A Changing Industry: Motion Picture Special Effect
Special visual effects have added to the allure of motion pictures since the early days of cinema. French director Georges Méliès is considered the most influential pioneer of special effects. His film A Trip to the Moon combined live action with animation, demonstrating to audiences that cinema could create worlds, objects, and events that di
A Clockwork Orange, motion picture about a near future in which gangs of boys roam the streets of England in search of people to rob or rape, directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971, based on the 1962 novel by Anthony Burgess. Alex (Malcolm McDowell), the teenage leader of one of those gangs, gets arrested for raping and killing a woman during a night
The movie A Clockwork Orange takes place in the future of London. Anthony Burgess originally wrote it. Later on made into a movie, and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The movie is to represent ultra-violence and how there is no scientific cure yet. The social context is very violent in the beginning showing scenes of rape and assault. The movie shows
Stanley Kubricks Clockwork Orange was a deeply disturbing depiction of human nature that shed light onto dark thoughts in the characters soul. Alex seems to have no regard for human decency or human life. He and his gang of friends kill at will. They have no purpose for their violent outbursts other than to shock and degrade their victims. They h
This film was first set in the 1990s, however it started off as one of the baseball players from the 1940s attending their installation in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The story is told as one long flashback to the 1940s. The physical setting of the film was in Cities of America including Chicago, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and New York, where th
The 2004 romantic comedy “50 First Dates” was a spin on the “Groundhog Day” notion of a day that keeps repeating itself. However, in this movie, the recycling takes place entirely inside the mind of Lucy Whitmore played by Drew Barrymore. Barrymore plays a young woman who was in an accident that caused short-term memory loss. Every night while she
A Walk To Remember Love. The word Love probably sounds familiar to us, nevertheless no one can describe precisely the real definition of love as the way one views love differs from one and another. A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks is a glorious story, which gives us an insight about what love truly is.
Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city.
Capone was born on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York. Baptized
The plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 “The Birds,” taken from a Daphne Du Maurier (who wrote the novel “Rebecca”) short story, seems ludicrous. Birds attacking a small town, actually killing people. But in the competent hands of the master of suspense, the movie is frighteningly, well, suspenseful. Evan Hunter (who also writes under the name Ed
Eve is a character which represents personal ambition and manipulation. The character is a person who is willing to do anything necessary to get what she wants and has, apparently, no remorse or feelings of guilt for her actions. Watching this movie I saw that All About Eve was also all about me.
In watching this movie I personally saw Ev
The film revolves around the character of Lemmy Caution, a private eye disguised as a journalist named Ivan Johnson from the Outlands. He pretends to cover a festival for Figaro-Pravda, the publication he feigns to be working for, but is in fact in a mission to infiltrate Alpha 60 and retrieve its Inventor, Professor Von Braun.
The movie Amarcord was directed by Federico Fellini and shot in 1974. The setting of the story is a small town in Italy during the time period of the 1930s. In my research, I discovered that Mr. Fellini based most of his movies on his life experiences. The town depicted in this movie is Rimini, his home town. He was a well known director who
American Beauty tells the story of one man’s search for happiness. The film introduces the audience to Lester Burnham, an ordinary- looking married man and father in his forties. Lester is in a loveless marriage. Lester’s wife, Carolyn, is so wrapped-up in her real estate career that Lester often claims that Carolyn doesn’t even acknowledge him. Fu
In life, everyone must make choices. Choices give an individual the freedom to decide the path which they will follow. In the movie American Beauty, each of the characters has a choice he or she needs to make. The main character, Lester Burnham, is faced with many choices that could either lead to his ultimate happiness or draw him further into
In the film, American Beauty directed by Sam Mendes, two sequences that were of significance were the opening and closing scenes. The opening scene is important as it foreshadows how the main characters will develop throughout the film. In the closing scene, the full development of characters is seen, and this development is highlighted through imp
In August 1914 France was going to war. When general mobilization orders for WWI were announced, the French film industry was already retreating from the American cinematic establishment. Large companies were no longer able to produce films in the number or scale that had previously been achieved. A vacuum of sorts opened up which was filled by sma
American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes, is a movie packed full of surprises and drama. It centers around the interactions of six characters, but essentially the interactions of a father and daughter, Lester and Jane, with each other and others in their lives. Lester (played by Kevin Spacey) is the father of Jane (played by Thora Birch) and wife
The movie American Pie is about four high schoolers, close to graduating, determined not to carry their virginity’s with them to college and so they make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. The movie is directed by Paul Weitz and stars Jason Biggs, Chris Klein and Tara Reids and takes place around Michigan’s East Great Falls High. The mo
“American Pie” by Don McLean, is a very interesting song. After listening to the lyrics and the song itself, there is a meaning to this song. Each line of the lyrics has a special meaning to what Don McLean wanted to say, but in his own special way.
If one was to look at each lyrics one by one, they will be able to find out the big picture o
Amistad is a recreation of the true story about a 1839 slave revolt on a small Spanish schooner, La Amistad, ironically the Spanish word for “friendship.” Spielberg does a great job in recreating the Amistad revolt that spurred a series of trials beginning in the lower courts of Connecticut and ultimately ending in the Supreme Court. Events follow