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Media Violence What Impact Term Paper

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All three in the context which they were presented are believable and I agree with them.

Disagreement with two statements: a) "movies were helping shape a race of criminals" (Timmer, 2011) (this is patently absurd); and b) "…the only firm conclusion to be drawn, then, is that it is premature to draw any conclusions" (this is false because obvious conclusions can be and are being drawn vis-a-vis children imitating aggression and learning aggression (Weaver, 2011).

Two ways police, prosecuting attorneys and judges should address this issue: a) law enforcement should collaborate with schools to involve parents in selective strategies for what their children watch; b) children who are aggressive in elementary school (due to video game obsessions) should be given tours of prisons to show them their potential future if they continue to behave in response to violence in media.

In conclusion, as stated in the thesis, ultimately parents are responsible for what their children watch in the media. There can no longer be any doubt -- thanks to the empirical literature -- that viewing violent media has negative impacts on children. And while the Motion Picture Production Code amounted to what we would call censorship today, it was an early attempt to shield children from media violence. In summation, the young men who killed their classmates at Columbine High School in Colorado -- and other mass killers -- are known to have been addicted to violent video games. Hence, without parental guidance, society can expect more of these heinous criminal acts on innocents.

Works Cited

Anderson, Craig A., Berkowitz, Leonard, Donnerstein, Edward, Husemann, Rowell L.,

Johnson, James D., Linz, Daniel, Malamuth, Neil M., and Wartella, Ellen. (2003). The

Influence of Media Violence on Youth. Psychological Science in the Public Interest,

4(3), 81-106.

Gentile, Douglas W., Mathieson, Lindsay C., and Crick, Nicki R. (2010). Media Violence

Associations with the Form and Function of Aggression among Elementary School

Children. Social Development, 20(2), 213-232.

Gentile, Douglas A., Coyne, Sarah, and Walsh, David A. (2011). Media Violence, Physical

Aggression, and Relational Aggression in School Age Children: A Short-Term Longitudinal

Study. Aggressive Behavior, 37(2). 193-206.

Timmer, Joel.…… [read more]

Terminology Used in Film and Television Production Research Proposal

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FILM & TV Terminology


Film is more than the twentieth-century art.

Don Delillo (b. 1926).

Visual storytelling, whether in film or in television (TV), some argue, constitutes the hardest of all the art forms. "In the making of a movie, between the idea and the finished print so much can go wrong and often… [read more]

Film Analysis of the Film Wall Term Paper

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Film Analysis of the film Wall-E

Wall-E is a sci-Fi film that shows displays a story of lonely robot that has been left on Earth in order to clean up the mess humanity's has made. Disney-Pixar's, Wall-e, through analyzation is a film that is capable of opening a lot of eyes to how human beings treat the environment and where… [read more]

What Was Wrong in Catwoman the Movie? Term Paper

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¶ … wrong in Catwoman: The Movie

It is quite rightly said that results are assessed not by the effort one puts into a venture, but the results it produces. Cutting across industries, the ultimate test of any marketing venture, be it movie making, it is acceptability by the target customers, the audience in this case study who is the… [read more]

Movie Industry in Downloading Movies Term Paper

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It is also clear that this technology creates challenges that the movie industry must face. The first challenge involves broadband and the movie industry's effort to adapt programs that were compatible with the broadband technology.

We have also discovered that piracy is a major issue that must be reduced immediately if the movie industry wants to avoid problems similar to Napster's. Some within the industry have taken drastic steps to ensure that copyright laws are protected. We found that the industry suffers financially when people choose to pirate movies instead of purchasing them.

The Motion Picture Association of America has pleaded with congress to pass a bill that deals with the issue of piracy and wants immediate action against file sharing websites. In addition, Internet Service Providers and entire nations have implemented strategies that help to curb the amount of bandwidth that an individual is allowed to use and the amount an individual pays for equipment.

Finally, we found that movie downloads will have an economic impact on brick and mortar establishments such as Blockbuster. We discovered that Blockbuster has attempted to offset losses by creating programs that offer customers some of the same incentives as movie downloads. We concluded that in the long run Blockbuster would survive the threat of movie downloads through diversification.


Anderson, Diane. "Movie Sites get the Shaft." The Industry Standard. September 18, 2000.

Avery, Simon. Movie Industry Takes Active Role in Fighting Piracy. The Associated Press. 07-22-2002


Borland, John. "ISP download caps to slow swapping?." CNET News. November 26, 2002. http://news.com.com/2100-1023-975320.html

Gyer, A. Shy, O. "Internet, Peer-to-Peer, and Intellectual Property in Markets for Digital Products."May 4, 2002 http://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/wt1/lectures/mikroseminar/freeware19.pdf

Howard P., Jones, S., Rainie, L. "Days and Nights on the Internet:

The Impact of a Diffusing Technology." American Behavioral Scientist. Volume 45. June 30,2001.

MediaForce Announces Top Ten Pirated Movies for July; Pirates Using Internet to Grow Personal Bootlegged Movie Collections." PR Newswire.

August 16, 2001. http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m4PRN/2001_August_16/77245310/p1/article.jhtml?term=Downloading+Movies+from+the+internet

Now Playing at Your Local Internet Portal: Movies on the Internet." Broadcasting & Cable. June 12, 2000. http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m0BCA/25_130/63191785/p1/article.jhtml?term=Downloading+Movies+from+the+internet

Orenstein, Susan. "Blockbuster's Long, Long Run." The Industry Standard. April 16, 2001. http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m0HWW/15_4/74407398/p1/article.jhtml?term=downloading+movies

Shapiro, C. And H. Varian. Information Rules. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business

School Press. 1999

Skopelja, Melissa. "Campus Internet Cluttered. The Ball State Daily News. March 20, 2003. http://www.bsudailynews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/03/20/3e79586cc2885

Sporich, Brett. "The Internet Threat." Video Store. October 10, 1999.

Sprenger, Polly. "Germany's Answer to Napster: A Hardware Tax." The Industry Standard. Oct 2, 2000. http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m0HWW/39_3/66672677/p1/article.jhtml?term=downloading+movies

Stump, Matt. "Trailers Lead Streaming Parade." Multichannel News. July, 2001. http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m3535/28_22/76561772/p1/article.jhtml?term=Downloading+Movies+from+the+internet

Sweeting, Paul. "Digital could break chains that bind studios' profits." Variety. April 10, 2000. http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m1312/8_378/62023977/p1/article.jhtml?term=Downloading+Movies+from+the+internet

Valenti, Jack. "If You Cannot Protect What You Own, You Don't Own Anything. http://www.senate.gov/~commerce/hearings/022802valenti.pdf.… [read more]

Horror Final Essay

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Horror Final

During the second have of the course, we watched films that reinforced my previous perceptions of horror, films that redefined my definition of horror, and films that demonstrated the universality of horror. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) further reinforced what Freud proposed in Das Unheimliche through the concept of doppelgangers. In the film, individuals are slowly being… [read more]

Scarface Latin American Culture Term Paper

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Scarface- Latin American Culture

Scarface (1932) film is an American gangster movie, written by Ben Hecht, directed by Richard Rosson and Howard Hawks, and produced by Howard Hughes. The film is founded on the 1929 novel written by Armitage Trail (White 30). The film stars Paul Muni as Antonio, Tony' Camonte. Brian de Palma remakes the film in 1983 in… [read more]

Horror Interviews Interview

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Dimitri is a fifteen-year-old boy whose parents moved to the United States four years ago from Russia. I selected Dimitri for this interview because he plays a lot of video games, and also watches a lot of film and television. I asked Dimitri how he defines "horror" and his answer was quite complex for someone his age. He did not know the German term das Unheimliche, but he gave me the Russian word, which is something like "Strashni." He explained to me that Russian culture likes to address the darkest themes in human consciousness, but that his parents find many of the movies he watches and the games he plays to be too disturbing. Dimitri says that the scariest things for him are the unknown, which does have some connection to the concept of Unheimliche. Dimitri said that he does not find his games to be scary even when they have rough imagery in them, and that he is not afraid of things like murderers. What is scary to Dimitri is dying without a sense of purpose in life.

When asked about the types of mediated horror he is familiar with, he smiled and said, "the usual," as he pointed to some of his comic books and films that he had including slasher flicks. He seemed embarrassed to also have some of the mediated horror marketed to teenagers, claiming that his girlfriend liked it. He admitted that his favorite horror genre used to be zombies but now he liked the "vampire thing," because his girlfriend "turned him onto it." As far as real-life horror is concerned, Dimiti said, "Just read the news paper! This world is crazy!"

For Dimitri, life is strange and the experience of horror and fear is endemic to the human experience. His fascination with mediated forms of horror highlights the psychological and sociological dimensions to fear, and showcase also the universality of this appreciation. Dimitri has a large degree of self-awareness related to his appreciation of horror, as when I asked if he thought it was a good thing, he said, "I don't know, but I do believe that life itself can be a lot more horrifying than the stories that I read or the films I watch. Those things are just entertainment; the real killings and terrorism, that stuff is real."

Interview 2

Fan is a twenty-year-old college student from a Chinese background. She defines horror as "something that makes the person scream, or want to scream on the inside. It goes to the core of our being." She said she has unfortunately had to experience horror when she was a freshman in college because she was raped. Fan was open about the experience, and said that it changed her concept of what "horror" was and what really constituted fear.

In terms of mediated horror, Fan said that she preferred not to watch horror films. She said that when she was younger, her older brother had an interest in horror and would watch Asian… [read more]

Crime Film Thesis

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Crime Films, Stereotyping and Xenophobic Characters

The two motion pictures called "Scarface" that are critiqued in this paper certainly have the same title and embrace the same themes of power, arrogance, gruesome bloodshed and gangster corruption. But when it comes to the characters, settings, editing, dialogue, narrative logic, and sociological substance, the two films are as far apart as Miami… [read more]

American Creative Industries Research Proposal

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American Creative industries - the Role of the American Film Industry in Globalization

The buzz word of today seems to be crisis - media coverage of the economic crisis emerged within the United States and expanded throughout the entire world is intensive. The efforts made in order to reduce the effects of the financial challenges are tremendous. What is often… [read more]

Gangsters the Era of the Gangster Movies Term Paper

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The era of the gangster movies began shortly after the era of organized crime in the United States first began. The outlaw, in one form or another, has always been a fascination of mainstream America, and this has been reflected in our popular culture. The dime store novels of the nineteenth century were, in some ways, the precursors to… [read more]

Innovation Star Wars -- the Birth Term Paper

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Star Wars" -- the birth of the modern movie blockbuster and directorial control

What do these words mean to you: "Long, long, ago, in a galaxy far, far away?" Where were you when you saw your first "Star Wars" film? Did you have a "Star Wars" lunchbox -- or pretend that a rolled up newspaper was a light-saber? "Star… [read more]

Why Ridley Scott's Gladiator Was a Success at the Box Office Essay

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¶ … Components of Ridley Scott's Gladiator

Gladiator (2000) is a film directed by Ridley Scott, set in the 2nd century AD. While its genre is that of the grand historical epic drama, it is essentially driven by a revenge plot that pits the fallen-out-of-favor General Maximus against the patricidal/regicidal Emperor Commodus. The film is largely a work of fiction,… [read more]

