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The Portrayal of Conformity as the Enemy of Progress in the Films, "Pleasantville" and Michael Moore's "The Big One" - Michael Moore states in his film that we are now living in sick times, a time where financial profit is more important than human lives. That is not true although in the 1950s were “Pleasantville” is set. It is an Idyllic time where structure, laws and family values are widespread throughout the land; it is more highlighted to be golden age as we are subjected to David and Jennifer’s modern world, a world very similar to our own where the college counsellor shatters dreams, the health teachers labels the act of non-monogamous relations as dangerous and deadly and to add insult to injury the science teacher warns of further catastrophe as the ozone layer depletes, the stunned students in this...   [tags: films] 875 words
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Indian Films, Hindi Cinema - The early films in Hindi cinema dealt with mythological stories that were based on the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, family melodramas describing domestic and social obstacles of Indian society, and costume dramas that included historical themes concerning stories about the saints and princes. The first Indian talkie film ‘Alam Ara’ was produced in 1931 by Adershir Irani. The film was based on “costume drama full of fantasy and with many melodious songs to intensify the audience’s emotions.” In other words, Irani conveyed the social issues of Indian society through harmonious which were usually spread and performed via folklore and stage performances....   [tags: Women in Films]
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Representation of Women in Action Films - Throughout time much has been said about the film roles of women. Everyone from scholars to bloggers has an opinion on the significance in society of how women on the big screen are portrayed. For me all of this debate only detracts from what the true focus of a film should be; an artistic expression of a story that reflects the values of the time in which it is written. Pauline Keel a respectable critic for the New Yorker once said “Movies of the past are like samples-swatches of cloth-of the period in which they were made” (Kael)....   [tags: Women in Action Films]
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David Lynch and his Films - Research Paper – David Lynch Today, many ways of life and beliefs in terms of culture and tradition have become old. They are no longer what people really live by. Further, in media especially in films released in the late 1900’s there are many things that are shown which at the time were considered a phenomenon. Additionally, these films are known as “Postmodernist films”. “Postmodernist film attempt to subvert the mainstream conventions of narrative structure, characterization and destroys (or, at least, toys with) the audience's suspension of disbelief....   [tags: postmodernist films and filmmakers]
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Theme and Technique in Films - Films are about some topics or themes and involve different types of characters. Many filmmakers use a variety of techniques to convey their messages. The choice on the type of the techniques depends on the theme of the film and how effective the filmmakers want to communicate their ideas. This essay aims at illuminating theme and technique in films basing its argument on Alfred Hitchcock’s movies; Notorious movie, Rope, and Strangers on the Train. Alfred Hitchcock was a director of movies and his place in the film studies is unrivalled....   [tags: films, filmmakers, alfred hitchcock] 1227 words
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The Perception of Love in Romantic Films - ... The experiment is an example of the direct effects romantic films can have even after watching them just one time. This can lead to "encouraging bad dating habits like nitpicking good compatible candidates for serious relationships" says Holmes. Another important issue to touch upon, is the men and women cast in these films. These people are beautiful, fit and without imperfections. I don't know about you, but my hair doesn't flow in the wind every time I turn around. Romantic films instill the idea that only the beautiful, young and thin people of the world achieve a happy ending....   [tags: romantic comedies, movie genre, films]
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Santiago Alvarez Films - Introduction Santiago Alvarez is honored in the world as the pioneer of revolutionary Cuban filmmaker as well as his documentary masterpieces also contribute a remarkable achievement in Latin America films. Santiago was given birth on March 8, 1919, who is the son of an immigrant Spanish family in Cuba. He was involved in learning politics at his very early age since his father arrested as a result of anarchistic activity. Subsequently, at the age of 15, Santiago began to work as a printer’s apprentice and then he became a strike planner speedily after he participating in the workers’ union....   [tags: documentary films]
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The Representation of Women in Action Films - Women have made progress in the film industry in terms of the type of role they play in action films, although they are still portrayed as sex objects. The beginning of “a new type of female character” (Hirschman, 1993, pg. 41-47) in the world of action films began in 1976 with Sigourney Weaver, who played the leading role in the blockbuster film ‘Aliens’ as Lt. Ellen Ripley. She was the captain of her own spaceship, plus she was the one who gave out all the orders. Until then, men had always been the ones giving the orders; to see a woman in that type of role was outlandish....   [tags: film industry, action films, female protagonists]
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Hollywood: What is the Role of Women in Films - American film has always had female role models present within them. They have not had the title of “hero”, but they have always been role models. Women have been depicted as strong willed and minded characters since the early 1970s. The women that will spoke about in this argument will prove that women have been “heroes” all along they have just never had that title till now. Women have been saving lives, men, and worlds for decades. Women of film have never been considered heroes due to the meaning of a hero....   [tags: american films, hero, hollywood]
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Tyler Perry Films - ... The group of sorority women all happen to be light skinned, while the women not within the sorority all happen to be dark skinned. The women toss jabs at each other within the song. The light skinned girls call the other girls “jigaboos”, which is an offensive slur for a dark skinned person. While the dark skinned girls call the lighter ones “high yella wannabes”, meaning the girls want to be white. In one part of the musical ensemble the “wannabes” hold up a pictures of a mammy. A mammy was an older Black woman who was forced to take care cooking, cleaning, and most importantly of White children during slavery....   [tags: africna american, black films] 1400 words
