I found myself in the movie theater watching this movie in the middle of the week in the early evening. And not to anyone’s real surprise my friend and I were the only people in the theater. We were able to act in a way that might not have been completely acceptable by any theater patrons. We laughed loudly at the jokes, sighed when it got romantic and danced to the credit music. We watched this movie light-heartedly and carefree, an experience we all should have the opportunity to take part in. The movie started out with Jason Biggs and Woody Allen on a park bench. Biggs goes on to describe how he met Allen’s character, Dobel. Through Biggs recounting the past we find out about the woman he was formerly with. How they were close to marriage but one night changed all of that forever. Biggs and his girlfriend met up with one of his old friends and they decided to double date. Biggs meets Christina Ricci’s character. There is a chemistry between them and they find they have similar tastes in music and life in general. An affair between the two ensues. Soon, however, they are forced to tell their significant others and they move in together. This brings us pretty much to the present. Later on the audience becomes familiar with Biggs’ manager, played by Danny Devito, constantly trying to get him to resign their contract and Biggs and Ricci’s dry spout. The plot of this movie is rather involved. It jumps back and forth between the present and the past. It serves the purpose of always keeping the audience well engaged and questioning what is going to happen. The character development also receives an A+. Christina Ricci does a fabulous job as always. As well as Stockard Channing...
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I thought it would be relatively easy to write about the film's efforts to make the audience sympathetic for the Algerian people. To aid my efforts, I opted to go online to learn a little more about Algiers' attempts to free themselves from France. As I was browsing around, I found several references to the film, which not only aided my argument, but also strongly opposed the singular feeling of compassion towards the Algerians. The article also suggested that the film presents cause for sympathy towards the French at this time of revolution. I found this amazing until I read an article that better explained other film's depiction of Algerian liberation in comparison to "Battle of Algiers." The article reads, "Algerian films about the national liberation war generally conform to the rule that war films are implicitly or explicitly propagandist in nature. But the most celebrated film about the Algerian war, Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers, is a striking exception. Not only does it depict both sides of the conflict with objectivity and detachment, and both its Algerian and French victims with equal sympathy, it also refuses to moralise about the methods used by the French in suppressing the terrorism of the FLN" (). After reading this, I looked back at the notes I had scribbled during the film. After reflecting for a while, I came to the conclusion that the article held more truth than I had originally thought. However, since this is supposed to reason why the film evokes sympathy for the Algerians, which is what I will focus on. The first thing that struck me was the actual number of people involved on both sides. The French have this huge army and the Algerian "revolutionaries" are a very small group. In fact, the FLN is composed of only four or...
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How the American Class System is Stereotypically Represented Because America is known as the "Melting Pot" of cultures, there are many very different types of people from different backgrounds. However as we see in the movie "Best in Show," they can all come together for a central cause. The idea behind this movie is that there are no ethnic minorities, just stereotypes of different social classes, which is the most common. (Martinez 26) As defined by Judith Andre, a stereotype is "a conventional, formulaic, and usually oversimplified conception, opinion, or belief: a person, group, event, or issue considered to typify or conform to an unvarying pattern…" (Martinez 26) Throughout the movie we are introduced with various social statuses and lifestyles. These include: the very wealthy gold digger (Sherri Ann Cabot), the "redneck" (Harlan Pepper), the lower class (Gerry and Cookie Fleck), the yuppies (Meg and Hamilton Swan), and the homosexuals (Stefan Vanderhoof and Scott Dolan). Even though these are completely different groups of people, they are able to come together for a common bond, which is training their dogs for this prestigious dog show. These people came from different states across America and although they may seem normal in their part of the country, when placed in the same situation and place, their differences come out. The reason for this is, as Lynn Weber states, "Race, class, gender and sexuality are contextual. Their meanings vary not only across historical time periods, but also across nations and regions during the same period." (Martinez 15) Throughout the movie, Sherri Cabot and her standard poodle have the edge in the dog show, because of the fact that they have been the previous winners. The dog also has its own hired trainer, which believe that this is a statement on the fact that the wealthier the people...
