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Social Realism Film Review

23 Feb 2017

Whoever said that “art for art sake” is enough should think twice.Even in the earlier centuries, art has played a very vital role in arousing social consciousness. Art has been used to express contention over repressive social phenomena. Works of art which depict social issues are more likely to be appreciated than those which are mere expression of the artist’s personal interests.In the United States, during the Great Depression in the 1930’s, the American Scene Painters became known for its works depicting social realism. These social realists are into exposing the social troubles of the urban lower class. With no doubt, we can consider art not just a form of personal emotions but as a great expression of the depressions of the society that we are in.Social realism could be furthered defined as the representation of the struggles of the working classes and the urban poor. Social realist artists basically give chance the voices of the oppressed sectors of the society to be heard.

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“The Hound of the Baskervilles”

23 Feb 2017

This paper is a review of the BBC movie “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, (2003), starring Richard Roxburgh as Sherlock Holmes, Ian Hart as Dr Watson, Richard E. Grant as Stapleton. The movie is a dramatization of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novel of the same title, first published as a monthly serial in The Strand Magazine in 1901. The paper proposes to discuss the following elements of the movie, as outlined hereafter: The storyline, in which it will give a basic breakdown of what occurs in the movie – enough to let the reader know whether or not he or she wants to see this movie. What makes the movie interesting, what makes it one that a person can watch time and time again?

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Runaway Jury

20 Feb 2017

A trader in New Orleans was killed at his workplace by a disgruntled man who ruthlessly open fired on his former colleagues. The widow, Celeste Wood, sued the gun company whom she held responsible for her husband’s death (John, 2008). With the help of her attorney, Wendell Rohr, a man of principle, they went against a ruthless behemoth, a jury consultant Rankin Fitch. Fitch has years of experience in manipulating the decision of the jury to the favor of high paying clients. “He will know everything about their lives, and strategically manipulate the jury selection process” (Yahoo.com, 2008). With Fitch incredible talent to read people and his staff armed with high tech computerized tracking and wire tapping equipment, he seems impossible to defeat. Rohr armed only with principle and truth, is no match to the gun manufacturing company back by Fitch. The lead attorney for the Gun manufacturing company, Durwood Cable, communicates with Fitch to insure their win.

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Starship Troopers: Of the Cinema Situation and the Creation of Media Spectacle

20 Feb 2017

“In the darkness of the cinema…lies the very fascination of the film (any film),” writes French literary critic Roland Barthes (as cited in Lopate, 1994, p.419) in his essay ‘Leaving the Movie Theater’. He was referring to the way darkness in a cinema hall gives off a hypnotic effect, encapsulating a viewer and giving him/her freedom. Barthes writes further:

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Your favorite movie character

15 Feb 2017

The females in the movies "Psycho" (director Alfred Hitchcock) and "The Graduate" (director Micke Nichols) are drawn as being very immoral. They could be easily charged with stealing money, adultery, incest, and even murder.

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Your favorite program on Television

13 Feb 2017

I choose the comedy-drama Desperate Housewives. (2004) It is a contemporary take on the fairytale "Happily Ever After" where the woman expects to have a happy life with her husband after the wedding. Desperate Housewives is said to have saved television from reality shows by bringing back well-written original writing. It is the first written television show in a long time that does not only relay on editing video to create a story. It is a television show with a written plot, characters, sub-plots, and plot points written by actual writers.

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Serial Killers

10 Jan 2017

By definition, one is labeled or called a serial killer when he/she murdered three or more people in three or more separate events over a period of time, resulting to his/her great psychological fulfillment and satisfaction. With this definition, anyone can be a serial killer: no race, age, and gender boundaries. Anyone can also be the victim under specified circumstances where the killers are and willing to slay.

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Schizophrenia in A Beautiful Mind

05 Jan 2017

The movie A Beautiful Mind (Howard, 2001) tells the story of John Nash, a mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia. The movie begins when Nash is working on his PhD at Princeton in the 1950s. Treatment for schizophrenia was different in the 1950s than it is now. This paper, which addresses the treatment of Nash, will be written as if Nash was being diagnosed and treated today and not 50 years ago. The movie was based on the book by Sylvia Nasar.

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Saving Private Ryan

05 Jan 2017

This was a remarkable film, depicting one of the landmark fights between the allied forces and the Germans, during the world war II. One of the most remarkable aspect of this film is that it is film based on human grounds, though it is set in one of the bloodiest clashes, during the world war II. Not one or two, but eight brothers of the same family had died during the American civil war, and this inspired the writer of a plot, which is set in the world war II. The American army chief notices that one mother has already lost her three sons in the war and the fourth one is on duty in France. He orders one of his commanders, assisted by 8 soldiers, to locate him and return to his mother. The plot itself, makes the film very remarkable.

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The Marriage of Maria Braun

27 Dec 2016

The essay about film The Marriage of Maria Braun deals with life in post-World War II Germany and especially the way in which women’s lives were changed by the social and political movements that came onto the scene. Throughout the film there are many elements present that help to show the historical representation of World War II and its effects on the people who had to rebuild Germany following the end of the war, two of the most important being the issues of memory and history and how they shape the film, which was indeed a product of the Frauenfilm movement of the 1970's.

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