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Animal House: One of the Best Teen Films of All Time - The 1970s consisted of many nostalgic teen movies from Grease to American Graffiti to Cooley High, but few hold up as well in the present day as the cult classic Animal House. Walking around a college campus, one can still hear students quoting lines from the film, or see a poster of John Belushi chugging a bottle of Jack Daniels in someone’s living room, or even see students wearing the infamous “College” shirt. Animal House is such a staple of college life, even with it being over thirty years since its release....   [tags: movies, films] 677 words
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Stereotyping of Hispanics in Hollywood's Films - Stereotyping of Hispanics in Hollywood's Films "[Cinema] manipulates the human psychology, sociology, religion, and morality of the people..."(Cine-Aztlan 175). I has been said to be used by capitalists and socialists as a powerful weapon in the struggle for social justice. In all the Hollywood films and documentaries about Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, none have escapes stereotypes. And it hasn't gone unnoticed. Thomas Martinez states that the "symbolic function of advertising in one level of understanding the racist implications of the mass media, especially regarding the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans"(Camplis, in Noriega 284)....   [tags: Movies Films Essays Hispanics] 485 words
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Compare and Contrast the Ways in Which Two Films Use Horror Genre Conventions - This essay critically analyses and discusses the semantic and syntactic areas of what defines a horror genre in films. Followed by a case study of an animated film which supports and demonstrates theses horror film conventions. Then another case study which challenges and questions its position in the chosen genre. To decide whether it does hold elements of the horror conventions in both semantic and syntactic point of view, or possibly sway towards a different category of film. Before discussing the forms and functions of what defines a horror film....   [tags: Horror Genre Films]
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The Dialectic of Desire in the Films of Nicholas Ray - The Dialectic of Desire in the Films of Nicholas Ray Nicholas Ray's films frequently address a competition between a 'father' and 'son' (whether literal or figurative filial relationship). More importantly, Ray has an ideological approach to these struggles. In his films, homosocial struggles are always supplanted by Ray's desired outcome of an idealized heterosexual coupling. That is, the threat of prolonged homosocial desire between his characters is usually eradicated by the death of one of the dueling men....   [tags: Films Movies Nicholas Ray Essays]
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Stephen King and Horror Films - ... These categories are the basic building blocks used in today's horror media today. This topic here will cover the general types of horror we see often in video games which are the “Psychological horror” and “Survival horror”. First let’s start with psychological horror. Originally stemming from the traditional Japanese horror film genre, it focuses on the use of a disturbing atmosphere and narrative in order to create fear. Whilst differing from the other two horror types, psychological horror works more on a mental level....   [tags: japanese horror films, pyschologicla, survival]
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Multiculturalism in Films - ... He also stated that the usage of more active, muscular liberalism need to be implemented instead of the usual passive tolerance, practiced by the society in the recent years. However, the Prime Minister somehow failed to address the true reason behind the refusal of the minority community to assimilate into the mainstream British culture. It is something far more compelling than just emotional attachment to the native culture. In fact, muscular liberalism could very easily translate into a threat to the immigrant’s own values and cultural traditions, and that only adds the problem even more rather than solving it....   [tags: acceptance, Alexander the Great] 642 words
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Views on the Vietnam War Expressed in the Films "The Ugly American" and "The Green Berets" - Film during much of the Vietnam War and the years after usually attempted to push a strong agenda. Not until later did movies become less biased, especially when talking about Vietnam. The Ugly American, directed by George Englund, and The Green Berets, directed by John Wayne, are no exceptions. The Green Berets propose a strong support for the war while The Ugly American tended to blame the United States for being in an unnecessary war. Nevertheless, while both movies differ strongly in their views, both tend to convey the horrors of war....   [tags: films, movies, vietnam war]
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Conventional Plastic Films vs Sustainable Films - Sustainability has become and important issue in the world as the Green Movement continues to gain popularity. One area where research is being conducted to find a more sustainable production process is plastic films. Plastic films are defined as a packaging material, usually less than ten mils (a mil is 0.001 inch) in thickness, with an average of 0.7–1.5 mils, that can be used as a bag or wrapper. They are composed of a broad range of materials, which can be simple or complex depending on what a particular product or package demands (Osborn & Jenkins, 1992)....   [tags: Environment, Green Movement] 2487 words
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The Pact of Hindi Films in India - ... Yet, through the years the industry has become westernized and many actors are portrayed as though they are from a foreign country (Jha & Rai, 2011). In many recent films, the audience is only able to recognize Indian heritage through the language being spoken. Many films do not show the rural life of the citizens living India (Jha & Rai, 2011). One of the biggest changes that have occurred over the years is the amount of skin that females show in films. One of the aspects of Indian culture is the sacredness of a woman’s body....   [tags: Bollywood, cinematography]
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The Portrayal of Women in Pakistani Films - In today’s world, movies play a major role in entertaining people. They are appealing to all age groups. Particularly, in Pakistan, where recreational activities are very less for Pakistanis, watching films is one entertainment even the poor class can afford. Saving few rupees for an evening once a week or a month in a cinema, is a cheap retreat for most of the poor Pakistanis. Gerbner’s cultivation theory suggests that media can affect beliefs of people regarding the social world. He states that ‘television, among modern media has acquired such a central place in daily life that dominates our symbolic environment, substituting its distorted message about reality for personal and other mean...   [tags: Women's Rights ] 1619 words
