Essays on Film

A Critique of Good Will Hunting, a Movie by Gus Van Sant
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It is hard to come across a film that many would label a good film, it has to live up to the standards different people hold. In essence, though, the value of a film should be rated by three things the script, the directing, and the acting. All good films must start with a good script without it, they would never have gotten into production. It then must have a strong director, with the ability to effectively portray the best…...
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The Life and Career of Cliff Edwards or Ukelele Ike Pinocchio
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It was the beginning of the year 1940, February 23 to be exact, Families were lining up outside movie theaters to see Walt Disney's newest release, Pinocchio. People loved the little wooden boy, and they loved his companion too, Jiminy Cricket. Jiminy Cricket was Pinocchio's conscience, and he taught him life lessons. He was one of the comedic elements within the story and has since been considered as important of a Disney icon as the famous Mickey Mouse is While…...
A Review of Frank Darabont Film, The Shawshank Redemption
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Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption(1994) is a film about a banker Andy Dufresne who is convicted to life in prison for killing his own wife and her other romantic interest despite his pleas of innocence. Darabont has been nominated for three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. He has screen written for several movies but he is best known for his film adaptations of books such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. Shawshank's main character is…...
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An Analysis of Hope in The Shawshank Redemption
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Only one movie has successfully copied a book and turned out to be more popular, its name? The Shawshank Redemption, also referred to as a knock off Stephen King novel released in mid-October of 1994. Based upon a trashy prison in Maine known as Shawshank, this film brings the viewer closer into the everyday life of a prisoner while continuing to pose a deeper message. "Get busy living, or get busy dying" is the main focus of this early ninety's…...
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A Short Review of the Dark Knight Rises, a Film by Christopher Nolan
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The Dark Knight Rises is one of the best superhero films. This is the last tale of Batman. It is a movie that has been displayed on the big screen with more screenwriting features and film producing passion than almost any other movie regarding a superhero (Jodi, Bob, Andie, 2012). Directed by Christopher Nolan one of the today's finest writer-directors. He is talented in storytelling and a producer of thrilling action movies. His decision to include Hathaway in the film…...
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A Movie Review of Moby Dick
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These days, producers and writers work together to try and reproduce classic novels as motion pictures. How precise can a motion picture company re-create a classic? Sometimes they arent as accurate and realistic as they may think. Although the motion picture somewhat differs from Melvilles work, the realistic portrayal and overall cinematography of the movie are worthy of praise. In this motion picture re-creation, the writers seem to have added a small amount of their own opinions and left out…...
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A Movie Review of Dreamkeeper: A Good, But Not Great, Depiction of American Indians
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The reason why I enjoyed watching Dreamkeeper was that the movie is informative and visual effects are attractive. The writer of Dreamkeeper, John Fusco, did a successful job. The movie helps us understand the true history of the American Indian. There are several different characters in the movie and this makes it much more interesting. Eagle Boy (Chaske Spencer), Shane (Eddie Spears), Grandpa (August Schellenberg) etcetera. Characters have different roles in stories. Eagle Boy, Blue Bird Woman, High Horse, Powwow…...
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Themes in October Sky, a Film about Homer Hickam
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Who had more influence on Homer Hickam, his teacher, or his mother? Explain. Homer Hickam was mostly influenced by his teacher because she encouraged and supported him. Although his mother still showed her support for him, it was different with his teacher. Homer's first ambition was to become a football player, so he could have a scholarship but after witnessing the launching of the Sputnik 1, he started having an interest on it. His teacher, Ms. Riley introduced to him…...
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Gender Stereotypes from Tootsie
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There are gender stereotypes almost everywhere in society today, whether it be in advertising, movies, music, or even foodstuff they exist. I used a scene from the movie Tootsie to explain this. At the beginning of the scene Dorothy Michael (a man in drag whose real name is Michael Dorothy-original right?) bumps into a man (George: her ex employer) and asks him for directions to the Russian Tea Room, which she is standing right in front of, A few seconds…...
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The Interpersonal Tootsie
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Interpersonal communication is the communication that occurs simultaneously. With another person in an attempt to mutually influence one another. usually for the purpose of managing relationships. Dustin Hoffman encountered and altered his interpersonal communication skills while playing the character of Michael Dorsey in the film Tootsie. Tootsie examines a gender bending. cross-dressing male in the mid 19505. This movie was a script for its time as well as the future as its ideas on relationships between men and women still…...
