I think it is a unanimous statement to proclaim that, if anything, he was indeed successful in that. Disney is now one of the top media conglomerates in the world. But how did Disney manage to manipulate the market so that all other animated films that followed would be measured against his and often fall flat against the Disney 'best loved classics'? He was a very powerful businessman, cleverly manipulating the middle class American masses with the pretence that he was instilling the correct moral values and lessons for young children, that his movies contained the basic building blocks every child would need to lead the correct and independent 'American dream' lifestyle. The more loveable and captivating people would find the characters and plot can be attributed to how easily they (Middle American masses) could relate to them. Therefore, to attract the masses of the popular market, Disney has to appeal both to the children and the child within of the stereotypical American people. In order to do that, foreign places and cultures that are the settings for most of the animated features have been simplified and stereotyped into a more easily digestible and understandable 'American' format. Although every Disney movie is set in a foreign or imaginary land, that has no-doubt been done very little 'cultural' justice through it's representation, the specific movie I will be dealing with which has fallen victim to Disney's misrepresentation is: Aladdin (1992). Aladdin is based in the mystical city of 'Agrabah' which...
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added: 11/19/2011
Greg Soares English 1101 November 9th 2002 Americans are obsessed with dieting. Females seen particularly obsessed; however, males are not completely forgotten in today's dieting age. Many people diet, and everyone wants small, thin figures. Whys is this so sought after? Society does not accept overweight people, but it has not always been that way. Females have not always been wrapped up in the way they look, although the female body has always been in the spotlight. What is wanted in the spotlight has changed over time. It has been changed to meet society's wants. In the early 1800s, girls judged their worth by their interactions with others and God. Dieting used to be used less, but females would wear garments called corsets to shape their bodies to a desired figure. Dieting became a fad in the early 1900's when women were sought after that were thin and petite. Instead of eating correctly., women would just starve themselves to attain the thin look. Since then diets have grown much more drastic. "if an American women dislikes her thighs, she is unlikely to like herself." Sayings like this are usually true amongst the American population. People spend millions of dollars to try to look thin, with many never achieving what they truly want. Many diet fads have come and gone since the early 1900s, but the only one to stay and work is healthy eating and exercise. Males, I feel, have been under much less stress by society. A large figure was sought after by men in the 1800's because to grow somewhat fat was a luxury. Times have changed though. Males have taken some of the heat because society has decided the large fat figures are no longer acceptable. Men now suffer, along with women, chasing the same fad diets and going to the same...
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added: 01/21/2012
The movie, Natural Born Killers, directed by Oliver Stone, written by Quentin Tarantino, viewed by scores of prominent citizens and common moviegoers, raises many controversial and moral issues (1). NBK presents us with what's supposed to be a social satire on the public's fascination with the violence in the media, in a raw form. People rant that NBK holds solid performances, and has great experimental film technique. However on the critical side it contains, extreme carnage, sex, drugs, and language. The movie is frightening and delivers a strong message about the violence we obsess over but is the message too strong? Oliver Stone strongly defends his movie and he stands proudly behind it has a satire, to protect him from any lawsuits that might come his way. His movie is supposed to be a satire about society's obsession with violence in the media but seems more along the lines of a ferocious array of madness and carnage. His movie promotes violent lawlessness instead of revealing the follies of society. Stone's beloved controversial movie, NBK, definitely gives a sense of violence but doesn't present itself as a satire. Obviously this movie is an overkill of manslaughter, sexual innuendos, and violent crimes. It is so much so that you really can't distinguish if it even is a satire. Stone undeniably claims NBK is a satire but its suffers from the worst failings, an unbelievably heavy-handed tone, cartoons and camera tricks that don't contribute to the message, mind-numbing repetitiveness, annoying performances by the leads, and the evident fact that Oliver Stone attempted to make a satire, while he himself lacks the one irreducibly necessary element of satire: subtlety (2). The gruesome movie numbs your senses to violence, leaving you confused, feeling disoriented, giving you a sense of disturbance, and not knowing weather to like...