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The Influence of Disney Films on Society - Since the introduction of Disney films into our society, there has been a sea change of influence in both the characters and gender roles of people in our society. The films have brought about the shaping of morals, behaviors and characters of not only children, but also adults in todays society, through engaging them in a constant series of unthinking consumption. In addition, most of the films in Disney bring out many different gender roles and people who grew up watching them have been influenced greatly by the content in the films (Blum 13)....   [tags: Gender Roles, Impact on Behavior] 1284 words
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The Female Character in Besson's Films - Luc Besson, is a French film director, writer, and producer who has been involved with numerous films over the past 30 years in the industry. His films have varied throughout the years and he has brought his talents to the United States where he produced/directed many French-American films. Besson is known in the United States for being “a superior director of stylish, mayhemic, even soulful films like ‘La Femme Nikita’.” He has also produced a 2011 film titled “Colombiana” of which he co-produced and wrote and has a strong similarity with “La Femme Nikita.” As a director, producer and screenwriter, Besson makes sure that his creative vision is visible and is displayed throughout his work....   [tags: Film]
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The Importance of Foreign Films - I believe that watching foreign films is not a waste of time and energy because they allow the viewer to be exposed to new forms of life, they, more often than American films, grant viewers the opportunity to watch more consistently thought-provoking films and are quite often not made with a primary goal being the largest profit possible, making for more artistic and realistic films. Foreign films expose the viewer to various examples of lives and experiences that cannot be as accurately portrayed if the film were not created in the foreign country and spoken in the foreign language....   [tags: realism, independent, language] 827 words
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Montage in Films and Music Videos - In the 1920s, artist like Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov and Vsevolod Pudovkin started experimenting with the new technique in their abstractfilms which is known as montage. Montage which is a synonym for Editing is a technique where two or more shots are juxtaposed which create a new meaning thatis not existent looking at the shots individually (Manovich, 2001). Few of the early examples of films using this technique are The Battleship Potemkin(1925) by Eisenstein and Man with a Movie Camera(1929) by Vertov.Montages are widely used in many other TV production areas like Advertisement, Dramas, News Programs and Music Videos....   [tags: Film Review, Montage] 2456 words
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The Evolution of Horror Films - A girl runs frantically through the woods trying to escape an axe wielding villain. The defenseless victim suddenly trips and collapses to the ground. The villain laughs wickedly as he lifts the axe above his head. The girl releases a final scream as the weapon quickly ends her life, causing the audience to go silent as they watch the villain drag away the lifeless body. Death, blood, guts, suspense, screaming, and terror are all just a few things to expect when watching a modern day horror film....   [tags: terror, fear, anxiety, panic, audience, industry]
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The Decline of Classical Hollywood Films - ... The company would then receive recognition for the movies they were showing and this was the main reason that the major movie studios were brought towards legal action by the U.S. Department of Justice. The breach involved was that of the Sherman Antitrust Act which persecuted companies whose business practices represented a restraint of trade to others which was the film studios block booking the theatres. The overall law suit was a two part action. The first federal government case, 1938, was the beginning of a two year class action....   [tags: Hollywood Antitrust Case of 1948] 899 words
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Icelandic Films and the Metaphysical and Supernatural - ... He takes a taxi back to Reykjavik but, not surprisingly, doesn’t make it back because the cab driver must make an unexplainable stop in his turf to participate in a nativity ceremony. Taken even further off course, Hirata decides to make his journey quicker and buys an ancient car from a very cryptic woman who claims that her car is good luck. Oddly enough, the car only connects to one radio station. Hirata continues to meet a local resident with a very strange hobby: photographing and collecting pictures of funerals....   [tags: Beliefs, Culture]
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The Importance of Editing in Films - “ ”. Discuss Film editing by definition is part of the creative postproduction process of filmmaking. In today’s modern world, film has made use of advanced digital technology to help with the editing. The editor or editors are usually given a complete compilation of all the footage. These various separate shots that can be regarded as ‘ raw’ footage. Their task is to create a finished motion picture through combining and selecting shots and putting them into a coherent sequence of events. Whenever we are viewing a film it is extremely difficult to consciously perceive all the editing that has been undertaken....   [tags: postproduction, filmmaking]
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Product Placement in Successful Films - INTRODUCTION “The Worth of Product Placement in Successful Films: An Event Study Analysis” is a July 2009 article in the Journal of Marketing written by Michael A. Wiles and Anna Danielova. The article discusses the findings of an event study constructed to show the relationship of high grossing films of 2002 with the participating firms’ stock prices. HYPOTHESES The researchers discuss results from past research from other scholars. From their study of previous findings, the researchers derive six hypotheses....   [tags: Marketing ]
