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  1. The Fine Line between the Status Quo and the Stereotyping Of Overseas Filipino Workers As Portrayed in Filipino Movies

    On the other hand, locals look up to them as the modern-day heroes, as models of sacrifice and even hope for the country's economy. In movies, they are commonly depicted as domestic helpers who sacrifice their lives here in pursuit of better means for survival. Another evident theme is that they would seem to be willing to go to any length just to be able to leave the country and earn abroad, with no regard whether it was legal or not.

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  2. 'Analyse the Mise-en-Scene in two films screened so far. What significance does it give to our reading of the film? Your answer should incorporate the various aspects of mise-en-scene referred to by Bordwell and Thompson.'

    For instance, his use of a fish tank in front of an actor, was a manipulation and control over the mise-en-scene, to create an underwater world that seemed realistic. Since M�li�s, directors have been controlling their mise-en-scene for many years, to incorporate ideas, themes, emotions, aspects of characterisation and to even foreshadow forthcoming events within the film. The use of mise-en-scene to incoporate and present aspects of characterisation within a film can be seen within both, 'The Birds' and 'Le Haine'.

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  3. The Uncanny in "Don't Look Now"

    The pond is a dislocation of time, because at no point in the beginning sequence is it raining. The window is a dislocation of place, because it is apparent that the window is not part of the home in the first sequence. Later in the film we see that both these shots are premonitions of later events. The raining occurs when the Baxters move out of their house and the window is from their hotel room in Venice. This also is the initial connection between glass and water, which is prevalent throughout the entire film and is abound with symbolism.

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  4. Analysis of Disney video covers

    In most Disney video covers there are always images of the 'goodies' and the 'baddies' on the front. The good character is usually the main character in a Disney film, so is therefore the largest and main image on the cover. The bad character is usually a smaller image and is situated at the bottom or the top of the cover; less major characters in the film are usually smaller images on the front of the cover too. On the spine and on the back of the cover, there is usually the Walt Disney logo and title of film just

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  5. Free essay

    How does Frank Darabont use narrative and genre conventions to create meaning and effect for the viewer in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)?

    Suddenly sirens sound and Andy Dufresne along with the other inmates unexpectedly enter the grounds of the prison. We are then introduced to Mr. Norton the Warden and Mr. Hadley the Captain of the Guard; Andy Dufresne is washed and spends his first night inside Shawshank prison. The opening of the sequence confirms the genre, through aspects of mise-en-scene, such as jail bars and confined cells, introducing Shawshank State prison it's self. As the sequence carries on we see a major contrast between what Red is wearing and what Andy is wearing.

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  6. How do sound, cinematography mise-en scene effect the mood of the film and create feelings of tension and excitement during the fight between Michael and Marcus in Underworld Evolution (Len Wiseman 2006)

    The camera movement integrates the viewer and emphasises the force of the impact telling them that this will be a brutal confrontation. They are often centre frame to emphasise the importance of their fight to the audience. A point of view shot from both fighters is then taken showing they are on the same level at this point in the battle. A close up is used to show their faces, highlighting the aggression, integrating us with the action. Suddenly there is gunfire when Seline turns around and shoots at Marcus.

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  7. La Haine

    He likes to consider himself as a 'born bad boy'; he admires building up his bad profile and tries to emerge tough in any way. One way he make sure this happens is spending in front of the mirror and acting like he's shooting, and seem to enjoy doing it, which explains why he takes out his anger on other people. Sa�d, an Arab and the finest looking one of all three, has a love for motorbikes, this clearly shows in the film when he identifies the motorbike by the sound of its engine.

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  8. Analyse the ways the director builds suspense and scares the audience in the title sequence and first two attacks in the film Jaws.

    The setup of this film occurs at the beginning when the first victim of the shark is taken. A girl is swimming in the ocean and the shark attacks. The film 'Jaws' is set on Amity Island in America. The film is set in the year 1974. It was a blockbuster then and it's been 30 years and it is still is in the 20 top films. The title sequence begins with very quiet and slow music. We can hear squeaky electronic noises. This starts to create tension. Then a single double base has been introduced to create suspense and tension.

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  9. Free essay

    How far are 'Metropolis' and 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' representation of the time in which they were made and how far are they predictions of the future?