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added: 12/08/2011
Of the many films that make up New Zealand director Jane Campion's filmography, only two are New Zealand stories, produced in New Zealand. They are: An Angel At My Table (1990) and The Piano (1993). The Piano was made with finance provided by French production company CiBy 2000, who sought to invest in a range of films made by experienced and new talented film directors. The Piano was made by an Australian production company, so technically The Piano does not qualify as a New Zealand film. (Film in Aotearoa 1996 pp183-184) A case could be made for The Piano to be included in a study of New Zealand cinema because of the creative control afforded Campion by the investors, the cultural relevancy of the subject matter, and the New Zealanders involved in making the film. Conversely An Angel At My Table was made with a majority of funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, and by a New Zealand production company. Pertinent to the Film Commission investment is the fact that profits from the film are re-invested in the New Zealand film industry. An Angel At My Table is the story of author Janet Frame. Her contribution to the literary arts provides a very significant component of New Zealands cultural heritage. Frame's writing is renowned for the way it delves into the darker side of the human psyche, and provides an interesting parallel to the 'dark' reputation of films produced in New Zealand. The cultural significance of Frame's work in New Zealand also makes any links between her and film making in New Zealand relevant and interesting areas for study. Because Angel is a New Zealand product in its entirety, it is the most appropriate of all Campion's films to include in a study of film in New Zealand. Angel was made...
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added: 08/30/2011
The documentary "Cunnamulla", is an advocacy that illustrates a quintessential Australian town. Dennis O'Rourke, a famous documentalist advocates his position by using various, skilful film techniques and elements. The documentalist only presents one person's version of reality throughout a number of interviews. He is able to influence the audience so they have a bias view of the town of Cunnamulla. "Cunnamulla", a social commentary documentary explores people's lives and issues at the end of the railway line, eight hundred kilometres west of Brisbane, Australia. It is filmed just before an extremely hot Christmas in the bush and there's a lot more occurring than what many people would believe. In "Cunnamulla", indigenous people and white Australians live together, but also apart. "Creativity struggles against indifference, eccentricity against conformity" (Cunnamulla, 25-07-03). Daily dramas are continually developing and unfolding. Famous country-and-western singer Slim Dusty is coming to the town, as seen by many posters, a teenage concert pianist is touring, and the community is preparing for Christmas. Dennis O'Rourke introduces the audience to real-life characters such as Neredah, a highly opinionated town member, Paul, an aboriginal in trouble with the police, and Cara and Kellie-Anne, promiscuous teens that long to escape to the city. "Sometimes sad, often hilarious, it is an astonishingly honest portrait of the eccentricities, hypocrisies and reality of life in an isolated community" (Cunnamulla, 25-07-03). The documentalist selects a range of inhabitants to interview. These bold, daring people voice their opinions on-camera with a spirited Australian mix of humour, outrageousness and prejudice. This occurs when they are either discussing the state of the nation or the townsfolk's sex-lives. The town of Cunnamulla is portrayed through their words and actions. Their intimate thoughts are laid bare for all to see. The film conceivably never gets beyond its subjects entertaining talk, though there are...