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No two movies in this world are exactly alike. Although there are countless number of movies have been made, every single one has its unique style, plot and characteristics. Nevertheless, only a fraction survives, being criticized and considered to be real movies. It is not an easy task to create a movie that satisfies the picky tastes of critics and audience. In recent years, Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and the Wachowski Brothers' "The Matrix" have noticeably brought stirs in our emotions. Although these two movies seem to be very different, they share a lot of both similarities and differences. The type of genre is what most audience choose before seeing a movie. In this category, both movies stand out because they are not bound to a certain genre. The two explore the boundaries of several genres, and put the characteristics of the genres together beautifully. The genre of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is defined as Adventure, Drama, Action, Fantasy and Romance. Some call it a wuxia film, which is defined as a martial-chivalric film. It's only a waste of time trying to figure out what kind of film it is, because of the wide variety of style it covers. "The Matrix" is defined as Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi and some Romance. But it certainly is a lot more than an ordinary action movie because of the heavy(?) messages and theme throught the movie. It leaves an enormous question; What is real? and what is the matrix? The bold story that aimed straight to our reason of existence was more than enough to let us question ourselves. One of the reason that these two movies cling in our minds is because they have provided and conveyed some specific messages between their intense and powerful screenplays. The story of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,"...
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Summary: The movie begins by showing Lieutenant Dunbar in an American civil war hospital tent. His leg is about to be amputated. While doctors are on a smoke break, he decides to break a long-standing stalemate by riding a horse across enemy lines. Unbelievably, he ends up being the hero after he accidentally leads the Union troops to a victory. As a reward, he gets the best doctor to fix his leg and has a choice of any duty. He requests a position on the western frontier. However, when he gets there, he finds the post deserted but decides to clean up the camp and wait for reinforcements. He soon meets a wolf and calls him "Two-socks". He also encounters an Indian tribe. He is friendly to them and the tribe accepts him. He is known as "Dances with Wolves". He communicates with the tribe through a beautiful white woman named "Stands with a Fist". She has been raised by the tribe since she was a young girl and has a large part in Dunbar switching sides. Dunbar ends up falling in love with her and marries her. The tribe packs up everything and leaves for their winter grounds. However, before Dunbar can go with them, he goes back to the once-abandoned post to retrieve something. When he gets there, he sees troops. The troops catch him and decide to take him to town. On the way there, Indians attack the troops and save Dances with Wolves. But he is worried that the white men will look for him so he leaves the tribe and tells them to move. Dances with Wolves and Stands With a Fist walk in the snow at the end of the movie and we are told that the Sioux tribe was completely wiped out 13...
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"I am Sam" is the story of mentally challenged Sam Dawson who is suddenly faced with raising his newborn daughter on his own after the mother leaves the two of them right outside of the hospital. Sam names the baby girl Lucy Diamond, after the Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". With the help of Annie, a wise and also watchful neighbor, and Sam's circle of mentally challenged friends, his informal support network, Sam manages to raise Lucy. Everything goes well until Lucy reaches age 7 which is the level of Sam's mental capacity. A series of unfortunate events makes a social worker become aware of the situation. She decides that Sam is an unfit father and that he cannot take care of Lucy any longer. The legal argument is that he won't be an appropriate parent once Lucy is mentally older than him. Sam and his friends realize they need help to ensure Sam's custody of Lucy and to fight the system. Rita Harrison takes the case free of charge but for completely selfish reasons. The moment she steps into the picture it becomes clear that the purpose of this movie is not only to show how a parent with a disability is caught in the legal and social service systems. There is more to it. The movie raises some serious questions that should be of concern for everyone in our society. What defines a 'good' parent? Is it the amount of intellectual maturity displayed or the level of love given? Does being a competent parent have anything to do with money? And isn't raising a child a challenge for everyone? Director Jessie Nelson wants to make the audience think. She indicates that everyone is damaged in one way or another. Sam may be severely disabled but he...
