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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…

Mumbaki

Every individual has it’s own culture, belief and different practices but we should respect each & everyone about this matter even though sometimes it is very difficult to understand their practices. The word “Mumbaki” has its own meaning. It is about an Ifugao religious specialist meaning “sayer of prayers” in the Christian world they called…

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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…

Comparing The Longest Day with Saving Private Ryan

The Longest Day was filmed in 1962, and was made to celebrate the victory for the Allies in World War II. All of the stars of the time appeared in it, including John Wayne and Richard Burton. Saving Private Ryan was filmed in 1998, and was purposely made to show how grim and horrific war…

Avatar

The film “Avatar” is about an American corporation that is mining rare mineral called unobtainium that can only be found in Pandora. Jake Sully, a handicapped ex-Marine, has to operate an avatar and act as a bodyguard because his twin brother who was trained to operate an avatar was killed. Soon after, Jake was told…

Superbad

After watching the trailer for Superbad I was completely ‘psyched’ to go and watch it. When friends came back raving about how funny the film was , I dragged my unenthusiastic parents out to go and see it. After the first 5 minuets I was regretting watching it with my mum and dad. This is…

Twilight

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…

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…

Horror movie

* Usually, horror movies are set at night or in the dark as this is usually when people feel the most insecure which relates to the audiences real life * Horror movies almost always contain a scene that makes the audience jump. The audience are intrigued by this as it makes them feel tense, as…

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…

Blue Remembered Hills

Blue Remembered Hills revolves around a summer’s afternoon in a remote country setting and is about seven children and the tasks they go through in a day. The play includes many forms of cruelty for example; physical bullying, animal cruelty, child abuse and emotional bullying. Blue Remembered Hills was set in 1943. The play contributes…

Educating Rita

There are many advantages in watching the film ‘Educating Rita’ than watching a production of the play, in getting across its message. The film automatically has advantages over the play. A film can have close ups on the characters a wider range of characters and different settings. Some of these advantages are added scenes. These…

Educating Rita

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…

Catch me if you can

Society is everything we see around us – the atmosphere we live in and the place we call home, the average people and their beliefs and what is accepted and what isn’t. It is in other terms, the world around us. In the film, society is represented as a gullible, and stereotypical place, as people…

How Does Baz Luhrmann Create Atmosphere in the Opening Sequence of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

The opening sequence of a film is very important as it sets the tone for the rest of the film. Baz Luhrmann modernises Shakespeare’s 1595 classic tragic love story by using atmosphere such as the fonts he uses and the background music. The opening of a film introduces the director, and what his style is,…

Why is Jaws still Spielberg’s most effective thriller

Jaws’ is a thriller with an exciting plot. A thriller is a genre that creates tension and suspense. A typical thriller can feature a terrifying predator and in Jaws it is the shark that is the predator. Films like ‘King Kong’ and ‘The Fly’ which were early predecessors had major influences on more modern films…

Shrek Film Review

“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…

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…

Saving Private Ryan Directed by Steven Spielberg

Directed by Steven Spielberg and acted by Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan, won the hearts of millions with its action packed storyline. Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) and his unit go on a mission to find Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), to tell him that his brothers have died at battle. The film also won three…

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking is a film based on the book of the same name – it recounts the experiences of Sister Helen Prejean, a nun from Louisiana. It focuses on her relationship with Matthew Poncelet, a convicted murderer on Death Row. There are five main themes that run through the film, and these are brought…

The Opening battle scene in Saving Private Ryan

In the few moments preceding the landing of the ships at Omaha beach, we see the scene from a subjective Point-of-view high angle shot (POV high) which detaches us from the scene and allows us to see an establishing shot of the action. We also see the scene from a normal subjective POV shot; this…

Character Analysis – Ricky in American Beauty

Where is the beauty in a plastic bag, a deceased bird, a dead person? Strange questions you may think if you haven’t seen the film American Beauty but it is one person’s obsession with beauty that creates a fascination and a particular attraction towards it that makes it all comprehensible. Ricky Fitz, the new next…

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….

Director’s notes on Shawshank Redemption

The first week of film was very stressful as we had so much preparation to do. The murder scene dark to symbolise the dark hideous act of murder, which would create the uncertainty as to who actually committed the crime. The passionate music was added to show the contrast of the violent act of murder…

Crash from a Psychological Perspective

In the film Crash we are given a picture of all different kinds of social and multicultural differences, giving us an eye opening example of how these conducts and racisms affect our society. Two of the most obvious biases within the film are prejudice and stereotyping. These behaviors are viewed as thoughts and feelings that…

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