    There's a white light shining from the face of the clock, but the man is dark creating a shadow. This connotes that the workers are literally working against the clock, which fully represents the oppression of the working classes at the time. Before the shift is over, the camera shows the hands of the clock looking like a cross, which suggests that the workload is crucifying him. The central shot on the face of the clock, directly at the bright light, exaggerates the oppression of the workers and is an example of how the director selectively mediates, in order to bring our focus to such details.

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  10. An Analysis of the Opening of North by Northwest

    This connotes that the following film will be of good quality; it also prepares the audience for the beginning of the film. The opening credits take place on the side of a building. This represents a New York street map, as the edges of the panes represent the blocks/streets. The actors and staffs names fly in from all angles. This is unpredictable, which connotes that the film will be unpredictable, as you would expect from a thriller movie. The opening music adds to the thriller feeling- it is very dramatic and nervy.

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  11. The layers that can be constructed from the film “The Matrix”

    to the male, the camera begins to zoom in on the symbols to an extreme close up. The camera then goes inside the symbol (0, which could resemble later on as neo, ("The one") and shows all the dimensions of this one symbol. Through the symbol there appears to be a tunnel with a light at the end, this has reference to 'Alice in Wonderland' this reference comes up through-out the film. Thomas A Anderson his alias Neo, is played by Keanu Reeves, a computer hacker who has discovered the matrix which is a computer simulation.

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  12. Clueless - representation of teenagers

    In addition, the content that is shown makes the viewer anticipate an exciting and funny film. The silliness and thoughtless actions in the credits leads us to expect a fun but narrow-minded film of what the media believes of teenagers. In addition the use of camera angles draws the viewer into the film for example the close ups shows us tension. At the start of the story, the main character, Cher, seems to be arrogant and does not believe any one is good enough for her.

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  13. Free essay

    It is sometimes argued that one of the main reasons of popular film is to reassure audiences, and support their beliefs and values. Say how true you think this argument is in the light of at least two films of your choice.

    And this is exactly what will happen in the film, showing that most films do just conform to audience's ideologies. The big time Oscar winning movie 'War of the Worlds' is a prime example of how films only just conform to the ideologies of audiences, this movie presents Americans and their way of life as being some kind of role model to the world and presents very clear pro-America ideologies. Many scenes in War of the Worlds show how ideologies from audiences match the film.

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  14. In the Film 'Schindler's List' how does the Director Steven Spielberg attempt to portray the terror of the Holocaust in the scene depicting the liquidation of the ghetto, and how successful is he in this?

    From the beginning of the film we learn that Oskar Schindler is a philanderer and a womaniser, which makes it hard for us to believe that he would be the kind of person, who would bother to offer sanctuary to the Jews. But we learn that this avaricious German businessman finds something within himself that compels him to become involved saving Jews. Initially, Oskar Schindler portrays himself to be exploitative towards the Jews by using them for such hard labour and giving them unbelievably low pay.

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  15. Citizen Kane Essay

    I understand however, why it may be hard to consider the film so great, as it is a difficult undertaking for someone of modern generation to watch a film like Citizen Kane. Not necessarily because it's too old, but because it has been hailed almost universally as the single best motion picture ever made. Therefore, whilst the anticipation of seeing a film with such overwhelming acclaim may be quite exhilarating, actually watching it could quite possibly be an intimidating and somewhat disappointing experience.

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  16. Sixth Sense

    Later Malcolm helps Cole complete this task for a girl who was killed by her stepmother. Patient Cole in return, reveals some helpful information to Malcolm about his wife. In the end Malcolm discovers that he died the night he got shot. The first key scene I am going to examine is the red balloon scene. The scene starts where Cole and his mum Lynn Sear(Toni Collette) attends a birthday party, Cole hears weird noises coming from the top of the staircase and soon gets lured up by the weird noises. Meanwhile Cole's mum Lynn is busy socializing with other mums she does not realize that Cole has been lured up the stairs.

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  17. Film Extracts

    This also gives us an impression they have no fear. There is very little dialog in the scene. Replacement security guards arrive within seconds and the scene is very fast moving. They kill the back up security guards in a very calm manner, without the both of them breaking a sweat or even panting. There is also a good use of camera movement as it follows the main character and jumps between the action shots. The sound tracks the action with no background noise, which pulls the viewer into what, is now an action packed scene. There is short burst of gunfire which again gives the impression of a very fast pace.

