David Lynch has been filming his debut movie Eraserhead for six years because of the difficulty to fund the production. During this time, Jack Nance, the main actor, was not allowed to cut his hair because of obvious reasons. On the opening night, twenty-five people watched it; it eventually became popular over several runs as midnight movie. Ninety-nine weeks and 7$ dollars. Since its release, the movie gained mixed reviews, called both "a sickening bad-taste exercise" or "murkily pretentious” and a "so consumed with surreal imagery that there are almost limitless possibilities to read personal theories into it" or "by turns beautiful, annoying, funny, exasperating and repellent, but always bristling with a nervous energy" , rating it five stars out of five. Also, in 2004, the film was
What kind of society do you live in? It may be peaceful, fun, relaxing, or maybe a little sad caused by a recent event. But, could you even imagine living somewhere where you can’t trust one living thing around you? So much fear and distrust that would lead to hate, violence and maybe even murder. This is very uncommon in the present day, but in Rod Serling’s “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”, this was their reality. In the 1960’s version, it was about a group of neighbors constantly being scapegoated for being part of an “alien invasion” into their neighborhood due to a recent power outage. In the 2003 version the same thing happened except they were being blamed for being a terrorist. Even though both films were made in completely different time periods they had the same message. “Fear of the unknown can cause people to turn on each other”
There are many major differences and similarities between the film, The Mighty, and the book, Freak the Mighty. One major difference is when Max and Freak are rescuing Loretta Lee’s purse from the sewer, and Tony D. and his friends show up in the film, but in the book, they don’t. One major similarity is when Freak rides on Max’s shoulders everywhere they go. First off, the difference occurs in the book, as it states, “No way, I saw one of Tony D.’s punks stuff it down there yesterday morning” (Philbrick 61). This evidence shows that Tony D. and his friends showed up before Max and Freak got to the sewer. In the film, however, Tony D. and his friends show up after they get the wallet out of the sewer. The director made this change because
O Brother Where Art Thou? is a film that will take you on a perilous journey with Ulysses Everett McGill and his simpleminded cohorts. This film may be set amidst the early 1930’s Great Depression era, but it still has a Homer’s Odyssey feel to it. Down in the dusty and highly racial south, Everett recruits a couple of dimwitted convicts, Pete Hogwallop and Delmar O’Donnell, to help him retrieve his lost treasure and make it back home before his wife marries another suitor. These three convicts manage to stay one step ahead of the law while finding themselves in all sorts of trouble. It was nominated for 35 other awards, one of which was for best screenwriting. Released in December of 2000, this film won 7 awards, some of which for best soundtrack and score, album of the year, as well as best cinematography.
It can be contended that varying contemporary texts which have been created for both children and young adults endorse post-feministic values and the importance of adhering to a consumer culture. The text Pink by Lili Wilkinson (2009) can be viewed as promoting post-feminist ideals through the inferences of dialog between characters; specifically, through the protagonist Ava. Additionally, the film Mean Girls (2004) mirrors similar ideologies as Pink which portrays a post-feminist society, revealing issues which individuals face once gender equality has largely been achieved. Both of these texts have been created for a young audience and utilise various narrative strategies to convey their ideological position. Accordingly, this essay will
Could female stereotypes be the results of cultural influence, religious teachings, or is it because of natural laws that females do not enjoy complete rights as their male counterparts do? While answers to this important question remain debatable, female stereotypes need redress. In Tyler Perry's House of Payne, season one, episode one and season two, episode two, the role of female characters and the role of male characters highlight stereotypical bias toward females in most television shows.
In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation, he was a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish his hands. Instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Furthermore, he has lived alone, until a kind lady discovers him and welcomes him into her home. A well as he shows his true talent by cutting hair, grooming pets and making beautiful ice and topiary sculptures. Edward from director Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. His films often have gloomy storylines, with dark lighting and color scheme, which helps develop a clear style. Tim Burton‘s dark, gothic, macabre, and quirky horror style is best conveyed through his use of low key lighting, high angle and music in his films: Edward Scissorhands
The characters, especially men, in Courage Under Fire and Boys Don’t Cry do not accept or respect the characters who have different genders. They believe that they are better than the other characters, just because they are men.
There is no denying that the film, Aftershock, directed by Feng Xiaogang is the most bankable domestic blockbusters in mainland China and wins the box office of more than six hundred million in 2010 (Coonan, 2010). It reproduces the grave earthquake took place in Tangshan, Hebei Province on July 28, 1976. Such a 7.8 magnitude earthquake turned Tangshan into ruins in only twenty-three seconds and caused 250 thousands death. The successful release of the film has caused the high attention and intense discussion among the community until nowadays. As an excellent work of contemporary Chinese realism film, it moves audiences through its setting, expression, characters and also the touching plot.
In the musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” Davis Weaver plays the antagonist role of Orin Scrivello, the cringey, sadistic dentist and abusive boyfriend of Audrey. I was particularly impressed with Weaver’s versatility as an actor, being that he plays five different roles throughout the musical. Additionally, Weaver’s various vocal tones, postures, facial expressions, tactics, movements and gestures, and use of props effectively reveals Orin’s superobjective and allows Weaver to be as believable as this character possibly can be given the circumstances.
Pulp Fiction, a gangster film centred around crime and drama, was directed and written by Quentin Tarantino, staring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel Jackson. The Oscar award winning film details the lives of two hitmen, a gangster, and the gangster’s wife Jules Winnfield (Samuel Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta), are on a mission to retrieve a stolen briefcase from their employer, and mob boss, Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Mia, (Uma Thurman) plays the role as Wallace’s wife, who is spends some time with Vincent, while Wallace leaves town for business purposes. Even though the lives of these individuals seem interesting enough, each of them wove together to create a film involving a series of funny, bizarre, and suspenseful
Throughout history the portrayal of gender roles have been maintained by a specific standard, specifically where the man is the main figure, and the woman is the submissive figure that is being acted upon. However, lately, specifically the last ten or so years, many movies have shifted this ideology. These movies in modern times show increasingly more women in positions of power, as well as in marriages where there is an equal amount of power between both the husband and wife. There are also more movies showcasing non-traditional relationships, such as, domestic partnerships and LGBTQ+ relationships. One movie in particular that showcases a shift in the status quo, in terms of the masculinity and femininity expected from individuals especially that of a relationships, is Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? Before delving into why this movie goes against the status quo an a multitude of levels, I must first give some background to the movie.
The movie “Sleepers” is about four young boys between the ages 13-14 who commit a serious crime by accident. In this paper I will argue why the boys should be dealt with under the Restorative Justice System, and not under the Retributive Justice System. I will also talk about how they would be dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The four boys are clearly very upset with themselves because they let what they thought would be just a fun prank turn into a violent crime.
Evil Dead is a science fiction film and it was written and directed by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. It was release in 1981. The movie opens with five youngsters going on a road trip following a map. They are heading to an old abandoned cabin. The tension starts to build when they cross the weak bridge leading to the cabin because they almost had the car fall under the bridge. A swing chair is at the front of the house swinging on its own. As one of the youngsters approaches the house and takes the keys, the swing chair mysteriously comes to a stop.
The story of The Haunting of Hill House is a horror classic. The book and movie depict this terrifying story in vastly different ways. The movie uses cinematic techniques that a book can not portray: music, acting, and props. The book uses imagery, internal monologue, and suspense to peak fear in the readers. Movies are a different way of portraying a story, but movies aren’t always able to depict everything in the book. The movie depiction is able to elicit fear through cinematic techniques, and the novel uses fear in a different way than the movie which is more effective in frightening the reader.