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A+ Profitability and Films the Flunk - Descriptive statistics were calculated for each of four variables: opening weekend sales, total gross sales, number of release theaters, and amount of weeks in the top 60. The sample mean and median provide analysts with a measure of central location in regards to a portion of the data set. Range, sample variance, and sample standard deviation produce quantitative judgments about the variability of the data sampled from a larger population of observations. Outliers, as defined as being more or less than 3 standard deviations from the mean, did not exist when the data was thoroughly analyzed; although some movies did appear to perform abnormally high at first glance....   [tags: Film Industry]
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The History of Famous Space Films - ... Furthermore, there are beings called Selenites that inhabit the moon. Le Voyage Dans La Lune is a fantastic example of a science fiction film that is not quite scientifically accurate. However, it is an excellent piece of film work for the time and also because the short, primitive science fiction film envisioned things that happen in real space travel long before the actual moon landing event occurred many years after the film was produced.. The famous Star Wars franchised space opera films are probably the most widely known space film in the history of famous space films....   [tags: star wars, science fiction] 1242 words
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Women Directors of Horror Films - Women love gore too. Since the beginning of time people have always been intrigued by storytelling especially ones that scare them. Stephen King the master of horror once said people love watching horror films simply because it keeps their sanity. “It may be that horror movies provide psychic relief on this level because this invitation to lapse into simplicity, irrationality and even outright madness is extended so rarely” (King). When people see a slasher film it gives them a chance to kill off “Annoying Bob” from the office in their heads....   [tags: cinematography and gore]
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Taking a Look at Crime Films - Crime Films Most crime films have similar elements that are expected when watching a film in the crime genre; such as, murder, betrayal, corruption and violence; however, one thing that is different from one crime movie to another is the element of surprise. That is, when a movie hits its audience members with something unexpected in the plot. “Chinatown” fulfilled that element completely by shocking its audience with a twist in the plot and with an ending that is not usually expected from crime films....   [tags: movie genres] 879 words
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Horror Films in Popular Culture - ... Norman Bates is the unassuming antagonist, caring for his mother (Derry 164). Psycho was different in that “traditionally, acts of horror took place in old dark houses with lots of shadows; although psycho presents a dark house, the most horrible act takes place in the whiteness of a shower stall” (Derry 164). This movie made horror not specific to dark, cliché spooks, but the modern world. Other movies followed the example: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. (1962), Strait-Jacket (1964), Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964), and Pretty Poison (1968) (Derry 164)....   [tags: Fear, Movies, Scary] 849 words
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Spirituality and Its Manifestation in Films - Spirituality is often approached either as a text with an emphasis on scripture and sacred texts, or as ritual with an emphasis on the legal norms. Indeed, many of the studies on religion have approached it from one of these angles. However, focusing solely on sacred texts and rituals can limit our understanding of the experiences and engagements of believers with religion. Today, with breakthroughs in science and advancements in the study of quantum physics, spirituality rises once again to shine upon humanity’s quest for knowing the meaning of reality, of its nature and that of the universe that it belongs to....   [tags: Ciinematography, Emotion] 961 words
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Films During the Great Depression - A variety of films were created during the Great Depression era. For the most part, the films created between 1929 and 1940 featured a better life. Although the Great Depression took a huge toll on many other industries, the film industry still managed to make large profits compared to other businesses. All these films were produced during the same time period however, they all provide different details about life during this time period; specifically, they provide a different look on how women were treated in the 1930s....   [tags: women, equal, work]
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Gender and Sexuality in Hollywood Films - The American black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese was released December 25, 2013 and stars the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie. While on face value The Wolf of Wall Street looks like a film about excessive cocaine binges, long evenings filled with men with cigarettes, large portions of alcoholic consumption, having many sexual escapades with various women and even dwarf tossing from time to time, the film is deeply rooted in perception gender within the genre of The Wolf of Wall Street....   [tags: cinematography, stereotyping]
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The Films of Peter Weir - Any film has the potential to be a largely significant medium among society. Films have the ability to entertain, while proposing new ideas, supporting some, and/or challenging others. Many films have had a major impact on society, and are extremely popular, but does this make them important. I would say that an important film is one that raises important issues, or questions important beliefs, or reminds the audience of what is, or is not, important to society. Peter Weir is a popular director known for the Australian films Picnic at Hanging Rock and Gallipoli....   [tags: Film]
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The Films of Alfred Hitchcock - The films of Alfred Hitchcock, as even the most casual cinephile knows, manage to blend the comic, romantic, tragic, and political, all with a captivating thriller plot. The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes, two works from the 1930s, are no exception. In the former, a Canadian man is charged with the task of carrying a secret into Scotland while on the run from the police; in the latter, an older woman disappears, leaving a bewildered young lady who uncovers a foreign spy ring while trying to find her....   [tags: Film Analysis ] 640 words
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The Art of Horror Films - ... The film also took credit for being one of the first to example story board and having a twist ending. Once the film had been created it lead people to explore the posibilities of the art of horror. Following the creation of The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari was the making of The Golem. This film continued to be remade over the years. It started with a man by the name of Paul Wegener. He was fascinated by the legend of the Golem. The story spoke of a giant clay monster that saved Pragues Jewish citizens for an emperor that believed they were ritually killing children....   [tags: movie genres] 1210 words