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added: 01/04/2012
Theme: is that of rivalry and revenge. Rivalry between perpetrators seeking the same goals/ motives. Revenge of evil against evil and good against evil. Key characters Turkish - the most important character of all, he is the narrator of the story. He is essentially a boxing promoter but also owns a gaming parlour to keep him occupied when there's no "action" in the ring. His absolute informal style of delivering the story helps the movie to connect to the audience to a great extent. One of the very few good characters in this movie whose personality has no crooked traits whatsoever, a good sense of humour coupled with a tendency to put up a straight face even in the tightest of situations makes Turkish an enjoyable character to watch. Tommy – baby faced. Immature. Childish. The perfect adjectives to describe, Turkish's partner. Short and round faced, he is looked down upon by quite a few of the movie's characters and has earned the nick "Turkish's female friend". His injudicious actions get him into as much gravy as they do to his partner. As Turkish says, " I try to keep him outta as much trouble as he gets me into." Cousin Avi – a New York based diamond crook would be the best way to describe Avi. Middle aged and Jewish, he borders on paranoid behavioral tendencies when faced with stressful situations. Avi seems like a nice guy who's out to get his friend out of trouble, but don't let that fool you. He has an equally cold side. One of the few characters in this movie who get things their way towards the end of the movie. Mickey – as the Brits would say, 'a gawd-damned pykie' who spends his life in a caravan with his mom. A bare-knuckle boxing champion, he is discovered...
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added: 12/31/2011
Edward Scissorhands Su Khin Aung Tint Art 130 Professor A. Takayama 12/03/03 Term Paper: Analysis of Edward Scissorhands I chose 'Edward Scissorhands' as my movie to be analyzed because I was fascinated by this movie as a child. I used to watch it over and over again just to see this strange yet charming man with scissors as his hands, but only now I am able to connect the visual images to the themes of the movie. I believe Tim Burton has created a marvelous film in which he reflects himself as an artist who does not fit into the real world due to his peculiar visions. In doing so, he creates an innocent, clumsy, talented creature named Edward doomed by his shear metals of scssior-hands. When Edward ventures out of his gloomy castle for the first time, he came to have a new meaning to his machine-life as he became the town's favorite for a while. Eventually, the neighbors turned against him as his scissors were considered harmful to the community. First of all and the most important of all, I think 'Edward Scissorhands' is about man's obsession with machines. The creator of Edward invented as assembly line of huge machines as cookie-makers and vegetable-choppers. Basically, the old man was a lover of invention and one day he thought "why not invent a human?" Besides, he was a very old man who could use a companion when living in his lonely world surrounded by machines. And so Edward came about when the inventor placed a heart (inspired by a shape of a cookie) in a robot. However, the inventor took longer to create hands for Edward and so Edward was given scissors as hands in the mean time. When the hands were finally finished, the inventor passed away and Edward was stuck with the scissors for...
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added: 10/28/2011
Deemed as one of Shakespeare's most tragic plays, 'MacBeth' ventures deep within the dark side of human nature. What makes Shakespeare's plays successful is that the themes behind them are still relevant in today's society. Two directors, Polanski and Freestone, have tried to recapture the story of MacBeth through the use of film. A comparison between the two separate versions can be found in scenes such the 'killing of King Duncan' scene. While Polanski has decided to truly reflect human nature, Freestone wanted to recapture the general storyline without too much manipulation of the text, but creative visuals. This comparison reflects the director's interpretation of the play, and their view behind the theme of the play. A more political approach was used in Polanski's version of the play. This is highlighted by King Duncan's crown, which he wore in his sleep. When MacBeth first struck Duncan, a cut away of the crown falling to the ground was used. Not until the death of Duncan did the crown stop spinning. This symbolises the political decline of King Duncan, and the royal beginning for MacBeth. The impression of MacBeth's motives in Polanski's version is that he was only killing Duncan for Political reasons. Polanski has deliberately intended this to add an 'only business' attitude to the scene, maintaining realism and human nature. Freestone intentions to recreate the general storyline were clear as he uses religion as opposed to politics. As religion was a big part of society back then, he shows Lady MacBeth wearing a cross, and more importantly, gives King Duncan a God like appearance. It is extremely obvious that Polanski's film contains more gore than freestones film. When Polanski's MacBeth is striking Duncan with the dagger, the penetration of the dagger into Duncan's body is not discrete. More bloody violence is further...
