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Zora Neale Hurston’s Jump at the Sun Movie

01 Nov 2017

Through her Jump at the Sun Movie, Zora Neale Hurston, a female African American, exhibits her fierce originality as she celebrates Black culture, depicting black customs as being rich and progressive. The film biography uses Hurston as an illustration to the effect that African Americans can attain success despite the presence of insurmountable odds. In effect, Hurston's Jump at the Sun Movie encourages African Americans to pursue their ambitions besides showing that African American culture is rich and progressive and equal to White culture.

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A Review on Thelma and Louise

21 Sep 2017

Thelma and Louise is hailed as a breakthrough movie because of the unlikely feminist views that critics put into it. Many critics believed that the director -Ridley Scott-took the feminist rage of the lower middle class into the movie and embattled at rash feminists(Emerson).

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The choice of an artwork. Film ‘Scarface’

14 Sep 2017

The choice of an artwork to enjoy is never an easy one. When deciding on this matter, I was looking for an artwork that produced a significant impact on the modern cultural discourse; additionally, it should present a deep analysis of society in general and human nature in particular. Personally, I firmly believe that cinema is perhaps the most compelling of all the art forms. Consequently, I made a choice to watch and reflect upon the film 'Scarface'.

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The Effects of Children of the Corn

13 Sep 2017

One of the first horror movies I ever saw was one among the many of the Children of the Corn series. It is a story that involves children of Gatlin, Nebraska who appeared to have been possessed by the demonic “One Who Walks Behind the Rows” and have been on a murderous rampage by killing all adults in their town, notwithstanding a well-meaning couple who merely wanted to report the murder of a boy by the cultish children themselves.

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World Trade Center: The Film

08 Sep 2017

The event that shook the world on 9/11 was all about terrorism. However, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center has nothing whatsoever to do with the evil that the global public has been hearing about in all contexts since that fateful day. Instead, the movie is about life and the importance of it. While life is perfectly suitable for reflection, September 11, 2001 was a day of death – of the huge number of people that lost their lives, in addition to a way of life that the world enjoyed. Thus, Oliver Stone’s film about the 9/11 disaster is a sure disappointment for movie goers seeing that it does not deliver what the public expected it to. The film is entertaining, “but when it comes to an event of such historic magnitude as September 11, who asked for entertainment?” – asks Koeff, writing for The Washington Times (A16).

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Women in Film

30 Jun 2017

In her book, Bodies: Gender, Genre and Excess, Linda Williams (1991), discussed the concept of excesses in three genres of film. According to her, these three genres of film fall into the categories of film she regards as 'too gross', in the sense that these movies are quite sensational and tend to give the body an 'actual physical jolt'. The three genres of films she isolated for discussion are pornography, horror and melodramas. She posits that these genres of film are deemed excessive for seemingly different, but similar reasons.

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Mr. Brooks

20 Jun 2017

The movie “Mr. Brooks” is about a serial killer, portrayed by Kevin Costner. It was released last June 1, 2007, which also stars Demi Moore and Dane Cook. It has successfully depicted the life of a serial killer, as well as the detective who pursues him. It was also able to explain the criminal behavior and the reasons why he engaged into these serial killings.

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Wherein the world is Osama Bin Laden

10 May 2017

“Wherein the world is Osama Bin Laden” is a 93 minute movie released in France and USA in English, Arabic and French languages. This movie is directed by Morgan Spurlock and the film has locations of Afghanistan and Middle East.

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When watching a film

04 May 2017

When watching a film, an audience will often simple enjoy the film on a purely entertainment level, however, it is also important to look beyond the surface and understand what director is trying to say thematically. Pointing out the director’s thematic concerns, however, is most difficult task. Of the many underlying themes in the film Ju Dou, I would like to discuss director Zhang Yi-mou’s use of colors in the film and how they tie into thematic concerns.

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When a Man Loves A Woman

28 Apr 2017

The movie When a Man Loves A Woman starring Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia clearly represents some psychological concepts discussed in class (cause, effects, denial, recognition and rehabilitation). I had seen the movie before and enjoyed it, but now, since taking this class, I understand so much more about the movie and the characters. This movie is one that clearly depicts the many and varied effects of alcoholism on a family. Emotional, psychological, and even physical effects are felt by Alice Green and her family members. Alcoholism is not an easy thing to deal with especially when combined with depression and/or some bipolar or manic aspects.
Alice Green is the main character in this movie and the person that the movie revolves around quite literally. With her, everyone is happy (even when they aren’t) and without her the situation is miserable and the family unit falls apart even further. Alice is typical of a white female alcoholic in many ways, but in other ways, she breaks the mold. Alice drinks both inside the home and outside. She is almost as likely to go out for a drink after work with friends as she is to drink from the many bottles hidden all over the house. She says that she began drinking in high school and never quit. She is almost rather manic in her actions and moods, but the diagnosis is not bipolar disorder; it is alcoholism.

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