The film Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976) follows the protagonist Carrie White, Sissy Spacek, who is a shy high school student residing in a small town. After receiving her first period, she acquires telekinetic powers, which turns her world around; especially since she did not understand what the change meant for her as a new woman. Although Carrie is a horror film, the underlying meaning points to feminism as it embarks on the discovery of power, and threatening the patriarchal order. Carrie is a feminist film where fear comes not in blood or telekinesis, but the fears of a strong woman. The film uses cinematic techniques to further push this implicit meaning by ways of cinematography, mise-en-scene, and editing.
As I was growing up, I would adore going shopping and spending time with my family. But at times, my parents would do something odd and bizarre, such as talk really loud or argue with an employee. Their ridiculous actions would make me feel embarrassed and just want to stand somewhere far, far away from them. In the fictional short story “Abuela Invents The Zero”, Judith Ortiz’s main character, Constancia, feels the same way as me, humiliated. In addition, when she had to take her Abuela to church, she started to pray really loud and make a fool out of herself. At that moment, she just wanted for her grandmother to go away. In the end, Abuela is infuriated and enraged at Connie for treating her so incompetently. Because we both had similar experiences and thoughts, we both learned the same moral. Unlike the way we both acted, family should be valued because it is more important than pride.
Humor comes in many shapes in sizes, appealing to different ages, genders, time periods, and even different intellect levels. In the 2011 blockbuster hit “Bridesmaids”, there are comical devices used that attract a crowd through low comedy. This implements comedy through vulgar language and jokes, indecency, and exaggeration. Although, this sort of humor may appeal to millions according to the outstanding ratings and exceptional critiques, this does not excite the same reaction to myself as it may to others.
Cady from the movie The Mean Girls is a perfect example of an individual going through Erikson's 5th Stage of Development, Identity vs. Role Confusion. In the immature phase of this stage, Cady begins at a new school and is faced with the challenge of being her true self, a nerd, or pretending to be someone she is not in order to fit in with the popular girls. In the critical phase of this stage Cady realizes that she made the wrong choice, undermining her intelligence, in order to be friends with the popular girls. She finds out that these girls were never her real friends and that they have been pretending to like her all along. In the last phase of this stage, the resolution phase, she decides to be true to herself and begins focuses on
Brian Fitzgerald, the father of Anna, Kate and Jesse Fitzgerald, is a firefighter and spends his days battling the fires, both real and symbolic, which destroy other people’s lives. Unfortunately, he is unable to fight the fires within his own life, and this leads to the destruction of his ability to save his family from the difficult situations they face. The Fitzgerald family’s medical and moral issues that stem from Anna being born as a medical donor for Kate affect each of the characters in different ways. In My Sister’s Keeper, fire is the mechanism used to symbolize these problems that the Fitzgerald family faces.
The truth is, dishonesty and lying are both inevitable and are two of the most fundamental parts of society. However, many times, lies and secrets wipe away the good in life, leaving destruction behind that is hard to recover. In the novel “Reconstructing Amelia” by Kimberly McCreight, secrets and their potentially toxic consequences tend to revolve around the lives of Kate Baron, a single mother, and Amelia Baron, her fifteen year old daughter. Kate forming her relationship with Amelia based on secrecy and lying eventually comes back to haunt her as Amelia subconsciously punishes her by lying to her in return. Using out and out, omission and facade both Kate and Amelia successfully manage to push each other away, which in the end, destroys
Kate Keller, is a very important and central character. A woman that’s always thinking of her family and caring for them. We find out a lot about her via the other characters dialogue, actions and stage directions given by Miller. She is married to Joe Keller and together they have two sons Larry and Chris which both of them went to war together. But out of the two, Larry hasn’t returned after a couple of years which leads to Kate grieving over the unknown whereabouts of her son as well as the potential fact that he is dead. Kate throughout the play holds hope about the fate of her missing son, grasping on to the chance that he may still be alive. Throughout the play all of the other characters avoid mentioning the subject of Larry, showing
Taking after many other comedies before it, Step Brothers enlists two comedic actors, both well known for playing outrageous characters (in this case playing two adults who act like they still children), who play best friends. Much like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson did before them in Wedding Crashers, Will Ferrel and John C. Reilly work together to create a movie that truly shines a light on the common bromance. Most bromances portrayed in film tend to have a relationship that follows ones in romantic comedies. Like many male bromance of the 21st century, the relationship that appears to be close friendship between Dale and Brennan could be read as more romantic.
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.
Girl, Interrupted is a film that portrays many different illnesses, but specifically the experiences of Susanna, the main character, who is a patient at a psychiatric hospital. The multipath model contains the different dimensions portrayed in the film: biological, psychological, social, and sociocultural. Susanna is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and some of the dimensions are applied to this disorder in the film. There is really no biological dimension shown in the film with any of the characters. There might be some genetic factors between Susanna and her parents with BPD, but it is not indicated so. In Susanna’s case, the psychological dimension indicates that she, along with others with BPD, experience feelings of
The 2006 British film “The Queen” depicts events that unfolded after the death of Princess Diana in 1997. In the film, the British Royal Family did not react the way the public expected them to. Due to their lack of grief that was publicly shown towards Princess Diana’s death, it resulted in their actions being heavily criticised by British media and the public. Newly elected Prime Minister, Tony Blair, had to step in to help the Royal Family deal with their bad relations to the public, with the help of Diana’s ex-husband, Prince Charles.
For example, she kept telling her sister to move on with the world and to not stay with her husband. In fact, it is the other way round, she is the one who must move on and find something to do with her life, instead of drinking away her problems. Her attitude toward having sex with Mitch is contradictory too, she wants to show her as pure and reserved person, but she isn’t a bit of that, if she didn’t lie about that, she could have connected with him on the physical level too and she would move on a little bit, because she has someone with her and will stay with her. And who knows, maybe it would have been easy for her to confess to him what she did in Laurel because they would be closer towards each
Do you care about human rights? Do you feel like injustice, racism and oppression has been and still is a huge issue in America? And most importantly, do you care about the cruel and brutal history of slavery and the consequences it has had for the future generations of African Americans? If the answer is yes to all of the above, then it is an absolute necessity for you to watch the movie 12 Years A Slave!
“A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.” Louis Zamperini dealt with bullies at a young age when his family moved from France to America. He began to get in trouble with the authorities, often running from them, but when his brother noticed he could run, his life changed. Zamperini joined the school track team and excelled, eventually moving on to the Olympics. However, in a twist of events, Zamperini joins the army and finds himself stranded at sea, then stuck in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp. Will he remain unbroken, or will he fall?