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Films of the Great Depression - Films of the Great Depression depict women in many different ways, which show the variety of viewpoints of women in the time period. Women were seen as important members of society in some cases. In others, they were disrespected or seen as objects to be used. Sometimes, the women were the ones using the men. Lastly, the hopeless romantic cannot be forgotten. The various views of women during the Great Depression are shown through the films of the era. The importance of women was appreciated most in the entertainment business....   [tags: women, equal, desrespect]
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Are Books Better than Films? - According to the article, “ Are Books Better than Films?”, “Films can bring whole worlds to life before our eyes, make characters into living, breathing fleshing blood, but books let you live everything” (“Are Books Better than Films?”). Very often book lovers are unsatisfied with the movie adaption of their favorite book. No doubt there have been great book based movies but that does not take the place of reading the actual novel. Reading books is better than watching the movie. This is better because often the movie tends to misinterpret information, which changes the plot, and lack sufficient character development....   [tags: new images, overlook of materials]
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The Films of Michael Moore - Michael Moore, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker is known for his highly controversial documentaries. He appeals to the younger generation, trying to educate people along with addressing our unresolved social issues in the United States. He gives insight to corrupt things that our government is involved in that citizens do not know. Michael Moore continues to prove to be a monumental influence through his work in the movie industry. His main message is to get people to stop following their government blindly, but rather speak out, ask questions, get involved, and most of all shows people’s power to be able to change what needs to be changed....   [tags: Film Industry]
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Suspense Techniques in Slasher Films - In slasher films, suspense is a big factor to what makes the movie intriguing and keeps the audience watching. Suspense causes people to be on the edge of their seat with anxiety and tension with being unsure of what will happen next. It’s the feeling of not knowing what’s in a room in a haunted house when you hear strange sounds coming from it. I feel the best-known film director for his suspenseful movies is Alfred Hitchcock. To create these movies there are many techniques used to create the suspenseful feeling in the movie....   [tags: halloween, Alfred Hitchcock]
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Disney Films: The Little Mermaid - The first thing to pop into one’s mind when they hear The Little Mermaid is most likely the Disney animated movie starring the beautiful red haired mermaid, Ariel. However, as with most Disney films, The Little Mermaid is an adaption of an original story written by Hans Christian Andersen in the 1830s. The creation of this classic fairytale into an animated feature required alterations from the Disney corporation, leading to a final product that is reminiscent of Andersen’s original story with added layers of American culture, sexism, and musical numbers....   [tags: fairytale, christians, ariel]
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Jaws and Jurassic Park Films - Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) and his other film Jurassic Park (1993) both contain a major theme of what makes a successful hero in society. In Jaws, police chief Martin Brody must successfully eliminate the threat of a Great White Shark from attacking Amity Island. In Jurassic Park, billionaire John Hammond creates a theme park where cloned dinosaurs come alive, hoping that his ideal resort becomes a major success. Through the use of film style elements, such as editing and mise-en scene, Spielberg develops Brody’s character as a person who must learn from his past mistakes in order to become a successful hero while Spielberg creates Hammond’s character as a man who only sees himself as a...   [tags: Steven Spielberg movies, film analysis] 1677 words
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Walt Disney Films Analysis - Walt Disney Films are known to be as an incredible and outstanding fantasy stories producer. It created more than a hundred of films. Majority of what has been produced rely on fictional stories. The films that were released used animation to capture children’s interest and musically performed as well. Walt Disney produced fantasy stories like The Little Mermaid 1989; Sleeping Beauty 1959; Beauty and the Beast 1991; Cinderella 1950 and more. The tales most often than not were always about the life of a princess in search of her prince charming....   [tags: Film Analysis ] 1241 words
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How To Analyze Films - Did you know it is more to film broadcasting than just visible viewing it. The ability to analyze films implicates closely examination of cinematography. Cinematography refers to the process in film of lighting a shot and achieving quality in the visual images that are captured. The cinematographer in any film is also known as the director of photography and may be either an artist or a technician. It is this individual who is responsible for ensuring that the images appearing on screen are presented to reflect the mood or the emotional effect and the style seen by the film director, producer, and writer as essential to conveying its meaning....   [tags: Film Analysis]
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Racism in Disney Films - What images come to mind as one reflects upon his or her childhood. Playgrounds, blackboards, and soccer balls may be among the fondest of memories. Yet, for many, mermaids swim their thoughts, princesses get swept off their feet, and lions roar to their royal place in the animal kingdom. Disney films have captivated the American culture for years and have become a pivotal part of popular culture as well as a form of education. However, these films have devoured the youth of America and, in the process; have perpetuated an institutionally racist society based on harsh stereotypes....   [tags: Racism ]
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Media Violence in Films - ... Perhaps even children themselves. If you walk into a movie store do you normally see an older person or a younger person. Media violence desensitizes children from things such as porn, drugs, or violence that may be viewed in their later years. Media violence is not proven “ dangerous” to children above the age of 8(Katz). But, children have also gained a voice in the matter of the media violence issue. They view the violence on things such as games or movies to be helpful in releasing stress and anger....   [tags: gaming industries, sex, drugs]
