extra credit-The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 directed by Robert Wise)

Unfortunately there is no clip I have been able to find on youtube, showing the scene that I want to use for analysis.  If there is any real urge to view it, this movie is available for straming on netflix.  The scene begins around 1 hour and 1 minute into the movie when Klaatu enters the elevator with helen.  As they begin their conversation, the power goes out, and the camera cuts to different scenes of places around the world trying to figure out why all the electrical devices stopped working.  This scene is one of the most important in the film because it is exactly what the title is referencing, without electricity the people are helpless and everyone can do nothing but stand around and try to figure out what has happened and what will happen next.  All of the shots in this scene highlight human’s dependence on electricity,  a farmer is shown unsuccessfully trying to milk his cows, a gardener can no longer mow the grass, a maid can’t wash the clothes, mechanics can’t fix cars, conductors cant get the trains to move,people everywhere cannot even travel very far, without the use of their cars most of them wind up just aimlessly walking about.  The scene incorporates wide shots of landscapes of frantic towns across the world, as well as closeups of individuals in the midst of dealing with their plight.  The closeups show the fear helplessness and anxiety imposed upon them by this deprivation of technology, while the wide shots show the earth basically standing still.  The scene truly starts off with a shot of cars all shutdown in the middle of traffic.  The entire scene only has one line of intelligible dialogue, the rest is overwhelmed by an eerie and powerful sound of some instrument playing out a few chords, then a man announces “it’s the spaceman that’s who did it” then the instruments start back from the beginning and it is clear that the other people are saying the same thing in their own languages.

This film is historically relevant to the time period it was released in.  The film was released in 1951, during this time was the cold war era, and tensions were very high worldwide, as the threat of atomic war was prevalent and fear and violence were very common emotions across the minds of many.  The Day the Earth Stood Still is a studio production, filmed using 20th Century Fox’s sound stages and production lots.  It is a true blue science fiction film.  The writer of the script looked through over 200 science fiction films comics and books to find his inspiration.  After finding enough material to work with, the film was used as a medium to deliver a message about the current political climate of the world as well as the attitude people regarded the outside world with.  Despite being a typical science fiction film about invading aliens and robots and spaceships, the film had a peaceful message to it, begging humans to find a way to live without all of the weapons and bombs that produced so much anxiety and fear.

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Invasion Of the Body Snatchers

This film had so much energy for a black and white film, it was definitely not what I expected in the best way possible.  I love the way that the majority of the film is told through the flashback of a suspected lunatic, and how uncanny situations used in combination with lack of information are used to create drama and suspense in the film.  The tone of the film changes and escalates, beginning with confusion and concern about the mysterious incedent, then stretching to paranoia and uncertainty, as the plot thickens the situation just becomes fearful and urgent.  The best part about this continuum of emotion is that its change is driven mainly by dialouge and nothing too extraordinary happens until midway through the film when the first pod is found.  My favorite scenes were the last end sequence which included the chase, the highway, and the return to the police precinct.  I enjoyed the psychological aspect of not knowing wether or not to believe Dr. Miles, and then once his story is verified, instead of continuing to tackle the next issue of the movie, the film just ends leaving you to draw your own conclusion to what happens.

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Written on The Wind

I found this film to be one of the most exciting that we watched in class.  The fact that this was the first color film we watched in class definitely grabbed my attention, but I think that I would have enjoyed it regardless.  It was really enjoyable to watch the competition between kyle and mitch, as well as lucy and marylee.   The character I sympathized with is marylee, I felt bad for her because it seems like she was forced into acting like a different person because she was never able to attain her true love.  It made me feel bad for the way people viewed her because knowing her story you realize it’s not something she truly deserves.   It was interesting to watch the depiction of a man battling his shortcomings and how misinterpretations could lead to such terrible outcomes.  Kyle died because of deception and delusion, had he not been insecure and paranoid he would have came to logical conclusions and trusted his friend .

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Interesting Documentary Pt. 01

This Film Is Not Yet Rated -“Kirby Dick’s provocative documentary investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization’s underhanded efforts to control culture. Dick questions whether certain studios get preferential treatment and exposes the discrepancies in how the MPAA views sex and violence. Interviewees include John Waters, Darren Aronofsky, Maria Bello, Atom Egoyan and more.”(netflix)…I haven’t watched the full documentary yet, but I think this would be an interesting and insightful thing for any film buff to watch because it seems as if it will provide a behind the scenes look at the road blocks set up for directors and producers.  The different levels of censorship that movies had to abide by over time effects the type of movies that the public is able to see, and what the public views as adult material compared to child friendly.  Part two will come after i’ve actually seen the documentary =)

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Late Vs Never(well…..this is awkward.)

Hi, i’m justin and i’ve been a procrastinator for eight years, but I like to think of it as someone who works extremely efficiently under immense amounts of pressure, if thats alright with YOU.=)

this is supposed to be an introduction post, but now it also has to be somewhat awesome as well and I dont know how that’s going to work out.  Since this is a film class I figure the best way for everyone to get to know me is by getting a look at a few of my favorite movies.

Cool World-Ralph Bakshi 1992

I’ve honestly only seen this movie once, and for whatever reason don’t possess a full recollection of the goings-on, but it wasn’t the plot of the story that drew me in(haha), or the plot that I stayed for.  I loved the fact that this movie combined live actors, and cartoons just like space jam, and once i continued to watch, I loved the contrast between the childish appearance of the film, and the vulgar adult oriented content that took place in most of the scenes.  I think that Cool World definitely has a film noir vibe to it, with Holli Would, the cartoon femme fatale,  and human detective frank harris the stoic unbendable protagonist of the film.  I want to watch this movie at least another five times, and think that it would be an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Rumble Fish-Francis Ford Coppola 1983

This is another movie that I’ve only seen one time, but the storyline of the film was not unfamiliar to me.  This movie caught my eye because I’ve read the book quite a few times and it is on of my favorite’s by S.E. Hinton.  The movie didn’t disappoint me one bit, I enjoyed the fact that the majority of the film was in black and white, a fact that someone who hasn’t read the book would not really understand.  The reason for this is that Motorcycle boy, one of the main characters, is color blind.  This really impacts the way that the film is watched because even though the film follows his younger brother Rusty James more closely, you get the feeling of seeing everything through Motorcycle Boy’s perspective.  I thought that the book alone was great, but watching the movie added a completely new insight into the book that I don’t think I ever would have found no matter how many more times I read it.

I Heart Huckabees-David O Russel 2004

I’ve seen this movie soooooo many times, and it still really doesn’t make that much sense to me.  I like it because it talks about a bunch of weird philosophical things.  There are some pretty cool effects as well.  I just like watching this movie and the cyclical nature of the storyline, because it asks so many questions and ends with even more unanswered questions.  I like that because it’s the only movie I know about that is made in order to make people think, but done in an entertaining way as opposed to something dry and serious.  I don’t think most people would like this movie but I think that they should watch it either way at least 3 times because it’s really confusing.  Despite all philosophical stuff it’s actually a pretty funny movie, and mark wahlberg jason schwartzman and jude law are very well cast for their parts and make the interactions between them believable in a way that I don’t think other actors could pull off because of the nature of the situations that they are put in.

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