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The plot of ¡§Wag the Dog¡¨ has the President getting into an unrecoverable scandal two weeks before re-election. The President of the United States apparently had a sexual encounter with an underage Girl Scout in the Oval Office. The president's opponents get wind of the story and use it to their advantage. Facing a desperate hour, the White House enlists a spin-control doctor, Conrad Brean, to divert the nation's attention by inventing a war with Albania. Conrad gets assistance from a presidential aide, and a Hollywood producer named Stanley Motss - together, they have to create the appearance of a war by utilizing the power of the mass media. To excite the American people to the horrors committed in that poor European nation, Motss hires a young woman to act out a skit in which she is running across her Albanian village screaming that she has just been raped by terrorists. Through a two-day process of computer animation and a hand-held camera, a fake war is unveiled before the public's eyes. This comedy focuses on the machinations of power as a presidential spin doctor teams with a celebrated Hollywood producer to manufacture a fake war. Brean decide that the best way to get the public's mind off the scandal is to give them something bigger to think about, thus they invented a war. They manipulated the media by carefully leaked news of the fake war to the press and make it to the evening news, and everyone is reporting about the outbreak of hostilities between the United States and Albania, even though no troops have been moved and no shots have been fired. However, as the scam began, White House Press Secretary told the reporters that there is absolutely no truth to the rumors about the war in Albania. This movie is...
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"What's eating Gilbert Grape" Essay "The film 'What's eating Gilbert Grape' is about change, discuss." Lasse Hallstrom's film 'What's eating Gilbert Grape' is primarily about change, both within the Grape family and the whole town of Endora. In this film, in which nothing actually seems to happen and looks as thought it ends where it began, we see some clear changes within the characters. Some of them go through a long, hard journey to fight for their lives and encounter a change. The director implies that Becky is used as a catalyst, both for Gilbert and Arnie. At the beginning of the film we see that Gilbert is ashamed of his family. When some kids try to sneak a look at Gilbert's fat momma, he gives them a boost so they can see. He also refers to his mum as a "whale", secretly re-enforces the floor because her obesity has caused it to nearly collapse and has to deal with the embarrassment of Arnie climbing the water tower. Gilbert feels trapped in Endora. He feels like he has no escape from this small town where everything he has ever known is. At the start of the film when Gilbert is narrating, he tells of his older brother who "got away" and you can almost sense jealousy in his tone of voice. Betty Carver quotes, "I knew you'd always be here" when she tries to explain why she wanted to be with Gilbert and not her husband. Arnie often says how they're "not going anywhere" which ultimately drives Gilbert to his wits end. The major change in Gilbert's life is the arrival of Becky and her grandmother. They arrive in Endora because their trailer breaks down. Becky becomes trapped in Endora, much like Gilbert and his family. Becky is a very down-to-earth person who treats everyone...
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Most of the researchers started their work about gender in the soap operas in the 1980's. That fact remains interesting, since the greatest explosion of number of the viewers took place in the 1970's. Staring from the very first works in the 1940's , soaps were mainly examined on their influence to the people. Many criticised them, for the lack of realism, bad influence, addictiveness, connotations of feminine passivity, laziness and vulgarity (Seiter 1994:388). That situation changed in the 1980's when most of behaviours taken before for granted, became the subjects of work for sociologists. The soap opera phenomena, became impossible to ignore. Especially the question of why so many women enjoy them, became the interest. Whetmore and Kielwasser noticed a paradox, analysing the opinions of the soap opera viewers. Most of them thought that reality of "Dallas", "Dynasty" or "Bold and beautiful" is "silly" or "exaggerated", but still in general opinions, they thought the soaps were "realistic", "true to life" and "believable". Another aspect of interest was the time the patience and tolerance of the viewers for boredom. Since some soaps became tapeworm-like long, it was impossible to avoid the repetitions of the storyline. Still according to Carveth and Alexander some viewers had been constantly watching for even sixteen years. The research over women watching soap operas became more frequent just 20 years ago, since it became the object of interest of many feminist scientists. Basing on interviews with woman, soaps offer them "a relaxing space", away form pressure and problems. Again paradox in soaps occurred, because most of them contain huge amount of tension, turning points, confrontations and resolutions, witch in a "real life" are considered to be just the opposite to relaxing. One of the interviewed women, when asked about attraction of soap operas, answered: "This is my time...