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  18. Gladiator & Saving Private Ryan

    He has directed many films including 'In Her Shoes,' 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner.' The film is about a heroic Roman soldier who has lead his men to many victories. However he is captured by the Roman Empire and turned into a slave who has to entertain the public. As an outcome of his training as a fighter he tried to use his skills and strength to fight for his freedom. 'Steven Spielberg' directed 'Saving Private Ryan' in 1998. 'Spielberg' has directed some well-known films such as, 'ET,' 'Munich,' War of the Worlds' and many more.

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  19. A reveiw on final destination 3

    However, just before the ride begins, Wendy has a violent premonition of it crashing, killing everyone on board, so she freaks out, resulting in 10 people getting off, including herself, then watches in horror as it collapses for real. But she learns that you can't cheat death as the survivors start dieing in freak 'accidents'. The clues to their deaths are in the photos she and her friends took on that fateful night they went to the theme park. I liked the way Mary Elizabeth Winstead who played Wendy took her part so seriously and you could actually feel the fear she had after her premonition.

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  20. Film Review for Psycho

    Over come by guilt she then escapes in her car but sees her boss whilst waiting at a zebra crossing. Marion carries on driving without direction and eventually gets weary so she pulls into a roadside lay-by and has forty winks. When waking she is greeted by a policeman staring at her through the window or her car. Marion is obviously nervous about her crime, and when answering the policeman's questions she stutters. Supposedly satisfied with her answers he then leaves Marion and she continues her journey.

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  21. compare rush hour and kill bill

    It also gives us a hint by the way the title is layed out which is in shadowy and red colour, Clearly therefore it symbolises blood. Conventions of a poster. Used on this poster Effect on audience Title of the film Yes Gives a hint to the audience of what the film is about Pictures of the main characters Yes Gives a taste of how the main characters appearance is and also introduces them. Tagline Yes Gives a brief description and opinion of the film Release date Yes Tells the public when its out so they can watch it The poster is in two different colours so they can draw the attention of the audience.

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  22. Free essay

    Since action movies have changed over the years their plots have all stayed the same. For example James Bond, that film has changed a lot over the years like the cars the guns and even the action scenes they put in get more intense.

    The Bond movies have recognizable formula for having a villain trying to kill the hero who has to save an attractive woman and drives in some classy cars which makes himself look better. Action movies became very popular in the 80s which gave rise to James Bond, Die Hard and Indiana Jones. The normal story line to an action film in the 80s would be a bad guy with a couple of henchmen trying to conquer the world. Then the hero would normally have a problem in his life but still be able to settle his differences and save the world then everyone would live happily ever after until the sequel came out.

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  23. The skeleton key

    There are several connotations of the title, 'The Skeleton Key'. The word 'skeleton' suggests elements of evil, darkness and intimidation. This idea sets us up for a frightening journey. Skeletons are usually identified as terrifying creatures that normally jump out and frighten us without warning. The 'Key' suggests the idea that something is unlocked within the film, and that we can find out the answer to a mystery by unlocking the information. As the slogan of the film suggests, "Fearing is believing".

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  24. John Kennedy The Boy whose skin fell off.

    The film showed you the last four months of his life. In the fourth month it showed him going to order his coffin, in the third month it showed him meeting a celebrity. In the last month it showed him having final a house party where he could say goodbye to everyone and in the last few days it showed him going to 10 Downing Street, just before he died. Jonny suffered from dystrophic epidermolsis bulsoa as I mentioned earlier.

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  25. With a close analysis of the opening credits to" Final Destination" explore the ways in which the director uses signs, symbols, camera shots, lightning, sound and colour to give the viewers clues about the film's meanings.

    As the camera moves away from the wet window, the creepy face again comes into view. The flash was a preview of what we can now see. The face is hanging from a wire, and this could be one of the different paths. Later on in the film, Todd is killed by a wire. The camera then pans over to an extreme close up of a whirring fan. This is a metonymic shot; we can only see part of the beastly fan, but our minds can create the rest of the image. The fan, a figure used throughout these opening credits, is portrayed as ghastly, and can easily be compared to the jet engine of the plane.

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