Joan of Arc is a really good movie. It is about a girl who is sent by god to unite france. So she gets the army together and they win. Then when she does something that god does not want her to do then he does not give her a sign. So she then goes on to do what god and mary want her to do. She is a really willing women to do what hod wants her to do. They call ehr the maid of Loraine, at first she does not beleive that she is. After it goes on she starts to beleive that she is really the maid of Loraine. So the people start to look up to her and listen to what she has to say. When they do not listen to what she says it reallu upsets her because she knows that she is the only one that knows what god wants to happen. So she tries and tries to get them to beleive her. She finally gets them to beleive her and they end up winning. She is really happy because she leads all of the men to victory. Even though she gets hurt she gets a message from god that she will be ok so she tells the men to pick her up and break the spear out of her and she will be ok. So they do as she says and she goes and to be ok. So this is a very good story about Joan of Ark....
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Gettysburg, the largest, bloodiest, and most celebrated battle of the Civil war, is said by many to be the turning point of the war that killed 618,000 Americans. Gettysburg the movie was four hours long, which is about 68 hours less than it actually took for the battle to come and go. The first shots were fired no long after daylight, so to be exact, it was 04:30 hours, on the morning of July 1st, (49 Nofi). Bullets flew from the rifles of Union Calvary men on picket duty along the Chambersburg Pike. It was in response to the advancing of Confederates, a skirmish line of 2,500 led by Henry Keith, a General that graduated last in his class at West Point (104 Clark). The battle took place in the grassy country just south of Gettysburg. The Confederate headquarters was located East of the union at Seminary Ridge. Seminary Ridge was composed largely of flat fields with patches of forests. Federal forces however, were set along Culpshill, Cemetery Hill, and Cemetery Ridge, which made the Federals line form a hook. The Federal ground was all elevated considerably over the surrounding land. General Stuart and his Calvary had been sent by Lee on an observation mission to locate union forces. Fortunately for the Virginian army, General Longstreet had hired a spy known only as Harrison, to do the same job. This Harrison was an actor and because General Stuart returned late, it was by his word that the entire Southern army made it\'s move (181 Coddington). On July 1st, Confederate forces soon found themselves face to face with brigade General John Buford who was uphill and eventually gained the upper hand as he received reinforcements from Major General John Reynolds. Bufords own brigade sustained many casualties and after the 1st, was reassigned...
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The Crucible was a very well written play and the movie basically was about the same plot almost word for word. I feel this movie was very close compared to the book. Throughout the whole movie it was just as the book said, but to me I feel the movie would have been very confusing if I didn't read the book. The way they speak in the movie is just as they speak in the book, and I felt I was reading the whole book over again. I enjoyed the book very much, and I also feel the movie was just as good. The characters they picked for the movie did a great job acting out certain parts in the book. For example when the girls were in the courtroom and they were copying everything Mary Warren said and they were saying that she was a bird, it was just as the book said. Sometimes the movie did get confusing, as did the book at times. At the end of it all I feel the movie was very well acted out, and I give it two thumbs up. The Crucible was a play written in four acts plus an appendix. It was based on the events in the Salem Witchcraft trials. It took place in a Puritan society where the Devil was greatly feared. If even someone suggested that you had compacted with the Devil you would hang or burn unless you confessed to your "crime". Many innocent lives were taken because of the accusations that seventeen Puritan girls made in the court. The girls claimed that they could pinpoint witches even when they were just pretending. They used their power to take revenge on their parents enemies as well as their own. As you can see the book and the movies were...
