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John Q: an Ethical Analys and Review

The film John Q provides a model for the analysis and demonstration of ethical principles of distributive justice as they pertain to healthcare and, more specifically, organ allocation in the face of scarcity. The film portrays the shortcomings of a managed care system as well as the pitfalls of a libertarian approach to allocation. Here…

Moulin Rouge

Taking risks are essential for one to live life to the fullest. Indeed, taking risks may be dangerous and impacts one’s life negatively, but this allows individuals to encounter experiences that may be beneficial as it is a positive way to learn new skills and to test one’s limits and the limits of others. This…

Exploring stereotypes through the film Crash 2005

Stereotypes often reflect and are formed from dominant hegemonic values of that specific time. In victor Fleming’s Gone with the Wind (1939) characters such as ‘mammy’ clearly reflected the dominant ideological beliefs of that era. With the acceptance of slave labor shaping these beliefs she was representative of the expected and accepted historic black stereotypes…

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Analysis Duke Mitchell Top Gun

Masterpiece is the only word used to describe this film. Tony Scott, the director, made this film as good as it can get. Following, “Top Gun’s” success in box office, with everybody scrambling to watch it, Tony Scott found himself one of Hollywood’s best action directors in the 1980s. His best achievement came when “Top…

Shakespeare in love Analysis

In this media assignment, I will be looking at and interpreting the film Shakespeare in Love. Although at first the film looks to be fairly normal, there are subtle things, which generally make it more appealing to us. The director needed to add these subtle things to make the film look and feel realistic, so…

The Simpsons Movie

In ‘The Simpsons Movie’, director David Silverman and his team of producers: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully and Richard Sakai use humour to incorporate other relevant messages into the film. Three of the most important factors are environment, government and family relationships. At the beginning of the Simpsons Movie, David Silverman…

Let him have it and The Daily Mail

In November 1952 a policeman was shot dead and another left wounded in what the Daily Mail called a ‘gun battle’ when Christopher Craig and Derek Bentley broke into the Barlow and Parker warehouse in Croydon. I have looked at two media sources of information regarding this event. A newspaper article taken from the Daily…

Four Brothers

Four Brothers was released in 2005 worldwide and told an amazing story about four adoptive brothers who are not blood related going through the trauma of losing their adoptive mother in a gruesome murder attack and work together to capture their mothers killer for revenge. Although these brothers are not blood related, they show the…

Shrek

Shrek is a comical animated fairytale based variously on literary archetypes and Disney-esque tropes. However, this fairy tale theme has been subverted using numerous presentational devices throughout the film, in many different ways. I am going to explain thoroughly how this is revised and shown in the film. At the opening of the film, the…

How does the director of The Green Mile arouse sympathy for the character of John Coffey

The “Green Mile” is a film based on a Stephan King novel. The story is shown through a series of flash backs told by Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks). The director picks Tom Hanks for a reason. Tom always plays roles of the “good guy” in films, the director wanted to get across that Paul Edgecomb…

The persuasive techniques used by Michael Moore in three scenes from his film ‘Bowling for Columbine

Michael Moore produced the film Bowling for Columbine with the intention of persuading the viewers that gun laws are too relaxed in the United States. He believes that these laws have both contributed and added to, what he describes as a state of perpetual paranoia and a culture of fear amongst all of America’s citizens….

The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

The Lord of the Rings was written by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1954 and has become one of the most well known and read books in history. Christmas 2001 saw the long awaited release of the first part of the film trilogy directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson. The films took eighteen months to make and…

English Film Review For Cruel Intentions

Sebastian is stuck in every adolescent’s dream. At an age where his hormones are raging out of control he questions the policy of respecting women and love. Day in, day out women fall at his feet and all he has to do is work his cunning charm to rob them of their purity. Being sent…

Analyse the film Titanic

In this assignment I intend to analyse the film “Titanic” in light of the statement “A tale of forbidden love and courage in the face of disaster that triumphs as a true masterpiece”. On April 10th 1912 the White Star Line luxury cruiser Titanic set sail. The Titanic was the largest ship of its day…

The representation of the working class northern man in Billy Elliot and The Full Monty

Everyone has a stereotyped view about some one else, we prejudge people all the time, whether it’s because of their background, how they look or where they come from. In Billy Elliot and The Full Monty the director challenges the stereotype of the working class northern man; we see the men as the typical stereotype…

‘The Longest Day’ (1962) and ‘Saving Private Ryan’ (1998)

Both these scenes are representing different directors’ interpretations of the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach. Darryl F. Zanuck directed ‘The Longest Day’ in 1962. The film was made only seventeen years after the end of the Second World War, and so Zanuck had to keep in mind that some people’s memories of the war were…

