Thursday, December 12, 2013


Chicago was probably one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I think that musicals are just a bunch of music videos put together. The songs get in the way of the movie and it gets tedious and boring. Musicals are just all in all pointless.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Badlands - Rebecca

I really liked "Badlands" especially Martin Sheen portraying the ever iconic James Dean. I liked this movie because of all the action I mean almost everywhere Kit went he killed at least one person it was great! I wish the ending was a little better I didn't like how subtle it was compared to the rest of the movie. Anyway it was still pretty good.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anderson's Homage to Ray and Dean

To see a side-by-side (top-to-bottom is more precise) comparison of a scene from Ray's classic and Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox click here.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


I thought Badlands was a very good movie, and  it was just like Bonnie and Clyde, two lovers meet each other and ended up living a life as criminals. A part that was confusing in Badlands was when Kit shot Holly's father, and he was just laying on the ground with a bullet wound. Holly was just standing there looking confused not realizing what has really happened. The reason I think Holly didn't do anything was because she was too young minded to understand that her father had just died, also she must have never seen someone get shot before.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


I think this movie was very similar to Bonnie & Clyde because it was like the same plot girls meet boys and fall into their criminal passages . They just decide that they are going to follow that boy and do what they say .. the only difference to me is being that holly was so young minded she hadn't really had the chance grow into an adult she was always lead by her father so once kit killed her father its like he assumed that role . Although I think she shouldn't have went off with him to begin with ... over all I think the movie was pretty good . I wish it wasn't so close to bonnie & Clyde I would like to pull away from that .


Holly lived with her father in a country area. At the age of 15 she meets this guy named kit, who she begins spending a lot of time with. When her father finds out he puts her in more music lessons so he can fill her schedule and she wouldn't have time. Kit wanted to be with her so bad he went to her house and ended up killing her father right in front of her face. Then he sets the house on fire and begins to run from the cops with the young girl. After being on the run for awhile and killing people on the way , he gives up and takes all the blame! She later married the lawyer that took care of her case. 


This movie is about a couple named Holly and Kit; it was similar to Bonnie & Clyde. Kit was 10 years older than holly but for some strange reason he was inlove with her. Holly lived with her father and they had a some what close relationship and her mother passed away from cancer. Kit and holly was sneaking around to meet with each other. holly father finally found about her and kit and made her go to extra music classes untli he got off of work to get him. Kit was a garbage truck driver and father didnt like it. kit killed her father since he wouldnt let them be together so they burned the house down and ran off into the woods. They was on the run and everytime they almost got caught kit would kill the witnesses. holly seemed to get tired of all the mess and running and tired of kit. Kit finally got chased by the cops and he gave up and just let them take him. Kit was sentenced to the death pentality while holly was put on probation and married her lawyer.


Holly , a 15 year old girl lives her life with her dad in a country area. Her mom had passed away from cancer years before. Holly was living a normal teenage life; good grades , and even playing an instrument . When she met Kit everything went down hill. He was a psychopath on the low . Kit had killed everyone i his path , even Holly's Dad !!! After her dad was dead they had went on these travels together trying to getaway . Times got rushed and the road got bumpy . Kit got tired of running it seemed like and eventually started to give up . At the end Kit died and took all of the charges while Holly only got probation and found her a new man ! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bonnie and Clyde - Ryan

Bonnie and Clyde

Directed by Arthur Penn in 1967
Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway)

In my opinion Bonnie and Clyde was is a great movie for its time with all the violence it display in the film. I also think the reason why Bonnie and Clyde was were robbing all those banks is because it was the time of the Great Depression and the country was running low on money . 

The part best of the movie that I like was when Ivan Moss, C.W's father, was mad at him for getting a tattoo on his chest and not worried about him robbing a bank (good observation).   

Monday, November 25, 2013

My Analytical Approach to Bonnie and Clyde the Movie
Bonnie and Clyde   Arthur Penn dir.

Starring : 
  • Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow
  • Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker
  • Gene Hackman as Buck Barrow
  • Estelle parsons 
this movie took place during the great depression (1930's)

movie background - Clyde was never a "lover boy" .... he says "no lover boy, never saw the percentage in it "
Bonnie was more of a dreamer , they both just wanted to be known and famous; no matter what way that it happened ... they were in love with each other and robbed banks together.
Both Clyde and Buck were crazy, had been to jail and were rebels, but Clyde cared about people. His intention was never to hurt anyone. He just wanted the money he even let an innocent keep his money because it belonged to him and not the bank.

You could tell that Buck's wife Blanche was more of a church girl because she didn't like all of this robbing like everyone else did. She felt bad about it and mentioned that in the car alone with CW Moss... they got CW from the gas station, and he was in it because he felt like Bonnie and Clyde were his personal heroes. He wanted to get known just as much as they did . Bonnie and Blanche did not get along well and had a few situations; Blanche ended up being the group snitch after Buck died, and she was shot in the eye and could no longer see. This is also how media affected Bonnie and Clyde's actions; they wanted everyone to see and they wanted to get known for what they were doing. When they died they wanted their names to be carried on and for someone to know what they were about. They are and were famous.The media kept their adrenaline pumping , even when they caught a cop they handcuffed him and there was a whole situation. They did it for the media. They looked forward to being in the papers etc. They took pictures with the cop and Bonnie even kissed the cop , then the cop went back and talked about the situation. They all loved being the Barrow gang .. maybe except for Blanche.. !!