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The cinema itself is not the storyteller, but it is essentially the medium through which the story may be told. The creative work of the writers, actors, director, producer and the movie photographers themselves bring together their talents portrayal of action and the details of the story, using the means of cinema to reach their audience. In the film 'The Untouchables' De Palma uses the techniques of music, lighting, camera angles and narrative to convey the themes of good versus evil, loyalty, persistence and not giving in on something you really believe in. The story line relates to the US city of Chicago where gang warfare takes place during an era of Prohibition. These ruthless gangs were confronted by the law. The main characters representing the law were special agents Eliot Ness, Jim Malone, George Stone and Oscar Wallace supported by regular police. At the beginning of the film the director, De Palma, brings the attention of the audience, through a written code, the exact meaning of Prohibition and the gang-wars associated with it. "Prohibition has transformed Chicago into a city at war. Rival Gangs compete for control of the city's billion-dollar empire of Illegal alcohol, enforcing their will with the hand grenade and Tommy gun. It is the time of gang lords. It is the time of Al Capone." The film then moves into a characterization of Al Capone, the gangland kingpin, showing him as a strong, powerful and confident leader of the 'mob.' The mood is set by many cinematic techniques, for example the camera angle, lighting and dialogue. This scene opens with a Bird's Eye View camera shot, displaying Capone in the middle of the screen. Automatically the camera angle influences importance and power to the audience. As there is no music in this scene the mood must be maintained with a powerful dialogue,...
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.¡°Governments did not build the Internet, they don¡¯t own it, and they cannot control it; they will have to learn to live with this.¡± What¡¯s your view on Internet censorship.
Nowadays, Internet is commonly regarded as the most widely used source and the fastest way to exchange information and knowledge all over the world. However, the freedom and democracy on Internet, being one of its greatest beauties and drawing features, is apparently abused by the population online. Pornography and hate literature are commonly used to lure Internet surfers¡¯ attention and to generate profits. Representing the rights of the public and the power of a country while owning and operating the Internet, the government has the absolute responsibility to censor the internet so as to protect its own citizens from harmful and false information, thus in order to prevent any possible decay of social and moral values, though the extent of censorship should be carefully measured to ensure the freedom of speaking of people. Since the invention of ARPANET in 1962 by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Project Agency in United States, Internet has developed tremendously during the past half century with the improvement in modern technology with government sponsoring the researching program. It had formerly been made only for military and research purposes, where in 1974, the general public gets its first vague hint of how networked computers can be used in daily life as the commercial version of the ARPANET goes online. Hence it is quite obvious that without the financial investment and political support from the government, Internet, being such a new technological invention at that time would never achieve as great a success as what it has achieved by today; it is apparently wrong to say governments did not build neither did they own the Internet. As a result, being counted as partially a property of the government, Internet should absolutely under government¡¯s control. Besides to exchange information and knowledge and to facilitate communication, the most important role...