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One of the greatest gifts in life is brotherhood. The movie "Animal House" showed a perfect example of how ordinary college men can come together and become one. People need to understand that the reason we are here on earth is to bond with one another not to make out bank accounts larger. People need one another to survive. My analysis shows how I relate to the movie. I also showed how this movie can relate to every other person who watches it. All of the characters in this movie are supposed to remind you of somebody in your group of friends. When Chris Miller wrote this movie he based most of it on his experiences as a Fraternity brother. My first Genre is my poem. The purpose of this is to get my artistic view of brotherhood. My poem shows my opinion on brother hood. A brother will always be there for you. A fraternity brother to me is different than a regular friend. I feel closer to some of these guys that I met than some of my friends that I grew up with back home. It is amazing how people from different placed can come together so quickly. My last genre is my Short story. The purpose of this was to show the outcome of brotherhood. This shows when I first realized that brother hood and friendship is the most important thing in life. My grandfather mentioned in the short story always told me stories on how money isn't everything in the world, people can't be happy just with money. I rather die poor but with my best friends rather than on a bed made of gold, because eventually we all end up dead. At least if we have many friends we will be remembered and smiles will be brought...
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added: 11/27/2011
Anne lived on after her death, and it was not just her memory, it was her spirit. Every time someone reads the book, afterwards they fell a spiritual connection with Anne although she has passed on to a better place. Mrs. Hemphill wrote in the last paragraph of the biogram "Anne wanted to live on after her death undoubtedly Anne got her greatest wish. For as long as there are people to read her diary, she will, indeed, live on." In addition, that statement is one hundred percent truthful, because when I have children and grandchildren they will also have the privileged to read this profound novel. That one statement really makes you wonder, what was going though Anne's mind at the time. She would have made a great leader. It is true it's gonna take more then just a few people to stop war. Look at the anti-war rallies that went on in Washington, that involved hundreds upon hundreds of people, and yet that was not enough to stop Bush from declaring war. It will take every single person no matter how small, or weak, to think about what they are really doing, to themselves, the world, and other people. Maybe humankind could learn something from Anne, because I know that for sure I have learned so much from Anne. I like what Anne has to say in #3 she saying that what's done is done and nothing will bring back the millions of lives that were lost during the Holocaust and the only thing we can do is to prevent another holocaust. No one can form you character except you. You have to make tough decisions, and choose the right path in life....
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added: 02/15/2012
1 What is the anti-nuclear policy of the New Zealand Government? The New Zealand anti-nuclear policy is that under the 1987 Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act, navel vessels are not admitted into New Zealand waters unless they declare that they are not nuclear-powered or carrying nuclear weapons ("Anti-nuclear policy should have ended with the Cold War", 2002). 2. How (in what areas and to what extent) is this policy affecting the NZ-US relationship? "New Zealand is being penalized in trade negotiations with the US worth $1 billion dollars a year because of its anti nuclear policy" (Espiner, 2002, ¶ 8). "As long as the anti nuclear legislation remains, New Zealand will not enjoy as full a relationship with the US as do its allies, including Australia" (Espiner, 2002, ¶ 14). 3. What are the "costs" for NZ in retaining this policy? The US has the words largest economy and it's not discussing free trade with New Zealand. "New Zealand exporters will miss out on billions of dollars in extra income, with all that implies for the rest of our economy and society" (Robson, 2003, ¶ 10). 4. What are the "benefits" for NZ in retaining this policy? The main benefit that I see from New Zealand's anti nuclear policy is that it helps our national pride, and defines who we are as a nation because, we have stood up for what we believed in, even though it cost us billions of dollars in trade relations. We are proud of the fact that we stood up to the US, and set a standard for countries to follow suit. And the US is fearful the nuclear ban disease could spread to Japan (Gamlin, 2002, ¶ 4). 5. Do you think that the NZ Government should review this policy? Why / Why not? I think New Zealanders should stick to guns and keep their...
