Film

[SOLVED] Die Hard

write a short (1000 words) essay for the movie( DIE HARD 1988 ) focused on the following question: Can you identify and describe gender bias in the performance?  You may use the Bechdel test or any other indicator.  describe how the actors perform as masculine, feminine or neutral gender.  You might examine elements such as the portrayal of women, the number of characters who are male or female, how their relationships are shown, or the number of scenes with sex or violence.  Consider whether the film passes the Bechdel Test. The paper should be based on the personal opinion not sources or citations .

Nov 24th, 2021

Film

[SOLVED] No Man’s Zone or Land of Hope

Write 1-2 paragraphs (approximately 300 words). You have to reference the film in order to get full credit. Your answers should be analysis not summary. Give evidence from the film to support your claims. Many films about the 2011 disaster showcase debris landscapes to represent the earthquake and tsunami, but the damage from the nuclear meltdowns is invisible. Choose a scene(s) from 1 film [No Man’s Zone or Land of Hope] and discuss how the film visualizes the damage from the nuclear disaster.

Nov 24th, 2021

Film

[SOLVED] Within Our Gates

Please edit or rewrite the paper and 100% followed the Grader’s Comments, thank you.INSTRUCTION:In his 1920 film “Within Our Gates,” director Oscar Micheaux contests Hollywood representations of African American life and pursues a theme of moral uplift, offering a distinct middle-class worldview in which characters sought out progress through education and community improvement in the face of repression and violence from white supremacist culture.  “Body and Soul” also pursues this theme of moral uplift, but also makes a strong critical commentary on the role of the church and religious faith within the Black community.  Explain how Micheaux used Paul Robeson’s two roles, as Sylvester (the fiance and aspiring inventor) and as the Reverend Jenkins, to suggest a conflicted moral system within the Black community depicted in the fictional film. Compare particular scenes to demonstrate your explanation. Alternative: you may approach this question by analyzing the mother-daughter relationship instead of the Reverend and Sylvester. Grader’s Comments:This is a great analysis of the film and specific examples of where the audience is confronted with those conflicting personalities that are opposite of one another. However, there was only a brief mention of the conflicting moral system within Micheaux’s work. What do you think the intent behind these choices was? Why was Micheaux critiquing the Black community as an individual who belongs to it? What might this signify? What does the conflicting moralities of the two characters – Jenkins and Sylvester – tell the viewer? What does it say to the Black audience who were so opposed to it?

Nov 24th, 2021

Film

[SOLVED] War and Postwar

As the first essay in a short, intensive class that covers a range of different topics and material, this is a short paper in which I ask you to apply a few of the key concepts from the ‘additional materials’ readings attached to one or two moments and/or characters or conflicts from Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. The paper is to be double-spaced, with 12-point font-sized text.Whichever topic you choose, your analysis must explicitly incorporate the arguments of at least two of the attached texts and one of the suggested texts. In this case, the Sahn article is the main text you draw a few key concepts but at least one or two concepts must be lifted from the Wetta and Novelli reading.You don’t need to summarise the entire argument from a particular author, but you are expected to introduce a key concept or term—by paraphrasing or quoting—that is relevant to your analysis. The texts should be given greater weight than the film, which serves as an illustration or an example of the concepts addressed in the texts.Keep the following in mind:Consider what these terms or concepts say, not only about the film at hand, but about broader cultural or social issues—of the historical context and/or beyond. Let this serve as the foundation for your own argument.These short papers require concision, so it is important to keep your focus narrow—go for breadth rather than depth—and that you clearly indicate in the thesis paragraph (the first or second paragraph in the paper):the central terms, concepts, or arguments from the academic texts that you will expand upon in the following paragraphs (briefly introduce them first);why you find these particular aspects important or interesting—what they may say about culture or society in the past or present;and/or how you would like to challenge or expand upon these claims by applying them to the particular example/s from the film;finally, you may also want to explain your reason for addressing the example/s from the film (other than that is the one we watched for class!)—what might make it unique, or a representative illustration of the topic at hand?Dedicate the following couple of paragraphs to an overview of the relevant academic texts. It is often best to paraphrase the author’s overall argument and then state your own position in relation to theirs. If there is a particular quote you would like to use, briefly provide the context and then follow up on such quotes, stating what you think the author may mean by this and/or how this applies to what you’re exploring in the paper.Once your argument and supporting academic texts have been presented, address the example/s from the film as precisely as possible. You may use a sentence or two to set up a scene or to describe a character’s role in the narrative, but don’t provide a complete plot summary. Focus on those aspects of a scene, conflict, or character that most specifically illustrate the broader issues. Many of the texts we’ve read have excellent examples of this approach. A strong film analysis often considers how the language of cinema (what we see/hear on screen) encapsulates issues that lie well beyond this specific instance on screen. Often, close descriptions can provide insights into what the film seems to be saying about a particular character, concept, etc.Finally, your conclusion should not simply list everything that you presented in the previous paragraphs, but should present, somewhat surprisingly, the (perhaps ambiguous) implications of what you’ve explored, and even the ways in which this opens up the conversation for further consideration.This should be the structure of the paper:1.Thesis ParagraphMaps out what you want to say (your argument) and how you will say it (your method), including both the supporting text/s and terms, and examples from the films.2.Terms, Quotes, or Supporting TextsLays out the key relevant concept/s from your source, and reiterates how you will apply—or challenge—these with your examples.3.Example 1If necessary, provide a brief, one-or two-sentence context for your example. In around two sentences, describe all relevant aspects of the example, using the formal terms. In a couple of sentences, elaborate on its relevance to yourthesis and central concepts. 4.Example 2Same as example 1, but perhaps referencing first example as a counterpoint.5.ConclusionWith  the  supporting  concepts,  ties  the  two  examples  together  into  a  synthesis  (a  new  idea  or  insight  that emerges through this juxtaposition). It does not restate the thesis paragraph (which tells the reader where we are going), and does not list the points the covered in the previous paragraphs, but provides a sense of closure while also—paradoxically—suggesting new spaces to explore.