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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law defines reasonable doubt as a doubt about the guilt of a criminal defendant that arises or remains upon fair and thorough consideration of the evidence or lack thereof all persons are presumed to be innocent and no person may be convicted of an offense unless each element of the offense is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. The jurors provide a mixture of different backgrounds and lifestyles. None of the jurors are named, and they don't formally introduce themselves to each other except for two of them in the final brief ending. Jurors are labeled with numbers based on their jury numbers and seats at a conference table in the jury room in clock-wise order, with juror number one at the head of the table acting as the foreman. Juror number one was a high-school assistant head coach. Due to his need for authority and need to keep the proceedings formal, he was often easily frustrated and sensitive when someone objected to his control or when juror number eight would start to overshadow him with his natural leadership and start to step in as the "new leader". Some might say he was inadequate for the job as foreman because of his lack of natural leadership abilities, however he managed to stay the foreman and keep control throughout the deliberation. Juror number one is the ninth juror to change his vote from guilty to not guilty. Juror number two was a slightly wimpy, bank clerk who was easily persuaded, and at times very meek, and hesitant. He easily went along with the majority. After the initial vote when asked why he voted guilty he meekly and quite flustered struggled to put his opinions into words he finally came to say "I just think he's guilty. I thought it was obvious...
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12 Angry Men - Movie and Play This essay will compare & contrast the protagonist / antagonist's relationship with each other and the other jurors in the play and in the movie versions of Reginald Rose's 12 Angry Men. There aren't any changes made to the key part of the story but yet the minor changes made in making the movie adaptation produce a different picture than what one imagines when reading the drama in the form of a play. First off, the settings in the movie are a great deal more fleshed out. In the play, the scene begins with the jurors regarding the judge's final statements concerning the case in the courtroom and then walking out into the jury room. In the movie, the audience is placed in the role of the invisible casual observer, who for perhaps the first 5 minutes of the movie, walks throughout the court building passing other court rooms, lawyers, defendants, security officers, elevators, etc. Not able to remember much about this particular part of the movie, I believe this introductory scene's purpose was to either enhanced the realism of the setting by emphasizing the court building's efficient, business like manner or to provide a timeslot in which to roll the credits for producer, director, stars, etc. The settings aren't only built upon through use of scenery and extras in the movie. Invisible and distant in the play, we see in the movie the judge, bailiff, those witnessing the trial and most importantly of all- the defendant. This is an important change because in the play, we are free to come up with our own unbiased conclusions as to the nature and identity of the defendant, whom we only know to a be a 19 year boy from the slums. Seeing his haggard and worn face in the movie changes all of that, yet for better or worse, it engages the audience deeper into the trial as they surely will sympathize...
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Reflection: Twelve Angry Men In Twelve Angry Men, I observed the traits of an undisciplined mind when two of the jurors started to play tic-tac-toe, or some sort of game, while Mr. Davis was speaking about the trial. They were displaying poor thinking because instead of being open-minded about the things Mr. Davis had to say, they completely shut him out and ignored him. By doing that, they portrayed intellectual arrogance. They should have tried to put themselves in his shoes and try to figure out the reason for Mr. Davis being sympathetic towards the defendant. Another example of an undisciplined mind is when juror #3 got very angered and he blurted out that the old man, the witness, was old and confused, so he did not know what was he was saying. With that statement, he contradicted himself because he was one of the ones that believed the boy was guilty. He just assumed that the man was senile because he was old; he used the stereotype that old people are senile and do not know what they are saying. When the jurors that believed the boy was guilty changed their decision, that was an example of intellectual fair-mindedness, courage, and humility. They believed that the boy was guilty but they were willing to reexamine the evidence and critically think about the innocence of the boy. They had to have used some intellectual standards to be able to change their decision of the verdict. When jurors #11 stood up and disprove his belief with the new rationalization of the murder that was intellectual courage. Even though he believed that the boy was guilty, he was willing to look at the evidence against his decision and point it out to his fellow jury members. The scene when one of the jurors was confronted...