Bonnie and Clyde Charles comstock

Bonnie and Clyde were highly effected by publicity and the media because of the media everyone knew about them and how they robbed stores and banks and all of the above this documentary was very good and was one of the best we've seen very popular movie that I've never seen before so I definitely have this at the top of my list

Analytical Approaches of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde are portrayed as heroes in the film because they don't like to kill people. They are just criminals to me, they rob banks. Some critics might have a problem with the casting because it's not being more realistic and you're "expecting an attractive couple." The media affects Bonnie and Clyde's actions  because they write about them in the papers and they get popular and like the publicity so they keep robbing banks and playing with the police by going the opposite way the police think they're at and getting away.

Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde portrayed were  portrayed as heroes in the film because they were robbing from the banks not from the people  , The real Bonnie and Clyde were not as physically attractive as warren beayty and faye Dunaway  explained why some critics have an issue with this casting . 

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde:
Directed by Arthur Penn in 1967
Starring Warren Beatty as Clyde & Faye Dunaway as Bonnie.

Bonnie and Clyde is a story that takes place during the Great Depression, and it's about a young couple who are in love and decide to rob stores and banks.  As the film progresses, Bonnie and Clyde form the "Barrow Gang" which also involves C.W., a mechanic, Clyde's brother Buck and his wife Blanche.  They were portrayed as heroes in the film because they were normal people who fought for a cause of the people.  They robbed banks because the banks were stealing peoples' homes and other properties.  I can prove this because while Clyde is gathering the money, he sees a farmer man and asks him if the money on the table is his.  The man says yes and Clyde lets him keep the money.  This leads to the quote, "I'd bring a load of flowers to their funerals".  I think the theme of this film was rebellion and fighting the system.  Bonnie and Clyde acted upon a cause that was created by the average person.

Describe how the media affects Bonnie and Clyde's actions

The media was really stupid about following them because they printed every place they thought they were . So Bonnie & Clyde wouldn't go to that place . If they are on the run don't you think they would check the papers so they know where the law is . So they can continue running back them reports weren't that smart .

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Intro to Film Limerick Challenge

There once was a man named Bates
All the pretty girls, his mother, she really hates,
And so, he put her in the cellar,
Boy, what a peculiar feller,
At his motel you will always find cut _________.

There once was a man called Hank,
Obese, sweaty, most likely quite rank,
He walked with a cane,
Regarded Mexicans with disdain,
For his downfall we have Vargas to _________.

There once was a man from DR,
Dreamed throwing strikeouts would buy him a car,
With a spiked curve was a jock,
Later strayed from the flock,
Discovered there is more to happiness than being a _______.

Try your hand at one (or more) and add to the comment section.

Ryan Chicago

I love the movie Chicago; I think it is a really good and interesting movie. I don't usually like musicals, but I think it is the best musical movie I have seen. In the movie Roxie killed Fred Casely just for fame. The reason this movie caught my attention is in every event there was a song that matches the scene of the movie.
I think the main theme of this story is fame.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Chicago" - Rebecca

I personally love this movie! Its one of my favorites so watching this movie in class made me really happy but because I have watched it so many times I knew what too expect, so watching this movie with the class gave me a new perspective on it because I got to see the classes reaction to events especially when  Roxie killed Fred Casely (I was waiting in anticipation because the movie really picks up from this point) but when this event a cured the class seemed to have such a reaction I loved it.

I think the line that sums up the whole film is Roxie's line when she performs her musical number titled "Roxie"

"Mmmmmmmm, I'm a star! And the audience loves me.
And I love them. And they love me for loving them, And I love them for loving me. And
We love each other. That's because none of us
Got enough love in our childhoods.
And that's showbiz...

This line sums up the movie because its all about starting or getting back on the stage getting that desired attention that these woman yearned for their entire lives. As the finale, they go through this metamorphosis where they achieve their goals and become stars!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Charles comstock Chicago

My opinion of this movie is that it is actually very good. I liked it a lot, and it made sense for the most part. It also had pretty good actors, such as the lawyer (Richard Gere) and Queen Latifah. This movies worst parts were the plays all the time, every five minutes there was a play [musical number], and it honestly brought the movie down. (from being so good and excelling in the movie business but) I liked it a lot, overall good movie.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Class observations of chicago

Mama & velma ... I noticed that first because mama treated velma different than other inmates and she had to be special because roxie admired her from the start .. something was fishyy

Billy flinn - never lost a case
"Silver tongued prince of the court room"
... soon as he was talked about I thought he would be one of those dirty lawyers and he kind of is because he'd rather run off of publicity and what inmate would say no to that if they have always wanted to be a star ... personally I wouldn't have trusted him at first

"You're at the top of my list" billy
Velma - "don't u want to hear the rest " .... this scene was showing how roxie is taking the spotlight all the fame and Velma is just being replaced and people no longer want to hear about her , they're loosing interest .

"You wanted my advice didn't you? " velma .... this part was funy because she thought she was slick trying to ruin roxie but she failed and it back fired. , blew up right in her face ...