Desperate Passage Critical Review Book Review

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One of the more ironic conundrums of history is the manner in which the Donner experience has been told, retold, and elaborated on so much that it has become an archetype of frontier mythology. The story has been adapted to movies, television, books, novels, plays, documentaries, and even a Gary Larson cartoon. Varyingly, the survivors have been lauded and condemned for the decisions that were made, so much so that there had been little left of a more balanced account of the saga until recently[footnoteRef:1]. [1: See for instance: Hardesty, D. The Archeology of the Donner Party. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, 1997; King, J. Winter of Entrapment: A New Look at the Donner Party. New York: PD Meany, 1992; Stewart, G. Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1936 and 1988; American Experience -- The Donner Party. PBS, 2007, Retrieved from: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/donner/; Trial of Tragedy: The Excavation of the Donner Party Site. Internet Archive FedFlix. 2004, Retrieved from: http://archive.org/details/gov.ntis.ava19387vnb1; and last but not least, "Looks Like the Donner Party Started Without Us," 1990 Far Side Cartoon by Gary Larson, Retrieved from: http://seabendy.blogspot.com/2008_04_01_archive.html]

Over the past two decades, however, research on the Donner Experience has shifted to a socio-cultural historiography and archaeological bent. The result has been works like Desperate Passage, in which journalist Ethan Rarick turns from sensationalism and a focus on cannibalism to a story about the tragedy of humanity and the hopes and dreams of a party of eager, but naive, pioneer explorers. Indeed, Rarick does not really focus on the Donners, but finds the epitome of the travels in one James Reed,… [read more]

Nudity in Television Essay

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For example, everyone is aware of the family prime time and therefore it is not advisable to air shows with excessive nudity material during that time. Shows that have a lot of content that is sexual or shows nudity can be aired at night.

Nudity -- A matter of personal choice

We live in a free world; where there is freedom of action and speech. It should be noted here that no actress or model is forced by the director or the producer to do a nude scene. Even when CGI is made use of, it is made sure that it is a decision that has been taken by the consent of the actress. Therefore, there are some actresses who do have an issue with taking off their clothes on the sets as well as for their viewers. On the other hand, there are some actresses who believe that if they will pose or act nude, it will be an assault on their dignity. This is the main reason why nudity is considered to be a matter of personal choice by some analysts and the other believe that even though it is a matter of personal choice, the trend of Hollywood or television is encouraging the actress and models to indulge into nude roles.

For example, the actress Kate Winslet has the skill and the intelligence to turn a film into an absolute by blockbuster. She has appeared naked in both of her most popular movies; Titanic and Quills. When the directors asked her to reveal her breasts in Titanic she agreed because she believed that it would be important to add this aspect into the movie (Gish, 2010).

On the other hand, there are some actresses who believe that they might not want their nude pictures to stay on the internet forever, just for the sake of the paycheck that they would receive after doing a nude shoot. Moreover, they also reckon that their family and their children might get upset over the fact their mother agreed to do a nude shoot. These are some of the things along with conservative and religious notions that keep some actresses from doing nude shoots (Lowry, 2013).


It is evident from the above discussion that the trends in the entertainment industry have changed and nudity has become rather common in the television shows and movies. The ethical dilemma that is raised by this trend is also quite obvious and has been discussed in some detail. Where some people would term increased nudity in the movies as feminism, others believe that is the mere objectification of the female body figure. Female actresses are going for nude shoots and scenes so that they can make more money, so that they could be offered more roles and they could become popular. The moral solution to this problem is not a simple one since everyone has their own rights and beliefs. What may seem wrong to one person might be the right thing for the… [read more]

Film the Inside Job Film Review

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the 2010 documentary film Inside Job directed by Charles Ferguson and narrated by American actor Matt Damon was considered one of the most interesting and appreciated documentaries of the year and was awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011. It is "an angry, well-argued documentary about how the American financial industry set out deliberately to defraud the… [read more]

Impact of TV and Film Essay

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TV and Film Impact

As technology and sheer presence of television and film grew in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's, their ability to reflect and influence American culture also increased. The tumultuous 1970's and that decade's rise of political issues and fortunes were reflected in both television and film. The Reagan conservatism of the 1980's was significantly aided by Reagan's familiarity with both television and film. The domination of television and film by "The Big Six" in the 1990's deepened and broadened the abilities of television and film to reflect and influence culture in America and worldwide. Consequently, those 3 decades saw the dramatic increase in the importance of television and film.

Body: In What Ways Were TV and Film a Window into the Culture of the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's?

Television and film of the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's increasingly reflected and impacted revolutions of varying influence in America's culture, both feeding and feeding off of American culture and contributing to the rise and fall of political leaders and movements. America's 1970's was an explosive media decade, preoccupied with such weighty topics as the political unrest caused by the Vietnam War and Watergate, women's rights, racial segregation and the opening of popular culture to black citizens, increased political interest and cynicism, a more open sexual culture, and a new irreverence toward "classic" American values. The Vietnam War was the first televised war, with nightly news segments devoted to its progress,[footnoteRef:1] and Watergate became an increasingly hot topic of interest leading up to Nixon's resignation and the eventual rise of Jimmy Carter, a liberal outsider who rose to the Presidency in 1976.[footnoteRef:2] Predictably, there were also backlashes against critical exposure of powerful American individuals, with Nixon's order of an FBI…… [read more]

Movie Response: We Were Soldiers Movie Review

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¶ … Soldiers

Was the Movie Accurate? What Inaccuracies can be Identified?

There is a good deal of the literature that praises this movie for it's authenticity, which is impressive because many war movies -- particularly those about the Vietnam conflict -- tend to be made for entertainment purposes -- not exact portrayal of historic reality -- by Hollywood. Movies made in Hollywood are not obliged to be totally accurate; what movie directors and producers want is a successful film at the box office, not necessarily a film that captures the honest reality of a war scene. However, if directors can reach a reasonably accurate portrayal of the actual events that are being depicted, they can boast that they went the extra mile to approach the truth of what happened.

This film follows the book, We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, fairly closely. The book should be accurate given that it was co-authored by men that were present at the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam -- Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Retired) and war journalist Joseph L. Galloway. But there are gaps in the film vis-a-vis the truthfulness of accuracy of that bloody battle. This paper points to the literature / critiques in response to the film.

Laura Freschi writing in Military.com explains that the book is "…packed full of small authentic details that neither advance the plot nor add to character development," but were put into the narrative because they reflected the "random and seemingly meaningless mess" that life can become in a war zone (Freschi, 2003, p. 2). Of course the director Randall Wallace wanted to "streamline and simplify" those small but authentic details so he did, which gave the film a more "weighty, dramatic significance," Freschi explains (p. 2). One example of director Wallace's streamlining came when he asked actor Sam Elliott (playing hard-core Sergeant Major Plumley) to carry two .45 caliber pistols into battle.

But Elliott balked because since he had become friends with the real Plumley, Plumley told Elliott he never carried more than one pistol. Hence, the film stayed true to that detail. Moreover, when General Moore and journalist Calloway saw the film, they felt that it was accurate "…especially in portraying the noise and confusion" in battlefield scenes (Freschi, p. 2).

Another realistic aspect to the film is the fact that during the early portion of the Vietnam conflict so many American men were killed that cab drivers in the U.S. were delivering telegrams to wives and families. That seems unlikely, given that in other movies a soldier is usually given the thankless job of delivering the telegram to the widow; but in this case it was a true account in the film.

The film certainly departs from the book in substantial ways; in fact viewing the film one sees a heroic charge at the end of this bloody battle, as Lt. Col Moore leads the troops on a bold attack and defeats the North Vietnamese. In the book, which readers… [read more]

Development of Genres in Film Film Review

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¶ … Film

The early years of documentaries

The documentary genre was initially created with the purpose of providing people with trivial information and it gradually came to discuss more complex topics as society discovered its ability to serve as educational material. Mainly depending on societal trends, people directed their attention at making documentary motion pictures focused on particular concepts. Ranging from wanting to indoctrinate the masses to wanting to present them with the latest fashion, documentary films were bombarding society with information that could be sent through a new and interactive medium. Motion pictures like Workers Leaving the Factory produced a strong effect on viewers and made it possible for people to realize that this particular genre was especially important in having them learn more regarding society.

It all started with short recordings showing various scenes such as "everyday life, circus and vaudeville acts, and skits" (Ellis & McLane). As people started to express lesser interest in films that were not particularly impressive and that were initially appreciated because of the novelty regarding the moving photographic image started to be presented with actualities. They were referred to as actualities for the largest part of the early twentieth century and gradually started to be identified as documentaries as they occupied a larger market position.

Individuals appeared to be most interested in seeing actualities that presented foreign concepts. The Lumiere organization traveled across France to shoot diverse scenes believed to express feelings that were exclusively French. People across the world could see motion pictures showing things like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees. Similarly, individuals in France were presented with films displaying Spanish and Russian cultural values. The whole world appeared to enjoy seeing documentaries because of the information that it received through this informational means. Actualities were very rare during the early twentieth century and this influenced viewers in expressing increased interest in seeing them.

As previously specified, the masses were particularly impressed as a result of seeing documentaries showing foreign and exotic concepts. This is reflected by the effect that Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North had on publics across the world. His film presented scenes that were never before seen by the masses and this made it difficult for individuals to refrain from expressing admiration in regard to the general aspect of the motion picture. "He shot his footage in 1920, when there were no rules for documentaries and precious few documentaries, certainly none shot so far north that nothing grows except a little moss, and 300 Inuit could inhabit a…… [read more]

TV Movies Producers Term Paper

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Television & Movies

Made-for-Television Movies

The purpose of this essay is to discuss made-for-television movies and the impact they have had - or not had - on the cinema and home-viewing market. The role of the producer will be examined, and the differences between theatrical release producing and television producing will be discussed. Furthermore, the success of the telemovie on… [read more]

Film Review of Mystic River Direct by Clint Eastwood Film Review

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¶ … Mystic River

Through decades of roles in television and film, Clint Eastwood established himself first as a strong actor, then as an acting icon, such as "Dirty Harry." He later continued his film career by moving into directing. Since becoming a director, he has made several high grossing and critically acclaimed films that challenge the viewers as much as they challenge the actors within the film. One of his films, upon which the paper will focus, is Mystic River, which was released a decade ago, in 2003. This is a film in which Eastwood served as director, producer, and film scorer; therefore, he was heavily dedicated and involved in the film because he occupied multiple key roles. The film has quite an all star cast, including the lead actors who are Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon, among others who have solid careers and reputations.

Jimmy, Sean, and Dave have a friendship that extends back into their early teenage/late childhood years. They grew up in a working class area of Boston in the 1970s. One day, while playing hockey, the friends come across some wet cement and decide to write their names into it. Two men, pretending to be police officers, approach the boys and hassle them to the point where they take Dave into "custody" and put him into their car. The men, of course, are not real police officers, but men who harbor, torture, and sexually abuse Dave for a few days. Dave eventually escapes, but the experience plagues him and haunts him decades later.

Moving forward into the present, where the majority of the film takes place, the men who were once friends are now estranged, though still live within relative proximity to each other. Jimmy is kind of a neighborhood thug leader, with very close ties to the community he cares about so much. Sean has become a police detective, and Dave is a working class man who does construction type work. Each man is suffering from his own personal problems and dramas. Though they are estranged, they become drawn together again after Jimmy's daughter Katie is brutally, suddenly, and mysteriously murdered.

