Brian Lee Grade 10 November 3, 2003 Film Review The Crucible: Film Review ¡°Truth is stranger than fiction¡± The saying ¡°Truth is stranger than fiction¡± is perfectly elucidated in the movie The Crucible by Nicolas Hytner. The horrid Salem witch trial shows how a factual based event is more terrifying than any fictional story could be. Certainly envisioning a group of 14-year-old girls accusing adults and elders for witchcraft and persuading the court to execute them is extremely hard to believe. However, the gruesome witch trials the film is based on are a true tragedy. The Crucible is primarily based on the Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts during 1692. It is about the massive hysteria and confusion caused by the accusations a group of teenage girls make. The most vocal of the ¡°afflicted¡± girls, Abigail Williams, is motivated by misguided love for John Proctor and starts accusing innocent citizens of Salem. The entire community gets involved in this immense hysteria to avoid being accused. John Proctor, a farmer with a great reputation but a bad past, becomes the hero that fights against the ¡°afflicted¡± girls. The film does a splendid job in portraying the result of these internal conflicts through fascinating visual effect, additional scenes that enhanced the overall play, and a focused theme that made the play clear, interesting, and easy to follow. These aspects of the movies made the movie better than the script. The visual effects are one of the main aspects of the movie that makes this a realistic and outstanding movie. Director Nicholas Hytner does a remarkable job in effectively portraying the time period and events that take place. The realistic costume, setting, and the location were definitely a factor of the movie that made the movie authentic. Every citizen in the play wore clothing that matched the 1690¡¯s style....
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FILM REVIEW Signs I went into the cinema expecting something good but what I got was much better than good – it was great! Well, to tell the truth, I should have known. In 1999, M Night Shyamalan gave us The Sixth Sense. He took a ghost story and gave it a little extra. With Unbreakable in 2000, he gave us a super hero and stripped it of clichés and tackiness. I didn't think he could work his magic three times in a row three times in a row but, my, how I was mistaken. Graham Hess, a former Father, wakes up one morning to find a five-hundred foot wide crop circle in his field. At first he believes it to be a hoax but as they start cropping up (excuse the pun) around the world, he realises that they really are not the work of the nerds but of something much more sinister Rather than being solely about an alien invasion, we are shown a man whose faith has been seriously questioned since the tragic death of his wife, the details of which we get in cleverly shot flashbacks, and is about to be tested further. As well as aliens and the death of his wife to deal with, Hess also has to take care of his washed out brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix) and two young kids Morgan (Rory Culkin, younger brother to Macaulay) and Bo (Abigail Breslin). This movie is essentially a horror movie and scare it definitely does. It is full of suspense in all the right places and does not rely on scary music to make the audience jump. Signs preys on the mind and waits for the brain to iamgine what's making those eerie noises before showing them to us in all its horrific glory. The ending is fantastic, showing...
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For Thine is the Kingdom Many things influence us in our lives. We are influenced by our upbringing. We are influenced by what we read, see, and hear. We are also influenced by our beliefs. Graham Greene is no different. He to was influenced by all of these things. In his book The Power and the Glory, Greene writes about a Mexican priest who attempts to carry out the traditions of the Catholic Church in Mexico in the 1930's. In this historical criticism we will look at the specific things that may have influenced Greene as he wrote this book. We will begin with a look at who Greene was. Graham Green was born on October 2, 1904, in Berhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, Greene was one of six children. He attended Berhamsted public school, where his father was the headmaster. Most students harassed Greene because his father was the headmaster of the school in which he attended. He preferred reading rather than physical activity, which helped aid in his alienation. He read mostly adventure books by such authors as Rider Haggard and R. M. Ballantyne. These authors had a great impact on his method of writing. He then attended Balliol College at Oxford in 1922 where he was able to earn a Bachelors degree in modern history (Sherry 7). During his higher education, Graham became an editor for The Oxford Outlook. He then finished his first novel, Anthony Sant, and even went on to join the Communist Party. While in college, Greene was often teased and tormented by peers for playing games badly. Needless to say, because of this stress coupled with the fact that his home life was not idyllic, he became emotionally unstable and attempted to take his own life (122). Pursuant to the attempt at taking his own life and...