Thursday, November 7, 2013


i can say that the movie psycho was one of the best movies that we saw all year so far . This was a good movie but you could tell it was older by certain scenes , they seemed very fake compared to the way movies are made this day and age. 1960 was before my mother was even born. But this movie left you feeling something totally different , this was definitely a true mystery. At first i thought that the mother was still alive and i also thought that , they faked the mothers death , that is the part where i got confused and biscuit was the only one that predicted that it was him , i also like how the whole class was into the movie and we were actually able to get through a good movie together. i wish i could go back in time to see it first come out and watch it in the theaters i also like how it was in black and white , you didn't really need color at all to understand what was going on. This was an eye catcher and i would give it 5 stars 

Psyc[h]o 1960

This film I thought was going to be a boring plain black and white film. I thought it would put me to sleep. After watching it, little by little, it was grabbing my attention.This is a movie I would recommend to anyone to watch. It has a lot of mystorie and suspense [mystery] . It was about a murder that had happened at the Bates Motel. She was killed after taking off with money, sending everyone on a search for her and the missing money.

By: Robin Nap

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Can't wait to watch "Chicago"!

Chicago is my favorite movie! can't wait to see it with a new perspective/ thought provoking questions Mr. Monahan if you are reading this "Chicago" is in my bag.
- Rebecca R.


I would recommend "Psycho" to anybody I knew horror fan or not. This movie has been considered by many as the beginning of the slasher film genre Much has been said about Psycho over the years, but nothing in the film has garnered more attention than the infamous shower scene, where Marion Crane( a secretary who has just embezzle $40,000 from her employer and is on the run) is killed a third of the way through,a scene that has been used as an allusion in many new shows and movies. We then follow the movie up to the point where we discover the true identity of the killer presumed to have been "mother as well as Normans role in Marion's death but to me what really makes "Psycho" immortal, when so many films are already half-forgotten as we leave the theater, is that it connects directly with our fears: Our fears that we might impulsively commit a crime, our fears of the police, our fears of becoming the victim of a madman, and of course our fears of disappointing our mothers.

Monday, November 4, 2013


SPOILER ALERT! I would recommend this film to anybody! Anybody who likes a good mystery. It was so simple and straight to the point but it suprises you at the end. It keeps you wondering because Norman and his mom's mystery leaves you clueless on who is killing all these ppl. Then when you hear the history of his mom's mans death you assume the woman is still alive and is still killing people like she did her boyfriend. No one would have ever thought that Norman had split personalities because he seemed so calm and shy. I dnt get how no one ever noticed there was something wrong with him but at the same time back in that time the medical wasnt as good and advanced as it is now. So as a kid doctors didnt notice Norman's wierd characteristics. Because as the lawyer said, "He was never fully himself. It just took this amount of time for his mother side to take over his body." Now i get why the title "Psycho" font is split in half. Because its a symbol for the crazy mans split personalities YES, Zulaika. I am digging your parting shot/analysis of Paul Bass's graphic design!.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

extra credit / honors .. notes

compare / contrast in an analysis essay two or more movies ... touch of evil & psycho

notes :

touch of evil :
  • 1958
  • crooked cops
  • Janet was married and innocent
  • her husband was a good cop
both :
  • starring Janet Leigh
  • black and white
  • somebody crazy
  • criminal activity
  • questionable characters
  • both movies clearly connect to their title inn my opinion
psycho :
  • 1960
  • in this movie Janet plays the bad guy at first , her character wasn't as innocent as she was in the movie "Touch of Evil"
  • the protagonist changes
  • Marian has a secret affair with Sam but in this scene there's irony because she's wearing a white bra which symbolizes purity or innocence because of the color


Psycho was a eye catching movie for me . Making me actually pay attention the whole ride through. With the Crime and Mystery it made you stay on your toes and wonder what the heck was coming next. The whole big wow of the son being the killer was something i expected but didn't think the movie was possible to serve . What i mean is that i doubted the movie because of the time that it was created , I didn't think that had much of a creative mind like that . It really shocked me . I applaud him for that. This movie reminds me of a Criminal minds case . They parallel so closely due to both having crimininals with screwy mindsets always aiming to kill. This movie was really one to keep the viewers going . everything was a go . Two Thumps UP ! 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Psycho 1960

So far psycho seems like a thrilling mystery to be such an old movie. Obviously the graphics and killings seem very fake but back then I suppose it was the exact opposite. But the mystery about Norman Bates mother is interesting. Hitchcock made a good story line because so far I have no idea what may have happened with Ms. Bates and why someone else may be buried under her name. To be a black and white 1960s film it keeps you guessing.

Man on Wire review

Man on wire was a very unique documentary. I've never seen anyone that passionate about something as unusual as tightrope walking.  Phillippe Petit took risks that the average person wouldn't take. He had gotten arrested numerous times and didn't care about being arrested again however he was careful not to be caught. Despite the authority threat there was the risk that he could die doing such a dangerous act especially one as dangerous as walking between the twin towers. Hiding from security for hours and days trying not to get caught seems far fetched just to tightrope. But it was special to him and he did it.

Sugar review

I liked the movie Sugar. I feel as though it gave people an interesting side of baseball to view that was never seen before. The main character Miguel was just as interesting as the movie was. He was talented but at the same time insecure about his abilities. He struggled with knowing his place on the team. Once he got injured it made his insecurities worse which in the end made him run off to start a new life without knowing what would've happened with his team. Question is was running off better for him or worse? We will never know.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Psycho CVL

In the ending of psycho Sam and Marian's sister stop at the motel to try and find Marian's room and then Sam tells her he saw Norman's mom last time he came. Marian's sister goes to the house to look for Norman's mom because she wants to talk to her, she's curious. But to a sudden surprise she finds his mother's skeleton and is terrified! She screams and Norman comes out with a knife dressed as his mother to tries and kill her. But Sam stops him/her and they.. are in the police station in the next scene. The police then solves everyone's curiosity by saying Norman Bates had 2 personalities and is no longer Norman, his mom took over him. This was a really good movie that left you guessing. It has a plot twist at the end.


