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War Films Taking Jeanine Basinger Term Paper

… Both have abundant wine, women, song, a certain amount of depravity, money making the rules. It is the same in pre-War Berlin, or wartime Casablanca; individualistic, disaffected, and pragmatic in the 'eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die' sense.

Notorious (1946) was another Ingrid Bergman vehicle. This time, she is more than the high-principled ex-lover; she is, in fact, a woman of few principles who is drawn into an espionage scheme not so much out of idealism (she has none) but because she is both looking for fun and attempting to escape an empty life. There is a love-story in this 'war movie' that is not a war movie. The setting is 1946, but the animating event is the conviction of a Nazi…. [read more]

Film Analysis of the Patriot Case Study

… He is obsessively loyal to the British kingdom and will take any action, particularly if it is amoral as a means to his ends. His character's nickname is "The Butcher."

Much of the film is about the war and freedom from the British, yet there are other subtle themes at work in The Patriot. One of the most obvious is that of slavery and equality of all people in America. The audience is meant to understand that Martin is a patriot because of his defiance of the British and for other reasons, too, such as his human and nearly equal treatment of the freed Africans who work his land for a wage. Audiences are meant to understand or infer that there is a morality in…. [read more]

Glory Road Movie Term Paper

… Glory Road Movie

The story of Don Haskins, the long time and Hall of Fame college
basketball coach from Texas Western/UTEP had been largely uncelebrated
until the 2006 release of Glory Road. Directed by James Gartner and
staring Josh Lucas as Coach Haskins, the movie depicts his 1966 National
Championship run as the barrier breaking coach who was the first to start
all black players and win the National Championship. Defeating perennial
power and all white Kentucky, Haskins helped break down the racial barrier
in sports, particularly in the South, and thus by not only playing black
players, but winning with them, the story told in Glory Road is truly an
important event in not only American sports history, but also a story which
sheds…. [read more]

O Brother, Where Art Thou? Thesis

… The irony of the Coens' career is that, out of the marginalized business of "independent" filmmaking, they have so often striven to re-create such period pieces of the golden age of Hollywood's studios. Although Peter Biskind points to the Coens as an example of the larger symbiotic relationship that exists between "independent" filmmaking and Hollywood studio filmmaking, in the way that independent filmmaking "emerges at the bottom to inject new vitality into the system: the Oliver Stones and Coen Brothers of the 80s, the Quentin Tarantinos and Atom Egoyans of the 90s" (Biskind 429), the fact remains that the Coens seem most influenced by Hollywood product that was not independent in the first place, and represented in many cases the quickest cheapest sort of commercial…. [read more]

Racism and Racial Stigmas in Crash Thesis

… Racism and Racial Stigmas in "Crash" and Other Films

So, America's big cities are full of racial tensions, right? And the theory goes that Caucasians don't like African-Americans very well, Black folks are fed up with the white racist majority culture, and other ethnicities like Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans struggle for acceptance and fairness in a racist society - right? That's correct, if you believe what you see and hear and feel in "Crash."

And granted, life isn't really as bad - and people couldn't possibly be as rude, hateful and unbendingly racist - as one would believe if taking the film "Crash" literally. But life is bad, pretty darn bad, for a lot of people who live in greater L.A. - or in…. [read more]

Films Term Paper

… In the end, it doesn't really matter whether the stories are true. What matters are the lessons they teach us.


Berardinelli, James. "The Green Mile." 1999. May 2, 2005 .

Berardinelli, James. "The Hurricane." 1999. May 2, 2005>.

Berardinelli, James. "The Shawshank Redemption." 1994. May 2, 2005 .

Ebert, Roger. "The Green Mile." December 10, 1999. May 2, 2005 .

Ebert, Roger. "The Hurricane." January 7, 2000. May 2, 2005 .

Ebert, Roger. "The Shawshank Redemption." September 23, 1994. May 2, 2005 .

Green, Susan. "The Hurricane." 1999. May2, 2005 .

The Green Mile. Dir. Frank Darabont. Perf. Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan. Warner, 1999.

The Hurricane. Dir. Norman Jewison. Perf. Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah…. [read more]

Path-Goal and Expectancy Theories Term Paper

… " The two contingency variables which supplement House's Path-Goal Theory are described as follows:

Environmental Contingency Factors

A wide array of external factors works to affect the leader-subordinate relationship in both positive and negative ways, including time sensitive deadlines, the confines of legality, and other restrictions outside of a leader's direct control. By remaining cognizant of the environmental factors which might undermine the establishment of authority or fracture a cohesively working unit, an effective leader is able to manage morale by compensating for organizational deficiencies overcoming institutional obstacles.