Jimmy takes it upon himself to conduct an off the grid, street-justice type of investigation into his daughter death, while Sean conducts an on the books, formal police…… [read more]

Film "CAPOTE" Directed by Bennett Miller) Faithfully Research Paper

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¶ … film "Capote"(2005 Directed by Bennett Miller) faithfully represent the historical event? Does the movie

If one is looking for the truth, it is best to avoid movies. Such a statement particularly applies to Hollywood, major motion pictures. Documentaries, made at the independent level without mainstream actors, huge budgets, and aspirations to make millions of dollars and win awards… [read more]

Hollywood Movies Research Paper

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¶ … Hollywood Movies

The main aim of this research was to see whether Hollywood movies have an impact on the girls living in the Saudi Diaspora in Paris, France. We also wanted to see how these movies affected the sense of national identity that these girls had. We randomly selected two girls from the Saudi Diaspora and interviewed them… [read more]

Film Analysis of Double Indemnity Term Paper

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Film Analysis of Double Indemnity

"From the moment they met, it was murder!" This is the legendary tag line for Billy Wilder's most incisive film noir, Double Indemnity, even though in 1944, when it was first released in New York on September 11, critics called it a melodrama, an elongated dose of premeditated suspense," "with a pragmatism evocative of earlier… [read more]

2005 Film, "The Upside of Anger Movie Review

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The 2005 film, "The Upside of Anger," is written and directed by Mike Binder, and stars Kevin Costner and Joan Allen. It also stars Alicia Witt, Keri Russell, Erika Christensen, and Evan Rachel Wood as Allen's four daughters, as well as Binder, who plays Costner's radio producer and eventual lover of Allen's daughter, Andy, played by Christensen.

Critic Roger Moore writes for Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service, that this movie is along the genre of "Terms of Endearment," in that you have a strong willed woman who allows her anger and at times, alcohol, to cloud her perception concerning her intimate relationships (Moore pp). Thus, the movie title, "The Upside of Anger," is an appropriate title for this flick since the entire movie is centralized on Allen's character, Terry Wolfmeyer, and how she copes with what fate has dumped in her lap.

The movie begins at a funeral on a rainy day, as the youngest daughter, Popeye, played by Wood, narrates that her mother used to be regarded as the kindest and sweetest person in the world, but now she's just a "very sad and bitter woman," and that her persona makes Popeye "just want to slap her" (Upside pp). The movie then flashes back three years and shows Allen dressed in her gown and robe, drink in hand, watching the Afghanistan invasion on television (Upside pp). This scene sets the tone of Allen's character, as it confirms Popeye's narrative, for just the look on Terry's face and her entire demeanor screams that this is not only an unhappy woman, but an angry woman (Upside pp). Terry's fixation of the television is disturbed when Denny Davies, played by Costner, knocks on the back door, beer in hand (Upside pp). She confesses that her husband has deserted her and the girls for his Swedish secretary, hence her anger (Upside pp).

Costner is an ex-baseball…… [read more]

Movie: A Better Tomorrow ) Film Review

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¶ … movie a-better-tomorrow-1986 revolves around two childhood friends who are also counterfeiters; Mark and Ho.at the beginning of the film these two men are living quite a high life and are seen to be lighting cigars using paper money. But just like all gangster movies the end of their supremacy is beckoning. This end comes when Ho is double crossed and eventually getting a prison sentence that provokes Mark to seek revenge. Mark is wounded during a gunfight in a room that was filled with rival gangsters but he also succeeded in bringing down some of the occupants of the room with bullets. These wounds rendered Mark a liability and soon the criminal limelight the Mark and Ho had dominated is wrestled by an upcoming ganster.at the same time Ho is released and makes the decision of going straight for the same of his brother whose career as a rookie cop had no future of advancement due to the blood ties he has with a known gangster .however his going straight is marred by various obstacles one of them being Ho's former prot'g who now heads the criminal empire and has been keeping Mark in the garage and had him relegated to bum duties.

Several years after the events that had taken place in a better tomorrow Ho is offered parole in exchange for him to spy his former boss who is suspected to be carrying out a counterfeiting operation. However since Lung was Ho's mentor he declines this offer but changed his mind when he discovered that his younger brother was working on the same case. Lung was framed for murder and asks Ho to help him escape to New York but he suffers a psychotic breakdown after he got news…… [read more]

Roberto Rossellini's Movie Paisan Term Paper

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Another aspect of the movie that makes it significant in relation to the postwar period is the quality of the movie and sections in which the shooting took place. The shooting of the movie did not have a special setting as it took place in the natural environment and streets of postwar Italy. This natural setting shows the roughness and depicts the outcomes of the war on the environment, and its impact on the economic development of the country as it shows the distraction of structures and property. Therefore, despite the setting of the film being in rough rugged sites and other sites that appear not pleasing, this does not affect the significance of the movie in telling the story (Andall 34). Another aspect of the setting and shooting that makes this movie significant in telling the post war story; and its influences on Italy and its development is the quality of the film itself. The quality is watchable but also scratched and rough. Nonetheless, this aspect of the movie quality does not affect the impact of the move on the audience. In essence, it enhances the harshness of the story and the difficulty that the production team underwent in producing the story on the streets and in the rubbles of the war period (Gallagher 71). Therefore, in evaluating the decision of Rossellini to produce the movie in these natural settings and also using armatures to wander the locales makes the story incredibly heart pounding and mysterious; yet telling a tragic story that affected the post war period of post Mussolini Italy; having come from past years of turbulent times. Rossellini identifies that the production of such a movie requires extra caution and facilities to ensure production of quality movie, with the correct settings. Nonetheless, he still took the chances, and this enhances his ability as a movie star to tell such a heart-pounding story that tells the history of a country in a remarkably touching way.

The effect of the historical and cultural factors in the story as told by Rossellini helps tell the impact of the world war and poor leadership exemplified by Mussolini in the development of the country. This movie influenced the futuristic development of Italy in a significant way as it tells the events in a way that not even the government would present such information to the citizens. The movie shows the aspects of the harsh conditions that existed in the pre and post war Italy. Therefore, in the view of the movie, the movie does tell the story of many Italians who lived during that period. It also affects the way the film industry produced films at that time, revolutionizing the film industry into a more realistic aspect, rather than the usual focus on using established actors and splendor in producing a movie (Day 45). Rossellini helps show that the movie industry can retell a historical event in an interesting and touching way, relating it to reality, rather than fiction.

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Child Psychology the Movie Willa Essay

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Therefore, this will make the son eat more, and the obesity will further develop.

Behavior disorders

Another concept evident in the film is that of behavior disorders. Although parents, in some cases, may prompt these children, develop it out of carelessness and disobedience. In the case of Violet, she has no respect at all (Craven and Marsh, 2008). This is apparent because she stands on a chair in the living room full of reporters and she is always chewing. She suggests that she hides the gum behind her ear for safety. In addition, her mother tries to make her refrain from this habit, but Violet criticizes her claiming that; instead, her mother yells at her (Dahl and Schindelman, 1964). Similarly, Mike, another ticket winner, has similar disorders with Violet. Though besieged by reporters, Mike yells at them suggesting they are interrupting him.

Self-Concept Day Care Other Influences on Development

This is another concept apparent in the film. Children learn to develop their view of themselves owing to what they hear parents, friends, teachers and many others people who comment something about them. In addition, what other people say about children in their growth will influence their development because they will view themselves as commented (Craven and Marsh, 2008). In this case, when the children who had won the tickets gathered outside the factory, a large crowd was waiting. From the crowd's conversations, voices describe Augustus as enormous, Mike as crazy, Veruca as dreadful, Charlie as poor and they notice that Violet is still chewing. All these comments will have an influence on the development of the children.

Peer relations

The concept of peer relations is one of speculation. It is of concern because due to the different personalities depicted by the children. It is not clear whether the children will get along, but the probable answer is that they will not get along. This concept of child psychology also assists children during growth. It helps kid love each other and care for each other to an extent of helping each other (Craven and Marsh, 2008). In the film, several children befall punishments. For instance, Augustus falls into the river; Violet turns into a blueberry. Of all the kids, Charlie shows concern for Violet when he asks Mr. Wonka whether it was possible to help Violet.

Language Development/Disorders

Language disorders range from abuse and may arise from lack of respect or constant disagreements. This film reveals some language disorders especially in the case of Violet and Mike. Into the bargain, when children lack basic etiquette when addressing others, this may influence their normal personality development (Craven and Marsh, 2008). Mike is seen yelling at the reporters, Mr. Wonka and Veruca arguing about the shape of the candies, Mr. Wonka calling Mrs. Salt and old fish (Dahl and Schindelman, 1964). All these comments depicted in language will have a negative influence on the children's personality.

Evaluation and recommendation

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Django Unchained as a Screenwriter Film Review

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One strong aspect of the film revolves around the way in which Tarantino is able to present a portrait of slavery that both indicts it and portrays the absurdity of slavery as well. It is this duality that allows it to actually make a clean condemnation of this historical practice, without seeming preachy: instead, the film appears clever. A clear… [read more]

Movie Secrets and Lies Essay

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¶ … movie "Secrets and Lies"

There are a number of different themes that are at work in the 1996 film "Secrets and Lies." The movie deals with such social issues as miscegenation, marriage difficulties, death, and a whole host of issues that produce an emotionally wrenching effect on the viewer. However, a thorough analysis of this film reveals the… [read more]

Post Structuralism and Film Research Paper

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Post-Structuralism and Film

The objective of this study is to answer how the post-structuralist synthesis asks structuralism to account for its own structurality and begin to propose a theory of resistance to dominant cultural values and expectations and to dominant modes of filmmaking. This work will additionally answer if post-structuralism offers a third model of deconstruction and politicized intervention into first and second cinematic practice, how would one demonstrate that kind of analysis in a film such as Yol?


