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Although the title may refer to the action within the film rather euphemistically as being "mean," Mean Girls is ultimately a movie about bullying. Upon starting her first day of public high...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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Cinematic language could be two different things. On one hand, a director is going to use verbal cinematic langue to his actors and camera crew. This equates cinematic language to vocabulary....

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019, 8:26 pm (UTC)

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In the movie Lean on Me, Mr. Clark is hired as principal of Eastside High School after students physically attack a teacher after school. The incident highlights the school's problems with violence...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2013, 3:33 pm (UTC)

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Here are the definitions of the three terms, taken word-for-word from Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film (W.W. Norton & Co, 2006;...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2012, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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The need for belonging is developed in the film A Beautiful Mind through the dialogue, story line, and visual effects. The film tells the story of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician who...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2021, 2:04 pm (UTC)

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Certainly in the earlier days of film, the illusion of movement was conveyed by a background that presented images that moved. For example, when the actors were in an automobile that was...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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Probably the most significant difference between watching a movie and reading a book is that movies are, by their nature, linear. They continue at a steady pace without the viewer's direct...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012, 5:20 pm (UTC)

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Village share striking similarities in theme. Plato’s allegory deals with themes of ignorance and being indentured—if not enslaved—to...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020, 9:20 pm (UTC)

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Some key quotations from the film Enola Holmes are as follows. I'm presently on my way to collect my brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock, names which backward spell out, respectively, Tforcym and...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2021, 9:56 pm (UTC)

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Firstly, there are, arguably, more than three symbols in this film. Also, it is possible to regard multiple objects in a scene as a symbol. I offer the following three: basketball, Forrester's...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018, 9:32 pm (UTC)

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One of the standout quotes from The Truman Show is, "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented." As Truman struggles to discover the true nature of his reality, he is...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012, 10:34 pm (UTC)

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The movie Prince of Egypt (1998) opens with the culling of the Hebrew slaves' newborn sons and introduces the hero, Moses, as a baby sent into the river by his mother in hopes of saving him. We...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019, 2:18 am (UTC)

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Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film starring the late Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon. The film won two Academy Awards: one for Best Original Screenplay, awarded to Matt...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019, 10:22 am (UTC)

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Contemporary Malayalam film does not shy away from exploring the deep issues of masculinity and the conflicts that certain types of masculine expression cause. Let's look at that through the lens...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2022, 3:21 pm (UTC)

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Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard is a story of a young man who finds healing in more ways than one as he learns to heal others. Let's look at some of the film's themes and messages to help you get...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2022, 12:35 am (UTC)

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Troy is blockbuster film from 2004 that recounts the story of the Trojan War not as a flashback in an epic that starts in medias res but chronologically, beginning with the abduction of Helen from...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2020, 11:58 pm (UTC)

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Yojimbo is a 1961 critically acclaimed Japanese Samurai action-comedy film directed by famed film director Akira Kurosawa. The story follows Sanjuro Kuwabatake—a ronin (a Samurai with no master) in...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2022, 1:11 am (UTC)

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The story of the rise of cinema reflects the desire for a social experience as much as the appeal of the silver screen. The story of cinema’s decline reflects the sense of isolation that developed...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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There are a number of possibilities depending on the aspects you want to emphasize. A story about communication or lack thereof between people of different heritages could emphasize their shared...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018, 6:14 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question could be as simple as grabbing a famous director -- Steven Speilberg -- and two of his better-known films -- Schindler's List and Lincoln. However, the comparison...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2013, 8:56 pm (UTC)

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The film Farmlands, which deals with the murders of white farmers in South Africa, was made and presented by Lauren Southern. Southern has been a highly controversial figure for several years, with...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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Vincent Anton Freeman is the film's main character. He is a "faith birth" or a "god child," because his parents didn't have him genetically engineered to be "the best of both" parents. This makes...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams is actually a collection of short “stories” that revolve around the themes of the connection between people and nature, and the influence of the supernatural. The director...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2022, 11:05 pm (UTC)

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Akira Kurosawa’s film Stray Dog provides a reflection on choices that people make in the worst of times and how their choices and attitudes about life and the world lead them in different...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2022, 2:41 am (UTC)

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The Peter Bogdanovich-directed film Mask (1985) is based loosely on the real life story of Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis (1961-1978), who suffered from the rare sclerotic bone disease craniodiaphyseal...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2012, 9:08 am (UTC)

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In Emma Donoghue's Room, Ma and Jack are being held captive by Old Nick, and Ma has to come up with ways to protect Jack and herself as well as determine what risks she should take. Ma also shows...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2022, 6:58 pm (UTC)