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) is an 11-year-old boy living in northeast England in the mid-1980s. While his gruff father and brother are taking part in a massive coal miners strike, Billy goes to boxing lessons and furtively plays his dead mother’s piano out of loneliness. One day Billy notices a ballet class nearby. Intrigued, he…

The Truman Show Film

In class we have been studying The Truman Show. A film where one man lives under the hands of the media. His whole life has been one lie; everything he stood for was fraud. The Truman show is self-reflexive. This means the content of the film is reflecting the media itself. The Truman Show is…

A Clockwork Orange

‘A Clockwork Orange’ written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, is a 1971 adaption of the 1962 novel ‘A Clockwork Orange’, written by Anthony Burgess. The film portrays modification of the protagonist, Alex’s behavior, through the method of operative conditioning. Kurbrick uses violence and sexual images throughout the movie, but distances the viewer to emphasize for…

How can we account for the lack of box office success of Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind had excellent reviews both before the release of the film and after. The Internet Movie Database which is the most comprehensive information site on almost every film ranks it as the 32 best films ever released with a score of 8. 6 out of 10. Other good examples are…

Consider the way genre conventions are used in the opening sequence of Blade Runner

Blade Runner was made in 1982 and was directed by Ridley Scott. Made a long time after the classic Noir film making period of the forties and fifties, this neo noir sci-fi thriller was a bricolage of genres and highly original. Described as ‘visually overwhelming’, this movie has become a cult classic, and there are…

The Trial of Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig

I think the speech for the prosecution is effective because it in a way leads you to believe that Craig and Bentley are just as guilty as each other, which isn’t necessarily true. The speech is cleverly written by having left out certain maybe even crucial pieces of information such as Bentley’s mental age of…

James Bond films

James Bond is a simple secret agent based on the books by Ian Fleming that were first created in the early 1950s, but has become an international British legend and the most successful film franchise ever. In forty years, twenty films have been made starring five different actors, each film being as brilliant and unique…

Evolving The Gangster Genre

The word Genre is used in film to describe and categorize the different types of films that have certain elements that make them the same as the other films that would fit into that genre. The audience of the films should be able to recognise what the genre is through the way the characters act…

To what extent does the Dogme 95 ‘movement’ challenge the conventional aesthetics of film narrative

The earlier part of the 20th Century was, according to Widding (1998), the Golden Age of Danish Cinema. It was to be a short lived success and from then on Danish Cinema remained a marginal film country and saw a slow transition into modern film. In the later part of the 20th Century, during the…

Creating a Promotional Package for a New Film

The task was to construct a promotional package for a new film. This has to include at least four stills from the film, a video cover and a poster we chose this brief as it gave us the chance to use a different medium from our as project and also we believed this brief would…

Is it more useful to analyse Scarface (1932), Scarface (1983) and Goodfellas (1990) as genre films

The Gangster film has always struggled to maintain a precarious balance; to portray the Gangster as a charismatic and crowd-pleasing character, at the expense of his eventual demise for the social good. The Gangster, as Robert Warshow puts it, is a quintessential ‘tragic hero’, a character whose very nature and deeds ultimately condemn them to…

Blair Witch Trials

, The Blair Witch Project can be said to be a landmark in the history of the horror film. It introduced a new kind of horror, as it gave us the story of real people in real situation filming real events. This had not been done before, and it scared people in a completely different…

Shrek Movie Review Essay

“Hilarious, irreverent digitally-animated fable from the makers of Antz. A Scottish ogre, a talking donkey, a midget tyrant, a princess with a secret and a whole raft of fairy-tale characters poke fun at uptightness and dole out liberalism.” Shrek!! The highly indulgent topic of cinematic conversation ever since its release during late 2001. Well, impressed…

Alfred Hitchcock Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most notorious films and still is after all these years. The story is about a woman called Marion Crane who picks the wrong place to spend a night. The Bates Motel which is run by a young man called Norman Bates and his old ”mother”. Hitchcock’s murder set-pieces…

Blade Runner 1882

Blade Runner, made in 1882 is a highly acclaimed film produced director Ridley Scott. In this film Replicants have successfully made it to earth and must be eliminated or ‘retired’ by a blade runner or special policeman employed to remove the Replicants and preventing them from becoming a threat to the human race. The streets…

Educating Rita Play Script

Educating Rita is a story about a working class woman who wants to become Educated. Both the play script and the film were written and developed by Willy Russell; both are very similar except from slight changes with regards to setting and character. The audience, and therefore the audience interpretation, would also differ. The film…

Nosferatu Meaning

F.W Murnau’s film Nosferatu starts off with an eerie title sequence, the background is black with green writing and a ‘symphony of horrors’ is playing in the background. This allows the audience to immediately recognize what type of genre the film is going to be, as black is commonly associated with dark or evil and…