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added: 12/13/2011
Apocalypse Now is a movie of the Vietnam experience. Not as much the war as the experience, the thing that made this war personal for each soldier. US Army Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) receives orders to infiltrate renegade special forces Colonel Kurtz's troops and terminate his command. "Terminate with extreme prejudice." Reports tell of Kurtz having gone insane, and using "unsound" methods while running his own private army in the jungle in Cambodia. Willard makes his way to Kurtz with the help of a patrol boat and its diverse crew, and a manic commander. War--any war--is a traumatic experience. It puts a man's sanity to the test. Emotions run unbelievably high, up to its extents and beyond. The undeniable fear, hatred, loss, guilt. Adrenaline courses through your body, messes with the mind. The human body wasn't meant to experience such intense and forceful emotions all at once. There's no control over it and you have no better options anyway, just a differing of horrifying situations. There's no starting over. There's no escape--except for one. What to do? What can you do? What are you doing there? Can you do it? Who or what are you fighting? Why you? Why? Why? SYSTEM OVERLOAD. Things aren't the same anymore, and won't ever be again. Some people became homicidal, some suicidal, some retreated into themselves, and some saw things clearer than before. Lance retreated into himself. He became a dazed and childlike self. He was still a kid, really. He wants to surf, to watch television, to socialize with girls. Before the war that's who he was. Innocent Lance, not Lance Johnson, Soldier. When he couldn't handle it anymore he hid in himself and embraced his innocence, his days of happiness. In one scene a small boat of Vietnamese are all shot out of panic...
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added: 11/28/2011
Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now takes us on Captain Benjamin Willard's journey into Cambodia where he is sent to "terminate with extreme prejudice" the once brilliant Colonel Kurtz. It is apparent that Kurtz has gone insane, waging a personal war with the Vietnamese using native troops who also happen to worship him as a god. As Willard travels up the Nang River he takes a journey into the darkest corners of his own mind, finding himself increasingly becoming the man that he has been sent out to destroy. Apocalypse Now is loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness, originally set in Congo during the days of European colonization. Coppola takes Conrad's novel and moves it a few years, to the time of the Vietnam War, relating to the current events that America was immersed during the time of filming. Although Apocalypse Now does not accurately depict the Vietnam War, it does leave viewers with a strong impression of the insanity of war and mankind in general through many of the movie's most memorable scenes. Every scene involving Colonel Kilgore is great from the "Flight of the Valkryies" air raid to his classic "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" speech. Kilgore serves as a comparison to Kurtz, in the sense that unlike Kurtz, he views war as another job without the realization of his actions. To him surfing is more important than the lives of those he's killed. Coppola, when filming Apocalypse Now, intended to show his own views of the Vietnam War. This is clearly shown in the scene were Willard and his men massacre all the individuals on a passing boat. Here, soldiers are not depicted as symbols of heroism, but of inhuman machines of war. In the final scene of the movie, Willard, after killing Kurtz,...
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added: 10/23/2011
Introduction In 1936, President Franklin announced that Americans had a ¡°rendezvous with destiny¡±, and in the 1940s, American domestic film audience reached its highest peak ever, and the ¡°yearly box office receipts of 1.75 billion dollars broke all previous records before 1946¡±. But all that changed in the next decades, as the massive changes in lifestyle accompanying suburban migration and the related family/housing/baby boom, and as ¡®watching TV¡¯ rapidly replaced ¡®going to the movies¡¯, as ¡°America¡¯s preferred ritual of habituated, mass-mediated narrative entertainment¡±. Therefore, ¡°the domestic attendance declined by 33 per cent between 1948 and 1950¡± , and in overseas markets, according to David A. Cook, American film industry¡¯s annual reduced from sixty-eight million dollars in 1946 to under seventeen million dollars in 1947. At the beginning of 1948, things were bad enough: in the major studios, unemployment had risen by 25 per cent; production budgets were cut by as much as 50 per cent. The resurgence was from the late 1960s, when some big productions such as Ben-Hur, Sound of Music won unprecedented profits. Producers eagerly sank huge sums into more blockbusters and cast about for new attractions, hoping that they offered an answer to the threat of television. The industry¡¯s success based on very few films led it to a recession from early 1970s. When viewers returned to the Star War over and over, they were really surprised what appeared on the screen that they couldn¡¯t image before. In the first part of the essay, I discuss how the New Hollywood film attracted the audience again, especially how the film industry benefited from the ¡°movie brats¡± and the blockbusters. In part 2, I explore some pretty changes in the distribution system of Hollywood films and other entertainment products during the 1970s and 1980s. In part 3, I discuss how the New Hollywood...
