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  1. Analysis of Shrek the film

    At the beginning of the film a group of villagers grab their torches and pitchforks to attack Shrek at sun down. When the villagers are in the woods looking for the ogre the music is non-diagetic, scary and tense. One man in the group of villagers says that the ogre will grind their bones for his bread and at the time he said that Shrek came up behind the group and said that ogres make soup out of freshly peeled skin, shave their livers and squeeze the jelly from their eyes. Suddenly Shrek roars and then reminds them to run.

    • Word count: 1862
  2. Film Review - The Dark Knight

    She actually evoked emotion, an ability Katie Holmes has never quite grasped. Running time 152 minutes Language English Budget $185 million Gross revenue $1,001,921,825 Gary Oldman really stepped up his game in this movie as well. His character played a much larger role in this movie than it did in Batman Begins, and Oldman was certainly able to rise to this. Aaron Eckhart absolutely surprised me in his role as Harvey Dent. I previously considered him a mediocre actor, this having mostly to do with the fact that he had never really played any complex roles before this.

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  3. The dropping of the atomic bomb : Justified?

    Consequently, after much death and destruction, Japan surrendered to Allies on August 14th. President Harry Truman, I am writing to you to inform you of the reasons as to why we, the army of U.S.A, dropped the atomic bomb on two cities in Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was the quickest method presented to you, and was also one of the cheapest. It had minimal loss of troops, as it was one small plane the 'Enola gay' that carried and dropped the atomic bomb. This option was a good test and sent out a positive message for the rest of the United States of America.

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  4. Women's 1950's Roles

    All women were encouraged by organized propaganda campaigns to become more economical during the war, urged to take everyday cutbacks that would ultimately help contribute to war bonds and raise both money and morale for the war effort through sacrifice. Sacrifice was stressed during World War II, and with the birth of "Rosie the Riveter," many women felt the need to make that sacrifice. Rosie the Riveter wasn't just an average women, she was able to accomplish and invent things the average housewife could not while still remaining glamorous. She symbolized change in America and the patriotic duty to work.

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  5. Clueless and Mean Girls

    The character Tai in Clueless was a newly transferred student to the school, geeky-looking and was somewhat a "loner" because she was still new to the school and hasn't made any friends yet. Cher was nice enough to accept Tai in to her group and made Tai feel that she belongs with them, the popular group. Who wouldn't like to be known as one of the girls form the popular group right? With Tai being a part of Cher's everyone looks at her differently and gave her respect and attention.

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  6. Evaluation of Issues Project

    Steven Spielberg is Jewish, and his film 'Schindler's List' has its point of view to sympathise with the Jews because of the cruelty to them from the Nazis. I was influenced by this director to be very subjective about a topic I am very serious about. I integrated my two art forms through a film. This is using 'moving images' and 'drama.' It is a simple idea but the procedure and the work takes a long time to create.

    • Word count: 1296
  7. My anlysis of the front page of a tabloid

    The headline refers to troops serving in Iraq and suggests that they are feeling angry and nervous because the American troops are not doing their bit to suport them and they are faced with death on a daily basis. The words angry and nervous are very negative and designed to make the readers pity the troops serving in Iraq and go against the Iraq war. This stance against the Iraq war is unsurprising as the paper is consistantly against the war and was the only tabloid newspaper to go against the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    • Word count: 1984
  8. Original writing task

    Several years ago I had a feud with my mother; I was only an infant at the time. We were flicking through old photographs when I swiftly snatched one from her grasp. I saw a man, holding a newly born child. He was a peculiar looking man, with long mousy brown hair, thick bushy eyebrows and dark, penetrating eyes. I only caught a glimpsed of the photo, though I undoubtedly read 'Frederick, holding beautiful daughter Lydia' imprinted on the back.

    • Word count: 1287
  9. Steve Jobs

    , and in 1969 the original internet came. Then comes the Apple Lisa Computer in 1983. 1984 comes Apple Macintosh Computer and in 1985 Microsoft Windows which begins the "friendly" war with Apple. The Apple computer was made as a personal home computer. Its point was to be easy to use. They made it simple. People at that time couldn't understand technology. In 2001 Steve Jobs introduces the Ipod, which has changed the music industry. It was a small computer with 5 buttons and a click wheel, on which music, contacts and notes from computers would be stored.

    • Word count: 1459
  10. GoodFella Film Review

    They double-parked in front of a hydrant and nobody ever gave them a ticket. In the summer when they played cards all night, nobody ever called the cops." He's like the kid in the candy store, only this time, stealing is the only way to get what he wants, with no fear of penance. The Movie starts with an extra close shot of a juvenile Henry Hill perceptively studying the gangsters from across the street; this scene was a stunningly creative treat for the eyes which made director Martin Scorsese one of the most pre-eminent directors of the era.