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Fourteen Years of Change in Sam Shepard's Six Plays Sam Shepard wrote his first two plays, Cowboys and Rock Garden at the age of twenty. Three years later, in 1966 his plays Chicago, Icarus's Mother and Red Cross won the Village Voice Obie Award for distinguished Playwriting. In 1968 Forensic and the Navigators and Melodrama Play won him his third Obie. In this paper I will focus on three of these plays, Chicago, Icarus's Mother, and Melodrama Play, and compare them with some of the plays he wrote in the late seventies and early eighties, namely Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child and True West. The first group of plays I will talk about all consist of only one act. They are highly experimental both in language and content. They have a certain feeling of immediacy and it is obvious that Sam Shepard most probably wrote them at one sitting and did not change anything he wrote down. Like William S. Burroughs, one of the most important names of the Beat Generation, Shepard blended different elements of popular culture, like youth culture and science fiction in his works. He used rock and roll culture in Melodrama Play and created a dystopic science fictional paranoia with the airplane whose pilot, the characters thought, might see them like some kind of a "Big Brother" and even heightened that science fictional atmosphere when he made the plane crash and cause a nuclear explosion as seen in the picture below. Yalçýnkaya 2 There is also an obvious influence of William S. Burroughs's cut up technique, a kind of verbal collage, which he first used in his notorious work Naked Lunch, as well as Jack Kerouac's jazzy improvisation – as seen in On the Road, which he wrote in three weeks without stopping - in Sam Shepard's experimental language...
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The film A Beautiful Mind by Ron Howard is an excellent movie. It has so many features that make it a good movie. Russell Crowe is a very good actor and he perfectly portrays the life of John Forbes Nash. The story of Nash is so compelling and it draws you into the movie. This movie has a wonderful soundtrack that adds so much emotion to the film. In my opinion the elements that make this such an exceptional film are the acting of Russell Crowe, the soundtrack, and the story of John Forbes Nash. Russell Crowe has been the leading actor in many feature films, but in my opinion this was his best role to date. Crowe is so real in his portrayal of John Forbes Nash that I actually believed he was the real Nash. Russell does an amazing impersonation of a man with schizophrenia and he expertly describes in his actions what it is like to live with a life altering condition. If any other actor besides Russell Crowe had played this role I don't think that this movie would have been half as good as it is. The story of John Forbes Nash is very inspirational and motivating. The way that Nash is able to deal with his disease is amazing. I find it unbelievable that even while battling schizophrenia he managed to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his study in mathematics. I think the story of John Nash has a very important message attached; if a person keeps on trying then nothing, not even a mental illness, can hold them back. A Beautiful Mind has many different elements that make it an exceptional film, but the three I think stand out the most are the soundtrack, the acting of Russell Crowe, and the story of John Forbes...
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It is not hard to believe that unusual people are found when everyone is trained to be the same in every part of life. Bernard, Helmholtz and John, the savages of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, are three odd characters. "Ninety-six identical twins working ninety-six identical machines!"(18) The director preaches with excitement, as he comments on how everyone is conditioned to like what they are and what they do; thus, creating a world where everyone is happy. But when something has gone wrong with the conditioning of someone, that individual is going to be miserable. Bernard, Helmholtz and John all wish that this "happy" world was different. Bernard Marx is a short, funny looking man. Bernard does not fit in very well with his peers. He is a highly intelligent Alpha, and part of the higher society, but he is small and looked upon as a deformed Alpha. Being small in the Utopia that he lives in is considered to be wrong and corrupt. Many people believe that too much alcohol was added to his embryo. Bernard likes to be alone and does not play sports like everyone else does. He does not like to take Soma or be a part of any activities so, therefore, he is not happy. Bernard is full of discontent in a world where everyone is happy. In the beginning the reader is led to believe that Bernard enjoys being a misfit, but later it is found out that he is a very gloomy man. When he returns to his native reserve with John, he is suddenly popular with important people and women. It is not his doings making him popular, but sadly from his association with John. 'Bernard was politely listened to, but behind his back people shook their heads. "That young man will come to a bad end," they said prophesying the more confidently in that they in due coarse see to it that...