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Bowling for Columbine A documentary by Michael Moore HST 306 Extra Credit Option Kristen Chase A31358358 Are we a nation of gun nuts or are we just nuts? Violence, easy access to guns, rebellious adolescents, nuclear weapons, racism, fear, warped freedom, and everything that is considered wrong with America today is critically analyzed in the documentary, Bowling for Columbine, created by Michael Moore. This documentary was created following the September 11th tragedy, when two terrorist hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. Moore traveled all over the United States, interviewing typical civilians, and those in the public eye about their thoughts and answers to problems dealing with gun related violence in America. Moore starts out his documentary in the state of Michigan, then visits Colorado, Utah, California, and those in their paths. The documentary included a lot of interesting clips of critical events in U.S. history involving any type of gun involvement, including the popular reality television show, "Cops", and cartoon "Southpark". Michael Moore does an excellent job of finding a variety of people to display all areas of the spectrum on feelings towards gun control, and doesn't let anything get in his way. No place is too far, and no person is too unreachable, no question is too inappropriate. Michael Moore is from Flint, Michigan. It was surprising to hear him call Michigan "gun country". Before viewing this documentary I had no idea that the amount of guns carried in Michigan was so large. I always knew that hunting was a popular sport but I didn't realize how easy it was for anyone to purchase a gun, in fact the first subject Moore hit was a bank that when one signed up for a checking account they received a free gun. To demonstrate how easy it is to get a gun,...
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In the film Fried Green Tomatoes, directed ny Jon Avnet, aspects such as humour and the themes of death and friendship greatly contributedto the overall level of satisfaction of the film. Humour was an important aspect of the film as it aided in the development of the film's ideas of friendship and death. One humourous event included the apparent death of Ninny. When Evelyn hears the news of her death, her initial reaction was very emotional and set a sad atmosphere. But, as she realises the misunderstanding, her hysterical reaction swings the mood of the audience to one thatis light and joyful. This ultimately made the film more better. Director John Avnet uses themes and cinematic techniques In the film Fried Green Tomatoes, directed ny Jon Avnet, aspects such as humour and the themes of death and friendship greatly contributedto the overall level of satisfaction of the film. Humour was an important aspect of the film as it aided in the development of the film's ideas of friendship and death. One humourous event included the apparent death of Ninny. When Evelyn hears the news of her death, her initial reaction was very emotional and set a sad atmosphere. But, as she realises the misunderstanding, her hysterical reaction swings the mood of the audience to one thatis light and joyful. This ultimately made the film more better. Director John Avnet uses themes and cinematic techniques to make the movie stand out at the audience. Themes used in the movie include Friendship eg. The friendship between Idgie and Ruth, Love eg. The love Idgie had for Ruth and would do anything for her, courage, violence, prejudice and revenge eg. The KKK showed violence, prejudice and revenge to all they opposed, mainly racism and sexism, and death eg. The loss of Idgies brother at the start. to make the movie...
