The Movie McFarland, USA is a story of a man who goes through a dramatic change in his environment but takes on the obstacles in order to turn a group of kids with a not so bright future, and a rough attitude into a winning cross country team.
Cooper Creek is a series of novels authored by Brenda Minton the American author that made a name for herself writing romantic novels set in the American West. Minton grew up on a farm in the Ozarks, which has given her the spectacular perspective of life, love, and romance in the country that she so eloquently paints in the Cooper Creek series. The series of novels is centered on the Cooper family of Oklahoma with a different family member taking the lead in each novel. The first novel in the series was The Cowboys Holiday Blessing that Minton first published in 2011 to rave reviews. With the first novel going on to achieve massive success soon after publication, it spawned several more titles in the still ongoing series. The ninth title in
The story begins with a young black man named Michael who experienced a tough beginning in his early stages of life. Despite his young age Michael vividly remembers his mother’s drug addiction, then after she was deemed no longer fit to care for her few children including Michael, the
Moral corruption is a notable and recurrent theme of gangster films. The protagonist usually has an initial innocence, or ignorance of the means and ways of the life of crime. He gets involved with this world out of necessity due to financial problems, or comes from a social or ethnic background, where crime is an easier and more profitable way of living than legitimate business. In the beginning of his involvement the hero is reluctant to use violence and hesitant to manipulate people, as evidenced in The Godfather and Goodfellas. But as his ties with the world of crime strengthen and he gets caught up in it, he becomes disillusioned with the usefulness of morality, and starts to see his own survival and domination as more important than morality in the conventional sense. The rise to power comes to be the most crucial goal, and moral principles are an obstacle to it. The more powerful the hero becomes, the more rapid is the decline of his ethics. This engrossment in power is demoralizing and causes the hero to dissociate from healthier aspects of life, such as his
Many of us are faced with tough times, hard decisions, and struggles but there are only certain people that have the willpower and determination to overcome those obstacles and change their life for the better. Many of us are faced by little challenges like when the alarm clock goes off for school. Do we get up and go to school or do we go back to bed? The immediate reward is going back to bed and getting the satisfaction of more sleep but the downfall is that you miss your classes. This didn’t seem like an important decision for me until I got to college. It’s way different than high school in the way that class is way more important and you are actually paying for your classes in college while throughout your whole life before if you went through the public school system, school was free. This little decision can determine what path your life is going to be on. With the Daniel Flanagan story we see that it’s an inspiring story and had the potential to be an effective essay, it lacked in important details. Having the necessary details throughout the essay could have created a bigger impact and made it easier for
As I was a child I always wanted to watch movies which a heoro defeats a villian. Growing up I want to see more movies about villians, gangters, because being happy and perfect is what we have been always taught and tried to achieve everyday. People know that there is a bad side in everyone, and no one wants to express it. Happiness and kindness become so common. Being happy is easy to understand, but it is more interesting to know what makes a person becomes bad. People want to know that they are not the only one who is sad. They want to know that they are not alone. Especially when happiness is so hard to maintain nowaday days. As Robert Warshow mentioned in “The Gangster as Tragic Hero” that “happiness, thus becomes the chief pilitical issue”.
The Oscar winning film, Good Will Hunting, released in 1997 follows the journey a 20 year genius boy, Will, who suffered abuse growing up. His life takes a turn when a college professor discovers how smart he is takes him under his wing compelling him to take therapy sessions which help him straiten himself up. Overlooking the flaws in Good Will Hunting, the film generally does a good job of not only highlighting the meaning of true friendship but also showing how the fear of failure can prevent individuals from stepping out of their comfort zones.
The film ‘Good Will Hunting’ directed by Gus Van Sant is a movie which follows the life of Will Hunting who is gifted with astonishing skills for maths but whom suffered with a fear of abandonment. He developed a defense mechanism which affected his ability to create long lasting relationships. An important extract from the movie is the scene ‘ It’s not your fault’. This scene conveyed the impact of childhood traumas, the effects of suppressed emotions and the idea of soulmates. These ideas were manifested through the use of various film techniques, such as camera shots and movements, music and dialogue.
The film, The Goodfellas portrayed a single man working his way into the mobster family. The troubled boy becomes a prestigious young man in his prime. The goal to be with the mafia is generally violent and commit illegal acts to obtain riches and power. The film depicted the rise to power as well as the failures involved. The conventions and attributes make the genre more distinctive towards organized crime and what one will do to obtain it. This film is gruesome and intriguing to the audience for the realism but also fantasy of committing crime without the punishments included.
The films Scarface (1983) and The Godfather (1972) are both crime-drama films which focus on the rise of their respective characters up the criminal ladder, becoming leaders on their own right and experiencing parallels on their stories while interacting with characters with duality in rules for both films. Scarface’s Tony Montana opted for drug trade and started his own empire on the back and blood of the people he killed, while Michael Corleone took matters to his own hands when he saw his family being besieged by the other families, psychologically exploring the minds of the characters while trying to deal with outside threats and stimulus.
Some of the major themes of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are appearance vs reality. Huck fakes his own death. The king goes to a church revival and acts like a pirate from the Indian Ocean and he has changed. Both of the examples should be explored more.
The Magnificent Seven is a retelling of Seven Samurai. Fistful of Dollars is an unofficial retelling of Yojimbo. In both instances, the two westerns are strikingly similar to the Japanese movies they are based on. Despite all the similarities, there probably aren’t too many people who tried watching Yojimbo and ended up accidently watching Fistful of Dollars. That’s because, looking at basic story elements, Sergio Leone was not able to create a perfect copy of Akira Kurosawa’s movie. It is nearly impossible for one person to tell a story the exact same way someone else has. There are too many stylistic choices, too many embellishments, too many little details, and too many pieces of personal flairs that change, and make, a story. Over a decade before a lawsuit existed between Kurosawa and Leone, Kurosawa’s Rashomon showed how stories change from person to person, or
David O’ Russell’s 2013 crime film, American Hustle was based on a historical event that took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The main cast includes: a intelligent con man, Irving Rosenfeld, who is played by Christian Bale. Alongside Rosenfeld is his sly and seductive partner, Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams. Rosenfeld and Prosser are forced to work with an FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who is played by Bradley Cooper. Under DiMaso’s command, Rosenfeld and Prosser enter into a new world of mafias and power brokers. Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) is a passionate yet volatile political operator based in New Jersey. Polito is caught up in between the cons and the FBI. Last but not least, Rosenfeld’s unpredictable wife, Rosalyn, who is played by Jennifer Lawrence. Rosalyn plays an important part in the movie, she has the power to ruin the whole plan is she makes one simple mistake. The film was inspired by a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FDI) sting operation, ABSCAM. While the FBI was looking for the people who have stolen a piece of art, they discovered more than what they set out to find. They were able to find criminals that were involved with fake stocks and bonds. They discovered that government officials were bribing businesses. They have caught politicians and congressmen on camera taking illegal payoffs.
The karate is a movie about facing challenges in life and luring how to defeat them in a positive way. For example if someone was making fun of you or someone you care about what would you do? Would you beat that person up or would you try to solve the problem without violence? Using Violence it not the right way to solve a problem. Just simply being the better person who chooses to not use violence makes you a winner.