The first wave of structuralism is stated to have conducted analysis on texts holding them as "autonomous, self-contained entities." (Barrat, nd) the question however, of whether meaning is not an already existing fact but instead is such that every reader and viewer of that text creates meaning anew. If that were so then it would require attention on what occurs in the course of this encounter. In the 1976 Edinburgh Film Festival Magazine, it was described by stating that the primary problem of the critique of film "can no longer be restricted to the object cinema, as opposed to the operation cinema." (Barrat, nd) it is reported that as Barthes made the shift from structuralist scientist a concern with the actual experience of reading and the pleasures (cerebral, visceral and sometimes even erotic) that it provides, Metz moved from a concentration on film language to the essays collected in Psychoanalysis and Cinema concerned with problems such as the effect produced upon us, the audience by the 'operation cinema' and why we enjoy watch movies." (Barrat, nd)

Theoretical Writing Focus in the 1970s

In 1970s, the political commitment of 'Screen' greatly influenced the development and consolidation of theory. The main focus of theoretical writing is reported to have become: (1) to work towards a greater understanding of the relationship between viewer and film; and (2) to assess the ideological implications of this process; and (3) to do so not so much in the interests of the scientific accuracy or high scholarly endeavor rather with the political aim to develop new social practice of the cinema." (Barrat, nd) Collin McCabe offered a concept of the classic realist text in 1974 that was highly influential. McCabe stated this concept within two these: (1) 'The classic realist text cannot deal with the real as contradictory'; (2) 'In a reciprocal movement the classic realist text ensures the position of the subject in a relation of dominant specularity' (1974, p. 12). Ideology takes the form of systems of representation that can have a political effectivity of their own. The political order is secured, in most societies not so much by coercion as by consent. The primary agencies for organizing and holding in place this consent are what are referred to by Althusser as the 'ideological state apparatuses." (Barrat, nd)


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Candidate the Movie Movie Review

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The movie the Candidate is about the son of a former Governor using his name recognition to win a Senate race. He is supposed to have no chance of attracting any popular support. What happens is; Bill McKay decides to run against an incumbent Senator (named Croker Jarmon). In the process, he is allowed to say whatever he wants. This is because he has no realistic possibility of winning the election in opposition to someone who is so admired. ("The Candidate")

However, as the film progresses, is when different ideas are introduced. That are designed to signify the campaign strategy and how it allowed McKay to win. This is despite the overwhelming odds he is facing in the process. To fully understand what is occurring requires focusing on the campaign strategy that is used, how it relates to today's elections, the importance of name recognition / the incumbency effect and the similarities of the Senate campaign with the last Governors race in the state of New York. Together, these elements will highlight the underlying messages of the film and how it is relevant in today's political climate. ("The Candidate")

The connections to the campaign strategy used in the movie and the way today's campaigns are run

The basic campaign strategy is McKay can only question the establishment when he is not a threat to Jamon. However, once he becomes a serious challenger, is the point when he must move away from these tactics. This is occurs during a debate where both candidates agree to follow a format which is focused on preapproved answers to the questions. Yet, McKay changes his mind and follows the same style he utilized throughout the campaign. This helps to increase his popularity and he closes the gap with Jamon. These tactics are showing how today's campaigns are focused on maintaining a certain image at all times. This is accomplished by having them follow a…… [read more]

Titanic Film Review Titanic ) Film Review

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On the other hand, Rose's fiance when she meets Jack, Caledon Nathan "Cal" Hockley, played by Billy Zane, is the antithesis of these characters and is depicted as being a coward -- as opposed to Jack and Rose's bravery for being themselves. He is unwilling to change his views and even goes as far as to think himself better than the people that really needed to be rescued by posing as a woman in an attempt to secure a spot on one of the lifeboats.

One of the most mesmerizing aspects of the film is its set design. In order to make the film as realistic as possible, Cameron consulted with White Star Line, the company that originally built the HMS Titanic (IMDB, n.d.). Costuming also plays a major role in helping the audience see how social classes were different and how individuals identified others based on what they were wearing. For example, Jack is frequently shown wearing distressed, common clothes that appear to be inexpensive. On the other hand, Rose's clothes appear to be expensive, clean, and hand tailored. Clothes are also used to demonstrate how concepts of class are superficial as Jack is able to (momentarily) pass as a person of a higher social class by donning a tuxedo and Rose is able to leave her high class life behind by adopting clothes more associated with someone of Jack's social class.

Cameron's narrative framing and film editing, costuming and set design, and characters allow him to create a realistic and cohesive story of star-crossed lovers who helped each other figure out who they truly were. Although many films have explored the events of the HMS Titanic and the story of star-crossed lovers separately, Cameron is able to combine the two seamlessly without detracting too much from the historical events that took place.


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Silent Film and How Critical Research Paper

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A good example of the first movement would be Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." (Blakeney, 2009) Blakeney write that the films' atmosphere and plot are through visual means almost entirely revealed through use of sets that are "wildly abstract and dramatically exaggerated makeup." (Blakeney, 2009) The film is reported to unfold "in an enthralling completely artificial environment where… [read more]

Sunset Boulevard Is a Classic Film Review

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The death of Gillis is in many ways the death of hope of reconciling Hollywood's two polar opposites. Wilder's message is pessimistic, and yet in the character of Betty there is a light of hope. Death is not, however, a major theme in Sunset Boulevard. Sunset Boulevard in not an existential musing; it is more of a portrait of American culture.

The director makes extensive use of camera panning for long, continual shots. In the opening shot, the continuous panning adds suspense and draws in the viewer. The cameras pause at the swimming pool in which the limp body of the narrator lies floating face down. Through the glassy water of the pool we see Gillis's face and the police looking coldly detached, some not even looking at him. The mis-en-scene is impeccable, revealing that Willis dies a nobody and in so doing he manifests Norma Desmond's greatest fear for herself. It is not a coincidence that Wilder opts for the long continuous panning at the end of the film as well as the beginning, providing an alpha and omega effect that leaves the viewer with a strong sense of closure. In the tragic ending, the camera follows the completely insane Desmond down the stairs of her glorious mansion while the elaborate film score plays. Wilder uses sound and music judiciously throughout Sunset Boulevard. Desmond is thoroughouly lost in her part; which seems to signal that acting itself plays a strong psychological trick on the actor and can in fact lead to a fractured psyche in which the actor, the actor's public persona, and the character are inextricably entwined. A sense of self has vanished, and is too malleable to remain in touch with reality. The voice over of Willis comments that "the dream she had clung to so desperately had enfolded her" as the camera follows Desmond down the stairs. Although her former lover turned codependent protector Max Von Mayerling (played by Von Stroheim) has created an entire movie set and all eyes are upon dear Desmond, the entire scene is dreadfully warped. Everything is fake, and all the participants in the drama understand what is going on except for Desmond. Desmond almost succeeds in breaking the third wall between the actor, character and viewer when she mentions all "those wonderful people out there in the dark."

When Desmond utters the words of warning, "You see this is my life, it always will be," Wilder begins to wrap the film for its meaningful and momentous ending. Desmond states to the imaginary Cecil B. DeMille, "Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." As the emoting Desmond approaches the camera in her characteristic mannered way, her face warps and morphs into the fade out. She is gone, and her screen persona dies a sad death.

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Movie Magazine the Cover Research Paper

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Movie Magazine

The cover of the magazine tells us much about the flavor and style of popular culture of the day and also gives us a sense of how things haven't changed much even in the many decades that have passed. For example, even the title of the magazine, "Movie Weekly" is evocative of "U.S. Weekly" and sets a precedent… [read more]

Coach Carter as a Tool Movie Review

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This scene ties together many of the themes of the movie, and can be used both to develop therapeutic understandings on the part of a counselor or coach and to help bridge gaps between a coach and a reserved, distant, or self-isolated client (Gregerson, 2009).

Scenes in which Carter confronts the community (or vice versa) can also be used to illustrate certain therapeutic conflicts and needs. These scenes tend to depict the conflict of "goods' that can occur, when principles seem to divide a psyche and impede progress. The need to be brutally honest with oneself in order to achieve a cohesion of purpose and action towards the principles and ends one knows to be right is one of the main points of this film, and is illustrated in these coach v. community scenes (Cashman, 2008).

Personal and Professional Implications

This movie was very moving to me personally, as there were some definite similarities between certain experiences depicted in the film and my own experiences growing up. My community and familial situation was not anywhere near as desperate or as destitute as that of the inner-city lives of the students focused on in Coach Carter, but it also was not optimal; I suffered from the same set of low familial expectations that Cruz did, though perhaps to a slightly lesser degree, and for many years I also did not really expect myself to accomplish much while at the same time feeling wholly dissatisfied with the life I saw in store for me. This made me connect with the film in a very direct and personal manner, as it highlights precisely the manner in which conscious choice and active determination can lead to the self-creation of one's own life, destiny, and identity. I found this to be strongly reaffirming on a deeply personal level based on my own past, and also think that this lesson will serve my clients well in my future practice as a life coach and counselor.

There were no scenes in this movie that I disagreed with, though I do think that Coach Carter's demeanor at times could have been more effective if he was more approachable. I understand the determination and resolve required to accomplish what he did, but these did not have to come at the complete cost of personality and friendliness. Harshness and brutal honesty are very necessary in many situations, but there is also a time and place for softness.


Carter, T. (2005) Coach Carter [film]. Paramount Pictures.

Cashman, K. (2008). Leadership from the Inside Out. New York: RHYW.

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Fahrenheit 9/11 Documentary Film Fahrenheit 911 Research Paper

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Fahrenheit 9/11

Documentary Film

Fahrenheit 911 was released on 24th June 2004. The film is directed and written by Michael Moore who is also part of the film producing team along with Jim Czarnecki and Kathleen Glynn. The cinematography was done by Mike Desjarlais and the music was done by Jeff Gibbs. This film was distributed by Lions Gate Film/IFC. (Berardinelli) The film had a running length of one hour fifty two minutes. Fahrenheit 9/11 made its debut in 2004 Cannes Film Festival where it received the greatest standing applause from the mass in the history of that festival and was awarded with the Golden Palm, which is the festivals highest award. Apart from United States and Canada, this film was released in 42 other countries. The film examines and analyzes George W. Bush then president of United States of America and his policies on war of terror and highlights role of media on war against terror.

After the commencement of the movie, it is told that how George W. Bush and his political allies handled the voting controversy in Florida and how they combined to formulate this election fraud. (Berardinelli) Then the movie moves towards the 9/11 attack where it tries to inform the audience that President Bush was made aware of the first plane crash into the World Trade Centre while he was going to the school and then shortly after that the second plane collided with the World Trade Centre while the president was in the class after which he was informed again and told that United States of America was under attack but despite this the President continues to read the book for approximately for seven more minutes.

The film points out that why 9/11 took place and what were the repercussions of this act. It points out Americas attack on Afghanistan and then attack on Iraq in the name of war on terror. Moore compares the situation in Iraq before it was attacked and after it was attacked. He tries to tell that people living in Iraq were relatively much happier before the American forces attacked them. Moore also points out that how the Bin Laden family who were in USA before Afghanistan was attacked was sent back on a secret flight one day before starting the war on terror. In this movie, Moore also blames that George W. Bush was responsible for bringing in the fear into the hearts of the Americans that they were now no longer safe and in order to be safe they need to support his war on terror policies.

The movie than shifts its focus on the families affected by the crash of the World Trade Centre and families of those soldiers who were fighting for their country as according to him for so called war on terror. Later in the…… [read more]

Film Interests Choose Essay

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An example of this occurred, when Gecko makes a speech about how greed is good (while addressing shareholders of Teldar Paper). This is a one sided argument by showing how capitalism can address the challenges impacting the world. As, these kinds of excesses will lead to even greater abuses down the road. This is designed to sway the audience by showing how Gecko is a true capitalist and not some greedy corporate raider. Once this occurs, is when they are able to understand his mindset and thinking. ("Wall Street," 2012) (Newkirk, 1998)

At the same time, the music is used to show how there is sense of change that is occurring. The problem is that the transformations are taking place at a time when everyone is engaging in unethical behavior. This increases the sense of momentum and suspense by making the audience feel as if this will continue well into the future. However, like any kind of con, this is nothing more than an illusion. In this aspect, these ideas are showing these feelings by creating that sense of uncertainty with bad things occurring. This is the point that the audience can see how the actions of main characters are immoral. ("Wall Street," 2012) (Newkirk, 1998)

Evaluate how effectively the film handles the issue/problem it raises, and how valuable you think the film is.