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added: 10/03/2011
There is a thin line between "good" and "bad". A narrow space between the two that I believe relates indirectly with the thin line separating art from life. What is art? Is it not, in a sense, a way of life? If "good" and "bad" and art and life relate to each other in some odd, but interesting way, then how can we define "good" art and "bad" art? In a picture, when there is someone bleeding, we understand that there is some kind of pain involved. Pain not necessarily felt, but pain that is understood. To me, it seems that some of America's society is similarly as blood thirsty as the historical Rome. When we think of this Rome we think of arenas filled with citizens gawking at gladiator games where men fought lions or each other to the death. Today's audience may have replaced the arena with a theater, a living room or even present day arenas for modern day games. Is it safe to say that parents teaching their children to not steal, that killing is wrong or that any money not earned legitimately is "dirty money", are the parents enjoying the bloody boxing matches or gangster movies? Is it ok to say that America's interest's lye not only in a bulky economy, but that we'll take whatever means necessary to maintain that? More importantly, are we willing to risk contaminating a young wo/man's mind or a child's mind in order to stabilize economy? I am not trying to say that gangster movies or sports keep the stock market thriving. The point I would like to make is that many movies or sports that make millions or even billions of dollars are detrimental to society. The example I'd like to use is the movie Goodfellas. In the movie...
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Band of Brothers is a ten-part World War 2 mini series in association with HBO and production with 20th century Fox. Steven Spielberg produced the film and Tom Hanks, directed by Hanks himself only for the first series. The series stars, Damien Lewis, David Schwimmer(Friends), Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes, and Colin Hanks. Band of Brothers is based on a true story adapted from the best selling book by Stephen Amrose, who also a historical adviser on "Saving Private Ryan". In history they spend over $120-million dollars to make "Band of Brothers" a blockbuster TV-movie mini series. The movie started in 1942 with the story that concerns the soldiers of Easy Company.101st Airborne Division. The first series began in the training camp in Georgia when David Schimmer character as the lieutenant of Easy Company, he tried to lead his troops to go to World War 2. He was unlike able man because how he treated his group bad and disrespect of their privacy. Later he was dismiss of leading the Easy Company and was replaced by Donnie Wahlberg because of his behaviour towards his group. In the end of the first series , it fellows the scene from the next episode, in 1944, when the Easy Company parachute into France behind enemy lines early on D-days morning to invade the Germans. Overall, "Band of Brothers" is a great, intense, and emotional movie. It could be a sequel to the hit movie, "Saving Private Ryan", soldiers not actually saving just one person, they are saving each other from getting killed from the Germans. It was so surprise to see David Schwimmer a well know actor from the hit sitcom friends, acting as a mean and unlike able lieutenant of Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division. He done a wonderful job performing his role. Other cast done...
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The film noir, or black film, is known as a popular phenomenon in American film-making. The era of the film noir began during, and following the war, becoming a common part of the American movie culture in the 1940's and 1950's. Later in the 70's, 80's and 90's, the conventions of film noir grew popular once again in what is considered the post-noir, or neo-noir era. The film noir encourages realism, and depicts dark images and a fatalistic perspective of the world. Notorious for it's American crime and detective films, film noir displays evil, ambiguity, pessimism and paranoia. The plot includes scenes of crime, corruption, murder and predominantly a mysterious femme fatale. Basic Instinct, can be categorized as a neo-noir film, as it includes these conventions of the film noir genre, primarily the daring and devious femme fatale, Catherine Tramell. From a technical viewpoint, Basic Instinct uses the common techniques in noir films. One of the most popular techniques of the film noir genre, that is evident within Basic Instinct, is the use of low-key lighting and shadows. In the scene where Catherine is brought to police headquarters for investigation, she is questioned in a dark room, where the spotlight is on her. The purpose of this type of lighting is to highlight the character and differentiate her from the background. The use of this lighting is effective, as the audience's attention is drawn directly to Catherine Tramell, and encourages us to deeply analyze her character. Another technical aspect of the film noir genre, is the use of long, vertical and high-angle film shots. The purpose of this technique is to leave an unsettling impression, creating a mood of alienation and loneliness (Hordnes, 1999). An example of this would be the long, vertical, outdoor shot of Nick's apartment building. It is a...
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