Few names get cinephiles as euphoric as Joel & Ethan Coen. However, after making a name for themselves in the late 80’s and 90 's, the duo appears to have lost their touch, while struggling to make anything truly compelling. This could be because they have taken a small hiatus on their own sense of dark humor that made them so popular to begin with. In addition to this hiatus, The Coens now have created mediocre dramas with a surprisingly dearth amount of depth and levity. Their last film that I truly thought excelled in many aspects was Burn After Reading, mostly due to their signature outlandishness.
Considering this movie is made by the same man who made CRUMB and BAD SANTA, insane might be what he was going for. It is definitely a darkly comedic look at underachievement. At times this movie seems to be struggling to express itself like the summer high school art students. On the other hand, the film 's rambling struggles may be an immersive reflection of the characters ' struggles. Overall, this film is more interesting than entertaining, and that can be a good thing.
Arthur Miller, the author of The Crucible began with the pretense that these trials were more or less something of a comical sense. After witnessing all the prosecutions and how all the reputations were being ruined at the time, Miller himself began believing that this misfortune was actually a reality. In his time, Miller wrote The Crucible as an allegory to portray the Communist trials and to reveal to the people how this madness was taking over their fundamental society. Throughout Miller 's article “Were You Now or Were You Ever?” he uses a competent tone, parallelism and repetition reflecting paranoia, and the use of an
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T is a surrealist and delirious tale full of wacky fun imagery, as well as explicit World War II references. This daring film for its 50’s time period was written by Theodor Geisel, famously known as Dr. Seuss. Seuss' writing in his books tends to be surreal, somewhat nonsensical, and is almost always verbally focused on crazy word play, including lots of neologisms and hilariously twisted rhymes, which is translated into this film. The theme of 5,000 Fingers is an elaboration from Seuss of a conception of children as “thwarted people”, and that they struggle to find themselves in the world dominated by adult authorities. The theme is addressed in one of the songs, stating “just because we're kids, because we're sorta
Why Did Arthur Miller Write The Crucible Does the world ever learn from its mistakes? Is history doomed to repeat itself, consistently making the same mistakes? Arthur Miller would most likely believe so. Miller’s works mainly focused on moral corruption in society, he believed that he was responsible for discussing the issues and exposing the truth behind them (“Arthur Miller” 1). Arthur Miller was one of the many people accused of communism during the Red Scare, being called before the HUAC (“Arthur Miller” 11)Because of the many similarities shown when comparing The Crucible and the events of the Red Scare, I believe Arthur Miller wrote his play to shine a light on the ridiculousness and true reality of the events that occured.
Tim Burton is one of the most unique film directors in the film industry. He is best known for his peculiar, twisted style in film directing that seems attract people’s attention. He directed successful films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, and Vincent. Before he could even walk,, Burton fell in love with horror films and never found them to be scary. Burton was influenced by the work of Edgar Allen Poe, Dr. Seuss, and Vincent Price.
The best example of this isolated horror is from the cult classic 1982 film, John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” The Thing is a monster that represents the paranoia people have to things that at first glance seem safe and familiar but have the potential to be dangerous and horrifying. Authors like Stephen King and Stephen T. Asma know the true meaning behind
The shot displays noticeable lens distortion and is filmed from a slightly higher angle. While the preceding shots made use of the Dutch angle, the lens distortion now compliments the visual excess that is apparent in American Horror Story’s cinematography. Furthermore, the distortion accentuates Sister Jude’s finger that is pointing towards the audience on an extra-textual level and Lana in a textual context. By directly pointing at the audience this particular shot almost gives the impression of breaking the fourth wall. In reading this shot one has to bear in mind that horror and particularly the slasher genre have traditionally suffered from a bad reputation; each year a myriad of horror films are released that just recycle the conventions, clichés or even narratives in the case of remakes of anterior films.
The film Fight Club, directed by David Fincher, was well received and was one of the most popular films of its time. The movie takes an interesting spin on the effects of Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities), on the individual afflicted as well as their peers. At its core, the film strives to make a statement on the effects of societal norms and the evils of consumerism on an individual’s pursuit of happiness. It utilizes Dissociative Identity Disorder and other mental disorders to accomplish this. The setting of the film is dark and gloomy – the main character/narrator, who remains unnamed throughout the entirety of the film, lives in a seemingly perpetually dark and depressing city, in an old, abandoned house.
American author, Stephen King is known for his, rather, disturbing and on edge movies. Some might say he is the best when it comes to horror films. He knew the best ways to get under people 's skin, and when to do it. Each one of his movies took a different approach. There is a movie or everyone, and their fears.