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Thriller and Suspense Films - Movie genres of all sorts have evolved as time has passed, but have they all evolved equally. Since the start of the nail biting genre, thrillers have always been a suspenseful, on the edge of your seat type film, and ever since the beginning thrillers have continued to evolve into what they have always been; thrillers. The thriller genre is unlike any other movie genre, with its unique ability to blend with nearly any other genre, thrillers have always have been a successful. Unlike other genres, thrillers have found their way to the top of movie universe....   [tags: Thriller Genre]
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History of Horror Films - Nosferatu is a widely inspirational horror, originally made in 1922 it can be interpreted as a stepping stone for cinema not only horror. The story is based loosely on a Dracula theme and in its day it was truly terrifying. As horrors have adapted this production no longer has the same effect in evoking terror within an audience however it has created an outline of which other successful horrors have followed on from. It uses the key element of fantasy characters, ghouls and ghosts aren’t real yet they appear frequently in horrors....   [tags: Nosferatu, dracula, film analysis]
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The Star Wars Films - ... But the Call in Star Wars also consists of a deus ex machina, the arrival of R2-D2 and C3PO, with their fragmented distress call from an unknown woman(it is fair to note here that a key subliminal driver of the archetypal male hero's quest is union with the feminine, even if only in metaphorical and symbolic terms). With the help of R2-D2, Luke is successfully dragged from the nest, so to speak, and pushed onto his path of self actualization. It is at this point of the film that he encounters his first Mentor, Obi Wan Kenobi, who narrowly saves him from a dangerous situation and gives him shelter in his remote cave dwelling....   [tags: key archetypes in the human psyche] 1139 words
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Independent Films - Filipinos started making movies in the year of 1919. The first Filipino to make a movie goes to Jose Nepomuceno, also known as the ”Father of Philippine Movies”, Since then the Philippine movies became hit. Lately after Foreign films rise in the Philippine cinema. In the Year 2000’s, it shows the dramatic decline of the Philippine movie industry. The Hollywood films control the mainstream cinemas even more and the movies produced in Philippines gradually decreases that is why many producers and production companies stop producing movies after losing a million of pesos....   [tags: film industry, filipinos]
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Vérité Moments in Film - It has been asked, "Are reflexive or cinema vérité documentary films more accurate at truthfully representing reality?” This question can be answered many ways. One obvious path is to side with reflexivity, because it is honest about the shortcomings of filmmaking. However, we cannot be so quick to assume to know what the question is asking. The question must be broken down first in order to come to a satisfactory answer. First, a simpler way of thinking about the phrase “truthfully representing reality” is “truth.” Reality and truth are synonymous because by asking what’s true, one is asking what is....   [tags: Films]
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Vietnam Films - As thousands of young men traded in their tees and baseball caps for uniforms and helmets, said good-bye to loved ones, and headed off to Vietnam, many questions were left unanswered as to why the United States was participating in another crusade against communism. For the first time, Americans were able to actually see the devastating effects of the Vietnam War right from the comfort of their own home. Marshall McLuhan, author of Understanding Media and prominent media analyst, once said, "Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room....   [tags: Film Analysis ] 977 words
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The Dipiction of Teens in Society through Films - ... A more recent film, John Tucker Must Die (2006), was used in the current study that reflects modern day beliefs surrounding teenagers (Thomas). The current study’s hypothesis states that the major teens’ behaviors in the film will be interpreted in a more negative perspective by the researcher due to its more recent depiction on society than the films used in Stern’s (2005) study through the behaviors of socializing at school, socializing at outside of school, making out, and extracurricular activities....   [tags: behavior, media, peers] 2468 words
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Horror Genre Films - ... A horror movies tradition is to include a large amount of violence and gore into the plot. Though the genre has its own style, Horror film often overlap into Thriller and Science-Fiction genre (Alien, 1979). Technical codes in horror movies commonly builds up the tension in the scenes being filmed, Using Long takes (Hostel, 2005). All Horror movies use the key of low key lighting very commonly in Documentary horror genre to enhance the suspense of what is occurring (the Blair Witch Project, 1999)....   [tags: movie making] 577 words
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Novels vs Films - The Webster's New World College dictionary (2005) defines novels as relatively long fictional prose narrative and films as a sequence of photographs projected on a screen in such a rapid succession that they create an optical illusion of movement (p.529 & p.988) . These two genres have been the main topic of an age old debate. The debate revolves around the question, which are better novels or films. People tend to have different opinions on whether books or movies tell a better story.The debate continues to grow due to Hollywood making more and more movies based on books....   [tags: The Lord of the Flies, Beloved, Morrison, Golding]
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Italian Neorealismd Films - Italian neorealism, a film movement pioneered in Italy is recognised by its use of non professional actors, being shot on location, and plots concerning the working class or the impoverished. Italian neorealist films dealt with difficulties faced everyday by the working class; the stories were prompted by the conditions left after the second world war, and they often had open ended narratives. Stylistically the films were loose, fluid, often documentary-like.[1] Neorealist pioneer, Cesare Zavattini, wished to eradicate the use of contrived plots and professional actors, and the critic Umberto Barbaro stated Neo-Realism will take care of what is lacking in current Italian cinema....   [tags: Reality, Politics]