A Knight S Tale

Film trailers are a most effective and popular way to promote and advertise a film. They are shown at cinemas and on TV to catch the audience’s attention and to let the viewer know what the film is about. They are often shown many months before the film is due for release to let fans…

Twilight Essay

From the pale cold skin to the swift unnatural reflexes, Twilight has become the number one teen movie. Based on the world’s best selling novel written by Stephanie Meyer, the film is about a seventeen year old girl named Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Bella moves from sunny Arizona to rainy Washington. She had willingly left…

Duality In Psycho

Hitchcock presents duality and the complexity of the human nature by using contrast in the film. The main kinds of contrast shown in the film are black and white, light and shadow, and the fight between good and evil. In the film see that there are two sides to people’s personality’s, hitchhike often shows this…

Dog Day Afternoon True Story

I’m going to talk about my favourite film. It’s called Dog-day afternoon and is a true story. It happened in Brooklyn in 1792 and covers 12 hours worth of a bank robbery that went very wrong. The focus of the film is the main character Sonny who has organised the robbery. But from the moment…

Million Dollar Baby Review

If you’re expecting the old sports movie cliche of all is good in the end, think again. In my opinion thiis is by far one of the greatest movies in the sports genre and is an outstanding come back for 75-year old Hollywood icon Eastwood. Although the title is not exactly of the best for…

Nosferatu Genre

Nosferatu is a name that conjured fear into the hearts of early filmgoers. A masterpiece of silent film, the strength of this classic and the genre it spawned stands testament to the ability of German Expressionist F. W Murnau. Nosferatu pioneered the Vampire sub-genre of films. It was the first of its ilk, only placed…

Schindler’s List Essay

Schindler’s list was a challenge for the film’s director Steven Spielberg; he had to get across the pain, suffering and tragedy that the Jews went through. But could he manage to get this across successfully? The opening sequence sets the mood for the film as it gives you a good idea of the dramatic, devastating…

Borat Review

Talent is luck and right now no other comedian has more of it than Sacha Baron Cohen as seen in his latest smash hit Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for make benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Borat has evolved from Cohen’s former creation Ali G in da house. Writer Larry Charles and comic genius Sacha…

The Wrong Trousers Band

The ‘Wrong Trousers’ is an animated film using claymation. It is about three characters, Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw. Nick Park has produced it. The film communicates through spoken words, expressions, music and references to other types of entertainment like detective films and circuses. All these different forms make it appeal to different people. Claymation…

Scream Psycho

The film “Psycho” would have shocked the audience when the film was first released in 1960, and due to the well thought out story line and unpredictable ending, still would have the audience captivated in the year 2002. Hitchcock kept pushing the boundaries as to how far a horror film could go. This kept the…

Saving Private Ryan Analysis

The first half-hour of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ is a massive attack of colours sound and horrifyingly realistic pictures. The first thing you see as the camera zooms into the old James Ryan’s eye after the war, at the memorial graveyard in France, is a dulled shaky image of a boat sailing the English channel. There…

T2 Judgement Day

The original Terminator, made in 1984 is set in the year 2029, battles rage between the super-intelligent machines that rule the world, and the last vestiges of humanity, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) suddenly finds herself stalked by an unstoppable destructible killing machine- a cyborg terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), sent from the future to kill her and…

Harry Potter Film Poster

The poster does give an indication of the genre because there is a castle in the background which indicates that it has something to do with schools as the children in the poster are also wearing school uniform. The teachers look incredibly strict because they are not smiling and their facial expressions are dreadfully cheerless….

Empire Of The Sun Movie

The sample essay on Empire Of The Sun Movie deals with a framework of research-based facts, approaches, and arguments concerning this theme. To see the essay’s introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion, read on. Steven Spielberg’s film The Empire of the Sun, based on J G Ballard’s novel, follows the experience of James (Jim) Graham during…

Violence In Films Essay

The following academic paper highlights the up-to-date issues and questions of Violence In Films Essay. This sample provides just some ideas on how this topic can be analyzed and discussed. Clip 1&2 Commando and Die Hard: In both of these clips watched the representation of violence is made in a way that it isn’t serious…

Bend It Like Beckham Analysis

This essay sample on Bend It Like Beckham Analysis provides all necessary basic information on this matter, including the most common “for and against” arguments. Below are the introduction, body and conclusion parts of this essay. Don’t’ be misunderstood by title! Bend it Like Beckham actually has little to do with David Beckham. The main…

Shrek Lord Farquaad

The following academic paper highlights the up-to-date issues and questions of Shrek Lord Farquaad. This sample provides just some ideas on how this topic can be analyzed and discussed. In this essay I am going to analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad and write how filmmakers use different presentational devices to create an…

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