If at all possible while you are in school make time for a survey of film class. My favorite discussed motion picture from its inception through the Hollywood studio years and on into the 1950’s. The focus was on pioneers and innovators within the film industry, such as Griffith, Chaplin, Keaton, Lang, Von Sternberg, Sturges, and Ford. The course introduced us to the techniques and aesthetics of filmmaking, as well as major styles and genres. Above all else there was an emphasis on the skills necessary to critically analyze films.
Blazing Saddles, by Mel Brooks, is a very funny film making fun of a serious issue in the time surrounding the making of this movie.
From its post-Saving Private Ryan/Band of Brothers footage of combat on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima to its bland home front drama of soldiers coping with the inner conflicts of their celebrity her
Japanese film auteur Akira Kurosawa is widely considered one of the most influential directors in cinema history.
With 3 academy awards and another 8 nominations, Oliver Stone is a highly accomplished filmmaker.
How does The Matrix blend most of the other works of dystopian fiction we have discussed in class?
“I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other just so we can feel something.”
Finding Forrester is a remarkable film written by Mike Rich. He portrays how completely different people can come together to help each other and in the end become like family. The plot of this movie has some important moral teachings. “Finding Forrest” is a very special story that tells people that anyone can be a part of your family if you open yourself to others.
I have seen a lot of movies with different plots, themes and meanings, but the “The Ultimate Gift” film by stood out among the others. It had a very special plot and took me a while to fully understand the meaning the film gave. The movie began with the funeral of Red Stevens, a very wealthy and successful entrepreneur. But it was interrupted by the loud engine of his grandson that showed up late, Jason Stevens. Jason a self centered person who has no respect for himself and his family. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and never had to work for anything in his life. Jason has a lot of hatred toward his grandfather because his father died in a plane crash working for Red and Jason blamed it on him After the funeral, the relatives of Red Stevens gathered in a room to hear the will and what they would receive. Red Stevens had four children, a daughter and three sons, but one of his sons, the father of Jason, died in a tragic accident. The lawyer reading the will is Red’s best friend that he met fifty years ago, Mr. Hamilton. As Mr. Hamilton began to read the will, the children of Red were anticipating receiving complete ownership of their fathers businesses, but were shocked to hear that they were only given salaries, not ownership. After hearing the disappointing news, they barged out of the room frustrated. Then once again, Jason shows up late to hear the will. Mr. Hamilton haves everybody in the room leave besides Jason. He tells Jason that his grandfather has a very special gift and plays a video of his grandfather. His grandfather tells Jason that he has been given everything and is taking the important things in life for granite. Red has set up a series of challenges for Jason; each challenge should teach him twelve very special gifts that will lead to the ultimate gift.
In the opening incident of the movie “Andromeda Strain,” a space probe sent into the upper atmosphere of earth crashes unexpectedly in a remote area of Arizona. The probe was sent up to determine if there were any organisms capable of survival in space. When the probe landed, two men from the Military were sent down to survey the area and obtain the probe. They found the town that it had landed in was in chaos. There were bodies everywhere. Upon driving into the town, they immediately died. It was immediately clear that the deaths of the population of this town and the space probe’s crash were not coincidental. A committee had been formed 5 years prior to the incident to determine what would be done in a situation such as this one. If the organism could not be identified and neutralized, a nuclear bomb would be detonated on the site. Clearly, the probe had brought something back from space. A team was assembled to determine exactly what that was.
Reading in-between the lines: An analysis of “Fight Club”
A novel by Chuck Palahniuk
A film directed by David Fincher
“You are not your job. You are not how much you have in the bank. You are not the contents of your wallet. You are not your khakis. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. What happens first is you can’t sleep. What happens then is there’s a gun in your mouth. And what happens next is you meet Tyler Durden. Let me tell you about Tyler. He had a plan. In Tyler we trusted. Tyler says the things you own, end up owning you. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Fight Club represents that kind of freedom. First rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club. Second rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club. Tyler says self-improvement is masturbation. Tyler says self-destruction might be the answer.”