Men in Black and Star Wars the Phantom Menace as Science Fiction Both of these films contain ideas of war and peace, whether it is the threat of invasion or the protection of land and values; also there is an element of power that is exerted between two sides disrupting the peace and the balance of the universe. Secrecy is added to indicate that not everything should be available for all to see. Conformity is a key theme and is evident throughout, either via costume or setting. These films also reflect on the importance of secrecy to keep the balance of power and ensure that conflict does not arise and the fact that authority, no matter how high is …show more content…
Tommy Lee Jones then says “INS Division 6”, with which the policeman replies with a quiet exclamation to his friend “There is no Division 6”. This already puts the audience on a higher state of alert, as a common policeman is undermining, not only a man in a suit who seems to have more authority, but also Tommy Lee Jones who is one of the main characters of this film. We can identify the higher authority that Tommy Lee Jones carries, not only by acknowledging the black suit – which complies with the theme of secrecy - and the policemen are wearing tan coloured uniforms, but also his body language and tone of voice. He appears to walk calmly towards the on looking policemen, not being intimidated by them and not being threatened by the context of the situation. Furthermore, he talks in a calm, collective tone of voice and of a person of experience. All of this supports the main theme of authority undermining all that we do. Conformity is also present as a main theme within this scene, due to the fact that the two groups of characters are wearing uniforms. Conformity is a main theme, both within Lucas’s film and Sonnenfeld’s. In “Men in Black” Tommy Lee Jones is always wearing the same black suit; this shows that he is committed to his job and that
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Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck had many well developed characters. Steinbeck had built up the characters well with realistic and thought provoking development. Similarly, Star Wars directed by George Lucas have also focused on building up the relations of the characters in the movie. Although, fighting in space is not a realistic as working as a farm hand in the 1930’s it still does a good job with its character arcs. Chancellor Palpatine takes in Anakin who becomes the Chancellor's apprentice, while in Steinbeck’s work George takes care of Lennie after the death of Lennie’s Aunt Clara.
Blues. Pinks. Reds. Greys. Over the course of my early childhood, I was painfully shy and utterly confused with how I fit into the world. Along with family, forgiveness, and grace, cinema helped define who I am today. As I’ve grown, other films have inspired me in a variety of ways – Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, Rian Johnson’s Brick, Ridley Scott’s Alien, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia and Boogie Nights to name a few – but none have maintained a longer, more substantial impact than The Empire Strikes Back. I predict I’ll credit the film as the source of my inspiration for many years to
For example, Luke “fights the power” by escaping the prison in every opportunity that he has even though the guards warned him and has experienced the consequences including the box, this displays how, because he thought saw that the prison guards were oppressing him he went and did the opposite of what they asked of him. Moreover, Luke displays his conflict perspective in the scene where they are tarring the roads. One of the prisoners states “this is a big day for the guards. They get to remind us [who is] boss” but Luke goes against the guard’s instructions and makes it a race finishing the road quickly therefore going against the control power. Luke is labeled as a savior to the other prisoners and believes that he has to go against the guards and escape the prison to give the others hope. Furthermore, in relation to the Labeling Theory, which defines something as a crime or a deviance, there are those in power creating the laws and those who enforce them such as the police and penitentiaries. This theory explains how people who are in a “higher position” are the ones who decide on what is deviant and what is not therefore oppressing them and people like Luke that follow the conflict perspective and believe that following norms will benefit the powerful, which increase the
To begin with, a classical movie usually follows some type of formulistic plot line. The characters also have firm identities. At the beginning of the film the officers were stereotyped as white racists that couldn’t corporate with African American’s. Before even questioning Virgil Tibbs and his motives,
Based upon films and shows there are many different ways law enforcement has been portrayed. The ways that they are portrayed in the films can be either an accurate representation of what law enforcement is like in actual departments, or it is an inaccurate representation of law enforcement. For example the movie 22 Jump Street there are two cops that are trying to stop a drug from breaking out into other parts of the world and the way that they do things is completely the wrong way from what real officers do in the line of duty. “The depiction of police in “22 Jump Street” is not necessarily realistic in any way, shape or form. This gives a very wrong public perception of law enforcement officers” (22 Jump Street and the representation of policing, 2015). The topic of this paper will explain three questions involving how law enforcement is portrayed in films or shows.
Possibly the most outrageous statement in the response is: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” This turns a blind on to the more diverse cast of character. What about the “angry guy” or the “sneaky guy”. To demarcate the two is a complication, not a solution.
Throughout the years the lifelong question that we desperately try to answer, which one is better Star Wars or Star Trek. These films have been out for decades both films have touched our hearts about the wonders and discovery of space, and both have many loyal fans who would go to the extremes and then be wrong about the franchise they love so much. Even though Star Wars and Star Trek have different concepts, they both have similar themes and motives.
