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    trying, and refrain from quitting, something positive will come their way. He demonstrates by offering a valuable bit of advice from his wife, "To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did" (Washington, "Fall Forward"). He continues by encouraging his audience to understand that their talents and help are needed, not only in this country, but throughout the world. Moreover, Washington persuade's them to "figure out where you're going...your life will never be a straight path" (Washington, "Fall Forward"). As his speech comes to a close, Washington recommends that the audience watch his movie, Philadelphia; one, because he gets .23 every time it is rented; two, because the film conveys the values that have been referenced throughout his speech. Specifically, the film portrays the values of being "open to life", being accepting of "new views", and being "open to new opinions" (Washington, "Fall Forward"). In addition, he urges the graduates to "never be discouraged, never hold back, give everything you've got, and when you fall throughout life...fall forward" (Washington, "Fall Forward"). By offering this guidance in his 2011 Penn Commencement speech, Washington is providing the graduates with beneficial advice which will be useful in planning their path to success. If he had chosen to only include this guidance, without the backfilling of his achievements, he would have presented a much more profound speech with significant value. Unfortunately,…

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    Ferris Bueller is the antithesis of an affirmative rebel. He has the power to travel out and do something that he wishes with none nice worry of the results. He will what every body dreams of doing. The film, "Ferris Bueller's day without work chronicles the events within the day of a rather rebellious young man... WHO offers into an awesome urge to chop faculty and head for downtown Chicago together with his lady and his best friend" (Spurr 1997). He manages to borrow his best friend's father's…

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    beneficial, we continue to experience problems with the virtual world that affect our lives emotionally and physically. [Add something about addiction.] As our addiction dives deeper into the world of social media we become detached from personal relationships. Body Image We are absolutely bombarded with media images these days and those images have a huge effect on the way we see ourselves. Body image has become the fiber of our culture. It is glamorized in magazines and on the big screen…

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    MPAA Rating In Movies

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    There are various people who feel strongly about the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which censor movies based on their content. The MPAA rating system prevents many problems from occurring by appropriately rating and censoring all films that are shown in movie theaters everywhere. DVDs are also rated and censored. Some may argue that the MPAA rating system is a harassment to freedom/expression and should not have to be a requirement for all films shown in theaters. However, movie…

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    Kirby Dick’s documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated is an investigation into the Motion Pictures Association of America and its movie rating system. Through Dick’s examination, it becomes clear that the MPAA has several biases concerning sexuality, violence, and film producers. Because of these biases and a lack of definite ratings standards, Dick argues that the MPAA is not the moral backbone of the film industry it claims to be; it is a “subtle form of brainwashing,” censorship, and propaganda…

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    were being displayed on camera for all to see, demonstrating a rapid progression in the acceptance of sexual acts over time in the film industry. Over time, a change has occurred in the regulation of content of American movies, signaling the collapse of governmental censorship. In the span of only five years, the government’s morality policy shifted so dramatically so as to allow even more mature content, having a powerful influence on the public (Brisbin, 16). Kirby Dick’s “This Film Not Yet…

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    Sex Education Growing up Sex education was never really spoken about in my family, we had to learn as we go. My parents believed that I shouldn’t be talked about until I became sexually active. There were no birds and the bees or anything like that. In school, I’m sure I did have health class and maybe they did talk about sex and all that, but till this day I can’t remember nor did I really think it was important to me, because at that time I was not in a relationship. I know in high school they…

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    Most of the time scenes from movies will need to be cut so that they can get a certain rating. NC-17, which stands for no children under seventeen, movies often try to get R ratings so that more viewers can see their movie. Is the proper amount of violence cut to make the movie valid? Often times movies will showcase a lot of blood and gore for movies that receive PG-13 ratings. Many things that occur in movies with certain ratings should be questioned to whether or not it should have received…

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    Entertainment Weekly wrote that Edward exhibits a performance that is equivalent to the Gere’s professionalism- he is as vibrant as Gere. The Austin Chronicle reviewer, Alison Macor wrote on Edward’s acting role and the nicely arranged tension emerging before the release of the film. Despite the multiple reassessments, Edward was awarded the Golden Globe Award and was also selected for an Academy Award for being the Best Supporting Actor. In the same year of receiving those awards, Edwards…

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    Film Analysis: Black Swan

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    Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film received five Academy Award nominations and Natalie Portman won the Best Actress award for the film, as well as many other Best Actress awards in several guilds and festivals. In addition, Darren Aronofsky was nominated for Best Director and the film itself received a nomination for Best Picture. Thirty-one awards is the number that this film received. Natalie Portman won Best Actress for…

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