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In 1940, John Steinbeck's controversial novel, The Grapes of Wrath, has been made into a film directed by John Ford. Ford's brilliant selection of actors accompanied by the superb script and cinematography skills illustrated the story and emotions of the migrants that were forced to abandon their lands due to the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. The Grapes of Wrath portrays the tale of the Joad family's dispossession of their unfruitful land, and their struggle to survive a cross-country journey for the "promised land," California. Ford's emotional and artistic film is by far rated as the "best film of all years." Nunnally Johnson, the film's scriptwriter, did an intelligent job abridging the lengthy novel into a filmable version. Johnson clearly disordered the chronology to soften the novel's pessimistic message. In the film, the Joad family gradually came upon better housings as they traveled further north of California, "the land of plenty." They first lived a communal life in crowded tents, then in labor camps with wooden houses, and finally in democratic government camps. Having the Joad's journey end in the organized and sociable government camp foreshadows a blooming future for the Joads. The Joads also symbolize the whole migrant family that "will keep on going." Contrary, the novel's chronology is more wavering and discouraging. After the Joads leave the Government camp, they travel further north into camps full of famine, despair and unemployment. In addition, Johnson also changed the shocking ending of Rose of Sharon, played by Dorris Bowdon, breast feeding a starving old man in a railroad car. The novel's ending sentimentally affirms the strength and human dignity of the migrants. Steinbeck reinforces the theme of the migrants changing from "I" to "We." The Joads no longer think for themselves but for the whole migrant community. Also illustrating this...
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Some movies have the power to captivate you as if you are experiencing the drama for yourself. A mixture of emotions flow into words and actions seen on screen that may motivate us in reflecting our own actions in life. The New Line Cinema Presentation of John Q. directed by Nick Cassavetes has a powerful story line that has an array of emotions and conflicts that reflect society. Some of the characters in this movie convey many feelings yet the predominant one shown here is greed and it is seen in many forms. This story is based upon a lower class man who was dedicated to his son who currently is fighting a heart aliment. The situation took a turn for the worse when John and his wife could not supply the sufficient amount of money to fund the operation. Not helping the situation his insurance company changed their coverage policy without him knowing; he was no longer covered for health benefits. The insanity of losing his son drove John to take over the hospitals' emergency room demanding that his son be placed on the donor's list for the first available heart. At the apex of the movie a donor came through with a heart for his little son Michael and he was found guilty on the account of detaining hostages against their will. The movie conveyed many strong issues that face society today. The first of these is the lack of health care that should be provided for any person or persons in need of medical attention. The unfortunate incident of John's health insurance should be basis for the grounds of a lawsuit. Even though they promised reimbursement the funds were not the coverage he needed to make this operation possible. This element of the movie showed to me a sense...
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Macbeth 1) The Actors: Three Witches: Fairuza Balk, Rachel True, Robin Tunney We chose these three actors to play the three witched because they have acted as evil witches in the movie The Craft. They are just like the three witches in Macbeth because they cast spells and use their magic for evil purposes. In the play they trick Macbeth into believing his future which causes Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Macbeth: Arnold Schwarzenegger We chose Arnold because he is plays many roles that show him to be a strong and brave warrior. He has also played roles that show that he has a soft side to him and would not kill for his own benefits. In the play Macbeth doesn't want to kill, but his wife manipulates him into doing it. Lady Macbeth: Madonna We chose Madonna because she is a very influential person and gets what she wants no matter what it takes. She is also very manipulative and deceiving just like Lady Macbeth. She overpowers Macbeth and forces him to kill King Duncan. Banquo: Sean Astin We chose Sean to play Banquo because just like Banquo, he isn't the main character but is very important for the story plot. Sean Astin played in Lord of the Rings and was also not the main character, but he was by the main character's side. In Macbeth, Banquo fights with Macbeth and is important in the story plot. Malcom: Joey Lawrence We chose Joey Lawrence because he can play a good role for being the king's son. He doesn't have a big role in Macbeth because in the play they run off. Donalbain: Matt Lawrence We chose Matt because he is the brother of Joey in real life. In the play Donalbain and Malcom are brothers. He also doesn't have a big role. King Duncan: Bernard Hill We chose Bernard Hill because he has the profile of a king. He played as a king in Lord of the Rings. He was...