This 1960 movie Psycho by  Alfred Hitchcock , starring Janet Leigh as Marian Crane . Was very suspenseful he really owned up to his name the "Master of suspense" . He was very unpredictable you can always tell that Norman was a little off but you can never tell about what . In the beginning you can see Marian in white undergarments which symbolizes purity then she steals money and her undergarments change into black which symbolizes she is no longer pure . This movie is a must see :) 


This movie is real good . This film was about a man named norman who owns a motel and his house is up the hill. Hos first victim was name marian she stole 40,000 and ran away from her family and friends and stayed at norman motel for one night. During the mivie we belived that norman mother killed marian while she was in the the shower and norman covered up her tracks. His next victim was a private investigator mirian boss sent him to look for the 40,000. miriansister and lover was also talking to the private investigator to keep tabs on what he finds when he arrives to the motel. The private investigator arrives to motel and talks to norman. When he see's a body in the window norman tell him its his mother and he calls marian sister and tells her that he is going to speak to her mother and says he is coming back right after. When he enters the house and look for norman mother and she stabbed him to death. The next attempted victim was mirian sister and lover they looked around therooms and   decided that the lover would keep norman distracted while the sister entered the house. Norman caught on and attacked the the lover and ran inside the house. Mirian found the mother in the basement and notice she was a corspe and in came norman dressed as his mother and attacked her but the lover came in and saved her. The whole time when we thought is was the mother killing everyone is was norman. Norman has two diffrent personality one is his mother and one is his self. So when he was killing every one he was believing it was his mother. 

Touch of Evil review

I thought touch of evil directed by Orson Welles was a very unique and influential film.  I was immediately hooked to it once the bomb blew up in the beginning of the movie.  I also thought the setting was very interesting.  The border of mexico and America is a very controversial area, especially back in the 1950s.  I saw tension right away between Susie Vargas and the Mexican gang.  I also saw that Grande was a man who had only bad intentions and he was a threat to the Mexican police, and Mr. Vargas.  I also began to question Orson Welles' character once he met with Grande in the bar.  But in the last scene where Welles gets shot and killed by Vargas, I thought this was very well done for being made in 1958.  But overall, I enjoyed this film and I thought it was a good choice.

Sugar Review

I feel as though sugar was a great movie due to it's realistic plot and character development. A reason it's character development is great is because the main character Miguel is a baseball player who gets drafted to play for major league. Sooner into the story he learns that playing big league isn't really what he wants to do so he leaves and later he figures out that he doesn't want to play competitively he just wants to play for the fun of it. The way the director portrayed this was in a realistic type of manner. The realism in this movie is great because it is about a poor Dominican guy who is playing baseball just to send money to his family back home. He then gets scared of getting kicked off the team and tries performance enhancement drugs but then leaves any ways when he just doesn't want to play anymore. After some time has passed he learned that he just wants to play baseball for fun.

Super 8 Review

I think Super 8 is a great movie because of its character development and smooth transition of  genre. A reason I like this movies character development is because of Joe because he comes from being a child depressed from his mother's death to being able to let go and live on. Also I like this movie's transition of being a realistic teen drama to a sci-fi horror type of genre. I feel like the train crash is an iconic moment in the movie because it is the scene that changes the movie's direction and audience's opinion. Although I could argue that it's ending is more of a turning point for Joe's life because he learns how to live with his mother's death and knowing that he doesn't need an object to remind him of his mother.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I vote to watch "Psycho"

I believe that we should watch "Psycho" because Alfred Hitchcock is a classical director but also it doesn't seem as scary as "The shining"  I am not a huge fan of horror but that is just me.

Film Studies Goes PSYCHO!

What happens when you fail to exercise your right to vote? Decisions get made for you. Thus begins our study of Hitchcock's 1960 thinking man's slasher film Psycho.

Tomorrow, anyone interested in extra-credit (or just seeing a darn good creepy movie) should attend the film club's screening of Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining (2:15 in the Lecture Hall).

Please use this post to thread comments regarding these masterworks.

BIG IDEAS: Family, Psychological Disintegration/Personal Demons, and Effects of Isolation

Monday, October 28, 2013

what i thought about sugar

to me sugar was a really realistic movie because people seem to think making it to the "pros" is an easy thing to do but its really not . you have to have more than talent and sometimes things just dint work out , you could also tell that he had been through some things in his life or I could say that's what was inferred because he's a character and the background wasn't truly given to that extent. it was also realistic because it showed how he struggled and everything that he had to do.

man on wire

I know I'm a little late but this movie was absolutely amazing because I never knew there was a such thing as wire walking , so obviously before this movie I had never seen it being done. and the way it was done in the movie was really exotic so to speak , he deserved to have a whole movie based on his accomplishments and hard times as a wire walker , and he was truly dedicated to it because he did all types of tricks and broke many laws . it was funny when they had to get him off the wire by using a helicopter and it was funny when he kept playing with the police by walking towards them and then moving away. I'm not sure I would ever have the heart to so something like wire walk , he was extra and excellent because he laid on the wire and that was one of the most amazing things that ive seen in my life , better than any amusement park , circus , or event !!!!

super 8

This was a good movie but i liked the ending of the movie especially only because it showed the "movie" that the kids created because i was wondering what ever happened to the movie after the scene in the actual movie where he said that the movie was messed up I felt really bad because that was the little boy's passion , and he seemed to care about the movie so much . that was also one of my favorite scenes in the movie because the boys were best friends having an issue that needed to be addressed . it was really cute how he proved his loyalty and love by forgiving his friend when he realized that the girl he liked , liked his best friend . my second favorite scene was when the monster came up to the little boy who like unleashed a different kind of creature , a creature that wasn't so harmful and didn't seem like he wanted to take everyone's life . he showed his bravery , that was heartwarming because it can metaphorically stand for so much more and im not even sure that was done on purpose or even noticed...