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Characterization is the direct and indirect description of a character. Direct characterization occurs when the narrator of a story tells us precise details of the character, both physical and...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes the genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources where...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020, 12:22 am (UTC)

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The power of Grave of the Fireflies lies in its humanity. While the film does not shy away from the popular glorification of the military in imperial Japan, it does contextualize it and foreground...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020, 11:59 am (UTC)

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Pan's Labyrinth draws from many myths and legends, and creates a few of its own, but there is a definite parallel between the film and the legend of Theseus, who found the center of the Crete...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2012, 4:46 pm (UTC)

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During the first part of Casablanca, Rick is presented as a cynical American who owns a bar-café in Casablanca, Morocco, but the reasons for this cynicism are not revealed. His personal insistence...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020, 5:02 am (UTC)

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In the movie "Gladiator" the people of Rome, with the exception of the lavish, rich Patrician, were thought of as a "mob" of unruly people whose lives are entirely dependent on the emperor. At the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013, 4:55 pm (UTC)

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Aside from the ongoing political debates that D.W. Griffith's films fed into, and off of, his major impact on culture is that of the Feature Film, or a standalone, long-form film instead of shorts...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012, 3:01 am (UTC)

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In Amma Asante's film titled Belle, Dido takes documents from Lord Mansfield's office and gives them to John Davinier because she believes that he can use these documents to further the...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2021, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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The film Titanic (1997) is a dramatization of an iconic and tragic historical event, overlaid with a love story which in itself exemplifies historical transformation and perhaps ironically shows...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2020, 1:01 am (UTC)

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When John and Charles start to get to know each other, Charles reveals that his sister was killed in a car crash. This is the reason why he has custody of his young niece, Marcee. Of course, John...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2019, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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One of the many messages of The Dark Knight is that money does not buy happiness. Bruce Wayne (Batman) has a lot of money, but he still has a lot of problems to deal with and cannot use his money...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2021, 11:27 am (UTC)

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In addition to the strong points brought out in the previous answer, I would add that one element seen in the film that is evident today is the convergence of "outside" sources that takes place in...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2012, 5:18 am (UTC)

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The protagonist of the moviePhiladelphiais Tom Hanks, who plays main character Andrew Beckett: a young, charming and extremely gifted lawyer who makes partner at the top-of-the-line law firm Wyant...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2013, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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The social issues that Andrew Beckett had to deal with regarding his sexual orientation with his peers go beyond those that he had to confront when dealing with society, as a whole, or at work....

Latest answer posted October 7, 2013, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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There have been many theorists building vocabularies for discussing how film tells stories – a notable one is Roger Spottiswood, but a classic one is Sergie Eisenstein’s Film Form and Film Sense....

Latest answer posted August 18, 2013, 11:17 pm (UTC)

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Visual film techniques are methods by which camera movements and maneuverings convey the meaning of the scenes. Some of these techniques that once were exclusively used for film, like Hitchcock's...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2012, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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There are many themes in Schindler's list: Virtue, Triumph of the Human Spirit, Redemption, and Denial. Triumph of the Human Spirit is one that is easy to see throughout the movie as people not...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2013, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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The pitch of a sound is a quality which tells us how high or how low a sound is; in other words, pitch relates to the frequency of sound vibrations. Thus, a high pitch sound correlates with a high...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019, 3:31 pm (UTC)

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This movie was directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inrritu and was written Guillermo Arriaga. The story is a combination of stories that take places in Morocco, Japan, Mexico and the United States. The...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2012, 12:37 pm (UTC)

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When analyzing a film based upon a novel, one needs to keep one thing in mind: the film, by its own rights, is a work adapted or interpreted (there is a difference in outcome) by a director or...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012, 11:52 pm (UTC)

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In the film Groundhog Day, weather forecaster Phil Connors arrives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover Groundhog Day. As it happens, he finds himself caught in a loop in which he has to relive...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020, 9:47 pm (UTC)

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1. Genre--Both films are docudramas set in Europe during World War II. 2. Cinematography--While Schindler's List is almost entirely in black and white, Spielberg's color choices for Saving Private...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2013, 11:40 pm (UTC)

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Editing in all movies, not just Pan's Labyrinthmakes a huge difference. For one thing, editing gives the movie a sense of motion. This is particularly important for Pan's Labyrinthbecause it...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2012, 11:52 am (UTC)

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Directed by John Hughes, The Breakfast Club opened February, 1985 and tells the story of five dissimilar high school students who find themselves together in detention on a Saturday morning. The...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018, 2:22 am (UTC)

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