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Blockbuster History Films - ... The film also accurately portrays why the American Revolution started within the opening sequence of the film; that being the revolt against british taxation without any American representation. “The American Revolution came about, fundamentally, because by 1763 the English-speaking communities on the far side of the Atlantic had matured to an extent that their interests and goals were distinct from those of the ruling classes in the mother country.” However, despite the historical accuracies, the film depicts various inaccurate characteristics such as some states offering freedom to African Americans serving in the war for a period of three years....   [tags: information, detail, historians, media] 1643 words
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The Growing Use of VFX in Contemporary Films - As of the end of 2013 the all time box office top 5 films include Avatar, Titanic, Marvel's The Avengers, The Dark Knight and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. This is clear evidence of the audience growing appeal for Hollywood spectacle. But what is the Hollywood spectacle. From epic landscape to sumptuous interior; from visions of space, aliens and future cityscapes to explosive action and adventure: expansive vistas spread out across the width of the big screen, their presence magnified by the aural impact of multichannel sound....   [tags: spectacle, narrative, cgi] 2085 words
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Taking a Closer Look at Race Films - ... Later we find him livid at a customer’s bigotry towards him and Josie, which ends with Duff being let go. Unemployed from nearly all jobs in town, Duff can no longer support his family. Mentally, he is unable to accept this and as a result he physically abuses Josie and leaves. Now that we have a basic understanding of the two films, we can move forward with the analysis and the role that religion plays in their stories. In The Blood of Jesus, what does Martha’s “unchurched” husband symbolize....   [tags: cinematography, movies for all-black audiences]
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Alternatives to Live-Action Fictional Films - Is there an alternative to live action fictional films. And if there is an alternative is there a chance it could be entertaining. Who doesn’t enjoy a good fiction film. In Film: An Introduction by William H. Phillips, we learn that the alternative to such films can be both enlightening and entertaining (299). What type of film could be both enlightening and entertaining. Documentaries are. There is potential in a documentary film, also referred to as non-fictional films, which fictional films cannot grasp....   [tags: Film, Documentary] 652 words
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Space Adventure Films - The success of Space adventure films have grown tremendously in the last twenty years, mainly because of all the advancements in computer generated images, and the advancements in the film industry. “Space adventure films have excellent graphics and color schemes, including visual effects, special effects, and being culturally, and historically significant.” It’s amazing how much the film industry has grown in a short period of time, with the impact of imagined innovations in science, technology, imaginary elements, and science fiction....   [tags: Film, Movies]
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Swedish Vampire Films and Their Effect On Youth - Vampire films are gaining popularity in many countries. The majority of these vampire films portray one-dimensional love or horror stories. Unlike other vampire films, Let the Right One In is a complex film and novel that can be interpreted to reflect social problems in Sweden. The film and novel illustrates a divide between young people and adults in Swedish society. These different age groups are represented by different characters. The Swedish vampire, Eli, is not simply a monster, but she is a complex character with which the audience can sympathize as she appears to be a twelve year old girl....   [tags: Cinematic Themes]
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Suspense Is Crucial in Horror and Thriller Films - ... This is done through the use of the colour red presented through a coat and lipstick that two female characters wear. The character who seems to be the mother of a family was originally viewed wearing a cream coloured coat, but as the scene changes, she has changed to a black dress. This also symbolizes her fate within the movie. Secondly, a round about is used where a child character is laying. As she is not spinning it herself, it suggests that she is not in control of her actions which could later reveal many characteristics she has....   [tags: basic ingredients in cinematography]
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Analysis of Slasher Films Through Scream - Film is an important part of American culture. Movies provide us with various kinds of entertainment due to a wide array of genres. A “slasher” film, as defined by Carol Clover (author of the horror film analysis Men, Women and Chainsaws) are “the immensely generative story of a psychokiller who slashes to death a string of mostly female victims, one by one until he is subdued or killed, usually by the one girl who has survived”. One of the most popular slasher films of the late 90’s was Wes Craven’s “Scream”....   [tags: slasher film, horror, evil] 1072 words
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Incongruent Historical Films: Inglourious Basterds - Often a film's worth goes beyond what it explicitly discusses, as a films' narrative's nuances and subtleties can communicate more value to the audience than what his clearly stated. This is especially pertinent in historically inaccurate films. Quentin Tarantino's latest two films, Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012), are set in a historical time period, but despite this background these are not history films. Both films are brimming with anachronisms and historical inaccuracies, as many similar films are....   [tags: quentin tarino, django unchained]
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A Spiritual Awakening: A Reflection On Spiritual Films - A Spiritual Awakening: A Reflection On Spiritual Films “What I thought was unreal, now for me... seems in some ways to be more real than what I think to be real... which seems now more to be unreal.” What the Bleep Do We Know, Fred Alan Wolf, Theoretical Physicist Spirituality is often approached either as a dogma with an emphasis on scripture and sacred texts, or as ritual with an emphasis on the legal norms. Certainly, many of the studies on religion have approached it from one of these angles....   [tags: Cinematography, Movies, Religion]