Subordinate Contingency Factors

Within the confines of a collaborative team-based dynamic, through which the efforts of individuals are co-opted for the greater good of the group, effective leadership necessitates a continual process of evaluation to determine the…. [read more]

Stanley Kubrick Term Paper

… Stanley Kubrick

The Madness of Stanley Kubrick: An Avante Garde Analysis

In every enterprise, someone has to be first and in the case of modern science fiction motion pictures, the "first" is widely acclaimed to be Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. While this movie is perhaps Kubrick's most well-known production, he has a number of other documentary works that date back to the 1950s and several global hits such as the Full Metal Jacket and a Clockwork Orange to his credit as well. This paper provides an avante garde analysis of Stanley Kubrick that includes some of his most important works, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and a Clockwork Orange. To this end, a biographical assessment of Kubrick is followed by a…. [read more]

Representations of War Research Paper

… Under normal circumstances, the life of one soldier would not be as important as to risk the lives of seven men, however, Ryan is the last remaining male descendent in his family as it is revealed during the course of the film that all of his brothers, who enlisted in the Armed Forces, were killed.[footnoteRef:15] The film's narrative is inspired by the four sons of Agnes Allison who were killed during the American Civil War, as well as, the story of the Niland brothers who fought in World War II.[footnoteRef:16] Under the War Department's sole-survivor policy, which was implemented after the five Sullivan brothers were killed while serving on the same ship, any and all efforts were made in order to ensure the safe return…. [read more]

In the Name of the Father Essay

… ¶ … Irish and the English have been in conflict for decades ever since the British defeated the Irish and made them subjects for almost 700 years until the 1916 Irish revolt. The state of affairs is renowned world wide mostly because of some of the Irish that have led a terrorist movement in order to give Ireland back its former status and to defeat British occupiers.

The IRA has its roots in the early twentieth century as an army that would fight for a united Ireland. Because of divergences in opinion within the army, the IRA had split into the Official IRA and the Provisional IRA in 1969. (bbc) the difference between the two was that while the Official IRA seemed to have a…. [read more]

Good Man Is Hard Term Paper

… It is clear O'Connor understood her characters completely, and knew exactly what she wanted them to accomplish as she wrote. Critics have called her work some of the finest fiction the South has to offer and this story clearly shows why. The characters, even "The Misfit" make the reader care about them, and the story pulls the reader along with the family as they follow the road to its' inevitable conclusion. The reader cares when "The Misfit" shoots the family, and really wants to believe there is enough good in him to spare the Grandmother. Of course, he does not, and that is the ultimate message of this story. The Grandmother may have touched this violent and evil man, but not enough to really make…. [read more]

Cross-Cultural Management Essay

… Mr. Baseball and Multiculturalism

Describe Mr. Selleck's expatriate entry into Japan and his reentry to the U.S.A. How did this global assignment effect his professional career?

Initially, Selleck's character, Jack Elliot, is on the downside of his career, arrogant, and set in his ways. When he is traded to a Japanese Team, the Nagoya Chunichi Dragons, he immediately clashes with his new manager, teammates, and most especially with Japanese culture. Elliot is, indeed, the quintessential "Ugly American," demanding, snobbish, and unwilling to even entertain the thought that anything about another culture might have value.

Finally, everyone has had enough of Elliot's Americanisms, including violence towards his interpreter, and he is suspended. He does a bit of reflecting and realizes it is he who is on…. [read more]

Cinema Verite and Direct Thesis

… Cinema Verite and Direct Cinema: An Analysis of the Last Waltz

The 1960s and 1970s were a period of remarkable cultural proliferation for the United States. The development and emergence of an increasingly influential counterculture would soon find its way to the mainstream of music, art and cinema, to name a few media. The collision of this wave with the political discourse increasingly leaning toward harsh philosophical critique of American vagaries such as military engagement, racism and the obstruction of civil liberties would produce an inflection point for the artistic community. An interest in aggressive realism and political agenda would coincide, establishing American variations on such cinematic movements as Cinema Verite and Direct Cinema. Where the former is distinguished as taken a direct perspective and…. [read more]

Farewell to Arms: War's Grip on Ordinary People Essay

… ¶ … Farewell to Arms

"the Old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori"

Since this poem actually is saying, "The Old Lie: Sweet and fitting it is to die for the fatherland," this is not a poem or a thought that Frederic Henry would have agreed with. The Latin part of the poem one can imagine was spoken by Roman soldiers when they fought on battlefields far from home, "…to die for the fatherland," but it doesn't sound like something that Henry would be saying or agreeing with. Henry is something of a party boy in the early part of the novel and doesn't seem very involved in the emotion of the war. Incredibly he seems almost unaware of the significance of the…. [read more]

