Little did you know that all of these movies were produced and released in the eighties. Movies started to gain popularity, causing them to have better production and more quantities of them. The special effects were still pretty poor quality with the fake animations and cringey explosions. Stephen King’s The Shining (100 80s Movies) was released in 1980 and became one of the most memorable and terrifying horror movies of all time. Right under that was Nightmare On Elm Street (100 80s Movies), another horror/thriller movie released in 1984 under the direction of Wes Craven.
(“Blacula”) Although Blacula is not very critically acclaimed, it did set the stage for future black vampires that we see in films such Vampire in Brooklyn, Queen of the Damned, and even Twilight. Now it may not be a big deal, in 1931 a black actor playing the main role in a movie would have been unheard of. Black actors in Hollywood were typically given very stereotypical roles, and it was not until the later half of the 1950’s where we saw black actors getting the chance to play a different type of character. (Afircan- Americans on
This drama/thriller was very unique, “the way it shuffles from tone to tone – animated music video one second, unforgettably dark pastiche of a cheesy TV sitcom the next”. (Parker) It was probably the most controversial film of the 1990’s and one of the most underrated as well. This film has actually received more credit as time has passed. Oliver Stone’s message and overall theme was heard loud and clear after viewing this film. The movie was so powerful it even drove two men to kill and was caught up in a very controversial legal debate for many
This paper will serve to analyze these brilliant Gangster genre films, and will do so through a compare and contrast format. In both films even though they are five decades apart are impressively similar and yet have major differences that I will go over in my essay analysis. These films are about an immigrant man’s lust of power, beautiful women, violence, and getting money at any means necessary. Controversial issues in completely different film making eras with power struggles, drugs, violence, dialogue, action sequences, and visual motifs. Scarface “The Shame of the Nation” (1932) directed by Howard Hawk was made during a time where censorship played a role in how this movie was eventually portrayed and edited.
I did not enjoy the movies and I know that the book adaptations were much better than the movie adaptations. The first thing that stood out to me was the way the directors of the movies cut out very important scenes from the book that needed to be in the movie for it to make sense. An example of this is the scene in the
The film noir genre as a whole is an uncommonly used term in the mainstream film industry towards younger viewers. Most neo-noir films such as Nightcrawler are not marketed as noir but instead in broader terms like “thriller” or “Action”. This all kept the use of the term within the 1940’s to 50’s and eventually dropped off everyone's vocabulary list (besides film connoisseurs). Sunset Boulevard fits perfectly into the category of “dark films” as there are readily apparent motifs within the movie such as a femme fatale, an ordinary man, a conflicting interest and entrapment. Most notably in the film, the aspect of
They also highlight the crime victim’s life and their struggle to justice. Cinematic plot of these films portray real life situations and characters from true events and past crime records. Money, power, greed, revenge, gambling, drugs, murder, robbery, masculinity, violence, etc., are some of the central themes of crime and gangster films. Characters playing the role of gangsters and the bad guys are often personified with materialistic, immoral, and dishonest traits. “The first gangster film in the history of cinema was The Musketeers of Pig Alley, a 1912 American short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.” Early gangster films were produced from a non-criminal point of view or precisely placing it, a law-abiding view, i.e.
I believe more people get their history from Hollywood films than from a history book, because for most is easier to understand events when they are shown visually and it is more appealing to watch films about history than to read history books for most, even though many films are inaccurate. I do not believe The Birth of a Nation should have been shown in the twentieth century, when segregation was still at large and the impact of stereotypes against African Americans were still so influential. However, I do believe The Birth of a Nation should be shown to the public today and to classes who are learning about history, because it shows how films can depict an entirely false view of historical events and that people should not just believe what they
The Fortune Cookie Many films that Billy Wilder wrote and directed reflected the American society through sex and marriage, but in his 1966 comedy, The Fortune Cookie, he showed American greed and the flaws of the civil legal system. With the emergence of independent production companies in the 1960’s came the demise of the Hollywood studio system. This allowed for more creative work and for the director to have more control. Wilder had the power to cast well known actor, Jack Lemmon, and a newbie comedy star, Walter Matthau. The film had acclaim and did well at the box office, but was soon to be forgotten behind the many other classic Wilder made throughout his career.
In contrast to the chic paintings, the typography became more bold, borders were often used creating an embossed or shadowed effect, giving the type a more 3 dimensional appearance. As TV became a popular fixture in households at the end of the ‘40s, less movies were made. Also, because of the war, budgets were cut and so less movies were made, rendering movie posters of this era rare and valuable collector’s items. Paranoia films became popular during the cold war era as Americans feared communism resulting from the war, but producers realised that they needed to focus on more genres rather than solely focusing on war, to win back their viewers. Because of this, fantasy films were created in the ‘50s to entice viewers.