A Comparison of the Main Characters in “The Godfather” and “Scarface”
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Scarface and The Godfather have influenced movies about gangs and family since they have been released and are considered two of the greatest works in cinematic history. The movies play a huge role in how mafia and gang movies were made after they were released because they show more gruesome and bloody aspects of that part of life. If you just look at the plot of Scarface and compare it to The Godfather, they do not seem to have a…...
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A Report on The Godfather, a Crime Drama Film by Francis Ford Coppola
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Corleowned The Godfather takes place in New York set sometime in the mid 19005, The main characters are: Don Corleone (aka The Godfather), the “boss" of the Corleone family business and the father and grandfather of many children; Sonny, the eldest son of Don known for his short temper; Michael, the youngest son of Don that later takes over as boss. The movie begins as The Godfather, Don Corleone is first introduced handling business with a man in his office…...
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The Successful Assimilation of Italian Americans in the Film The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola and Blood in the Marketplace by Ferraro
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American Exceptionalism in the Italian American Experience.  In my previous journals on American Exceptionalism, I discussed how Italian Americans were largely unable to assimilate themselves into the exceptionalist imagei. Yet, within Francis Ford Coppola's film The Godfather and based off of Ferraro‘s Blood in the Marketplace, one can see a situation in which Italian Americans were able to assimilate into American Exceptionalism; through the Mafia.  This argument may seem paradoxical upon a first consideration because nothing about being in a…...
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The Different Types of Violence in the Godfather, a Film by Francis Ford Coppola
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The Godfather is a critically—acclaimed movie that has shaped the way many movies have been shot and edited over the years, and it is considered one of the best movies of all time by many because of the way it portrays gang violence and family values ​​There are different types of violence in The Godfather, and that is one of the reasons this movie is as acclaimed as it is. Violence used as vengeance and violence used as security are…...
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The Combination of Italian and American Culture in The Godfather, a Film by Francis Ford Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) is wonderfully scored by Nino Rota, who uses just the right music at just the right times. Rota incorporates a diverse variety of music into his score, which, rather than create an unfocused score as one may expect, builds a dynamic and realistic world that reflects the amalgamation of Italian and American culture. Rota hearkens back to Italian culture through both diegetic and non-diegetic sequences. At the wedding of Connie (Talia Shire), the band…...
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David in the Film Tsotsi
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David is the main character in the film “Tsotsi”, because he lives in secrecy he also goes by Tsotsi in the story. Living a life of crime he took to the shacks of Soweto in order to hide from his wrongdoing. The story is told with emotion and transformation. The audience watches David go from a heartless killer to a man who becomes selfless and loving. During the film there are key scenes where David's progress is really shown. Three…...
Evolution is a Mystery
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By the 1930s and 40s, silent films were going out of style. The advancing technology and the political climate called for fuller more complex forms of slapstick. The innovation of sound in film catalyzed the shift as well as serious global issues occurring. Americans were struggling through the Great Depression and entering a second world war, so the silly comical stunts of old weren’t going to cut it anymore. They needed something with substance that could keep their spirits up.…...
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City Lights
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Charlie Chaplin; Despite the outstanding silence associated with this name I’ve heard the echoes of his works from halfway across the world. I’ve grown up laughing at and enjoying this man but it wasn’t until I studied this extraordinary being that I found out that the most comical feat Charlie Chaplin has achieved was not in his art. Masterfully, Mr. Chaplin fooled the world into loving a character that wasn’t meant for love. He made brilliance out of the most…...
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Unusual Editing Style Directed by Woody Allen
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Director Woody Allen employs a unique editing style in his film Annie Hall, one that had not really been seen up until this point in film. The cuts in this film are timed out in a way so that the humor from the situation has a chance to hit the audience with full force. He often accomplishes this with a set up in the first shot then immediately cutting to the result following the setup shot. In most classical films…...
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The Evolution Of The Cinema
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The creation of motion pictures has shaped the way Americans are entertained, informed, and even educated. The evolution of this medium has transformed how culture views life and processes information. It is amazing to see where this industry began and what it has evolved to today. From shadow puppetry, to picture projectors, to actual on-screen motion, the cinema is ever evolving. For ages men and women have been fascinated by the effects of motion and light. In the early 900s,…...