Sports Documentary Murderball Term Paper

… Sports Documentary "Murderball"

Murderball - More than a Sports Documentary About Disabilities

There are documentaries about war, about politics, about healthcare, history, crime and more. And then there are sports documentaries that rarely get much attention because they are usually about one particular team's winning season. "How the Yankees won the World Series" or something of that sort. But the sports documentary "Murderball" is very different and highly compelling - and an argument can be made that it is one of the best sports documentaries in recent years. That is partly because of the excellence of the direction, and partly because it transcends "sports" and goes into the human drama that always takes place when serious disabilities are part of the story.

Frankly, this documentary…. [read more]

Impressions of War the Most Vivid Imagine Essay

… Impressions of War

The most vivid imagine of war was the beginning of it all. September 11, 2001 changed the United States. It was vividly relived over and over again in the media and in the newspaper. There was this sense that the nation's spirit had been broken and there was no room to live innocently. There were plenty of young individuals, both male and female, that either got summoned or volunteered to go and fight this war on terrorism. It began in the United States with the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Although we did not really know it at the time, this was the first image of war and it was the…. [read more]

Bleep Do We Know Traveling the Road Essay

… ¶ … Bleep do we Know

Traveling the Road to Divine Inspiration: Enlightenment or Pseudoscience?

In this essay, a discussion ensues which involves the book "What the Bleep Do We Know" by William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, and Mark Vicente, published in 2005. First, the essay provides a book review style discussion of the concepts presented in the book. The rest of this report will expound on some of the ideas and concepts presented in the book, with supportive literature to fully explore those issues. Included in this outline are the conceptual underpinnings of the quantum physics, metaphysics, quantum mysticism, quantum information theory, and related ontological precepts. Finally, a conclusion is offered on whether the ideas presented in the book are more closely related with enlightenment,…. [read more]

Beowulf as a Hero Lesson 1 Journal Journal

… Beowulf as a Hero

Lesson 1 Journal Entry # 1 of

Journal Exercise 1.3A: What makes a hero?

A hero is a person who has courage even though he or she also has fear. It is a mistake to assume that heroes are not afraid. They experience the same range of emotions as everyone else, but they keep on going despite fear, not because they have no fear. One contemporary hero is the Dalai Lama. He has led his people through their exile with grace and determination, despite immense challenges. His very life has been threatened by the oppressive government that wants to squash his nation, but he has been resilient in the face of these threats. He confronts evil with peace and stands up…. [read more]

Passover Theme an Analysis of the Continuous Essay

… Passover Theme

An Analysis of the Continuous Themes of Passover, Desert, Law and Death in the Old and New Testaments

The Passover of the Old Testament was connected to the deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery under Pharaoh. Their slavery in Egypt was symbolic of the chosen people's slavery to sin, and the Passover symbolized their Redemption by the blood of a lamb. However, before they could come to the land promised them by God they first had to spend 40 years wandering in the desert. In the desert, the Hebrews were given a new law through Moses (Leviticus 18-19), later simplified by Christ (Matthew 22:36-40). Christ also fasted in the desert (as did the Baptist) to show the need for prayer and penance on…. [read more]

Thelma and Louise Girls and Their Guns Term Paper

… Thelma & Louise

Girls and their Guns -- Phallic violence and female autonomy in "Thelma and Louise"

The protagonists of the film "Thelma and Louise" (1991) illustrate a paradox. On one hand, the relatively disempowered women of the introduction of the film find a sense of autonomy and friendship in their quest to avoid the law over the course of the film. This suggests that "Thelma and Louise" can be classified as a feminist film. The protagonists assume the traditional male role celebrated in earlier 'road films' of American cinema like "Easy Rider" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." They also seem to be, as friends, kind of romantic outlaws as a couple, along the lines of "Badlands" and "True Romance." The women of…. [read more]

Christian Knows the Earliest Verses Term Paper

… Chapter 15 in the revelations reveals that those that had foregone temptation from the beast of sin were able to share in the bounties of God. The fact that verse talks about harps is indicative of the fact that Man who followed God's word and precepts returned to a state not unlike that of an angel. Those seated at God were restored into the original image of God. Chapter 20 in the book of Revelations also indicates that those of the right of God enjoyed eternal salvation and "reigned with Christ a thousand years." (v. 3-5).