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Clueless. Does it embrace unhealthy philosophies? Plugged in Film Reviews, is of the opinion that "…the creative forces behind Clueless chose to exploit the immorality of a generation." However, upon critical analysis of Heckerling's contemporary film, one appreciates that Clueless does not in fact embrace unhealthy philosophies at all. On the contrary, it exposes and criticises them. By adopting a satirical tone on modern day society, Heckerling successfully transforms to film Jane Austen's 19th century 'classic of good taste, 'Emma'. Both the film Clueless and the novel Emma focus on the potential of each character to become a better person. Through various situations and the relationships between the characters, the composer presents an image of teenagers 'behaving badly', who eventually learn from their mistakes and who are, consequently, able to adopt quite solid social values. Clueless is a film not to be missed. The reviewers initial character attack focuses on Cher, a sixteen year old girl, who is accused of being 'manipulative', 'superficial', a substance abuser, a liar and a cheat. Certainly, she does appear to be these things at first glance, but she changes when she falls in love with Josh (in his early twenties) who has a more mature outlook towards life. Gradually Josh is able to influence her perspective on life when he says things to her like '…maybe Marky Mark wants to use his popularity for a good cause, make a contribution. In case you have never heard of that, a contribution is the giving of...' This particular quote changes Cher's perspective to use her popularity for good causes. Cher's equivalent in the novel Emma is the character Emma herself. Austen depicts Emma as fairly frivolous and snobbish yet she too changes under the influence of Mr Knightely who is a good ten years older than she...
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Romeo & Juliet The traditional story of Romeo and Juliet has been created many times, into award winning theatre productions. This classic tale has been experimented by many directors in an attempt to change an ordinary love saga, into an award winning box office hit. They have been presented in many forms to attract a variety of audiences all but with one thing in common, it tells us the story of how a teenage girl by the name of Juliet, and the daughter of the Capulet's falls in love with a teenage boy, Romeo the son of the Montague's, only till they realise that they are the children of each others enemies. So in an attempt to triumph over their parents' hatred for each others' families, and for the sake of their un-dieing love, they depart this life to overcome it. This review looks at the more modern movie of 'Romeo and Juliet' by Baz Luhrmann. From the beginning of the play, which opened with a newsreaders face on a television screen to deliver the sonnet, it was made obvious that Baz Luhrmann's version of the film Romeo and Juliet was going to be an exciting and very unusual presentation of Shakespeare's legendary play. Like in the original play, the film is set in Verona, but in the modernised version, Verona is represented as a beachside city and a very violent place. The film does not stray from the traditional story-line. Just visual aspects such as the backgrounds, costumes, props, hairstyles and behaviour is that of which we can expect to see in today's world. But still, all these contemporary features do not make the viewer forget that this movie is set in another world and in another time. The knew and improved version, directed by Baz Luhrmann was a very exciting and moving...
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'Run Lola Run' 18th August 03 If you're the type of person who likes being kept on the edge of your seat and glued to the cinema screen… then 'Run Lola Run' is the movie for you. This captivating movie has more twists then a lifetime, with the use of extraordinary techniques and visual effects this movie is brought to life. German director Tom Tykwer spins three "what if" segments, each time with the same basic story line but with different outcomes, leaving the viewers perhaps with the choice of how the film ends…tragedy or happily. In 'Run Lola Run' time becomes a matter of life and death, as today is unlike any other day. Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) who is a small time courier for a big time gangster is working a standard pick up/drop off job, when things don't go exactly to plan. Manni's girlfriend Lola (Franka Potente) was meant to pick Manni up, but was late due to her moped being stolen. One stroke of bad luck leads to another, and by the time Manni calls Lola he is in a massive dilemma. Manni's boss is meeting him in 20 minutes to collect the 100 000 marks off him, that Manni suddenly doesn't have. Lola's desperate plan: Find money somehow, somewhere In 20 minutes… "Run Lola Run". The visual effects and flashbacks in the movie are what make 'Run Lola Run' such a fascinating movie. Time is a crucial factor as there are always clocks present throughout the film. There are clocks that swing back and fourth across the screen, with the camera tilting upwards and we plunge into a gaping hole- as if swallowed by time. At the start of the movie Lola is running, and is in a cartoon effect. This use of animation shows the true effect of a...
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Using Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur as a guide, discuss how the character of Merlin from the Arthurian Legend changes throughout three 20th century film retellings. Many writers and artists throughout the ages have made attempts of retelling Malory's Arthurian legend. In saying this, many of the ideals of characters change. Merlin, in particular, has been appropriated to fit many different texts. His image and his behaviour between different texts reflect this. Such texts that portray these changes include the films Excalibur, The Sword in the stone, and Merlin. Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur was the original text that introduced the character of Merlin. Twentieth century films tend to portray Merlin as a magician whose soul purpose in life was to cast spells. In Le Morte D'Arthur Malory portrays Merlin as a very wise adviser and guide to Arthur, and was said to hold some magical powers. There can be seen to be a vast contrast between Malory's text and Disney's The Sword in the Stone. The sense of Merlin being a wise adviser and guide to Arthur is lost. Quite the contrary, this film portrays Merlin as an old fool, and people refer to him as "an absent-mined magician", and a "bumbling blockhead". He tends to stutter, forget vital spells and get his beard caught in things. Thus presenting Merlin to the audience as a stuttering imbecile, which was not the case in Malory's text. The Sword in the Stone shows Merlin dressed in a long cloak, blue-grey in colour. On his head is a large stereotypical wizard's hat and he always carries a wand. He wears spectacles and has a long white beard. Through this use of physical attributes Merlin is portrayed to be quite old throughout the film. Merlin also has a faithful sidekick in this movie. It is a talking owl, named...