Secrets of Montage in the Movie Run Lola Run
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Time and space are the main features of continuity editing, the 180° rule, where the camera should not cross the line of action when two shots are edited together. There will be a jump cut if it changes position and violates 180° rule. In one scene of Run Lola Run, the left side of Lola seems like the right side in the next shot, also in the following shot, jump cuts are used intentionally to create a discontinuity in editing.…...
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Quality of Editing That Is Used in a Film Is Essential to How the Audience Will Enjoy It
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Annie Hall and The Birds are two films that set the tone that well-done editing in a film can make, and throughout my analysis the shots, transitions, and sounds were highlighted. I noticed that their significance was to add special effects to the audience’s experience. The quality of editing that is used in a film is essential to how the audience will enjoy it. Editing can give the audience a better understanding of where and when a film is taking…...
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Analysis of the Film ”Dragon’s Face” Directed By Robert Clouse
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The movie poster image I will analyze is the poster for the action film Enter the Dragon, directed by Robert Clouse. The film features Bruce Lee, who seeks revenge for his sister and looks to the evidence for opium trade on Han’s private island. The intended audience for the film is people from all age groups. This poster displays, martial arts action film conventions as Bruce Lee, William, and Roper, prominent martial artists, are displayed on top of the poster.…...
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Story About the Life Of Piscine Molitor Patel
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Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi follows the life and catastrophes that occur to Piscine Molitor Patel. Piscine notes that his parents did not like water, but he liked water and swimming, and he was actually named after a family friend’s favorite pool, the Piscine Molitor in Paris. Piscine, or Pi for short, grew up in India, where his father owned a zoo. As he grew up, he learned about the habits and behavior of animals and came to love…...
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To Catch a Thief. A Film of the Crime Genre
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Whether it’s an old or new, an original or a remake, when it’s a film of a certain genre we have definite expectations. The Pink Panther, Ocean’s Eleven, Now You See Me, How to Steal a Million, and Robin Hood. What do these movies have in common? These movies and others like them can meet our predictions with the conventions of the caper crime film. Let’s look at how this genre allows the audience to accept the crime, while giving…...
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F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu
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Is a vampire horror film based on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Nosferatu brings the image of the vampire to life as a hideous and terrifying being. Since Nosferatu, several other films depicting the subject of vampires have hit the silver screen in an attempt to evoke the same atmosphere of eeriness and mysteriousness that Nosferatu induced. Because of the film’s imagery, lighting, and acting, it is no surprise that Nosferatu is so highly revered that it encouraged the production of…...
Philosophy And Martial Arts
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When Enter the Dragon was released in 1973, it introduced Bruce Lee to western audiences. A joint product of American and Hong Kongese collaboration, the film also introduced Asian cultural components to America, specifically philosophy and martial arts. Film director Robert Clouse implements many cultural components into this film, including Asian philosophies and tactics from The Art of War, but the diverse cast causes this film to be more specifically tied to Hong Kong, rather than mainland China. The Art…...
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Shaw Brothers Studio Film “One-Armed Swordsman”
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Martial Arts has been a subject in film that has been able to universally capture audiences from all over the globe. One of the most recognized contributions to the industry was by Shaw Brother Studio’s with the development of the film The One-Armed Swordsman, which played a pivotal role in the transition of wuxia film, that focused on more traditional Daoist and Confucian values, to the Gong Fu oriented films that we have come to see developed in not only…...
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‘The Piano’ Film Analysis
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Semiological Approach In this film 'The Piano,' the piano is probably, the most significant piece to this film. The piano is what links the characters together. In almost every plot and scene, the piano was involved. The piano meant different things to Ada which made it highly symbolic in reference to the deep connection to her soul and her life. If looking closely, we can see that this is a film about the journey of how the piano played a part in…...
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“Lone Survivor” Directed by Peter Burg
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It is told in Marcus Luttrell's first point of view. It highlights four Navy Seals which are Marcus Luttrell, Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson. Operation Red Wings set out on a mission to Afghanistan to capture and murder Taliban Pioneer Ahmad Shah. The Navy Seals are recognized by villagers and the mission was compromised. Eventually, the mission had been found and the men found themselves encompassed by a handful of Taliban warriors. One of the Navy Seal warriors…...