One way in which a religion can be distinguished from a cult is the fight over what is conventionally good vs. what is conventionally evil. With changing times, the…. [read more]

Negro League Baseball in Virginia Term Paper

… ¶ … Silhouette of America's Dream: Negro League Baseball in Tidewater, Virginia

Introduction report in the Norfolk Journal and Guide in 1917 paints a picture of racial harmony in Tidewater, Virginia, that would almost make one wonder why there needed to be Negro League Baseball. The banner headlines almost said it all: "Big Labor Day Celebration," "Thousands of White and Colored Laborers Paraded Streets of City." "Harmony Between Races"

As that report told it, the celebration was a landmark of many sorts. In a relatively lengthy preface to the description of the baseball game that was the culmination of the day, it noted that "If carrying the stars and stripes is a demonstrative evidence of patriotism and loyalty to the United States, the Norfolk colored…. [read more]

Finding Oneself in the United States Armed Forces Essay

… Military

Finding oneself in the United States Armed Forces

'Proud to serve:' Why the military has made me who I am today

It has been a long journey for me. At one point in my life, I swore I would have nothing to do with the military, despite having grown up a military 'brat.' But I have come to see that serving in the military and being around those who have served this great country has made me what I am today -- and fostered within me the qualities I like best about myself. It is too easy to ignore the great blessings we live with in America -- freedom, prosperity, and safety. People must force themselves to seek challenges; challenges do not always present…. [read more]

Food Nation Term Paper

… It is this coziness that Schlosser blames for the worst aspects of the industry. Yet, I find it difficult to believe that the Democrats would make matters much better. This type of big business seems to be engrained in our communities.

A number of laws are being considered regarding the food system. These include food safety law regulations; fast-food obesity litigation and product liability in the food industry; bioterrorism concerns for food safety since 9/11; and the food safety concerns in the global food market and how these translate into legal issues effecting international trade, labeling, and the development of international food safety standards. Whether these regulations will get anywhere regardless of who is elected in November is unknown. Changes take time in the United…. [read more]

Irony in Two Short Stories of Guy Essay

… ¶ … Irony in Two Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant and Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"

One of the most notable features of both "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe and "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant is the ways these two short stories effectively use irony to engage the reader's interest in an otherwise unlikeable protagonist. The narrator of Poe's story is a murderer, a paranoid and mentally unstable individual who kills an old man merely because he dislikes the way the old man looks at him. The more the unnamed narrator insists that he is sane, the more the reader, along with everyone else around the man, is certain that the narrator is insane. The tension between the narrator's self-perception…. [read more]

Transmedia Characters Term Paper

… Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Explication

Quote 2 Rowling

"To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure," and so death is not to be feared, but rather accepted as a natural part of life (Rowling 297). The last chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone really nails down a very existential theme, one which allows the text to allude to prior literary works but also to remain relevant enough to be able to transcend into a cinematic context. Here, Harry is exposed through Dumbledore's wise words to the concept that death is not the end of a journey, but rather the beginning of a whole new journey.

All mortals will eventually die. That is, in fact, what constitutes the…. [read more]

Winter Dreams the Tension Essay

… The themes of "Winter Dreams" are relevant today because striving and social climbing remains part of American life. The contradictions between the values of being a 'self-made person' on one hand, and desiring to mimic the lifestyle of old money can be seen on every college campus today. Many wealthier students who do not have to take out student loans have the luxury of studying subjects that do not automatically prepare them for a career. Poorer students must worry about employment after college, and getting a marketable degree. Many of them study similar subjects as their richer friends, such as English and Art History, and find themselves upon graduating with little hope of a job in an anemic market.

The idea of being able to…. [read more]

Autobiography of a Reader Term Paper

… I am still not exactly sure why, but for whatever reasons, Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye made me feel less alone with my own feelings, in high school, than I had felt before I read it. I believe that in a lot of ways, The Catcher in the Rye even made my rather difficult high school years (emotionally speaking) a little easier for me.

By the time I got to college, I had become much more focused on reading books both inside and outside the classroom that dealt with business and/and/or leadership issues, as well as continuing to read my usual favorites: bestsellers having to do with sports; sports figures either living or dead, or strategies that could be applied to business, and/or real…. [read more]

Dragon Rising Book Report

… ¶ … Dragon Rising by Jasper Becker

Explain why the history of China matters to the present. What can it tell us about modernization in China?

As one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, China's history has been of interest to and highly influential on the West ever since Marco Polo first returned with glowing accounts of the exotic architecture, interesting people and fabulous riches that could be found there. In reality, these same attributes remain salient today, but there are even more Chinese than when Polo visited and interest in the country has never been greater. For instance, Becker reports that, "The Peoples Republic of China now lays claim to all the territories conquered by the Manchus and rules over the destinies of…. [read more]

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