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Female Portrayal in Disney Cartoon Films - ... Blogger Polly defends Ariel by writing, “Ursula is a woman who knows what she wants, and what she wants is leverage over King Triton. And Ariel is merely sweet sixteen.” in her blog post titled “A Feminist Defense of Ariel”. Despite the fact that Ariel’s portrayal in the beginning of The Little Mermaid was a positive, non-sexist approach by Disney many people believe that towards the end of the movie, she relied on her father and prince to save her. This occurs after her trading in her voice for legs in order to win the man she loved over....   [tags: unrealistic female roles and role models] 2203 words
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Pleasing Films for Historians and Mainstream Audiences - ... Many of us started crying. I saw people dying by bashing their heads against the wall. Others jumped into the river.” The mass executions and violence are also shown in City of Life and Death, directed by Lu Chuan and released in 2009. The black and white historical drama focuses on the invasion of Nanking and the aftermath. Manohla Dargis writes in her New York Times review of the film: “City of Life and Death isn’t cathartic: it offers no uplifting moments, just the immodest balm of art....   [tags: accurate, documentary, portrayal] 3086 words
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Performing In Pornographic Films And the Risks Involved - Pornography has been a controversial topic throughout history. With the advent of the V.C.R. Pornographic film industry blew up in the 1980's then again with the Internet in the late 1990's. With the knowledge that wealth could be attained by anybody beautiful enough and willing to have sex on camera, the industry exploded with tons of new talent. Unfortunately, there are severe risks involved in the pornographic film industry: STD'S, mental health disorders, drug addiction, and other harmful affects that should have potential performers thinking twice....   [tags: Health ]
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The Princesses in Disney’s Animated Films - ... The role changes for the man, and he becomes rather the weak one in the end of the film, than the hero. The movie Pocahontas is a good example of this. The film was first released in June 1995. It was directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg directed it. The plot is about a native princess named Pocahontas, the beautiful daughter of Chief Powhatan, discovers English settlers trying to explore their land and ends up falling in love with one of them named John Smith. Captain John Smith arrives in the ‘New World’ leading many trained English soldiers....   [tags: hero, image, pocahontas] 1093 words
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The Epic Hero Archetype in Films, and Literature - As Beowulf possessed incredible the strength of 30 men, Luke Skywalker the force, and Harry Potter magic, epic heroes continue in every form of today’s entertainment and storytelling. Every culture from the beginning has had their own tales of heroes accomplishing great feats that no one else could. An epic hero is an icon for everyone to relate to, they symbolize different lessons to learn. The epic hero archetype exists as a source of entertainment but also as a demonstrative tool. Their morals and actions are there to help shape our own actions in life....   [tags: heroes] 844 words
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Brazilian National Films: The City of God - If you run, the buck catches; if you stay, the buck eats The City of God is one of the greatest Brazilian national films of all time. This film is an amazing piece of art. A huge part of the success was observed in terms of the narrative, genre and values. However, the genres features could possibly be the themes of the film and the fears and concerns of the characters are very specific to their sceneries. The film conquered its goal in showing the poverty involving the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro and the madness that accompanies it....   [tags: rio de janeiro, poverty]
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Gandhi's Vision and Life in Attenborough's Films - ... It had its roots in culture, society, and tradition. Consequently, he could point two key features as the spirit of his ideology and philosophy: truth and nonviolence (Joseph, 2008m p.17). Indeed, nonviolence, as an ethical principle, is commonly regarded as the foundation stone to Gandhi’s philosophy. However, he place this principle in a hierarchical order of values, where truth as a goal pave the way to nonviolence. In his opinion, the goal has superior value than the means used to reach it....   [tags: Sufi Sheikh, Al Mureed] 1165 words
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Alfred Hitchcock´s Life and Films - Alfred Hitchcock, the incredible director who brilliantly integrated sex, humor and suspense in his movies passed away over three decades ago. Despite the thirty years since his death, the legacy of films he made continues. His work has influenced many of the great directors today, and inspired the foundation of the spin off television series Bates Motel. To better interpret the films he created, it is essential to understand the creator of them and examine how his past life traumas and deep inner-thoughts in reality transpired through the fictitious worlds that he created on the big screen....   [tags: Alfred Hitchcock Biography]
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Critiquing Films Provide a Deeper Meaning - Introduction The Dream Girls film is a wonderful musical drama, yet merely watching the movie does not deliver the impact that ‘seeing’ the movie can. Evaluating elements of their construction and bringing together an effective message. While watching a movie is good, being able to critique film assists you to not just watch but to ‘see’ the movie; because it makes messages clearer, it inhibits social interaction, and it brings deeper understanding of a movie. In this critical analysis I will show the reasons that the elements of film making are critical in receiving the story or message being conveyed....   [tags: Dream Girls]
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Film Analysis: The Coen Brother's Films - Speculation and analysis of the Coen brothers’ films has often portrayed them as drivers rather than reflectors of pop culture; NPR wrote earlier this year “The Coen brother's sparked a bluegrass revival with taheir 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou. – will they do the same for folk with their latest movie Inside Llewyn Davis?”1 But the posing of this question and the assumption of Inside Llewyn Davis as a top-down culture creator ignores that folk has always maintained a strong presence in American culture, and suggesting that a single film can bring folk ‘back into style’ ignores folk’s ongoing status as a key tenet of American culture and identity; as sociologist Leo Marx writes in his...   [tags: honesty, post nostalgia, american pop culture]
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