Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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

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...

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. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"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." 

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.   


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.