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What Person Should I Be?

20 Apr 2017

The movie The Emperor’s Club is an inspiring film about the quest for purpose and happiness. All men strive to become better persons, lead meaningful lives and make a difference in other people’s lives. The film has a number of characters that mirrors the central ethics of character, virtue, practical wisdom and flourishing. The story revolves around Professor Hundert, a classics professor who is passionate about his work and has made it a mission to effect change in his students’ lives. Hundert finds inspiration in helping students become better persons by teaching them to be with integrity, honesty and academic excellence. Hundert has often been confronted with situations that test his honesty, like when he learned that a student was cheating in his famous Mr. Julius Caesar competition. He kept it a secret for 25 years until the same group of students was reunited for another round of Mr. Julius Caesar.

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Japanese and Hollywood Silent Films

19 Apr 2017

Japanese and Hollywood movie makers of the past are among the notable groups that created silent films, filming their early silent films between the end of 1890s and the early years before the 1920s. Both groups have established their indispensable presence in their respective geographical locations and that, although both are widely separated from one another at least in terms of distance, both have served as precedents for the years to come in the movie industry.

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“What About Bob?”

15 Mar 2017

The movie "What About Bob?" tells of a Dr. Leo Marvin who is well known because of his book, "Baby Steps". The story unfolds when Dr. Marvin is leaving on vacation and Bob has become a new patient of his. Bob has had several other doctors; one has even quit his job and is moving to get away from him. It seems that Bob is quite a nice and personable person but has many paralyzing phobias that he thinks requires constant attention from his doctors. Just after his first visit Bob contacts Leo twice and believes that he just can't make it without his doctor. Leo makes no doubt about it that Bob will have to use a different doctor while he is away and that he will not be available. Bob so scared after the doctor leaves that he fakes his death and calls the answering service, Leo's exchange, in an effort to get the doctors address while he is on vacation. Because Bob is so nice and it seems everyone just loves him get the address and follows the doctor on vacation.

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Western Film

13 Mar 2017

Since the beginning of cinema in the United States, there has been on genre of film which has been explicitly American – the Western. Though touched on by films in other countries, the Western film has been used for decades as the quintessential view into American ideals and lifestyles. Though this genre has not changed much in since its inception, stylistically, it has changed in its way of expressing and covering issues of American culture.Many clichés have arisen out of the western film. The “good guys” wore white clothes. The “bad guys” wore black clothes. The lawmen were always on the side of truth and justice – and often portrayed as immensely stoic – if not immortal. Other clichés of the genre include the “savagery” of the Native Americans and the bravery, and justice displayed by every man in the position of “right” – IE. Marshals, military men or even the unaffiliated heroes such as the Lone Ranger.

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Whale Rider; Rapa Nui

13 Mar 2017

Not just the words through the movie, the narration by Kahu, but the music that moves with the shadows and light in the ocean, has an overwhelming emotion with which the viewer may identify. When the narration begins, it is Kahu who says, “There was no gladness when I was born”. These words are witnesses of events to happen. This is no story which begins with joy, but a tale where great hardship must happen first so that when the joy does come, the audience knows what a battle it was to get it, and how much more rewarding it is after such tribulation.

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Alien

28 Feb 2017

A rather unglamorous looking spaceship floats through the darkness of space. Its name is The Promise, and it carries with it a population of 131,079. There are only seven crew members, the rest are all part of a cargo of men, women and children in hyper-sleep stasis. These are the elite and wealthy members of the human race who have used their privilege to leave behind an ecologically devastated Earth for the untainted new frontier of a planet orbiting the Alpha Centauri star.

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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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