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.