Tim Burton’s Film Edward Scissorhands
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We follow our flawed hero Edward, a half man/half machine whose inventor had died before finishing him (leaving him with only scissors for hands) struggling to blend into the brightly colored lives of everyone living in the town below him. Peg Boggs, a kind woman living in the town below Edward’s mansion finds him and tries to help him conform to her suburban society who takes an immediate fascination with him. However, the town ends up turning on him and…...
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Representation & Early Black Spectatorship
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One of the main goals in life is to find out who you are. Growing up, you look to your own little world to help guide you to find your identity. You know who you are to your family, you understand where your place is as the child of your parents, and as the sibling to your brothers and sisters. When you go to school, you find yourself either constantly adapting to the norm or rushing head first against it.…...
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We Publish Anime Film ​Akira
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For my textual analysis I decided to choose a scene from the middle of Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 anime film ​Akira. ​The film elements I will be analyzing are editing, sound, costume,writing, and culture. This movie being an animation makes this analysis much more intriguing to write about. In the beginning of this specific scene there was a dialogue between two characters. Tetsuo, the main character of the movie, and the neighborhood bartender Harukiya. Because the two where conversing back and…...
We Publish All Quiet On The Western Front 1917
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Furthermore, tail them it does. The camera turns into the third individual from their gathering, camouflaging each slice to cause the film to show up as one solid arrangement. Astute arranging and brilliant arrangement help 1917 draw this accomplishment off unfathomably well, yet in grasping true to life dramatic skill, the film leaves little for watchers to take hold of with regards to characters. This causes the entire undertaking to feel both valiant and vain, a dazzling film experience that…...
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Exit Through the Gift Shop
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Within the film, Exit Through the Gift Shop by Banksy, the illustration of street art and personal expression allowed for individual interpretation of creativity and a passion for emotional connection. Banksy, within the context of the film, for example, is a renowned graffiti artist, whose global recognition of his work leads him to highlight his artwork within a public setting, further communicating with others in an attempt to offer a variety of viewpoints and questions outside of media (Apple Inc.…...
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Publication The New Hollywood Racelessness
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In the article, The New Hollywood Racelessness: Only the Fast, Furious, (and Multicultural) Will Survive, Mary C. Beltran explores the rise of casting multicultural actors as action film protagonists and examines United States deomgraphic trends of youth oriented pop-culture in conjunction with these changes. Mary C. Beltran is an Associate Professor and Area Head for Media Studies in the Radio-Television-Film department at The University of Texas. Beltran is a specialist in critical studies-driven scholarship where film and televison studies, Latina/Latino…...
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Post-War Period In Hollywood
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When World War II occurred in 1939 through 1945, Hollywood was booming and bursting at the seams. Hollywood towered over international competitors and film became a passion for audiences. 1946 through the mid 1950’ brought hardship and adjustments for Hollywood,. When World War II ended, the American film industry seemed to be in an ideal position which was not necessarily the case. Three major issues that Hollywood faced in the post war era included its filmmaking system, new film genres…...
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Twelve Monkeys on The Road
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The film Twelve Monkeys and the novel The Road are completely different pieces of work, however their themes and motifs share very similar meanings. While the delivery of these subjects certainly is divergent from each other, the connotations behind them are comparable. Audiences may interpret themes of Twelve Monkeys and The Road differently, however a more in depth look of the two pieces of work displays similarities in the purposes of their themes. Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys is a post-apocalyptic…...
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Beauty and The Beast: Why it is My Favorite
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During its initial release in 1991, the film grossed $145.9 million in revenues in North America and $351.9 million worldwide. It ranked as the third-most successful film of 1991 in North America. The first animated film to reach $100 million in the United States and Canada in its initial run. In its IMAX re-release, it earned $25.5 million in North America and $5.5 million in other territories, $9.8 million from its 3D re-release overseas, and during the opening weekend of…...
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Film “Beauty and the Beast”
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Physical magnificence satisfies the eye, yet internal excellence like being thoughtful, considering others enthralls the heart. “Beauty and the Beast' movie is based on love, to be loved in return, the courage of an independent young lady and an arrogant beast. 'Beauty and the Beast” is a novel written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbet de Villeneuve. The popular version is suitable for children, was adapted and written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1756. (Erbland). The focus of this epic…...
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