Super 8 Charles comstock

This movie is by far my favorite movie we watched this year and from beggining to end I liked this movie I even watched it at home on Netflix and ive watched it before and I liked it a lot sence the plot it was very interesting and I had to watch it multiple times to fully understand the movie and the monster in the movie but overall I definitely approve of this movie and would give it a 4 out of 5 but only because I didn't get the monster part and how he was and what he did and why but overall good movie I liked it   

Friday, October 25, 2013

Alien vs Psycho

Alien Trailer


Psycho Trailer

One of these two films will be our next text. Add a comment and weigh in. The decision will be made not only on the number of votes but the strength of arguments. Think about how each might fit into our current course of study.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Super 8- Rebecca

The movie was good not great I liked the music. I am a huge fan of 80's music but who isn't? I liked the fact that you don't really see the alien/ creature until the end because it builds the suspense. The best scene of the whole movie is the train crash scene because it causes us to expand our minds on the realistic fallacy of how the kids don't get hurt, barely a scratch ,and also how the little pick truck derailed a whole military train. In reality if this happened the rail would probably have top security around it. i.e. CCTV's, lights etc. especially if it was secret military cargo like it was.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Super 8 CVL#2

In this part of the scene Joe coaches Alice to be a zombie for their movie and you can tell they both like each other. In later scenes you see people having a bunch of problems with things missing like dogs, microwaves, things in odd places. An important scene was when it shows an army guy trying to kill the guy who got hit but the train because he knew about this information about the alien thing and didn't want the people to know and freak out. Then Joe's father gets mad at Joe and says he doesn't want him seeing Alice. The next scene shows Alice with Joe in his room at night and they ended up watching clips of Joe and his mother when he was small. Alice feels bad that she died and confesses to Joe that her dad was drinking that day and took it off so Joe's mom took his shift and died in the accident. Her father is always regretting it and wishes it were him. I think that's why he still drinks so much. Then Alice goes back home and gets mad at her dad and rides her bike away from home and ends up getting taken by the alien creature. Her father is probably feeling so bad for making her leave and feels worried about if she's still alive or not.    

Super 8 CVL#1

In the beginning of this film there was a mill sign that symbolizes the total amount of accidents they have every year. It was winter time in the beginning scene and a drunk guy came to Joe's house and Joe's dad arrested him. Joe was most likely feeling confused as he sat on the swing, wondering who that was and why it was happening. Then in another part they go to a place with a train to film a movie and the train ends up crashing into this car and there is a lot of action with the explosives and everyone running and things flying. Joe ends up taking this weird looking white cute which plays a big part to the movie. I'm sure they were all scared for their lives! They find the guy that was in the truck and he warns them to not tell anyone "They'll kill you." It left them all with wondering questions. After that scene Joe's friend tries to get the camera fixed for the film but failed. He wasn't able to get it fixed due to it's bad condition. This was a good opening scene with a lot of action in it.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Man on wire cvl #2

The movie has gotten way more interesting now because they keep sneaking in to the world trade centers an keep bringing supplies to help figure out how they will go across. They needed to figure out how to send the rope across over 200 feet an tested many different ways. His friends are now very cautious because a security guard walks around at night an its funny because they get so scared. They help him practice to walk better by shaking the rope for practice so just in case a wind comes he will be able to handle that an when the towers sway. They finally get ready for the walk an everyone on the ground is watching in astonishment. No one cane believe a man would risk his life to do that. All the viewers thought it was beautiful an it was different an they liked that. They went about their lives everyday an that was so plain but they seen something that would never happen again. Then he got arrested but they didn't know what to charge him with an I found that funny . He knew was just a step away from death but he conquered the towers an showed the world anything is possible and to never let anyone stop you. I enjoyed the movie but the beginning was just a little weird but once u get into it its good.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Intro to Film, October 5

If you have not done so already, post analysis and reaction to the opening scene of Orson Welles' film noir classic Touch of Evil.

Class Work:
As previously discussed, October we will take a look at noir and transition into the genres of suspense and horror.  You are to independently research and post on one or more of the following, remember visual appeal and user functionality earn bonus points (images and working relevant hyper-links).

A. Alfred Hitchcock has been dubbed the Master of Suspense. For what films is he most famous? Which of his films fit best into our course of study and why? Which of these have either been remade or rebooted? Ultimately, what Hitchcock films do we as students of film need to see?

B. Universal Monsters: who are they? Create a profile page as a blog post for one of the Universal Monsters. Include any and all relevant information one might find on his or her facebook profile.