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The comic book loved by all is finally on the big screens. On May 3rd, 2002 Columbia Picture's released Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi and soon enough it became a dazzling and thrilling hit. Tobey Maguire played a convincing character of Peter Parker who was an unpopular and nerdy high school senior. While on a class field trip to a lab at Columbia University, Peter was bitten by a genetically altered spider and gained superhuman strength. When he awakened the next day, he was shocked to discover that he not only didn't need his glasses any more, but had grown muscles and a strong figure too. He soon realized his capability to climb walls and shoot webs. With his extreme power and his red, blue suit, he swore to use his abilities to fight crime. Very soon the newspapers were covered about the mysterious Spider-Man. At the same time Peter started a friendship with his secret life-long love, Mary Jane Parker played by Kirsten Dunst, who later fell in love for Spider-Man who rescued her twice. Meanwhile, wealthy, hotshot scientist Norman Osborn played by Willem Dafoe became the Green Goblin, Spider-Man biggest enemy. The last scene, set in a cemetery between Peter and Mary Jane, leaves everyone craving for more as it sets up the inevitable sequel. The film is wonderful and a delight to watch as it has everything a view could ask for- memorable characters, genuine romance, convincing special effects, and an entertaining storyline. As a viewer, this movie should be rated four stars....
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Imagine that old Spiderman comic book coming to life and blowing you away. This movie was incredible. The graphics, the acting, the plot…EVERYTHING was perfectly laid out by director, Sam Raimi. I couldn't have cast the movie any better myself. Everything flowed together in the classic superhero vs. villain showdown. I have been waiting for this movie since I first started reading Spiderman comics with my older brother and I was more than pleased with its outcome. A genetically engineered spider bites a shy, high school-aged dork during a class trip to the museum. Soon enough, he finds himself gaining, and being able to fine too his new superhero powers. He eventually, after a whole series of hysterical trial and error, figures out that he can now climb up walls, shoot webbing from his wrists and feel things that are coming with his "spider sense". Just as in the comic, he still can't express the secret love he feels for his high school sweetie. Try as he may he just doesn't have the courage, him being suck a dork and all. Later, he loses a very close member of his family to a man he could have stopped prior to the event and he eventually has to face down a villainous goblin who happens to be his worst nemesis. Will Spiderman defeat this evil villain? Will he kiss the girl? Will Spiderman make the cut in his transition from comic book to the big screen? In this movie, many secrets from the comic books are revealed and some new twists are added. For one, the movie is staged in Manhattan. Watch Spiderman as he swings from building to building, effortlessly, by the webbing from his wrists. If you, as I, were a Spiderman comic book fan, be prepared for some serious flashbacks. This...
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Amistad Review Steven Spielberg's Amistad was a compelling movie made with dignity. It also had the support of an outstanding cast. Spielberg once again took on the challenge of producing a sad story without the common heroes that we are accustomed to in our more typical films. Although their are changes in the film, the basic facts are in order. These changes are only meant to enhance the film's dramatic force. The Amistad involves a group of some 40 Africans who were captured and placed on La Amistad. However, they revoluted and escaped from thier Spanish owners by killing them. The slave ship ended up being brought into New London by the U.S.S Washington. After being captured, they were arrested and imprisoned. They were charged with mutiny and murder. In trial, a lower court accuited the Africans. However that ruling was applealed to the Supreme Court. The man behind this decision was President Van Buren. John Quincy Adams defended the Africans along with a lawyer named Baldwin. Together they won the trial and freed the Africans. Speilberg's movie pays much attention to the court seens. This enhances the stories passion and suspense. Speilberg also presents scenes from the Africans point of view. These ideas are not factual, but do show how some of the whites "rituals" are odd to the Africans. Although Speilberg had the basic facts of the Amistad in order, he did use "dramatic license." A dramatic license is a term giving to film makers meaning that they can or may miscontstrue the actualy history of the event in order to produce a sucessful and entertaining film. Some minor details were altered for the film. An example of this are the characters Saw and Beliva. They are completely fictional. Furthermore, no one knows the exact story of what happened to Cinque during the middle passage. Another minor detail is that the case of the Amistad spanned over the course of 3...
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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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