The article “Dead man still walking: Explaining the zombie renaissance” by Kyle Bishop is about the revitalization of the zombie genre. The article talks about the inception in the late 1960’s, the category of zombie films has had its roller coaster ride of ups and downs, starting with its decline in the early 1980’s with the release of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. Furthermore, during 1990’s, due to the shift in the cultural consciousness that came with the Clinton Administration and the countries isolation from global tragedies, the popularity of these films continued to decline. Cultural consciousness refers to the understanding and awareness a shift in feelings, sensations, thoughts, of not only our own culture, but adjoining cultures.
The first nine minutes of this film develops the tone of the rest of the film and how these two very opposite characters meet. Ellie escapes her father by jumping off the boat and swimming to shore. She is followed by body
The Man I Killed is the story of the man that Tim O’Brien killed. However, this story is not true. He later mentions that he did not in fact kill the man, yet he was present and that was enough. This story, according to him, is told to show the reader how he feels, because O’Brien feels as though the truth is that by doing nothing, he killed the man, so in his story, he does kill the man. Imagery is the biggest literary device seen in this story, but diction also helps make the story seem more true, it helps the reader to truly believe that O’Brien did in fact throw the grenade that killed the man. This story is told from O’Brien’s point of view, which would be first person, despite the fact that the word “I” is
During the film Steve Spielberg uses music, a mysterious shark and camera techniques such as simultaneous track and zoom, long shot, close up shots and medium shots to build suspense, tension and scare the audience.
Told from the point of view of Saul, “The Man Who Killed a Shadow” looks closely at the concept of hierarchal fear, as well as the intersection of differing identities in the mid-1900’s. This piece, by Richard Wright, examines Saul’s growing resentment and fear of shadows, a representational symbol used to recognize and personify racialized fear and oppression in Saul’s life. This resentment comes to a head when he rejects the advances of a white woman, and is forced to face the consequences of non-conformity to the shadows he feared. However, by examining this fear in conjunction with the intersecting identities of the story’s pro- and antagonist, the reader can achieve a deeper understanding of the power imbalance at work within the aforementioned
The movie follows a kindly grandfather sitting down with his sick grandson and reading him a story. The story is one that has been passed down from father to son for generations. As the grandfather reads the story, the action comes alive. The story is a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup, engaged to the foul Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war. It is up to Westley (her once believed dead love, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) to save her. On the way he meets a thief and his hired helpers, an accomplished swordsman and a huge, powerful giant, both of whom become Westley's companions in his quest.
The film “No Country for Old Men” premiered in 2007 under the direction of Coen brothers. The film got inspiration from Cormac McCarthy’s novel “No Country for Old Men”. The film mainly focuses on three main characters the sheriff Ed Tom Bell, a psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh and a hunter Llewelyn Moss. The setting of the film is the 1980’s Texas (Ebert 1). Llyewelyn Moss one of the main characters in the film is a hunter as well as welder and during one of his hunting trips to the desert he comes across a drug deal gone wrong. He discovers several dead bodies in the scene, including a dog.
Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968) is a movie that contains a large amount of historical significance. This movie is well known for its incredible relevance to the year that it was released. The movie has been described as “A Newsreel of 1968”, and there is ample reason to make that statement. The year 1968 was a very tumultuous period in American history that saw a great deal of violence overseas and in the United States itself. There were many history altering events that took place during 1968, which would all serve to rile up and instill fear and anger in the American people. 1968 saw the latest presidential election in which there was great division amongst the parties, and was the election in which Robert Kennedy was assassinated. Not only did that year see the assassination of another Kennedy, but it also bore witness to the assassination of the most prominent civil rights leader of the time, Martin Luther King Jr. With these tragedies a war in Vietnam raged which had riled much of the country into protest, especially young people.
The film, Good will hunting (Bender et al., 1997), is an American classic flick which is lauded for its fresh and ordinary approach towards depicting situations that is realistic and relatable. In the film, Good Will Hunting (Bender et al., 1997), this is clearly show up that, savagery Will Hunting experienced as a youngster and after that shows as a grown-up; along with flashes of a sweet attitude towards his companions and mental virtuoso. It is about a young man struggle to find himself. He is unwillingly treated to a psychologist just to keep him out of trouble. In this journey, he finds out what he is and what matters to him the most. This movie uses strong and effective technique on evoking emotions and empathy to the audience through exposing them to various technicities of filmmaking such as color, camera technique and many more. After reading the book (OpenStax 2016), we can have adopted different kinds of psychological theory to explain this movie. Good will hunting is related with Erikson’s psychosocial theory of personal development (Neu-Freudian theory),Freud’s psychoanalytical theory and the five-factor model of personality (Big-five: OCEAN).