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  11. Expanded Programme Note

    We then move forward in the same motion to show the upset and suffering within the painting, this signifies my stimulus because we show the desperate expression on her face as if she had been waiting for eternity for her loved one to return. We then do a pivot turn towards the each other using our inside leg to pivot round on tilting the way we are turning with our inside hand across our face as if we were wiping away tears or hiding our grief.

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  12. Compare the representation of class and status for 3 music videos

    It is one long shot to begin with and the camera is angled so it shows the whole room that he is dancing in. During this, Jamiroquoi is all over the place, always on his feet dancing to the music which is very upbeat and hip. He looks like he is a laborer because of his clothes and tacky top hat but the room he is in looks like a mental hospital because there isn't much in the room apart from a few leather chairs and the white drawers on the wall.

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  13. How does Ridley Scott create and destroy gender stereotypes in Thelma and Louise?

    This shows that Darryl is an unfaithful husband and is having an affair. Thelma suspects this and states, "it's funny how many people want to buy a carpet on a Friday night. You would have thought they would have forgotten about it for the weekend." To that Darryl replies, "well it's a good thing your no regional manager then, and I am." He then swings his keys around on his finger as if to say, I am better than you, you are worthless. The second scene I am going to describe is where Louise is at work in the diner that she work at and she is depicted as having her hair tied

    • Word count: 1983
  14. A Christmas Carol (English Coursework)

    London's industrial age helped the UK to become rich and successful. However, this era had affected the country physically, socially, and culturally, because of the establishment of the factory system. Many people began moving to cities in search of a secure job, this lead to a huge growth in the population. This caused there to be three times more people living in Great Britain at the end of the century than the beginning. The overcrowding resulted in conditions that were dangerous and caused an increase in crime and poverty. In London the river Thames was full of sewage and the air was full of soot and pollution.

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  15. Popular Culture

    The 1967 Abortion Act legalized abortion and in 1969 the divorce law was reformed. The contraceptive pill was also widely available in 1961. These all lead to a huge movement and revolution in women's liberation act. The miniskirt was both a symbol of women's liberation and a tool of it. Although lots of designers have claimed to have invented it, the most popular one is Mary Quant. In 1960's, Mary Quant ran a popular clothes boutique in London or 'Swinging London' as it was called in those days. She felt the young females were ready for something daring, something new and exciting to support this sudden new feeling of freeness.

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  16. Letter to Empire Magazine

    That music. Those screams! The gut-wrenching feeling that paralyses you to your seat! Spielberg, who uses a clever combination of camera angles and music, is a master at building up tension throughout. For example, when shooting beneath the ocean, he uses mid shot angles, in order to suggest importance, and to illustrate the ruthlessness of the shark, as the shark is the only object in the shot. In fact, Spielberg used a midget to shoot many of the underwater shark scenes, so that the shot could be caught from the midget's perspective, the end result being a shark seeming much larger than it in fact was.

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  17. Pan's Labrinth- movie review

    We can also see this through his forcefulness to all below him and his expectations of blinding obedience. On the other hand, the soldiers fighting against this fascist world is also due to this 'patriotic love' and their strong feeling against fascism. These soldiers are truly desperate, going through hardships and several other consequences to fight for this cause. For example, the scene with the doctor and the old man with the bad leg is the scene that clearly shows this hardship through the symbolism of blood, pain and the struggle. The camera shots used in this scene, is generally medium shots, to show interaction between characters.

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  18. Shawshank Redemption- How does the Director, Frank Darabont, convey the message that the power of Imagination can set people free?

    The surroundings are beautiful but they are contained with the sombre walls, forbidden to enter the outside world. Inside the walls, we the meet the callous prison guards and the warden, Norton, who couldn't care less about the well-being of the prisoners. This scene gives us a sense of the brutality of being in a prison and how hopeless the situation seems. It brings fear to whoever arrives at its gates knowing they are going to spend a lifetime within its walls. The surroundings are beautiful but the prisoners are contained with the sombre walls, forbidden to enter the outside world.

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  19. Citizenship For my Citizenship coursework I will be raising money for the Asian earthquake appeal by doing a sponsored fast. I aim to raise as much money as possible for the Asian earthquake appeal.

    While we were discussing what activity to do, the Asian earthquake took place. The earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and decimated parts of northern Pakistan and northern India. The casualty level was astounding with over 86,000 dieing, 100,000 injured and 3.5 million left homeless (My source for this information is the British Red Cross website). We felt that doing something to help some of those people would be a worthwhile activity as the need for emergency aid is huge.

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  20. Citizenship - report on my sponsored fast for charity.