The film does an outstanding job of showing corporate greed and its long-term impact on society. The way that this is taking place, is through illustrating how Fox and his friends will do anything to make money. Over the course of time, this makes Fox arrogant (with him believing that he is unstoppable). ("Wall Street," 2012) (Newkirk, 1998)

When this happens, there is change of events with Gecko turning on Fox. At the same time, the SEC is onto his activities and began closing in. One day when Fox comes into work is when his arrogance is put the test with his arrest in front of everyone. At the same time, a veteran broker (Lou Manheim) talks about how during these times is when someone will find their character. While the owner of the firm immediately says he is no good and how he knew it from the very beginning. ("Wall Street," 2012) (Newkirk, 1998)

These ideas are showing how the attitude in Corporate America is based on what someone has done for the firm lately. In Fox's case, he was the star of the company by setting new commissions and sales record (which was able to earn the praise and respect of the owner). While at the same time, the Manheim is telling Fox how this is just an illusion and that it will not last. Fox finds this out, when he is arrested with everyone turning on him. ("Wall Street," 2012) (Newkirk, 1998)

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Film Clip Analysis of Inglourious Film Review

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According to Lt. Aldo Raine, played by Brad Pitt, the basterds are an elite, covert group of soldiers that have been tasked with killing and scalping 100 Nazis each. Not only does Lt. Raine make killing Nazis a priority of their mission, but he also makes it into a game or sport.

In the scene named "Business is A-boomin'" (Inglourious Basterds, 2009; Movieclips.com, 2009), Lt. Aldo Raine is interrogating a Nazi prisoner of war and trying to get the Nazi to divulge information about where the Nazi's are hiding in the area. The mise-en-scene of the sequence is established through the lighting, shot design, and costuming. The lighting in this scene is designed to resemble a dreary, rainy, and cloudy day. While it is not raining during the scene, it is evident through the deep, water-saturated look of the surrounding scenery that it has been raining. Furthermore, the color scheme of the sequence is saturated and emphasis is placed on green hues.

The costuming of the film is intended to reflect the time period of World War II, however, the Inglourious Basterds are seldom depicted wearing their government issued uniforms because their aim is to blend in with others in France so as to complete their mission. In this scene, Lt. Aldo Raine is dressed like a civilian and sports a newsboy cap and a dark wool-like coat. It also appears as though his fellow "basterds" are dressed in civilian clothing as to better aide them in their mission. On the other hand, the Nazis are depicted in their uniforms, albeit they are rundown from waging war against the basterds. Through this costuming, Tarantino establishes that the Nazis the enemy against which everyone else, civilians and enlisted men, are fighting against.

Tarantino's framing is also unique in this scene. By choosing to film using high angles in which the audience is forced to look up to the basterds surrounding the Nazi prisoners, Tarantino establishes that the Nazis are inferior and the basterds are superior in both moral stance and power. Tarantino also uses low angles to demonstrate that the basterds are looking down on their Nazi prisoners. Moreover, by having the basterds surround the Nazis from a high vantage point, Tarantino creates a scene which has a gladiator-type feel to it in which the Nazi is the gladiator and the basterds are spectators. Focusing on Lt. Aldo Raine and the Nazi he is trying to negotiate with in a medium shot frame further heightens this feeling.

The mise-en-scene of "Business is A'boomin'" helps to establish the basterds' role and function in the film. Furthermore, the art style that is used in this scene carries through the entire film and gives it a classic feel to a new take on history.


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Psychopathology in Popular Film Term Paper

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Some of the shortfalls include the sexual scenes, time period, environment and the recovery process of Alex. The movie portrays time period of the seventies but the sex making scenes show an encouragement of the generation of Alex. Also the timing and environment could have become much better and it could have placed a very strong influence on criminal violence… [read more]

Narrative Criticism to Kill a Mockingbird Movie Transcript Essay

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¶ … setting of this classic film is the deep South during the Great Depression. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl, named Scout, played in the movie by Mary Badham, whose father is a prominent lawyer in the small, fictitious Alabama town of Maycomb. The Depression has hit Maycomb hard but Scout's family, which consists… [read more]

Sophie's Choice 1982 Essay

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Film Analysis, Sophie's Choice

Film Analysis: Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice is one of the most compelling films of all time, a gripping drama that is not only a good film, but a great one with fantastic acting, a superb musical score, and fantastic cinematography, which work to place it among the ranks of the greatest American films of recent time.… [read more]

Silent Film Era Research Paper

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Silent Film And Its Effect on the Imagination

As Richard Abel observes, "The materiality of silent cinema…has become so unfamiliar to us, so different from that of our own cinema in the late twentieth century" that it is difficult to view silent film as anything but anachronistic (4). However, with 2011's the Artist -- an homage to silent film --… [read more]

Ethics of Film Production Term Paper

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With that in mind, the message the film intends to put across might be perceived differently given the diverse backgrounds and beliefs of the film's audience. It should be noted that ethical responsibility in this case does not mean that the producer should censor his or her opinions and intentions. Instead, ethical responsibility means that the producer ought to take into consideration the diverse views, backgrounds as well as beliefs of the film's intended audience. Further, closely related to this is the influence the film has on the audience. Here, producers should keep in mind that by dint of producing films and documentaries with a large public audience, they happen to be in an advantaged position of influence from where they can shape, distort or even change the public perceptions of issues.

Next, a film producer should also be aware of a number of legal issues which in one way or the other relate to the nature and conduct of his work. Legal issues are closely related to ethical issues. For instance, in this case, producers should ensure that their work does not defame an individual's character. Further, permission should always be sought when using the media production, creative work, ideas or even image of another individual. Seeking permission to utilize the works of others is not only a requirement of the law but it is also the right step to take from an ethical perspective. Other legal issues which also border on ethical considerations include the preservation of animal rights. For instance, any animal in the film should not be made to suffer unnecessarily. In most countries, cruelty to animals during filmmaking is illegal.

More specifically, in relation to copyrights, it can be noted that the owner of a certain piece of work (i.e. music, video or idea) should and must indeed be consulted before utilizing any of his creations. As Roberts-Breslin notes, "in the U.S. And many other countries any work you use that was created by someone else can only be reproduced or excerpted with permission" (22). While it might in some instances seem like the most logical thing to do given resource and other constraints; using the work of someone else without their express nod is not only illegal but also unethical.


In conclusion, it can be noted that during the film production process, producers must be aware of the legal as well as ethical implications of their actions and formulations. While it may not always be easy to abide by all these expectations especially in the absence of well defined moral standards, the resolve by producers to do that which is right from both a legal and moral perspective must not be clouded by the short-term gains of ignoring the same.


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Positives of the Movies Film Review

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¶ … positives of the movies followed by a candid examination of the weaknesses. The first positive element of the movie was the narration by Whoppi Goldberg. Whoppi is not one of my favorite artiste but I find her performance in this piece worthy of mention. Through her narration the movie is made fresher and more enjoyable, it is very much like adding a bit of lime juice to a dish it freshens it up a bit. Even though her voice is a bit raspy it complements the smooth journey through the various constellations quite well. It was as though the contrast between what she was saying and the moving images provided a natural connection. I however did not care for the use of the term "that's star power." My understanding of the intent is that it was supposed to be an ode to the movie; however I heard it as though it was an awful pun on Whoppi herself. That should really have found its place on the cutting room floor and not in the movie.

An additional value of the movie is that it has broad appeal to multiple ages of individuals. The young persons who view it will be awed by the vivid colors and the engaging sound. The movie score is enthralling as you listen you are sucked into the movie. That is unfortunately offset by the limited depth of the work. This is possibly my greatest critique of the work while there is excellent color and lively sound you do not get much depth. The script appears to be written for persons with limited intellect or imagination. The movie focuses on different stars and the life cycle of these heavenly bodies. Where the entire plot falls apart is that the subject is given superficial treatment. This is annoying because you would believe that at a museum you should be treated to greater depth beyond a light show. The images while awe inspiring and captivating are given superficial treatment. The movie is like eye candy but does little for the brain. That is probably the weakest point of the experience.

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Amistad Historical Movies Movie Review

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Historical movies find themselves in a precarious situation; they strive for historical accuracy while creating an entertaining film that viewers and critics will enjoy. In this regard, Amistad is no different from any other historical movie. It takes dramatic liberties for entertainment value in order for the audience (the American moviegoer) to be able to relate with the movie. These liberties are not necessarily detrimental, as they capture the emotions that the Africans must have felt throughout their ordeal. The beginning scenes abroad La Amistad displayed the horrors and brutality of the "Middle Passage" and the Atlantic Slave trade. However, there are other scenes in the film that sole purpose is to evoke an emotion from the viewer, such as Cinque's now famous line "Give us free." Another moment was John Quincy Adam and Cinque's interaction in the greenhouse. Cinque reacts to a West African flower which convinces Mr. Adams to defend their case in the Supreme Court. On the other hand, there are several anachronisms found throughout the movie.

The movie's consistent hint or reference to a Civil war is a major anachronism of the movie. Throughout the movie ordinary citizens discuss the upcoming Civil War, an event that does not occur for another twenty years. Also, the movie depicts President Van Buren's feelings toward the case being influenced by his re-election campaign and trying to appease the South so he can garner votes. At the end of the movie, Van Buren loses his re-election campaign due to the freedom of the Amistad prisoners. This is a simplification of history.

While the film has its fair share of accurate events, such as the mutiny abroad the ship, Spanish pressure to return the Africans to Spain, the actual trial in Connecticut and the Supreme Court, it fails in accurately portraying the importance of…… [read more]

Special Education Movie Review Movie Review

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Disability in Society and Film

Film Analysis and Summary -- Forrest Gump (Paramount, 1994)

The film is about the protagonist, Forrest Gump, who was born physically disabled and also diagnosed with limited intelligence as a child. The film is told by the protagonist in retrospect, opening with him recounting his life to strangers at a bus stop in Savannah Georgia in 1981. His recollections begin with his experiences as a child struggling to overcome his physical disabilities in the form of his weak lower limbs that required cumbersome braces and exposed him to the ridiculing of other children. Forrest also relates that he was "special" in other ways and the actor portraying him, Tom Hanks, does a commendable job of creating a persona that is simultaneously charming, sympathetic, yet also possessing a spark of some sort that clearly shines through his disabilities. For example, despite something obviously slightly impaired about his cognition and mannerisms, Forrest exhibits a raw but simplistic intelligence or awareness that belies his formal diagnosis as intellectually slow.

Critique of the Film

1. Emotional Response: Describe your emotional, intellectual and behavioral responses. For example, how did this movie make you feel or think? What did you want to do after viewing the film?

It is impossible not to sympathize with and genuinely like the character of Forrest Gump. His character displayed a genuine warmth and a degree of straightforward honesty that, unfortunately, is relatively rare in non-disabled people. Something in Forrest's personality allowed him to retain a child's innocence and honesty throughout his life that, in most people, seems to pass into a less genuine personality of a mature adult who knows better what emotions, thoughts, and opinions to play closer to the vest than Forrest, whose every thought is fully expressed to others, even to complete strangers. In some ways, the film made me want to understand how I could become as comfortable expressing some of my thoughts more genuinely to others the way Forrest does without any ordinary fears that most adults fear about rejection or criticism from others.

