Action Films Essays

  • The Representation of Women in Action Films

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    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 Reasons Behind the Popularity of Action Films

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    The Reasons Behind the Popularity of Action Films In this essay I am going to explore the conventions of action films and their popularity. People love action films, and when they go to see one there are conventions you would expect to see in the film All plots of action films are based on the same outline, Hero and villain meet, there's a disruption of order, and mission, then everything is sorted out when the villain dies and everything returns to normal. There are Stock characters that

  • Representation of Women in Action Films

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    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

  • American and Hong Kong Action Films

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    American and Hong Kong Action Films When comparing the action films of Hong Kong to the typical action films of America, certain differences are clearly visible. The films from Hong Kong feature more melodrama, more fast-paced action scenes, and most noticeably, more graphic violence, than the action films released in the US. When looking at what these Hong Kong films were influenced by, especially the films of John Woo, it is surprising to see that many of these differences from American cinema

  • Negligence In The Film A Civil Action

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    The movie “A Civil Action” released on January 8, 1999 provides viewers with an extraordinary story of the nightmare that occurred in Woburn Massachusetts in the late 1970’s. The people of this small town at the time had no idea what was going on until there were various cases of Leukemia in small children that ultimately resulted in the early passing of them. The people eventually had gone to find out that the drinking water in this small town was contaminated and there were many women that stepped

  • Chase Scenes In Action Films

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    From on-foot to motorcycle to car, chase scenes constitute an essential part in action movies. Not only do chase scene reinforce a sense of danger and thrills in movies, but they also allow audiences to enjoy in moments of speed and actions as they identify with the protagonist. In this paper, I will examine chase scenes of action movies from five different cultures: Hong Kong, Thailand, France, U.S. and Canada, and compare the differences with regards to cinematography between these movies and discuss

  • Hitchcocks North By Northwest: The Birth of the Modern Action Film

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    their first films, thus establishing the French New Wave. In Italy, Fellini created the elegant La Dolce Vita, and Antonioni gave us L’avventura. Most importantly, though, in America, famed British director Alfred Hitchcock gave us the classic thriller North by Northwest, the father of the modern action film. Throughout the history of filmmaking, many different genres have thrived such as the romantic comedy, giving us such classics as Bringing up Baby and His Girl Friday. The war film gave us All

  • Alternatives to Live-Action Fictional Films

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    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. According

  • Exploring the Film Genres of Horror, Science Fiction, and Action Movies

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    and action and enthusiasm in the action movies are some credits that makes people’s engrossment. Even so could all movies create an entertainment and make people experience their thoughts of imaginations in the real world. What are the most interesting things about these film genres, which could establish a fantasy world for their fans to escape to their imaginations and live with it? Participating in suspense, adventure, mysteries, and discovery amuse audiences every time they watch films. There

  • The Five Families Involved In The Film A Civil Action

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    In the movie A civil action, Jan Schichtman plays a leading roll as the lawyer for Plaintiff. 5 children had died from cancer/Leukemia. The 5 families involved in the horrid incident were the toomys,Auferos,Andersons,Kaynes and robins. The families believe their children have died from foul water coming from the river near by, believing something must have leaked or made its way into the water. Jan initially didn't want to take on this roll, yet because Jan is a Lawyer that is all about money. But

  • Masculinity In Action Film Analysis

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    Action movie takes a great part of Chinese cinema, and masculinity is the major issue of this genre which reflected traditional Chinese culture and values. According to Yu's idea of Chinese masculinity in cinema, it mainly represent male-dominated action genres. However, masculinity tradition has been changed since the founding of new wave wuxia films from 1960s to 1970s. Yanggang opposites to the traditional view of 'weak male', which means masculinity and macho in modern Chinese society that

  • The Film Analysis Of Ford's Romantic Action Western Film

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    The film is beautifully shot in black and white, using Ford’s trademark of great depth of field that visually displays the stunning geography, combined with chiaroscuro lighting by cinematographer Joseph MacDonald and edited by Dorothy Spencer. The film has a wonderful film noir quality, moody, and dramatic night shots. By dawn, the camera captures the magnificent desert landscape that seems tailored made for Ford’s romantic action western film. Enhanced by the musical direction by Alfred Newman

  • John Wayne

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    the busiest — movie leading man in Hollywood history, John Wayne entered the film business while working as a laborer on the Fox Studios lot during summer vacations from university, which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies, and dramas. Wayne was cast in small roles in Ford's late-'20s films, occasionally under the name Duke Morrison. It was Ford who recommended Wayne

  • Cinematography In The Matrix

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    The Matrix is a sci-fi action film about a computer hacker named Neo that has been brought into another world deemed “the matrix.” The Matrix is a prime example of cinematography. The film uses many different types of cinematography such as mise-en-scene, special effects, and camera shots to make it interesting and entertaining to the audience guiding their attention to the important aspects of the film. Mise-en-scene is used in many different parts of the movie to help the viewers feel as if they

  • The Importance Of Female Characters

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    as building blocks for the development and expansion of our culture.” (Kurtz, 2013) Lead female roles took on a stronger action role; no longer are the princesses waiting in the tower now they are rescuing Prince Charming. Today’s female action heroine is nothing like her former incarnations. Even Rothman notes that Hollywood has gone “heroine chic” and today’s female action star is smarter and stronger than any “totalitarian regimes”. She is without fear, but is still a woman at heart who has

  • The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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    “The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”is an action adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and is adapted from a video game known as the same name. The story is mainly about the life of Dastan, a Persian prince and his adventure with Princess Tamina and a special dagger known as Dagger of Time. The dagger is so unique because it has a special power which allows the one who activates it to return to the past. Unlike his elder brothers, Dastan is not the usual prince with royal blood.

  • Mad Max Fury Road Essay

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    2015 Australian action film Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller, the film is set in a dystopian world where all civilization has failed which led to it becoming a wasteland, Max Rockatansky, Imperator Furiosa along with five wives and a war boy called Nux get chased by the evil Immortan Joe and his army as they try to escape from his captivity. Since Mad Max is an action film, it consists of so many different elements that made the movie so appealing to watch. The film segment that will

  • The Hero’s Journey

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    The Hero’s Journey Watching a film, one can easily recognize plot, theme, characterization, etc., but not many realize what basic principle lies behind nearly every story conceived: the hero’s journey. This concept allows for a comprehensive, logical flow throughout a movie. Once the hero’s journey is thoroughly understood, anyone can pick out the elements in nearly every piece. The hero’s journey follows a simple outline. First the hero in question must have a disadvantaged childhood. Next

  • How Mise-en-scene and Cinematography are Used in an Opening Sequence to an Action Adventure Film

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    How Mise-en-scene and Cinematography are Used to Position the Audience and Create Effect in an Opening Sequence to an Action Adventure Film In Entrapment the opening sequence plays a key role in captivating the audience and setting the plot for the rest of the film. Mise-en-scene and cinematography are vital in positioning the audience and creating a sense of mystery which will attract the audience to keep watching. Mise-en-scene refers to everything put in front of the camera during filming

  • How to Train Your Dragon

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    “How to Train Your Dragon” – something everybody would want to learn, especially if one could train a Night Fury. Set in the mythical world of muscular Vikings and almighty dragons, this animated comedic action movie narrates about how the unlikely friendship between a Viking teenager, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and a dragon changes his life (Dragon, 2010). The main setting of this movie is the island Berk, home of the Viking warriors for seven generations. They are tough and every one of them