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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…

‘A Knights Tale’ – analysis of a film trailer

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…

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…

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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…

Shrek and Lord Farquaad

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 unusual fairy tale. Traditional Fairytales consist of basic concepts and themes. Good always seems to defeat evil. One of the characters we have all come across in fairytales is…

Alfred Hitchcock’s 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…

Micro Analysis of Ezekiel 25:17 Scene from Pulp Fiction

The Ezekiel s\25:17 scene of pulp fiction, starting with Marvin opening the door and ending with Brett being shot, contains many important cinematic techniques in order to create the director’s desired effect. Quentin attention’s intentions for this scene is to create a lot of tension by constantly building it up using a variety of techniques….

Thematic Comparison of Harrison Bergeron and the Incredibles

Thematic Comparison of “Harrison Bergeron” and The Incredibles “Harrison Bergeron” and The Incredibles are similar stories that both express equality amongst everybody. In the short story “Harrison Bergeron”, the residents of the city have no choice but to have their individual abilities handicapped. When it comes to The Incredibles, the protagonists are not allowed to…

How useful is the concept of genre to media producers and audiences

All areas of media such as film, TV and music can be classified into recognisable types also known as genre. These can be divided by what is known as sub-genre. For example a film such as ‘Rush hour’ can be classified into category of action-comedy. The main element of the film is action but has…

What techniques are used in the Mission Impossible 2 trailer to make it appeal to the audience

A trailer is the joining of short sequences extracted from a movie to help to promote it and make it appeal to the target audience, according to the genre of the film and the sort of people that would be likely to watch it or buy it. The industry chosen to produce the trailer tries…

“Mississippi Burning”, directed by Alan Parker

Mississippi Burning is a thought provoking film, which explores racism and segregation between black and white people, in a small southern town, in the United States of America. The film is set it the late 1960’s, during the Civil Rights Act, where the southern community of America were unwilling to change their lifestyle and include…

Analysis of a film poster of Harry Potter

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….

Lajja- a Cultural Analysis

Title: LAJJA- A CULTURAL ANALYSIS “Galti uski hi hogi…who ladki jo hai” . How many of us are familiar with this statement? How many of us have experienced something like this? The answer is a lot, a lot which cannot be counted. If its rape, it is the girl’s fault as she must have allowed…

How does Baz Luhrmann make his film of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ exciting and relevant for a contemporary audience

Baz Luhrmann had to encapsulate a timeless Shakespeare classic into a contemporary, snappy, interesting and engaging Hollywood blockbuster. Well, no one said it was going to be easy. But the question still remains – how did he do it? Today’s generation has been brought up with incredibly strong visual input through media such as television,…

“The Musketeers of Pig Alley” (1912)

The gangster genre of film has been on of the few genres which has evolved over time whilst still remaining close to the basic formula of each film. One of the firsts to mark the start of the gangster/crime genre was D. W. Griffith’s “The Musketeers of Pig Alley” (1912). The earlier films were set…

‘Terminator’ and ‘Terminator 2: 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…

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…

Nosferatu – Opening sequence

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…

What Is Eating Gilbert Grape Review (for a Special Ed Class)

Summary Written by Peter Hedges, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is the story of the Grape family, which consists of Gilbert, Amy, Arnie, Ellen, and Bonnie. The movie is narrated by Gilbert Grape. Arnie is one of the main characters in the movie. Arnie is a 17-year-old male who shows signs of having Mental Retardation and…

Hot Tub Time Machine a Cult Film

Hot Tub Time Machine A Cult Film I will argue that the movie “Hot Tub Time Machine” is in fact a cult film. Hot Tub Time Machine tells a story of a malfunctioning time machine in the form of a hot tub, at a ski resort. The hot tub takes a man back to 1986…

Textual Analysis-Apocalypse Now Redux

Textual Analysis-Apocalypse Now Redux Apocalypse Now Redux follows the journey of Captain Willard as he attempts to bring back rogue agent Kurtz. Willard is a deeply troubled soldier in the Vietnamese war and is then assigned the mission of retrieving the newly rogue agent Kurtz. Willard puts together a team and is then on his…

History of Hong Kong’s Martial Arts Action Films

Films from Hong Kong consist of many different genres however they are best known for their martial arts action films. The history of this genre is rocky with much confrontation growing into what is now so wildly accepted that Hollywood has grown a large appetite for Kung Fu action films. Starting back in 1924 in…

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…

Does The Green Mile Subvert the Conventions of Narrative and Genre

A prison movie is a sub-genre of film that conveys a certain stereotypical overview. The qualities in most prison films are usually the same of similar. For example, common characters will include ‘the hero’, ‘the best friend’, ‘the hard man’, ‘the sadistic guard’ and of course ‘the governor’. As reoccurring as these characters may be…

Saving Private Ryan – Analysis of the first half-hour of the film and how it assaults our senses with horrifying noises and images

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…

Hitchcock Blonde by Terry Johnson

In September Theatre studies group and I went to see Hitchcock Blonde by Terry Johnson at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, which was originally staged at The Royal Court. We sat in to Dress Circle of the theatre and I sat in the middle so I saw everything that happened onstage. The production concept is…

How does the opening sequence of Gladiator and Saving Private Ryan raise the audience’s expectations

Before the films Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator have begun the audience already has an expectation of the film based on the actors and directors of the two movies. Both films have Auteurs as directors and have famous actors playing the protagonist of the movies. This will give the audience expectations of the film based…

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