2. Portrayal: Explain whether the person(s) with a disability was portrayed as ordinary people, as superhuman, or were they stereotyped.

Initially, of course, the viewer perceives Forrest as an object of pity, especially as he recounts his childhood. There certainly is an element of pity, or at least compassion and empathy that the film generated in me throughout. However, from my point-of-view, the story became somewhat less credible, although I realize it was not meant as a factually accurate depiction of real-life events, after the plot revealed one amazing accomplishment after another. In that respect, Forrest was portrayed to much as a hero who succeeded at everything he tried at such a high level that it would not have been believable even for a non-disabled person.

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Cinematography Order Cinematography and Film Film Review

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Another element that plays a big part in this 2009 motion picture was the different clothing, props, hair styles, and what the characters looked like through the entire movie because there was mostly men with dark trousers and hats with white looking shirts and some with suspenders from how the men had wore their clothes back in those days. You… [read more]

Japanese Film Ozu's Good Morning Term Paper

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Japanese Film: Ozu's 'Good Morning'

Good Morning-Ohayo (Japanese) (Yasujiro Ozu, 1959) is focused on an event from Tokyo during the early 1950s. The action in the movie takes place in an environment that is apparently experience a "Westernization" process influencing people's thinking and their perception toward matters that had just entered their culture. It is difficult to determine whether the film is meant to criticize the fact that the Japanese society came to be shaped by the West or if it actually encouraged people in becoming more open-minded regarding influences coming in from the Occident. The motion picture is generally meant to put across an episode involving a Japanese suburban community as it struggles to maintain its cultural values as it gets constantly bombarded with new ideas.

The first scenes in the film show Mrs. Hayashi as she is comes to be criticized by her neighbors because of her presumably vengeful attitude. Most of the action in the motion picture revolves around the two young boys of the Hayashi family. In spite of the fact that most individuals in the community has enough money for a TV set, most of them are reluctant to acquire one because they consider that it would be unconventional for them to do so. Children are less biased and less concerned about cultural values and are in point of fact attracted by their noncomformist neighbors. The fact that the wife in the eccentric family is a cabaret dancer only adds to the feeling that the Japanese society as portrayed in the film is yet unable to assimilate information and concepts coming into the country from the West. The two plots in the movie are interweaved at the point when the two boys refuse to say hello to their neighbors, making them feel that it is Mrs. Hayashi who is really responsible for the children's behavior.

The film's plot is set in a community in Tokyo and it relates to a community that has trouble understanding Western concepts and that is generally inclined to reject ideas that it considered to be non-traditional. In…… [read more]

Film Frozen River Film Review

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¶ … film Frozen River

Courtney Hunt's 2008 motion picture Frozen River puts across a series of diverse messages, with audiences being required to either interpret it or take everything as granted, given that both of these options are likely to generate intense feelings. Melissa Leo is the protagonist-Ray Eddy- a woman caught between the harshness related to raising a… [read more]

Nationalism in Movies Film as a Form Movie Review

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Nationalism in Movies

Film as a form of cultural expression-." The modern film is a genre of its own that expresses a huge variety of cultural experiences through a fluid continuum. Film expresses the entire gamut of human emotions and needs; from the tragic to the comic; from entertainment to education; from adult to the young child. Films have become… [read more]

Ten Commandments in Film Decalog (Decalogue Film Review

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¶ … Ten Commandments in Film

Decalog (Decalogue in the U.S.) is a series of ten stories focusing on one of the Ten Commandments (Kieslowski, Krzysztof, 1989, motion picture film). Each of the ten stories is thought provoking, and a lot of work was put into the storyline and structures to keep them on a high concept level of filmmaking. The films are not going to appeal to everyone, because they are subtitles, but for those of who love foreign film, they're unforgettable experience and it becomes difficult not to compare them to the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille epic version, starring Charlton Heston, Ten Commandments (DeMille (dir), 1956 motion picture). While DeMille's epic was long before Kieslowski's ten story film collage,

Both films cause the viewer to find that place inside their self where they keep their sense of faith, and, when it is challenged by the world around us, we draw upon it, like a well, to find meaning and understanding. Kieslowski's stories play…… [read more]

Movie Review on to Kill a Mockingbird Movie Review

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¶ … Kill a Mockingbird Movie Review

Movie Review: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

The plot of to Kill a Mockingbird (dir Robert Mulligan, 1962, with Gregory Peck and Mary Badham) is seen through the eyes of Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, who is six years old when the story begins (in a small Alabama town in 1932) and eight or nine when it ends. Scout grows up that summer, and over the next two summers, in a starkly prejudiced, racially-divided small town environment, as her lawyer father defends a black man unjustly accused of a white woman's violent rape. Atticus Finch, Scout's father, is a man of integrity and principles. He is appointed to defend Tom Robinson, the black man unjustly accused, and does so to the very best of his ability in the face of enormous, continuous criticism. For this his children Jem (Scout's older brother) and Scout are followed home from a school event late one night by the accuser, Bob Euell, who viciously attacks them. Scout, protected by a stiff, bulky costume she wears (she has had to dress as a ham for the earlier school event) is only roughed up, but her brother Jem's arm is broken. It could have been far worse than that, though, for Jem. But instead Jem's life is saved by the mysterious recluse, Arthur "Boo" Radley, who afterward becomes the Finch family's friend.

As a work of art, the 1962 black and white feature film to Kill a Mockingbird (dir Robert Mulligan, 1962, with Gregory peck and Mary Badham) based on Harper Lee's novel of that name published in 1960, is a blend of "realist" and "formalist" filmmaking. But it is also "realist" in the sense that, according to the actress who played Scout, Mary Badham ("Scout Remembers," 1997) those who cast the film took pains to locate children from the South without acting experience like herself, who as characters could make the film's main child characters, Scout, Jem, and Dill, seem optimally realistic within the movie's Deep South setting and milieu.

To Kill a Mockingbird is formalist in its seamlessly non-self-conscious blending of plot; characterizations, setting, music, and iconography. In terms of the latter, the camera treatment of Jem's secret box filled with Boo Radley's possessions, examined in the opening shots slowly, carefully, almost as if physically caressed by the eye of the camera, is an obvious example of a formalist's use of iconography.

So is the camera's almost as intimate look at Atticus's pocket watch when Atticus reads to Scout. In a later scene, Jem shows Boo Radley's pocket watch, retrieved from the knot hole in the tree in the reclusive Radley's yard, to Scout more closely. The camera's repeated, obvious references to pocket watches also underscores the passage of time in a story that (like the book) takes place over two years.

The cinematography of to Kill a Mockingbird is not especially innovative, but it…… [read more]

Film Audience and the Movie Capote Term Paper

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The recent film Capote (2005, Bennett Miller) achieved a modest success by Hollywood standards but was never expected to do more than that given the subject matter and the divisions within the audience. The film was released by Sony Pictures Classics, a subdivision in the Sony system that is dedicated to releasing more difficult independent films, films that are… [read more]

Movie Proposals Term Paper

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In order to make a proper choice among the four projects, we need to point out towards the fact that the company's mission, "must" and "want" objectives and financial criteria such as ROI also need to be rank. A movie performing well in the "want" objective cannot be picked out if it does not respect the "must" objectives or part of the company's mission.

As such, "My Life with Dalai Lama" and "The Year of the Echo" have to be excluded from the very beginning. The first brings about political controversies which may risk a potential economic conflict with China, a conflict that will soon materialize in an interdiction to launch a theme park there. This will not come to terms with the company's short and medium termed plans.

"The Year of the Echo," besides being intended as a documentary for a well-determined segment of consumers, has moral controversies and will never fulfil criteria such as low advisory content.

This leaves a choice between "Heidi" and "Escape from Rio Japuni." Heidi has the disadvantage of having a large budget, which may implicate future financial problems for the company. We are not sure whether the company can support a financial burden of such dimensions. Besides good music, good actors and beautiful scenery, it really has nothing to show for. It is only a remake, with no additional creative substance.

In this sense, the best candidate is "Escape from Rio Japuni." While being a moderate project, not aiming at high implications, it draws attention towards the problems in the environment and this has become part of the company's mission. It also has a very promising ROI and it can become a reference in the animated film category.

Following this argumentation and the use of the rankings and criteria provided, "Escape from Rio Japuni" is the best choice…… [read more]

Film Field of Dreams Executive Movie Review

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Kinsella, particularly in as much as eventually asserting that 'sometimes you have to take a chance in life', in addition to incepting a proverbial platform of second changes and repentances, serves as the idealistic protagonist with his strengths as well as flaws and weaknesses made clearly apparent. The mood within the entire movie, which is predominantly of a pensive and dreamlike sort, is one of the prime reasons due to which most viewers will find it enticing and moving; it tends to grant each of the characters with an essence of realistic sentiment and emotion due to which most audiences will tend to connect to the characters on a rather deep level.

The portrayal of such things as the significance and implications of Kinsella's woes; his inexplicable obsession with following the instructions of the 'voice' and the portrayal of love [between Kinsella and his wife] as fundamentally meaning the sharing of your loved one's dreams (Ebert, 1989) all contribute to this feeling of realistic characterization. Even the inherent relevance of baseball passion [as one of the central points of the story] and the quest through which Kinsella comes across such characters as the doctor [played by Burt Lancaster] who gave up his baseball career for the ostensibly higher respectability within a doctors career and the writer who has grown to despise society [James Earl Jones] further accentuate the moralistic significance of the story in a subtly realistic manner.

It begins to become increasingly apparent as the movie nears it conclusion, especially with the appearance of the ghost of Kinsella's father that the prime objective of the movie isn't baseball or success; in fact, it becomes increasingly evident that this is movie based upon representing the lives of people living with deep set regrets due to particular wasted chances within their lives. The film isn't just for baseball fans and neither is it just for those with sentimental tendencies, its fundamentally for people those experienced loss and want, just for a few minutes, a shot at regaining things that they have lost as a result of past mistakes.

External Source

Ebert, R. (1989). Field of Dreams. Digital Chicago @ http://www.suntimes.com/ebert/ebert_reviews/1989/04/349987.html… [read more]

Psycho as a Fan Movie Review

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¶ … Psycho

As a fan of film, I had always been told that Alfred Hitchcock's version of Psycho was the penultimate suspense movie, paving the way for later movies in the genre, like Silence of the Lambs. Furthermore, it served as source material for a later remake by the same name, which I had seen and found unimpressive. As a result, I skipped watching Psycho until this assignment. When I did watch it, I turned the lights down, so I was surrounded by the dark, like one should be for a horror movie. However, the film was so successful at creating the desired atmosphere, that I found myself sleeping with a light on that night!

For a film that is considered pivotal, it is interesting to note that Psycho almost was not made. Hitchcock had already established himself as a master of suspense by the time he made the movie, but the studio was not excited about the source material. Robert Bloch's book, which was loosely based on real life murderer Ed Gein, was considered far too graphic to be translated to a movie screen during that time period. While screenwriter Joseph Stefano kept many elements that appeared in Bloch's novel, he removed or altered some of the more graphic elements, such as choosing to make the shower scene a stabbing rather than the beheading that is featured in the book. Even those changes were not enough for Paramount to green-light the project, and, while they did not prevent Hitchcock from making the film, they refused to provide a real budget for the project. Hitchcock chose to self-finance the project and used primarily the studio, crew, and equipment from his television show to complete the project. Hitchcock had previously made several highly acclaimed suspense movies, most notably Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Rear Window, and his success with Psycho was followed by the film The Birds. The two main stars of the movie, Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, were well-established in Hollywood by the time of filming. Perkins had received a best supporting actor Academy Award nomination for a role in the 1956 film Friendly Persuasion. Leigh was a respected working actress for over a decade prior to her role in Psycho, and even starred in another classic thriller, Touch of Evil.

