A Ridley Scott film – Blade Runner

This film, I believe, deserves a higher status than that of cult, and is much more than just an acceptable homage to Philip K Dick, author of many original science-fiction novels, often laced with philosophical perspectives on the human condition. The film is multi-layered; thrilling and unsettling, part dark science fiction and detective film noir, … Read more

Critique of Romeo and Juliet the Movie

There have been many romantic films made in the past as well as now in the present, from Wuthering Heights to Pretty Woman. But, one of the most romantic of all films is the story of Romeo and Juliet. It is safe to say that most people are familiar with this story. A couple so … Read more

The Comedy Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is a comedy that was released in 1985. It was written, produced and directed by John Hughes. Its about five teenage students from different social groups when forced to spend a Saturday together in detention they find themselves interacting with and understanding each other for the first time. A jock, Emilio Estevez, a … Read more

The Cave and the Matrix

Movie critics and philosophers alike agree that the movie The Matrix is indeed based upon certain Platonic themes from Book VII of The Republic. In this story entitled “The Allegory of the Cave,” he describes a dark underground cave where a group of people are sitting in one long row with their backs to the … Read more

Different Genres By Michael J. Mizov Fear

Fear in Different Genres By Michael J. Mizov Fear is defined as a condition between anxiety and terror either natural and well-grounded or unreasoned and blind. Fear is one emotion that everyone dislikes, and it is as unavoidable as night or day. Through the use of novels, plays, films, short stories, and poems it becomes … Read more

The Masque of The Red Death: The Red Death Vs. AIDs

If I were to compare “The Masque of the Red Death” to a movie, I would compare it to the HBO special on aids, “And The Band Played On”. Both the story and the movie dealt with a disease which in their appropriate times were (and is ) considered to be an “evil” disease. During … Read more

Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella

Was Ray Kinsella a triumphant hero who dared to live his dreams, or merely an insane lunatic who blindly followed voices that could only be heard within the confines of his mind? Although either of these theories could be argued successfully, the idea that this intrepid man was indeed a hero is supported by a … Read more

Movie Review: Sense and Sensibility

Ang Lee, who directed, and Emma Thompson, who adapted the screenplay, have done an excellent job of bringing Jane Austen’s Victorian novel, Sense and Sensibility, to the movie screen. The movie’s collection of actors are a joy to watch as they bring out the emotions of an otherwise polite and reserved era in time. The … Read more

The City Hunter

The City Hunter is an action comedy movie starring international superstar Jackie Chan. This movie was made in Hong Kong in the early 90s. In this movie Jackie Chan played Hunter, a private detective with a good sense of humor and deadly kung fu skills. The story started out with a badly acted sketch of … Read more

Bruce Almighty is Irresistible

There is a guilty pleasure one gets from watching characters we identify with struggle on screen, and we begin to think to ourselves that maybe our lives arent so bad after all. Such is the case in Bruce Almighty, a new release from Universal Pictures directed by Tom Shadyac. The movie is by no means … Read more

Blade Runner: Mans Search For Meaning

The movie Blade Runner has many themes. Many of these themes have been explored and written on. The one theme that stood out most to me was that of a creatures search for meaning and answers to the puzzle of its existence. The replicants that were central to the plot of Blade Runner were created … Read more

Muhammad Ali – Movie

Fierce with his fists, fast on his feet and quick with a quip, boxer, Muhammad Ali became one of the sporting icons of the 20th century and he sure let us know it. In Ali, Will Smith gives us a 10-year slice of the legend’s life between 1964 and 1974 under the direction of Michael … Read more

The movie A Raisin in the Sun

I really enjoyed the movie A Raisin in the Sun. It follows a black family’s struggle to reach their long anticipated dreams. These dreams, and the struggles necessary to attain them, is one of the main focuses of the movie. The movie began with a husband, Walter, and wife, Ruth, fighting over Walter’s dream to … Read more

Blaming Violence and Sexuality on the media

The Matrix is by far one of my favourite movies, but what has driven me to write on such a topic is the negative feedback fellow breakthrough movies and other forms of entertainment are getting from society in general. Yes it is true that two seemingly normal students shot and killed tweleve of their fellow … Read more

The Patriot Film

Martin, a veteran of the French and Indian War, thinks of himself as a battle-weary peacenik (his eldest son joins the army against his wishes), but if he believes in liberating the colonies from the tyranny of King George III, he believes even more fervently in smiting the holy bejesus out of the soldiers who … Read more

The Direct and Indirect Impact of Rhetoric

In the world that we live in, rhetoric always affects and is a part of everything that happens. Rhetoric, in its broadest sense, is communication, and how people relate to each other. The movie The Color Purple is about relationships. Therefore rhetoric plays a very important role in this movie. Throughout The Color Purple the … Read more

