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    Million Dollar Baby Essay

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    Million Dollar Baby review One might think of the movie “Million Dollar Baby” as a typical cliche boxing movie at first if you’ve never seen it before. However this is much more than your typical “Rocky” movie. “Million Dollar Baby” is more than just being about a fighter, but is about being a warrior. It strikes deeply at the value of life and self-worth of oneself, and loved ones. It’s no surprise that “Million Dollar Baby” received such outstanding positive reviews as along with the Academy awards it received such as best actress done by (Hilary Swank),and best director done by (Clint Eastwood). It’s rare for a movie to succeed in capturing the attention of the audience in such a deviant way. Maggie Fitzgerald is the lead actress in this…

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    Kagemusha Movie Analysis

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    Many see Akira Kurosawa as one of the most important filmmakers in the industry. His influential career spanned 57 years, in which he directed 30 films. One of his final works, Kagemusha is a dramatic action movie that depicts the transformation of a petty thief who learned the value of loyalty. The unnamed thief was caught stealing from the daimyo of the Takeda clan. However, instead of being sentenced to death, his life was spared because of how similar he looked to Shingen. The Takeda Clan…

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    Essay 1 The use of color and photography in Hero The thorough analysis of the use of color and photography in the film Hero It is fact that the film Hero was a box office smash, and won several different types of awards around the world. The director , and producer was Zhang Yimou, and the cinematographer Christopher Doyle which worked together for the first time on Hero and resulted in the film's unique style of layout and design concerning the use of color and photography. …

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    “The Hurt Locker,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, is about an American bomb unit during the Iraq war. This movie stands out to me because it is realistic and makes me feel as if I am the fourth person in the humvee. The first scene, the audience is introduced to the unit and the dangerous environment they are in. Three soldiers led by Sergeant Thompson are investigating a bomb. While Thomson looks at the bomb first hand, a secret bystander activates the bomb, and kills…

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    James Horner: Some of the best movies made today are so great thanks to the advances in video production technology and special effects. However, one of the biggest contributors to a successful motion picture is the soundtrack. The soundtrack to a movie sets tone for the action on the screen and has the ability to truly enchant the audience, creating an emotional stage of relativity between the movie storyline and the audience. We recently lost one of the greatest American composers of such a…

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    X-Men Film Analysis

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    In the fall of 1963, writer Stan Lee created a comic about a fictional team of superheroes with incredible powers known as the X-Men. Since the first comic appeared there have been ongoing spin-offs created, and to this day over 400 issues of X-Men comics exist each with an abundance of volumes. The first X-Men movie came out in the year 2000 and the worldwide franchise has not stopped growing. A total of seven movies have been released, the latest being X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men:…

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    Roman Polanski's Chinatown

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    ”Chinatown” though has twisted detective story in the spirit of Hammett, Chandler and other religious authors, beyond the genre of “American detective”. It’s for sure styling, but at the same time quite social film, which highlights some of the historical events, which is eclipsed bright twists and turns of plot and three dimensional characters. Frankly, Polanski defines all quite accurate and does not give the viewer the choice for doubt. The rich ones - the ruling elite of the city, and the…

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    The opening scene of Rear Window (1954), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, acts as a prologue of the film: we are introduced to the space where much of the narrative will take place, to the protagonist, his background, and his neighbors through entirely visual means. Hitchcock created an entire film from the rear window of a Greenwich Village apartment symbolizing a certain “movie-watching” experience. Hitchcock uses mise en scène to show how the film is going to progress, uses camera movement…

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    Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez grew up in Texas as a part of a family of 10 children. Initially rejected from film school, Rodriguez taught himself the basic editing and directing skills before attending a film program. His first feature, El Mariachi, showed his talents as a filmmaker and helped land a deal with Columbia Pictures. His later films include From Dusk to Dawn (), Sin City(2005) and Spy Kids (). Director and filmmaker was born on June 20, 1968, in San Antonio, Texas. As a part of a large…

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    The film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes, views the American Dream as a constricting force that forces people into a materialistic, consumerist facade that adversely impacts their happiness. The characters are almost trapped by this ideology, and they have come to focus more on their material possessions and careers, rather than their family and those important to them. Throughout the film, we see constant examples where the characters value their material possessions over family, such…

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