C. Research and advocate for either a Universal horror classic or other film that fits into either the suspense or horror genres. Why should we critically view this film as a class? Remember, no torture porn please. You may want to consider: The Night of the Living Dead, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Blog et al. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Touch Of Evil critical viewing log

In the beginning of this film you see a guy and his wife walking at night. The film is in black and white so you could tell it is an old one. Another car next to them goes through the entrance and you can hear the girl say she keeps hearing a ticking noise but no one payed any attention to her and the next thing you know you hear a loud explosion with the car tips over on fire. Someone had planted a bomb in their car but who could it be? During that time period everyone was worried/ confused as to what happened. Later on the wife is walking along the street and a guy comes up to her telling her someone has something for her husband. In that moment you can see how curious and confused she was. She meets a guy named Grande and you can tell when they were talking that she was a little scared and confused as to why he wanted to talk to her about her husband.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

man on wire #1 cvl

When the movie began it was in black and white i didnt think it was gonna be interesting because it had an old type of feel to it. Then the actors started talking an they had a very strong accent so it was hard to understand what they were saying at first. As it went on i didnt know what it was even about. I knew they were planning something but i didnt know what. I thought they were going to do something bad. They had maps and plans an would fly back and forth. But then as it played on i finally understood that the main actor was a tight rope walker and he wanted to walk across the twin towers.  Which left me in shock because that is really crazy he wanted to walk across the highest  buildings on earth. With the slightest mistake or if a strong breeze hit him it would be allover an a stunt gone bad. Everyone told him how crazy it was an that he shouldnt do it, but he didnt give up he still didnt wanna stop even though he knew his life was on the line. So since everyone seen that he wasnt gonna stop with or without their help they joined him because they didnt wanna be bad friends.


The theme if the american dream is to do things that others cant. Now and days if you are not rich you are considered a underdog.  And its up to you to prive people wrong. And accomplish all your goals. Rocky was a underdog who lived in a world of reality and people downed him all the time. The setting was always full of negativity around him and he was alone. But he made his dream come true alone as well. Although he didnt win the fight at the end he won something else. Recognition, faith, and strength as a person and went from an underdog to a hero. Similar to the story of mlk. 

"Man on a Wire" review

9/30/13- “Man on Wire” (2008) directed by James Marsh
Featuring: Philippe Petit
When this movie first started I was very confused because they was no real introduction, it was just non-diegetic sound (audio you could hear but not see) you could hear the heavy French accent of Philippe Petit with just a shot of someone fidgeting with a box. A few people amongst the class looked to me to figure out what was going on I shrugged with a look of slight confusion until I goggled (because no need to wait to see what would happen)  when I read the first line of the Wikipedia page about the movie my jaw dropped in utter shock. “Philippe Petit the man who crossed a high wire between the two twin towers!” This film was a suspense builder, when Philippe and his men were hiding on the 82nd floor of the North tower hiding from security guards who would roam the buildings at nigh to check for un-usual activity (the security guards obviously didn’t check very often).  I felt that me myself had to hold my breath in fear of blowing these high wire dare devils in, because once you watch this film unfold you want these French sirs effort to be put to go use to accomplish this undercover operation , that will eventually astound the public and Philippe’s team themselves. Well not only was the mission a success to cross the wire once between the towers he exceeded his own standers by crossing the wire eight times to tease the police officers at the top of the South  tower  trying to catch him to inevitably arrest him. Now he was a smart aleck so he ran back out into the middle and began bouncing up and down. His feet were actually leaving the wire, and then he would resettle back on the wire again....Unbelievable really” (Sgt. Charles Daniels reporting his experience). Finally, when asked why he did the stunt, Petit would say, "When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk." 

Why We SHOULD Watch Hoop Dreams

Hoop dreams is an iconic movie that is a great illustration of what the American Dream is all about. The movie is about two inner city kids who struggle through great adversity and hardships to reach their dreams of playing college hoops then eventually playing professional ball. It is a perfect example of the American Dream and is what Mr. Monohan has been focusing on this whole class. I believe it is a motivational movie worth watching.

Charlies Man on wire part two

For man on wire part 2 his mother at the beginning was explaining how his dream and his passion was tight rope walking and it was his dream to make it his career and do what he does best so he could fulfill his dreams in life

Man on Wire Critical Viewing

Phillipe is probably the hero to any person who was raised with extremely strict parents. I am even surprised that he would be so passionate and so determined to accomplish this illegal task of breaking into the twin towers just so he could walk across the gap on a wire. His task sort of ties into the American dream even though he was not American and even got expelled from America. That the sky is the limit. If you have a goal, it is reachable with hard work and determination. Phillipe proved this to be true.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Man On Wire critical viewing log #2

In this film it shows that Philippe is serious about his tightrope walking and practices hard day after day on that rope until he knows when he's ready. See his big dream/goal is to tightrope walk across the World Trade Center and he is going to do it no matter what. So he plans out and figures out a way to get into the World Trade Center. He fakes being a journalist and pretends to take pictures of the guys working, but really he is just looking for strong poles he could tie his rope around. They also stated that the Americans that worked with Philippe were very unreliable. The reason for that is because one guy came back to one of their meetings covered in smoke and dosed out. He showed a sign of irresponsibility because he had smoked pot and was unprepared for his task. I'm sure Philippe was feeling very mad considering he takes what he does very serious.

Man on Wire CVL #1

Title: Man on Wire
Director: John
Awards and Honors: Oscar 
Mini  Lesson film Noir:
 Noir means black in french. The film is in black and white to provide suspense also using additional shadow and dramatic lighting.