The movie, Pierre Delacroix

The days of blackface minstrel troupes may seem like ancient history to most Americans, but Spike Lee wants to refresh our memory. Spike Lee is onto something when he looks to the days of blackface minstrel troupes to help us understand race in today’s America. With Bamboozled, Hollywood’s most reliable provocateur is saying we haven’t … Read more

Cliches Of Teen Movies

Its seems as if American culture is obsessed with sex. From music videos to commercials to teen movies: one cannot turn on his television without seeing a scantily clad woman or two people engaging in some type of foreplay. Even on game shows there is commonly a female co-host who wears next to nothing. Moreover, … Read more

Cinema and Film

Many young people today are learning about their world through electronic means radio, television, video movies, computer games, virtual reality games and the Internet. In particular the visual environment of the electronic media is greatly attracting the print media in all its forms. How many children read comic books these days? Most would rather watch … Read more

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho

Nothing is random in the world created by the author.’ How does Alfred Hitchcock use cinematic features to explore ideas in his film Psycho? How does Alfred Hitchcock present the idea in his film Psycho that being at odds with society’s values involves risk but complying with those values can also be harmful? In what … Read more

Do The Right Thing

Director and actor Spike Lee presents his “truth” about race relations in his movie Do the Right Thing. The film exhibits the spectacle of black discrimination and racial altercations. Through serious, angry, and loud sounds, Lee stays true to the ethnicity of his characters, all of which reflect their own individualism. Lee uses insulting diction … Read more

Critique of Romeo and Juliet the Movie

There have been many romantic films made in the past as well as now in the present, from Wuthering Heights to Pretty Woman. But, one of the most romantic of all films is the story of Romeo and Juliet. It is safe to say that most people are familiar with this story. A couple so … Read more

The Mirror Has Two Faces

The movie stares Barbara Streisand as Rose Morgan a lonely, single, low self esteemed woman who lives with her domineering mother Hannah Morgan played by Lauren Becall in New York. Jeff Bridges who plays Gregory Larkin a math instructor at Columbia University is a man in search of the perfect woman who is not interested … Read more

Review Of A Lion In Winter

Henry, the King of England, married Eleanor for her land; their first son died, after him, John was Henry’s favorite, Richard was Eleanors favorite, but turned out to be homosexual, Geoffrey plotted against all of them with the King of France who was Richard’s “friend;” Henry had an affair with Rosalyn, and Eleanor, with Richard … Read more

The characters in American Beauty

One often reads a book or watches a movie and finds a specific meaning behind the whole story, a moral. After watching American Beauty it is easy to see a resemblance in the characters to that of Paradise Lost. In this way you could say that by reading Paradise Lost the characters in American Beauty … Read more

Star Wars As a Mythology

There exists in every culture a series of folk tales and stories, which make up a part of that culture’s history. These stories, called myths, often venture into the magical and fantastic, with great heroes battling terrible monsters to save exotic lands. As the human race has evolved, we have moved beyond the need to … Read more

The movie Pulp Fiction

Throughout the movie Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino, there are many hidden references to religion and the Bible. The movie starts off, introducing our two main characters, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, as two cheap hitmen in search of a package belonging to their boss, Marcellus Wallace. The package is retrieved, and they then … Read more

Barbie vs. Hercules

Imagine a world in rose and purple where golden flakes are falling all over in a mirage of perfection. It is a world populated by nymphs and sleeping beauties, a world ruled by heroes and princes. From different prisms and colored glass, we see this world all the time reflected by what is called the … Read more

History of motion pictures

No matter who a person thinks invented the motion picture camera, whether it was Louis Lumiere or Thomas Edison, I’m sure they had no idea what it would become at the turn of the century. Motion pictures, has become an entertainment medium like no other. From Fred Ott’s Sneeze to Psycho to Being John Malkovich, … Read more

Rocky IV

In 1985, a movie was made that displayed the attitudes and fears that Americans had of the former Soviet Union. Although the movie had some flaws, it did closely represent the feelings of the era that was depicted. This paper intends to analyze and give the proper credit that this movie and its actors deserve. … Read more

Movie: Life, Like The Great Gatsby

Imagine that you live in the nineteen twenties, and that you are a very wealthy man that lives by himself in a manchine, on a lake and who throws parties every weekend. This is just the beginning of how to explain the way Jay Gatsby lived his life. This novel, by F. Scott, Fitzgerald is … Read more

What is the Matrix

As the dawn of a new millennium approaches, people from all walks of life find themselves asking questions like “what will become? ” and “what will destiny bring in the next century? ” An event that happens but once every thousand years brings with it a sense of anticipation. In some, this anticipation is one … Read more

Of Androids and Fossils: (Re)Producing Sexual Identity in Blade Runner and Jurassic Park

With the shift from industrial to postindustrial capitalism, our culture has become increasingly concerned with the problem of how to represent subjects in a technologized world. Traditionally, dominant conceptions of the subject have relied on Western metaphysics; naturalized monolithic categories arranged in hierarchic binary oppositions: male/female, human/machine, subject/object, etc. In this system, the discourse of … Read more