African American representation in the film industry has always been a topic for discussion. Whether talking about character types and roles, the actors being cast or not cast, and the lack of diversity in front of and behind the camera. ‘The contemporary status of race in mainstream American culture is intimately bound to the process of representation within and through the mass media.’ (Rocchio, 2000, p. 4). Any role that was to be played by an African American kept in with the dominant stereotypes of the time of production; incompetent, child like, hyper-sexualised or criminal.
Enough is a 2002 thriller directed by Michael Apted and written by Nicholas Kazan. This film is very similar to the Stephen King’s 1995 film adaptation of Dolores Claiborne directed by Taylor Hackford. The protagonists in both these films find themselves trapped in abusive relationships and turn to drastic means to protect themselves and their daughters. In the film Enough, Slim runs away with her daughter from her abusive husband to protect her life whereas, Dolores, in Dolores Claiborne is trapped in her little small town with her husband who is abusive to her and is now sexually abusing their daughter. These women find themselves in these abusive relationships and become empowered to take control of their lives. The writers skillfully use literary elements in these films to convey this message.
From the scratches on George’s boots to the height of the doors, the setting of the novel was smoothly translated from the book to the stage. The words on the pages came physically to life on the platform of The Springer Opera House. They affectively set the 1930s near Soledad, California, in the Salinas Valley. The costumes, props, lighting, and sounds enhanced the scene of a small, southern ranch during grueling times.
The movie Doubt is set in a private Catholic School in 1960s. Sister Aloysius is the principal of the school, and Father Flynn is the clergyman in the church. While the movie deals with some moral dilemmas such as doubt versus certainty, rigidity versus openness and so on, the central theme of the story pivots on accusation on Father Flynn of child molestation. The story has a hanging ending where Father Flynn is proven neither guilty nor proven innocent. Based on the contents of the movie and my own analysis, I believe that certainty plays a bigger role in accusations and I believe that Father Flynn had been falsely blamed and I am also against the rigidity of the society.
poster typically has the white cowboy large, presented front and center, with the antagonists and co-stars all behind him. An iconic western, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, has a poster picturing the white cowboy alone. Clint Eastwood stands there tall, stoic, and singular. Typical of most other westerns, the white cowboy is the center of attention. Here, however, there are two non-white figures presented: Bart, the Black cowboy, and a large Native American chief. This movie poster has the same style as other westerns with the color and layout, but is unique in the fact that a black man is presented where a white man would normally be dominating. Once again, this makes a statement about racial improvements. Previously having a black man at
Saw is a American horror film directed by James Wan. The film is about a killer who calls himself the Jigsaw. He kills and/or “teaches” his victims to respect life. He watches his victims and then abducts them when learning their problems in life.
Roland Joffé’s The Mission excellently demonstrates the powerful, far reaching, and frankly, life changing effects cultural interaction between differing cultures can have. Set in the mid 18th century in the Amazon rainforest, the film primarily focuses on Father Gabriel, a Jesuit missionary played by Jeremy Irons, as he establishes a Christian mission for the purpose of converting the native Guarani people, and later as he organizes a resistance effort opposing the closing of the mission. In critical instances throughout the movie, the positive effect of cultural interaction is evidently clear, as the Guarani way of life is greatly improved through the knowledge and technology Father Gabriel, Mendoza and the rest of the mission introduce to the Guarani, while in other scenes the obvious downsides of cultural interaction are violently and brutally exposed as Portuguese settlers destroy the mission and enslave the Guarani.
“There once was a time in this business when I had the eyes of the whole world! But that wasn't good enough for them, oh no! They had to have the ears of the whole world too. So they opened their big mouths and out came talk. Talk! TALK!” (Sunset Boulevard). The film Sunset Boulevard directed by Billy Wilder focuses on a struggling screen writer who is hired to rewrite a silent film star’s script leading to a dysfunctional and fatal relationship. Sunset Boulevard is heavily influenced by the history of cinema starting from the 1930s to 1950 when the film was released.
The Big Short
With an outstanding star studded cast, The Big Short tells a tragic, yet marvelous story of some bold investors, and what they did to make billions. Adam McKay delivers the story of true story of how some brilliant investors made billions during an economic collapse in America. Distinguished actors such as Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling, depict these true events in an unconventional, but entertaining way. McKay uses unconventional techniques to explain complex financial terms such as subprime mortgages and collateralized debt obligations using different cameos like Margot Robbie and Anthony Bourdain. McKay successfully turned an economic disaster into a Hollywood masterpiece.
Hollywood over the years has impacted many lives from movie stars in feature films, to the audience impacted by the message a film portrays. Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder, is an interesting depiction of Hollywood in the 1950s. The film, named after the boulevard that runs through Los Angeles and Beverly Hills California, primarily takes place in a mansion owned by a washed up film star, Norma Desmond. Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter stumbles upon Norma’s mansion by accident while running from the police, and ultimately his problems. Gillis is ushered in by Norma’s butler, Max, and realizes that he is met face to face with an old Hollywood star. Once Norma realizes he is a screenwriter, they instantly fall into conversation