Nov 23rd, 2021

Film

[SOLVED] Modern Times 1936

What are the three (3) scenes that have stayed with you after viewing the film?Respond to these questions in writing. Each response ought to be four (4) sentences minimum. Thank you.1. Describe each scene in terms of its explicit meaning. That is, explain what happens.2. Analyze each scene in terms of its implicit meaning. That is, explain what is the scene conveying to the viewer.3. In what ways is the cinematic language itself “invisible” in these scenes? That is, what are the formal or narrative elements that immerse us into the scenes to the point we forget we are watching a film?Try to identify these formal or narrative elements.4. Where lies the cultural invisibility of these scenes? That is, how do they affirm (or disrupt) the values and beliefs we share?the movie is herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gLa4wAia9g

Nov 23rd, 2021

Film

[SOLVED] Shin Godzilla

Write 1-2 paragraphs (approximately 300 words). You have to reference the film in order to get full credit. Your answers should be analysis not summary. Give evidence from the film to support your claims Shin Godzilla uses a variety of media within the film—TV newscasts, social media, voice overs, scientific images, the text of the Japanese constitution, etc. Choose a scene(s) from the film and discuss how this facilitates, hinders or complicates the film’s message about disaster.

Nov 23rd, 2021

Film

[SOLVED] Modern Times

What are the three (3) scenes that have stayed with you after viewing the film?Each participant should describe a scene that s/he remembers from Modern Times and why.Please choose ONE scene and proceed to respond to the questions below in writing. Each response ought to be four (4) sentences minimum.1.Describe ONE scene in terms of its explicit meaning. That is, explain what happens.2.Analyze ONE scene in terms of its implicit meaning. That is, explain what is the scene conveying to the viewer.3.In what ways is the cinematic language itself “invisible” in this scene? That is, what are the formal or narrative elements that immerse us into the scene to the point we forget we are watching a film? Try to identify these formal or narrative elements.4.Where lies the cultural invisibility of this scene? That is, how does it affirm (or disrupt) the values and beliefs we share?the movie is herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gLa4wAia9g

Nov 23rd, 2021

Film

[SOLVED] American Film and Culture

The following are just some things to consider, a start of the conversation. You certainly don’t need to address all of these directly. Responding to one or two points—and noting anything else you find salient—would be great. Above all, please refer to particular terms, concepts, or arguments from the week’s assigned texts. Quoting or paraphrasing key passages helps indicate a rigorous engagement, and is required for full credit.While Belton focuses on the melodrama in the silent era, and Hansen addresses The Crowd as an example of the Mass Ornament in the early 20th century, are there any aspects of this that we might see in more contemporary examples?The Crowd is primarily about the individual’s resistance/acceptance of the mass, and Sunrise is primarily about the competing values and lifestyles of the city and country; but perhaps you see some visual or thematic similarities. What might these suggest about conceptions of the city?This is our only silent ?lm for the course. You may not watch many silent ?lms, and the approach may seem unusual. But they are well worth watching and studying, not least because they cannot rely upon dialogue to convey information or emotion. Consider how Vidor and/or Murnau (who uses very few inter titles in his ?lms) tell their stories visually. How or why might this work here, but not work if there were sound?No need for citations

Nov 21st, 2021

Film

[SOLVED] Genetically Modified Humankind

For the Thought Question:Gattaca makes use of a fairly conventional message: human individuality, know-how and grit triumph! In this case, Vincent/Ethan Hawke triumphs over a rigid and fascist elite (or the gene machine). Yay for the human capacity to face and overcome adversity!! (You are more than your genes!)   At the same time, the movie also assumes “ideal” or “perfect” in its depiction of Gattaca’s gene elite. (Think about assumptions concerning what that idea of perfection consists of.) Think about the decision in the final images of the movie: the camera pans giving us close ups of Vincent’s fellow crew members.Because the future assumes capitalism, it also assumes that “good” parents buy “good” genetic make-up for their child. (The better the parent, the better the child, the more it costs.) In this world we can assume that what is now a class system would become what is in effect a caste system: “valids” breed more of society’s leaders (tiered respectively) while “in-valids” continue to make a working class of unskilled labor and toilet-bowl cleaners. Yet, within the world of Gattaca, within that system, our hero overcomes obstacles, finds love, pursues his dream.Thought Question: So what’s going on?… Explain how you think this movie works relative to what this movie seems to assume –or evade– about a genetically modified humankind.

Nov 21st, 2021

Film

[SOLVED] Feed your Eyes

Select a documentary to analyze.I invite you to pick a film among these:* “I am Not Your Negro” – available on Kanopy* “Coup 53” – available online* “The Dissident” – available onlineIn your assignment, identify the producers, directors and top funders.  Is it a sponsored film?* What is the filmmaker’s background?* Who is the intended audience for the film?* Where was it shot?* Whattechniques did the filmmakers use to tell the story? A personal journey? An issue-oriented approach? An investigation?* Note any distinctive visual or aural elements that stood out for you, such as animation, re-enactment, etc.Next, research at least 3 film reviews from the press – Rotten Tomatoes is ok by the way. Variety, NYTimes, LA Times, and other publications are “influencers.”What did the reviewers note as the film’s strengths and weaknesses?Who wrote testimonials and what did they say?Finally, review the film in your own words.  What is your verdict on the film? 

Nov 21st, 2021

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