The film, “Night of the Living Dead”, is a horror movie taking place in the late 1960’s and set in a small town in Pennsylvania. The beginning scene opens with siblings, Barbara and Johnny arriving at a cemetery after three long hours of driving. Barbara and Johnny went to the graveyard to visit their late father's grave and as they were leaving Johnny decided to tease Barbara saying “They’re coming for you Barbara… look, there comes one of them now”. While they were walking to their car Barbara figured she would apologize to the man for what her brother had said but as she was about to speak the “man” grabbed her. When Johnny saw, he quickly ran to them and pulled the zombie away from his sister but he was then attacked by the living dead. During the struggle, Johnny fell and died from hitting his head on a gravestone. The zombie then went after Barbara in a long pursuit that only ended when she came up to an abandoned house. While in the house, Barbara saw more of the zombie people heading toward the house and found a dead body. Startled by the horrifying sight, Barbara ran outside in a hurry and almost ran into a man that was walking into the house. This man, Ben, had run out of gas and was forced to stop at the house to seek shelter. Ben quickly grabbed Barbara and got them both into the house to safety. After getting rid of the three zombies that were after them, Ben boarded up the windows and doors as soon as possible. Barbara decided to tell Ben what had happened to her before they met. Ben decided to turn on the radio and get the news of what was going on around them. In hope of finding something useful, Ben looked in a closet and found a gun and ammunition. As Ben was looking in the closet, two men, Harry Cooper and Tom, emerged from the basement, while Helen, Harry's wife, and Judy, Tom's girlfriend, remained to watch over Helen’s Injured daughter. After fighting about where the safest place to be was, they all came to the conclusion that Harry would go back down to the cellar while Tom and Judy stayed upstairs. A little while after, Harry and his wife Helen went back upstairs and the group got the TV going to get an update on what was happening. After they watched the telecast, the group cooperated
The 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead, begins under the credits with brother and sister Johnny (Russell Streiner) and Barbara (Judith O’Dea) bickering about the long journey to rural Pennsylvania after arriving at a secluded cemetery to leave flowers on their father’s grave at their mother’s request. As they make their way back to the car, Johnny begins to tease Barbara. “They’re coming to get you, Barbara… They’re coming for you… Look, there’s one now!” A staggering, pale-faced figure (S. William Hinzman) approaches the two siblings and attacks Barbara. When Johnny comes to her rescue, he is killed during the struggle
Published first during the decade of the 1990s "The Boy Died in My Alley" remains a significant poem of Gwendolyn Brooks as she moves from traditional forms of poetry such as sonnets, ballads to the most unrestrictive free verse and includes the sad rhythm of the blues. This poem offers an amazing juxtaposition of dramatic poetic forms, narrative, and lyric (Guth & Rico). The story is most often simple but with the last line, they transcend the restriction of place and cover universal plight. Most often the characters of the people are memorable only due to fact that they are trying to survive the trials and tribulations of daily living. For example, in the poem, “The Boy Died in My Alley”, the author narrates an incident when a black boy is murdered in her back alley and the policeman asks her whether she has heard the shot. As she was passionate about the bad experiences of black community in the United States, her poetry is mainly about their plight in the society (Guth & Rico). The main focus of the poem, "The Boy Died in My Alley" is to study and analyze the reasons behind the violence that is associated with African-American children who live on the street.
Race and social status in culture is not only shown in history, it is also depicted in several films such as the original 1968 Planet of the apes, and 1961 West side story. Both films are unique in their own ways but go hand in hand presenting specific perspectives on race and social status from the beginning of history through today.
The sunken place scene fully captures the psychological thriller sub-genre. The scene surrounds the concept of hypnosis and includes certain camera shots that cause us to be in suspense and wonder what is coming next. In the larger context, the sunken place represents the experiences of the helplessness and little control that African Americans go through on a daily basis. As Chris fell into the blackness, he was continually falling further from society with nothing to grab and no one to help him. We see Chris getting smaller as he falls farther away, just like many African Americans feel in society, small and misrepresented.
Differing opinions exist regarding the purpose and usefulness of a college education. While attending college appears to be a legitimate course of action to advance one’s educational and professional aspirations for some, it may seem senseless when considering the rise of college tuitions coupled with the fact that a college degree does not necessarily guarantee a job. Either way, defining the value and worth of a college education remains subjective. However, in the film, Good Will Hunting, the importance or perceived importance of a college education seems to be rejected at large, namely by the main character, Will Hunting, and his psychologist. Specifically, two main perspectives are shown regarding the frame of mind one should possess regarding education, one that values academic achievement and jobs, and the other that rejects those ideals and focuses primarily on self-discovery to figure out what is wanted in life. Consequently, both perspectives result in different behaviors among the characters in the film. Although Good Wil Hunting accurately highlights some of the major downfalls of a college education, it unfairly criticizes the emphasis college cultures places on achievement and future success. Because of this, the film takes devalues a college education and subtly frames it as a waste of resources through overtly ridiculing it.