Continually the director uses the subplots- the stories within the story-to show the hierarchy of oppression and privilege in America to show how people think of others in a particular way in which they take people’s dignity. The way people treat and look to others is really off and they go with their thoughts to really far places and they imagine things that may not happen, in which they oppress another person.another scene “-come on man keep driving i said i'm not laughing at you ...fine you want me to show you i will show you ,do you want to see what's in my hands i will show you” In the scene, it shows how the cop mistreats the boy just because he is black. This scene is related to the message because the cop kills a person who did not do anything to him, he just thinks that he has gun but he is not sure about it, then
The 2016 historical film, Hidden Figures directed by Theodore Melfi which explores the themes of racism and sexism in America during the 1960’s. Melfi uses visual and verbal features of dialogue, costume and symbolism to display that sexism and racism is hard to abolish. The messages that Melfi conveys to the audience is that unequal pay and expected sexist uniforms are still present, but if we do something about it, it can be removed.
Nigel Morris’ Empire of Light offers numerous criticisms of Spielberg’s Indiana Jones series. His conclusions draw on the subconscious biases of the film with topics ranging from American imperialism, anti-feminism, and the “white man’s burden”. Morris argues the hero - the white, American, and masculine Jones - is inseparable from these identities (pg. 77). While he makes interesting points about the role of Marion and other characters in relation to Jones to support this argument, as he acknowledges, Spielberg has contended, “it is only a movie”. Morris rejects this claim by insisting, “an analogous process… occurs during viewing, the result of alignment with inscribed spectators and with the filmmakers through recognized intertextuality” (pg. 80). He dismisses Spielberg’s counterargument as a simple cliché and claims that viewers will be hit with subtle ideological biases when they are most vulnerable. He makes valid points about the American idealism that Indiana Jones represents and the stereotypical foreign nations which hosts his exotic escapades, but at the same time he neglects many scenes across the films that show a deeper side of the action hero. Both Raiders of the Lost Arc and Temple of Doom contain examples that contradict the narrative and demonstrates a more complex film.
Continually, the director uses the subplots- the stories within the story- to show the hierarchy of oppression and privilege in America to show how people think of others in a particular way in which they take people’s dignity The way people treat and look at others is really off and they go with their thoughts to really far places and they imagine things that may not happen, in which they oppress another person. In another scene, peter waters says, “come on man, keep driving. I said i'm not laughing at you..., fine you want me to show you? I will show you. you want to see what's in my hands? I will show you what's in my hands .” In the scene, it shows how the cop mistreats the boy just because he is black. This scene is related to the message
For years Americans have looked to the skies, dreaming of the intergalactic future, and Hollywood has filmed the skies, latching onto America’s love for fictional space travel. Of the numerous cosmic entertainment franchises, Star Trek and Star Wars undoubtedly claim the title of the two most successful, and with great power comes great controversy. As long as the two franchises have existed, Star Trek and Star Wars have sparked some of the most intense conflicts that could possibly occur between nerds. With lightsabers in hand and phasers set to stun, Star Wars and Star Trek ignite battles at the box office, with critics and among super fans to ultimately decide which is the most popular.
Star Wars and Star Trek are both a part of the science fiction genre and are about space exploration. They both take place in the far reaches of the galaxies, on unique planets with imaginative and distinct species. In both series the planets are united in some way, Star Trek has The United Federation of Planets and Star Wars has the Galactic Empire. They both have a ship that they are famous for, Star Wars has the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star while Star Trek has the USS Enterprise. Each ship has similar means of transportation, Star Trek has warp drive where Star Wars has Hyperspace.
Obedience is a concept that many people have instilled into them in some form from a young age. This act of listening to someone that is in a higher standing than oneself takes many different forms in a person’s life, but obedience can quickly evolve when in dangerous territories such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The role that obedience plays in this becomes much more important when faced with life or death situations. The film, A Few Good Men, directly explored and elaborated upon this topic. This movie features characters such as Lt. Daniel Kaffee, Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway, Capt. Jack Ross, LTJG Sam Weinberg, and Colonel Nathan R. Jessep who were played by: Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, and Jack Nicholson respectively. Directed by Rob Reiner, this film centered around the court case of Lance Corporal Dawson and Private First Class Downey when they supposedly acted upon orders in punishing a fellow officer with a “code red”, which resulted in the man’s death. This incident occurs at a military base that is stationed within yards of the border. In A Few Good Men, the setting plays a major part in how the events of the crime play out: the danger that the men feel, and the authority which the situation places upon men all play into the factor of how obedience lead to this man’s death.