This film is mostly about a high wire walker called Philippe Petit  trying to walk between the world trade center on the wire. My favorite part of the film when I hear  when he  start to talk about having a dream the main thing that inspired him to do what he dare him self todo no matter what other think, say or do to stop him. A key part I pick up when he was talking his feeling going up the elevator to heaven a connection to a film name Macbeth I saw last year  the elevator was to symbolize going down to hell at the end of the film of Macbeth. For Philippe death seem not to be an option or a thing that should concern him.  Philippe seem very determine to walk across the towers so he went to get a good observation on top the tallest towers.   

Shawntell on Sugar

Me personally I liked the movie, well the parts that I seen I enjoyed. The movie was very humorous like when he tried to speak English and could only order french toast. I just did not like that if this is a movie about Miguel playing baseball, why when he finally got his big chance to play did he leave and run to New York before he even had the chance to try. Even though he thought everyone was good maybe even better than him he forgot to look at the fact that they play for the same team. Just play well together and beat the other team. Some scenes i didn't like, they made Miguel look like a quieter and a cheater. I enjoyed his travel it showed his highs and lows. Like when he first learned the curve throw and his first game. The movie over all was good.

Rocky by Joan

I found the movie "Rocky" intriguing to say the least because of the theme of an underdog trying to go live the American Dream. I like the story of Rocky who is a gentle hearted boxer that works for the Mafia. Even though I usually don't view many movies around this genre I felt like this movie really pulled me in with its use of camera angles, sound, and its themes.


The film Sugar is about a Dominican man who have a  high interest  in baseball.The film setting seem to start in a baseball camp where many players are train the basics of baseball and  the expected performance of an athlete.Sugar passion is being a pitcher of high quality the ability to strike every player.Sugar seem to be from a poor background where many children, friends and family members seem to admire his pitching skills even though he has a long way to go on becoming a professional baseball player. A day came with good news sugar had been accepted to play baseball in U.S grounds. A new adventure has reveal to Sugar and many of his friends that were given the same opportunity as sugar. Before Sugar left to the U.S his family and friends threw him a good  luck party to celebrate his opportunity despite knowing the reality if he doesn't live up to the expectations of being a good baseball player they would easily return him back to his home country. A new world! Sugar has reached U.S soil while he view the major differences the states had to offer not to mention Sugar didn't know how to speak english so the one thing he learn what to order is "FrenchToast". Going ahead Sugar being a rookie he starts to play for a team seem to not get the knuckle ball a coach suggested a better way to throw the ball and switch to his own style on throwing the ball and striking most of the player going on the home plate. He started on a good start sending money to his family back home  mostly saying "the calm before the storm" Sugar starts to take different ways to improve costing his arm making a huge gap for a competitor a chance to take his spot what left him to leave the league make him a more like a loser then going all the way not matter the worse. In the busy streets of New York Sugar Was left to think of his mistake and find a job like any ordinary person to find out at the end many players that cross the same fate as him and play baseball like good all times.

Kyles Sugar Review

I did not like Sugar. The cliffhanger ending upset me and I did not find the parts where he struggled with English funny. I think it was lazy of him to quit.

Charlie's man on wire

In the movie I noticed people riding in vans having multiple interviews people dreaming of building the twin towers in the movie there was suspense and there was interviews people talking about the twin towers now there talking about a tight rope walker there sneaking into a security breach it's the tight rope walkers dream to do something big with it and walk over a huge building now he's planning to walk over the twin towers to have a huge opportunity to stun the world

Man on wire critical viewing log

My first reaction when finishing the first portion of this film, was that there were many themes involved.  The main character is a french man who has found his dream of walking across tightropes.  He begins by walking across the towers in Notre Dame, and then he progressed to a bridge in Sydney, Australia.  However, his biggest dream is to walk across the newly built twin towers in New York City.  I like how he said he did not fear dying, because he would die doing something beautiful and he would be living his dream.  I'm also very impressed that he can actually do this.  One of the main reasons he loves this is because it requires the utmost concentration.  I also loved how they emphasized the guard of the world trade center smoking a cigarette as they were hiding from him.  It gave the film a suspense factor which made it more entertaining to watch.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Man On Wire critical viewing log entry

This film is a very dramatic one. Like when the woman said there was fear in the van that day when they were going to get into the buildings and put a tightrope across the top. I know this because of the way she spoke and the type of music playing in the background. In the film I also saw that this man fell in love with this girl and he would practice tightrope walking everyday. He would send her love letters, arrange dates, and give her flowers. They would even tightrope walk together! The protagonist is definitely a risk taker and a dreamer because he had a dream one day while looking at a paper at the dentist, to tightrope walk across the World Trade Center. He realized when he got to the top that it would be dangerous but it is something amazing that he loves to do and he'd rather die by doing something so amazing. He says you have to concentrate while tightrope walking and be very serious, which is one of the reasons why he loves doing it. Another scene that had a dramatic affect to it was when they were about to set up their equipment at the World Trade Center but then they hear a noise and quickly hide. It was a guard that comes in, it focuses the concentration on the guard and his staticy walkie talkie. They also focus on when he lit his cigarette and was smoking it. Those scenes all show a certain mood, tone, or emotion. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

miguel aka asuca .After watching the movie Sugar, i think it was a ok movie i would give it a 7 out of 10. Like most movies i was expecting him to become some great baseball player that gets out of the slums an becomes rich and famous an can take his family out of the streets. But this movie had a twist it wanted to show the viewer what struggles some people go through that not everyone knows about. This guy had so much weight on his shoulders. He was trying to make it big in baseball but he had the weight of trying to make his friends an family happy because he was like their ticket to freedom. But as the movie went on we started to notice that he couldnt bear that weight. His career seemed to go down the tube an he realized that he couldnt help out everyone. So he went out on his own to better his life so that he could still send his mother money but also to better his future so that for his kids he could give them a better life. Even thought not all the viewers realize this

miguel aka asuca


After Sugar's boss at the workshop place takes him in, Sugar walks down the street and ends up meeting his friend again. You can tell they are both really happy to see each other again. He later calls to talk to his mom and in that scene you can tell he truly misses her and you can feel the love between the two. Then he ends up cheating on his girlfriend (who's in the Dominican Republic) with a Hispanic girl he works with. Later on near the end him and his friend go to this baseball field where they meet other players like him who used to play for baseball teams. They play for fun and Sugar ends up pitching 3 strikes!