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Joseph Campbell has spent his outstanding life finding and mapping out the myths from all over the world that seemed to be built from the same "elementary ideas." Gradually, all there is, is one story being told and retold in all sorts of different languages, times, names, and costumes, all stories are the same, which he named "The hero's Journey," or the "monomyth." Campbell had written a book called The hero with a thousand faces which gathered the themes behind countless hero stories into one universal structure. His hero's journey framework is now also applicable to movies and had indeed served as both inspiration and blueprint for his friend George Luca's movie Star Wars. Chris Vogler a former Disney story analyst worked out a system for analyzing stories based on Campbell's work. He then published a book called The Writer's Journey, which is now used as the basis for many screenwriters. My objective is to adapt the movie Finding Nemo to Vogler's movie version of the hero's journey to describe the sequence. And to see if all the The first stage starts with the departure, which is the first thirty minutes of the movie. This is where they introduce you to the hero, the problem that is throwing him out of balance, how he is called to move out of his ordinary world and start on the mission or quest. He then meets his mentor who is going to provide him with guidance. The hero then leaves the ordinary world and enters the "special world." In the movie Finding Nemo, we meet Marlin a neurotic clown fish who loses his mate and most of their spawn after an intense shark attack in the opening of the movie. Miraculously, one egg survives; he names it Nemo, honoring his mate's last wish, and...
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A Movie Review Five stars all around. This movie has made a great impact in my soul. The injustice of putting a wrongly accused black boy to the death chair is monstrous. The wrongfully accused Jefferson heard his own lawyer called him a hog. A statement that would make you loses all hope in yourself. Jefferson was just on his way to go fishing when his buddies stopped him on the road and took him up to the store with them. The clerk behind the counter was white, and proud of it. Jefferson's friends started to get loud with the clerk when he was taken his sweet time. Unfortunately, Jefferson's friends had guns on them. When the clerk got scared, he pulled out his gun, and it was all murder from then on in. The only one to survive was innocent Jefferson. He was so scared, that he did not even run from the scene of the crime. A scapegoat is at hand. In New Orleans, during the racists 1940's, there is no chance in heaven that a colored person would not get sentenced to death. A divesting word was flung at Jefferson; "hog". This made Jefferson feel so low, he did not even speak to his own Aunt. His Aunt is very concerned that her nephew passes with the knowledge that he is a man. Aunt Emma calls upon her best friends nephew, the fellow schoolteacher, grant Wiggings to boost up his confidence. It takes quite a while for Jefferson to open up to anyone. Until, Mr. Wiggings brings Jefferson a radio. This gives Jefferson time to think about something else besides God, religion, and death. Grant also gives Jefferson something that is imperative to Jefferson's confidence, the notebook. In this book, Jefferson is able to explain his thoughts and...
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A profitable method of dealing with Invisible Man is to see the action as a series of initiations in which the hero passes through several stages and groups of identification. The changes of identity are accompanied by somewhat formal rituals resembling t
A profitable method of dealing with Invisible Man is to see the action as a series of initiations in which the hero passes through several stages and groups of identification. The changes of identity are accompanied by somewhat formal rituals resembling the primitive's rites of passage. The primitive recognizes that man changes his identity as he passes from one stage or group to another and accompanies this transition by rituals that are essentially symbolic representations of birth, purification and regeneration in nature. Ellison's narrative is a series of such initiatory experiences set within a cyclical framework of the mystic initiation of the artist. The rites of passage take the hero through several stages in which he acts out his various and conflicting sub-personalities. When he has won his freedom he is reborn as the artist, the only actor in our society whose "end" is a search beneath the label for what is individual. Ellin Horowitz, "The Rebirth of the Artist," 1964 A profitable method of dealing with Invisible Man is to see the action as a series of initiations in which the hero passes through several stages and groups of identification. The changes of identity are accompanied by somewhat formal rituals resembling the primitive's rites of passage. The primitive recognizes that man changes his identity as he passes from one stage or group to another and accompanies this transition by rituals that are essentially symbolic representations of birth, purification and regeneration in nature. Ellison's narrative is a series of such initiatory experiences set within a cyclical framework of the mystic initiation of the artist. The rites of passage take the hero through several stages in which he acts out his various and conflicting sub-personalities. When he has won his freedom he is reborn as the artist, the only actor in our society whose "end"...
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