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INTRO :: 1 Person The feature film The usual suspects relies on its unusual twist at the end for its major impact upon the audience. This twist depends on our reading of Kevin Spacey's disabled character Heath, He is seen as unlikely to be a suspect throughout the movie because our attitudes tend to read handicapped people as less capable than others. . Although we don't identify with the central character Heath, we identify with the dominant cultural readings of his type. The film represents the way in which society silences and marginalizes disabled people and in this case, how a criminal uses this societal attitude to his own advantage by pretending to suffer from disability. INTRO 2 :: 2nd Person The filmmaker's particular values are shaped throughout the film, often supporting the theory of how society silences disabled people. The film suggests that an absence of values can sometimes allow people to exploit those who live by moral guidelines. Kevin Spacey's character Heath is quite easily overlooked within the film as the mastermind criminal as people often discount handicapped qualities. The filmmaker picks up on this fact, not to encourage us to identify with Heath, but more to encourage us to respond naturally towards Spacey's character, which relates to the filmmakers original question, "Are handicapped people really seen as equal"? Reference: 1st Person In the following scene you are about to witness we see the central character Heath being questioned by the police along side with 4 other common criminals all charged on the same offense. Watch for the way the filmmaker positions us as viewers to respond differently towards the 5 various characters being questioned. Play the questioning scene Show drawn image of the scene with Spacey This particular scene shown here in an illustrated form of the scene involving Spacey's character, It shows how the...
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[Brief Summary of Film] The film begins with the description of the state affairs in Scotland at the turn of the 18th century, and it takes place in the Scottish highlands of Scotland. We get a brief glimpse of life among the clans during this time period, and then we get a look at the new capitalists, commercial society that is destined to replace it. During this we see the British nobles, whose pockets are so full of money, the can afford to argue about how much money they are going to take from one another. Leading the British nobles is James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose, and his Lieutenant Cunningham who is rather good with his sword. We are then introduced to Rob Roy McGregor and his clan, which includes his wife Mary, and his friend McDonald. Rob Roy is faced with extreme poverty in his clan so he decides to borrow a whole lot of money from James Graham in order to purchase cattle with the aspirations of selling it to make a bit of profit. Unknowing to McGregor and McDonald, Graham and Cunningham has set a trap for the men. The money that was requested by Rob Roy was sent with McDonald. On the way back McDonald is slain by Cunningham and his body is sank to the bottom of the sea. Unknowing to Rob Roy, McDonald is said to be missing and Graham assesses that he has ran off with the money never to be seen again which leaves him the opportunity to find Rob Roy. He tries to make a deal with McGregor and tells him that the money can be forgiven if he slanders the Duke of Argyle, which happens to be the archenemy of Graham. The noble Scotsman refuses to do such a thing and...
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This is a portion of an actual Shakespearean play. Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are the minor characters of Hamlet by Shakespeare. This movie is based on the scene where Claudius, the king of Denmark, hires Rosencrantz and Guilderstern to kill Hamlet. Indeed, Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are dead is a typical Hamlet, which zooms in only on one act. As it might be inferred by the title, the movie is not about Rosencrantz and Guilderstern. It is a play where Ros and Guil play a major role, contradictory to Hamlet. One might think that the movie Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are dead, by Tom Stoppard, is a good example of absurd theater, although it does not qualify by movie standards. The play is a success to the absurd theater. It is a gold key to the performance of illogicality. Tom Stoppard as the playwright directs the movie. It is one of the triumphs that the movie contains a good director. It is good that he directs the movie in order to give life to his play. No one is capable of putting a play on the scene better than the playwright. Tom Stoppard refers to unreal and the surrealist themes in the movie. He uses themes from different times of period to make the movie inane. There was a big scene in the movie that went totally wrong. The actors for the roles of Rosencrantz and Guilderstern were poorly chosen. They certainly do not qualify the materials of the absurd theatre. Tim Ruth, as Guilderstern, and Gary Oldman, as Rosencrantz, are good actors, but not for this play. They seem to make the movie uninteresting, by attempting to be absurd and hilarious. Richard Dreyfus, who is the Player, shines in the movie. He is a good actor for a Hamlet play. He presents his role...
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