    The collecting of sponsorship took place at school, home and in my neighbourhood. It was difficult to acquire sponsors from the neighbourhood but when they were informed of the cause a few people did decide to contribute. I faced a similar situation at school with people reluctant to contribute until they were assured of a good cause. People at school also contributed less money as they would not have a source of income, being at school. Overall we raised �83.40 to help with the Asian Earthquake appeal.

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  21. Life Saving Assessment

    This was obvious from their positions in the water. After recognizing that the different types of people in need, I began by immediately asking the bystander to help me call the ambulance and inform them that an injured and unconscious swimmer was present at Chinese International School. 2 I decided to start off by helping the weak swimmer as she needed minimal help, having some experience with swimming and she was the nearest to shore. I was able to recognize that she was a weak swimmer as she was using her legs and arms for support.

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  22. Is Shylock a villain or victim who deserves our sympathy?

    Antonio does not deny the fact that he has abused Shylock and responds to Shylock's complaints with threats of violence- "I am as like to call thee so again, to spit on thee, to spurn thee too." The repetition of this line emphasises Antonio's hate. Shylock does not deserve to be treated this way, just because of his religion. In this case, Shylock is a victim because he has to tolerate with this behaviour. Shylock agrees to lend the money and not charge interest.

    • Word count: 1549
  23. Portrayals of Minorities in pop culture

    2.) An example of how minorities are portrayed in popular culture is shown on the TV show, Cops. This show portrays people who are minorities to be violent, drug dealers, unintelligent, poor family members. Almost all of the drug deals that go on and the violence that goes on is between blacks and other minorities. This is a negative portrayal and it reinforces these certain stereotypes. It showcases blacks and other minorities as being violent and involved with drugs. If I were a member of this group, I would not want other segments of societies receiving this image of me as a member of this group because I would not want to be known as an unintelligent, violent drug dealer who can't get along with his family.

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  24. Stopping distance CDA

    It also shows that the greater your speed the longer your Braking Distance. Because the formula for working out the Overall Stopping Distance is to add both of theses distances together, it means that it also increases with the speed at which the car is travelling at. Thinking distance depends on the speed the car is travelling and the reaction time of the driver. The human brain responds quickly but not instantly. It can take from 0.2 seconds to over 1 second to react to something. The main factor that will affect the thinking distance is the speed the car is travelling.

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  25. Would the World be a Better Place if Large-Scale Emigration to Other Planets were to be Possible?

    Only 17% of planet Earth's landmass is still untouched by mankind (excluding Antarctica). Our world's natural oil and gas resources are soon fully consumed; renewable sources only stand for about 13% of the energy created. All the emissions from burning fossil fuels are carelessly released into the atmosphere, and as a result, the ozone layer is in an incredibly tattered shape. However, if we could move to another planet, thus leaving this one, the Earth would recuperate. The largest hole in the ozone, the one above the Antarctic, would, according to NASA scientists, recover by 2068.

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The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is a qualification which students sit at the age of 16. Most students are entered for 8-10 subjects at GCSE although there are some schools where individual entries number 12 or 13 subjects. University admissions tutors and employers are more likely to be impressed by the more moderate range of good grades which show application and commitment.

There is quite a lot of work in each GCSE so it's always advisable to plan for that and make sure you can cope with the workload. In the vast majority ofschools GCSE Maths, English Language and Science are compulsory and the other subjects you will be entered for will be options that you choose from a range offered by the school (in some establishments a language is also compulsory and in others, Religious Studies too). All in all it's worth taking a lot of time in Yr 9 identifying those which you have to take, and then finding out as much as you can about the others before choosing your options.


Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare the representation of class and status for 3 music videos

    "Conclusion These Three videos are all good to compare because the situations are similar in the way that everybody is portrayed to be either high or low in class and status through camera angles, lighting ect. But they all have different story lines. Nelly is trying to get her husband out of her mind, JK is in rehab and the people in the Wiley video are getting through a day in the office. They all compare well in how different status and classes can be used in different situations. Jamiroquoi is high in status while Nelly is high in status but lower than the other people in the video and although Wiley isn't actually in his video, his puppets do a pretty good job of showing that he is high in status."

  • Compare the ways in which the two film openings present their characters and themes, and set up the basis for the story of the whole film.

    "I think that the opening of the more modern version appeals to me more, as I find it very interesting to see the clashing of setting and language working so effectively. The repetition of the prologue was also very good, as it made the opening much more memorable than Zeffirelli's version, something which is key for a good film."

  • Analyse and comment on the effectiveness of the media devices used to present war in sections of Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan.

    "In conclusion I would like to state that both films used their techniques effectively with the wanted effect imposed on the audience. Also, that the use of the camera shots was cleverly organised as they clearly let the audience know what was going on in every one of the scenes in both films. Also, the realism made the films seem more appealing as it made it seem as though it was the complete truth."

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