I have seen a wide variety of fairly graphic horror and suspense movies, but I have to admit that the way that Hitchcock used tension to escalate the storytelling in Psycho may be unmatched, as may Perkin's portrayal of serial killer Norman Bates in a way that made the character seem likeable and sympathetic throughout much of the movie, even while he was simultaneously doing things that the audience knew were both creepy and alarming. It is especially interesting that Leigh's character,…… [read more]

Movie Juno Term Paper

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The present work's focus is to develop a critique of Juno, the much acclaimed 2007 motion picture that received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay -- Diablo Cody, and several other Oscar nominations, such as Best Picture and Best Actress -- Ellen Page.

Jason Reitman, the director, made all the right moves, from setting, to actors, to music, and even though there were two other movies dealing with unplanned pregnancy released in the same period, namely Waitress and Knocked Up, Juno stood out as a comedy with class, style, and substance. The soundtrack and music are wonderfully arranged for this film, nineteen tracks having been selected from a wide variety of artists including the Kinks, Buddy Holly and the Velvet Underground. Indeed, Barry Louis Polisar's All I Want Is You became iconic for the film and went to No.1 on the Billboard charts.

The film's structure is very well orchestrated, with a plotline that justifies the general enthusiasm surrounding this film. This story involves a sixteen-year-old high school girl named Juno MacGuff, played by Ellen Page, who discovers that she is pregnant, and that the father of her child is an old friend named Paulie Bleeker. Bleeker has always admired Juno and in time they confess their love for each other. The fact that Juno's parents seem a bit more accepting of this situation than perhaps many parents of pregnant teenage girls would be doesn't detract from the flow of the plot. Surprisingly, Juno decides not to go through with the scheduled abortion, and settles on adoption, yet after finding what she believes to be an ideal pair to raise her child, Vanessa and Mark's fragile marriage falls apart. Nevertheless, Juno decides to proceed with her design to have the baby and then place him in Vanessa's nurturing custody.

Paulie and Juno's relationship visibly alters as the action unfolds, morphing from simple teenage affection into established partnership, as the couple faces a serious issue that could have been a tense disaster but for their intelligence and social savvy. What happens to young Juno could happen to any teenage girl, and her decisions are those that a typical intelligent young woman would make. Those decisions made by Juno are made with no thought of doing what others might expect her to make, and "Juno serves cool, intelligent girls something they rarely see in a movie: themselves" (Morris), which some viewers might interpret as explicitly feminist.

The cast are very believable and enjoyable in their roles. The main characters in this comedy are Juno MacGuff played by Ellen Page, Paulie Bleeker played by Michael Cera, Vanessa Loring played by Jennifer Garner, Mark Loring played by Jason…… [read more]

In the Year 2010 Research Paper

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China as Emerging Film Market

In the year 2010, the State Administration of Radio film and Television (SARFT) passed about 526 films from the censorship review in China. About 1800 films, in the same year, received the initial project confirmation that they required. In the year 2010, 1100 film companies were involved in the Chinese film industry and out of… [read more]

Haitian Revolution Film Review

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¶ … Egalite for All. Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution

What sort of film is this? Does it portray a certain period of history, a series of events or the life of an important historical figure?

It does deal with the stated period and the history of the times -- 1780's. But the director has taken the viewer for… [read more]

Film Pulp Fiction Essay

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Pulp Fiction is a film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film's title is derived from the pulp fiction stories of the early 20th century that allowed writers to experiment with stories that would eventually lead to the development of the hardboiled detective fiction genre. Through the mise-en-scene, sound, story and genre, Tarantino was able to create a violently delightful film that stands the test of time.

Pulp Fiction revolves around three overlapping stories that intersect at various points in the film. Travolta and Jackson play Vince Vega and Jules Winnfield, two contract killers that work for Marsellus Wallace and are tasked with recovering Marsellus' property after it is stolen. In a second storyline, Vince Vega agrees to take Marsellus's wife, Mia, out for a night of fun while Marsellus is out of town; in this storyline, Mia and Vince go out to a diner, compete and win a twist dance contest, and survive a drug overdose scare when Mia snorts a large amount of heroin. A third storyline revolves around Butch Coolidge, a boxer played by Bruce Willis, who is coerced by Marsellus to fix a boxing match by throwing the fifth round; Butch defies Marsellus, which prompts Marsellus to hunt Butch down. In the course of seeking retribution against Butch, the men are held captive, viciously and sexually assaulted, and eventually declare a truce so long as they never speak of what happened again.

Throughout his career, Tarantino's film's camera shots and angles have come to become the director's trademarks. For instance, the car trunk shot in which Tarantino shoots from a low angle as though looking up from a car's trunk can be seen as Vince and Jules gather weapons and ammunition before retrieving Marsellus's stolen briefcase. This trunk shot has been used in almost all of Tarantino's subsequent films. Also, Tarantino is known for his "corpse point-of-view" shot in which people look…… [read more]

French New Wave/Auteur Theory Essay

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Inglourious Basterds is subdivided into five distinct chapters: "Chapter One: Once Upon a Time…in Nazi Occupied France," introduces the film and helps to establish that the film will similar to a Western, as well as be set during World War II. This chapter introduces the audience to Shosanna and SS Col. Hans Landa; "Chapter Two: The Inglourious Basterds" introduces the… [read more]

1976 Movie Network Essay

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Directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Paddy Chayefsky, 1976's Network provided one of the most cutting satires of television and American media culture to be produced in the twentieth-century, and its themes continue to resonate to this day. However, the film's incisive consideration of network television can frequently obscure one of the most interesting elements in the film;… [read more]

Chinese Film the Evolution Essay

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With the rapid growth of the Chinese economy, more and more people are able to afford to pay to see the new movies in the theatre. This market segment has nearly tripled over the last decade and producers are rapidly trying to keep up with the increases in demand. Some of the latest developments, such as 3D technology, coupled with the increases in demand, promise to make the development of the Chinese industry even that more interesting. As a result of these developments, the Chinese film industry has the potential to become a leader in the world film industry, with the capacity to produce high quality films in unimaginable numbers.

Despite the current advancements in the industry, much of the content in the films is still remarkably similar to the content that could be found in the turn of the century in the early days of the movie industry's development. It is likely that this trend will continue because of the remarkable nature of the traditional Chinese culture. This trend will also be influenced by the demand of the rest of the world to experience elements of the Chinese culture as well. One can expect to find a large demand for Chinese exported films in the future that are based on the traditional nature of the Chinese culture. These items include such popular favorites as the martial arts, the Chinese warriors, and the Chinese emperors of past.

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Chinese Films. "Chinese Films Meet Difficulties to Advance in Global Arena." 1 March 2012. Chinese Films. Web. 5 June 2012.

Cultural China. "Classic Movie and Stars." N.d. Cultural China. Web. 6 May 2012.

Kushner, B. "Is that really funny? -- humor and identity in Japan and China." 17 April 2009. Japan Society. Web. 5 June 2012.

Moses, L. "Chinese Embassy host film festival." N.d. Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China. Web. 6 June 2012.

The Chinese Mirror. "The…… [read more]

Total Sensory Experience -Pros Essay

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A. Introduction

In this paper, the we will compare and contrast the various similarities and differences of watching a movie in the movie theater as opposed to watching a movie on the television set at home. In this presentation, we will collectively address the following "movie experience" topics to include total sensory experience, environment, cost, and convenience.

B. Total Sensory Experience -Pros and Cons

The reason one goes to the theater in order to see a movie is obvious. This deals with the quality of the projection equipment. On the small screen of a television, there is a great amount of detail that can not be seen. In a typical living room, the sofa distance is approximately 10 feet for the eye adjust to. At the movies, this not an issue. In addition, there is the issue of stereo sound. However, watching a film on TV can be better than it is to watch it in the theaters. In the opinion of this author, the issue largely depends upon the quality of the surround sound system and the size of the TV (small or big screen). This does not mean that the enjoyment of the movies needs to be sacrificed. There is a lot to be said for big screen viewing. However, one's own home provides a very comfortable and intimate place for families for individuals to enjoy either old or newly released films. When one chooses to watch a film at home, this is both comfortable and inexpensive . Watching a movie at home is convenient and costs less instead of going to the theater and spending as much money.

B. Environment

In terms of cost, it is always much cheaper to rent and see a film at home. At home, the cost entails renting the DVD and buying some snacks at the super market. Going to the movies has traditionally been more expensive. The theater company has to cover overhead on the building. Additionally, drinks and snacks are expensive in a theater. Ticket prices are usually more expensive.


In terms of expense, it is almost always much cheaper to rent and see a film in one's home. At home, the cost entails renting the DVD and buying some snacks at the super market or convenience store. Going to the movies has always been more expensive. The theater company has to cover the overhead on the building. Additionally, drinks and snacks are expensive in a theater. Ticket prices are usually more expensive as well.


It is very inconvenient to journey to a theater. Now, many of the movie theaters are in strip malls or other locations that demand driving, parking and other hassles involved with going to a physical location. However, when one watches the film at home, there are none of these problems. The DVD can be rented presently in an automated kiosk near many convenience stores, or even ordered online and delivered to the one's house. The snacks can be picked up at the convenience… [read more]

Truman Show Is the Movie Essay

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Truman Show

Is the movie "The Truman Show" truly a work of art? What are the scholars saying about this most unusual and entertaining film that stars Jim Carrey and is produced by Peter Weir? This paper reviews and critiques the literature on the film and concludes that the film is, indeed, art.

What is Art?

"…Those who want to… [read more]

Movie Rental Industry and Competition Research Paper

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Porter's Five Forces

movie rental industry and competition

Porter's Five Forces: The movie rental industry

The threat of new entrants

The movie rental industry as a whole has relatively low overhead, particularly in these post-Blockbuster times. Movie rental companies such as Netflix occupy virtual space rather than exist as brick and mortar stores. This would seem to make the risk of new entrants fairly high. But Netflix must pay postage to support its business model of unlimited shipped-to-consumer movies, and Redbox must maintain kiosks in prominent areas to encourage consumers to rent from its vending machines. Hidden entry costs to challenge the main industry competitors are higher than they might seem, given the size of Netflix and its few main rivals, which allow them to operate on economies of scale. But new entrants can gain entry, either selling illegal, bootlegged copies of films, which are growing increasingly sophisticated, or simply diversifying their brand offerings, such as Facebook and Amazon, who are making encroachments into the rental market (Bond 2011).


Rivalry is considerable, given the frequent similarity between the two products being sold: many existing movie rental companies offer the same films, with little distinction between their services other than price and method of delivery. Netflix offers unlimited rentals by mail; cable companies offer Movies on Demand to subscribers who pay fees only for the films they want, and Redbox offers a pay-as-you-go model through rental kiosks.