Sugar then comes to realization that he is better off how he is now because he's happy. He's no longer under the pressure to pitch strikes or all the pressure of staying on top of his game. In this picture below he's thinking, and it's during that moment when he realizes he doesn't need to be in a professional baseball team to be happy. He's happy how things are now.


I thought that this film was a very interesting one.  It started out as a sports film with the theme of practicing and then getting to the top.  Then it slowly started to switch gears to a personal drama.  It made this change in the middle of the film where he starts to pitch worse.  I feel like he's starting to get distracted by other things like his friend getting dropped from the team and then he resorts to using performance enhancing drugs.  This turns into the theme of personal dilemma and the theme of right and wrong.  When he starts to believe that he is getting worse, he leaves his team and goes to New York to try and find his friend.  While on his journey to New York, it turns into a story of him trying to figure himself out and get his priorities straight.  I enjoyed how at the end, when he just threw a strikeout in his non-professional league, he sat down and looked very upset and glum.  But later, he picked his head up and started laughing and smiling with his friends.  The movie ends with somewhat of a cliffhanger, because you have no idea what he's going to do next, but you can infer his next move in life.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Critical Viewing Log Entry

Seven examples in the movies Sugar that showed emotional impact is, the girl kissed Sugar and she felt bad about it and went inside. Second, when Sal got transferred to Sugar's baseball team Sugar got really happy he had someone he knew. Third, when Sugar couldn't pitch as good anymore his reaction to that was anger and he showed it by hitting the gallon of water with a baseball bat to take out his frustrations. Fourth, Sugar had took some pills from a guy and everything went downhill. He started getting dizzy , he couldn't pitch right, and he almost got into a fight! Fifth, when they were at the dinner table and Sugar started to feel bad and said sorry to the old people for not pitching right and almost cried. Their reaction to that was to comfort him and say it's alright. Sixth, Sugar went to New York and talks to his mom on the phone but she’s not too happy about him leaving baseball and keeps telling him to go back. That shows she cares a lot about her son when she said “Is this how I raised you, to give up?” Seventh, while Sugar was in New York he had nowhere to stay. He had a job making tables at a furniture place with this Puerto Rican guy he got along with, I guess you can say they’re friends now. Well he told him he had nowhere to stay and the guys showed generosity when he let Sugar stay at his house. So those are some scenes that really show the emotion between each other.


I really like Sugar so far, it relates to themes in Rocky, for example both having that self-confidence and dedication to keep practicing and believing they could be someone better if they keep up the hard work. In this case Sugar wants to be a successful baseball player and Rocky wants to be a really good boxer so it is similar in that way. In the movie a guy named Brad asks Sugar about Roberto Clemente because he was a famous well known Hispanic baseball player, he idolizes Roberto for his success and achievements and hopes to be like him.
Capsule Review of Rocky

I would recommend the film Rocky because it teaches you to always have confidence in yourself. It starts off with Rocky not being respected by others and he develops a low self-esteem, he meets a girls along the way named Adrian who also has a low self-esteem. Now see Rocky is a boxer and soon enough he finds himself having to fight an underdog champion. But the point is, Rocky never though he could do it and achieve the American dream he'd always wanted. But his view of things changed and he goes into training to get stronger and more skilled. The point of what I’m trying to say is never give up, and always believe in your dreams. That's what this movie teaches me. Rocky kept training and working hard, and I believe anyone can reach their dream with hard work, confidence, and dedication. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Introduction to Film Credit Retrieval Project

The Introduction to Film Credit Retrieval Project consists of six student generated blog posts and an online dialogue between facilitator and student. The four films we will explore are available streaming via netflix and also avaiable on DVD through the NHFPL (New Haven Free Public Library).

The four films are as follows: Black Hawk Down (a drama based on the true story of a US military operation in Somalia) by Academy Award-winning director Ridley Scott, the documentary Restrepo, and two fictional narratives by the writing/directing team of Joel and Ethan Coen True Grit and Miller's Crossing

The first four blog posts are about the individual films with a focus on the themes of identity and America. What are the filmmakers saying about identity and American values? Each post is to include the referential meaning of the film, a plot summary (in the student's own words); beware of SPOILERS, the post should demonstrate student understanding but should not interfere with viewing pleasure of a reader who has yet to see the films.

Blog posts five and six are compare and contrast analyses of pairings of the films. First, compare and contrast the two war films. Next, compare and contrast the two films by the same filmmakers. Each compare and contrast analysis is to be four to six paragraphs in length.

It is recommended that the student take notes or blog while he is viewing the individual films. I look forward to corresponding with the student viewer and discussing this cross section of American cinema.

Due dates:

Blog Post #1, July 2, 2013

Blog Post #2, July 9
                   #3, July 16
                   #4, July 23
                   #s 5 and 6, July 30