Buyer power

Buyer power is considerable given that no one 'needs' to order a film, and there are many available substitutes on the market. Buyers can rent movies for free at the library or watch television. The availability of new technology means that the venues to see films may grow even more diverse, giving buyers increased leverage. The day after Warner Brothers. announced an agreement with the online social media website Facebook to allow Facebook users to stream the Dark Knight for $3, Netflix's stock dropped 6% (Bond 2011). Netflix stock had already dropped 17% when Amazon.com announced "it was giving away streaming movies to its subscribers of Prime, Amazon's discount shipping initiative" (Bond 2011). Buyers seem to have an infinitely expansive array of was to see films. Even YouTube made a deal with Lionsgate films in 2010 to stream many popular movies for free (Salter 2010).

Supplier power

The example of Warner Brothers and Facebook also illustrates the tremendous power that companies have in deciding how to distribute their movies. Netflix cannot afford to refuse to disseminate Warner Brothers films as leverage with the company, given that this will only drive consumers away from Netflix services, and cause them to explore other rental venues. Movie suppliers have a strong interest in finding as many new and innovative ways to release their product and create buzz and excitement about films. Netflix and other companies cannot demand many restrictions and exclusive arrangements from suppliers because so many other distribution venues exist.

Redbox is even more restricted in its supplier relationships -- it does not… [read more]

Favorite Movie of 2010 Essay

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King's Speech

Favorite movie 2010

A review of my favorite movie of 2010: The King's Speech

A review of my favorite movie of 2010: The King's Speech

I saw the King's Speech because of the positive 'buzz' it had generated in the press. Like many film buffs I enjoy seeing the likely Oscar-winners in the theater. I was expecting a rather staid, well-acted British drama but many aspects of the film resonated with me on a much deeper level. I found the film unexpectedly powerful. The film chronicles the struggles of the future King George VI to rid himself of a debilitating stammer, after his brother unexpectedly abdicates the throne to marry a commoner and a divorcee. Although I do not stammer like Bertie I have had a lifelong fear of speaking in public. The idea of suddenly being thrust upon the world stage and having to speak to an entire country to mobilize the nation in an anti-war effort made me pity Bertie, an emotion which I did not think I would feel for someone who was born to such privileged circumstances. I also identified with the fact that Bertie had often been made to feel inferior to his older and more charismatic brother King Edward VIII, even though Edward was much more selfish than Bertie.

The New York Times criticized the film for not satirizing the British caste system and being insufficiently critical of the monarchy: "The King's Speech takes a relatively benign view of the monarchy, framing Albert as a somewhat poor little rich boy condemned to live in a fishbowl… the royals' problems are largely personal, embodied by King George playing the stern 19th-century patriarch to Logue's touchy-feely Freudian father" (Dargis 2010). But this criticism seems unfair and one-sided to me. The film is equally candid about the fact that Bertie's speech therapist, Lionel Logue is not perfect. Logue is a failed actor and takes a very dim view of the British monarchy. Lionel must go on an emotional journey himself to teach Bertie, as he gradually embraces his pupil's strengths while correcting his deficits. One of the aspects of the film that I…… [read more]

Movie Bandit Queen Term Paper

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Movie, Bandit Queen

Shekhar Kapur's the Bandit Queen: Truth in art

Macbeth and Richard III are considered two of the greatest tragedies ever written in the English language. However, the historical Macbeth killed a bad, rather than a good king, and the historical Richard III never committed illicit murder to gain the throne of England. Shakespeare's versions of these historical figures, biased by his own political and national sympathies, have become so powerful that these misappropriations of historical fact have become more potent and indelible than reality itself. It is difficult to state that such historical inaccuracies invalidate Shakespeare's plays, even though it could be argued that in such cases art has obscured rather than illuminated the truth. Defenders of Shakespeare, however, would counter that the Bard's plays have a psychological truth that is deeper and more important than any version of historical fact: for history, an individual should consult a textbook, not a play.

These defenders of Shakespeare and filmmakers, who take poetic license such as director Shekhar Kapur of the Bandit Queen (1994), would argue that every artist's creation is by nature subjective. People cannot come to a play or film and expect 'reality,' given that dialogue and other incidents are obviously manufactured to make the art entertaining for the audience. Opponents of this license given to art would argue that while an artist has the right to create whatever fictional person he or she desires, it is not fair, and even dangerous to play 'fast and loose' with the facts in a film which gives an impression of historical accuracy, based upon its use of the real names of living figures. If someone wants to tell a fictional tale, they should create something from whole cloth.

Real consequences can ensue from the creation of art. Many argue, for example, that Phoolan Devi would never have been assassinated, had it not been for the film that presented her as a cold and murderous 'bandit queen.' However, even the real Devi was a legitimate celebrity during the height of her fame and not an obscure person exploited by the media. "There was a time in the early 1980s when Phoolan Devi, who led a gang of bandits in the desolate ravines of northern India, was as famous as a movie star. Little girls played with their Devi Dolls, and the media tracked her every move" (Ebert 1995). Devi was a public figure, and unlike an anonymous person, did not have a legitimate expectation of privacy.

Some biographies are undertaken with the support of the central subject. But Devi sued to have the film banned, allegedly offended by the film's sexual content and its portrayal of her seemingly unrelenting vengeance and violence (Ebert 1995). This gives rise to the question: Why were the filmmakers so determined to tell Devi's story in the manner they did, despite her anger? The…… [read more]

Should Sex and Violence on Television or in the Movies Be Restricted Research Paper

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Shoud sex and violence on television or in the movies be restricted?

There is presently much controversy regarding television and the effect it has on the public as a whole. Although most people claim to be able to filter the information they receive from their television sets, it is virtually impossible for someone not to be affected as a result… [read more]

Movie Editing Term Paper

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Editing Analysis of Selected Movies

For modern motion picture audiences, the art of film editing has risen to the level of quality that it is unnoticed -- if it is done expertly. In its most fundamental, editing is a process that assembles raw film shots into a coherent whole through the creative use of layering images, story, dialogue, pacing, and… [read more]

How to Analyze an Entire Film Essay

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¶ … Film

There are numerous influencing factors determining how a viewer chooses and analyses a certain film. Firstly, a basic rule when deciding to watch a movie is to overcome any obstacles which may prejudice people against watching the respective motion picture. There is a big possibility that such a behavior would cause a viewer to be hesitant when… [read more]

Film Release in 2009 Essay

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Film Campaign

Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia: A Successful Film with a Successful Advertising and Marketing Campaign

One of the summer's most successful films among critics and viewers was Julie & Julia, a film by Nora Ephron based on the book the Julie/Julia Project by Julie Powell -- which was in turn based on the author's previous blog of the… [read more]

Space Odyssey Thesis

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¶ … Space Odyssey

This film has been lauded as innovative and groundbreaking in terms of cinematic art. It is also referred as director Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece in terms of concept and cinematography. The film's stunningly conceived images are still as exciting and provocative as they were when it was released in 1968. One can refer to the opening sequence… [read more]

Simpson's the Movie Essay

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Simpsons the Movie

The history of the cartoon industry goes back at the beginning of the early cinema era in which people were enjoying voiceless movies in cinemas everywhere. The cartoon era started in the 1920's with Felix the Cat getting the attention of the crowd and later being surpassed by the more fascinating talking cartoons. After decades of constant… [read more]

What Just Happened Film Review Film Review

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¶ … Sit Through "What Just Happened?"

With veteran director Barry Levinson leading a generally brilliant cast of actors in a script about Hollywood by Art Linson, a longtime Hollywood producer, the newly-released "What Just Happened?" should have been great. Instead, the title -- borrowed from Linson's book, What Just Happened: Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Frontline -- could easily be querying this film's makers as to what, exactly, went wrong.

It is impossible to make a god movie without a good script, and that is really the issue at hand here. There is no sense of bitterness towards the Hollywood establishment lampooned here; the film comes off much more as one buddy (that would be screenwriter Linson) giving his other buddies a good ribbing. There is no meat; no real viciousness to the satire. The result is a rather limp and sometimes funny farce; all imbroglio and no indictment.

Don't let all that ruin it for you, though. The movie does have it's funny moments, like most bad television (a more appropriate format for this film), and if you're in the mood…… [read more]

Film Is Not Yet Rated an Uncensored Essay

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¶ … Film Is Not Yet Rated

An Uncensored Review: "This Film is Not Yet Rated"

Film ratings have been present on the top of marquees for so long, movie-goers are likely to take them for granted and assume they 'have' to be there. However, the 2005 documentary directed by Kirby Dick entitled "This Film is Not Yet Rated" questions the ubiquity of the modern film rating system. Even Dick's documentary was not so engaging and entertaining, it would still be a 'must see documentary' for that reason alone. It demonstrates the subjective nature of film rating. Film ratings have become part of the cultural landscape but they are, at heart, arbitrary, subjective, and contextual. The variety of standards that have existed to rate a film's relative appropriateness or lack thereof have varied widely since the beginning of filmmaking, and the film takes the viewer from the beginnings of cinema, to the Hays decency standards of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, up to today.

The film asks: what makes a film potentially indecent, and essentially answers that it is in the 'mind of the beholder.' (One famous Supreme Court decision about obscenity even caused a Justice to remark that he couldn't define obscenity, but he 'knew it when he saw it'). The presence of nudity and sexually explicit scenes might seem like the obvious answer as to what constitutes indecency. But if that is the case, why is ordinary nudity considered 'for adults only' while violence is considered 'okay,' or at very least only PG-13? And why do standards of obscenity vary so much, country by country, even state by state in the nation? Obscenity is a personal issue, and touches upon many highly subjective concepts like when children should be exposed to sex.

The first film rating system was created by movie studios. Instead of being pressured by government regulation, the studios hoped that by regulating themselves, they could avoid such scrutiny. They hired former U.S. Postmaster Will Hays to set decency standards. This highlights the lack of qualifications needed for anyone to decide what is obscene. There is no real pre-set formula. The Hays Commission reviewed Hollywood scripts and determined whether they satisfied the dictates of what became the dreaded Hays Code, which could be quite restrictive -- for example, the code might not permit two married people to be in a bedroom together, if their feet were not on the floor. The cultural changes of the 1960s caused the Hayes Code to be abandoned, but it did not mark the end of movie censorship. It was replaced by the Motion Picture Association of America, which many argue is little better. The MPAA was run by Jack Valenti, a former staff member in Lyndon B. Johnson's White House.

Of course, one obvious query might be: why are movie ratings such a bad thing? Can't people exercise discretion, and if they feel a film is appropriate for their child, can't they take that child to see the film, rating… [read more]

Film W. By Oliver Stone Thesis

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¶ … Film W. By Oliver Stone

The timing and media hype of this film have all added to the anticipation of its release. With the coming election and George W. bush being the outgoing president, the disastrous state of the economy after his eight years in office and the election of a new president have all added to the… [read more]

Canada's Film Industry Term Paper

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Canada's Film Industry

When talking about movies, most people's mental representation consist of the sign from the Hollywood Hills, the well-known Hollywood's Walk of Fame or the glamorous Oscar ceremony which allows them to recognize their favorite actors or actresses. But how many realize that the roots of celebrities who are given the red-carpet treatment aren't exclusively American? For instance,… [read more]

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