(Ch. 10) Response Post ; Due 11.5.18

Due: 11.5.18 (before 11:59 pm)

Read all sections in Chapter 10 and Address three with an original post (in detail) of the following:

  1.  Watch this video link (or read the transcript) with controversial director Oliver Stone talking about the JFK 50th anniv. and documentary on historical perspectives. In an original post, share something that interested you, intrigued you, or surprised you about Stone – or the interview, and address the topic of bias (or lack of bias) you saw in Oliver Stone.

2. Watch this documentary on James Bond: The True Story. After watching it address these topics: Based on the thoughts shared from the interview subjects, why does James Bond tend to appeal more to males than females? Do you agree with those thoughts? Why or why not. What did you find interesting about either James Bond (the character) or the creator Ian Fleming?

Click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=qbwBcUsah3Y

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3. Now that you have an understanding of how politics weaves its way through various genres (action, adventure, comedy, animation, etc.). Think about a politically-laced film you’ve seen in one of those categories, and share what you believe the message or meaning was in that film? and Why? In order to answer this you must understand “purpose of meaning” within “The Politics of Film” as addressed in this chapter.

4. Action films and political films can have a strong connection (or marriage) with each other. Based on your understanding of the readings, why do you feel this is so? What audiences would find the action/political hybrid films most appealing? Why do you say that? You must draw something from the reading as an example.

5. What is the most beneficial aspects of reviewing techniques that you gained from this chapter? Why?  How do you feel it will help you the most?

6. As you examined “Life Lessons from Character Transformation”, which universal film do you feel your “semester project character” falls? Why? Offer an example.

 

 

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  1. jalissa9 says:

    4. “Action films are sometimes political films in disguise. Key elements of the action genre are also used in various other genres (or genre-hybrids) for the sake of audience engagement.” Which I believe is true when it comes to political movies you sometimes just can’t come straight out with what you are trying to say. You have to make the movie appealing enough for viewers to want to listen and understand. People who are intrigued by politics are mainly adults and I would say some college students. Teens don’t really care as much because they don’t really view the world in a political stance. They are old enough to vote when they are 18, but do they really know what they are voting for not necessarily. Most people who are intrigued would be older. Action can come hand in hand with political because usually in films such as action there’s always a dilemma or problem that needs to be fixed. There is sometimes war or a battle against something or someone. Which is kind of how politics works. When it comes to opinions on the wars we face or shootings or racism. Action can partake on making the movie intriguing, but also relying the message. If most political films were just documentaries I’m not sure younger viewers would take the time to understand.

    5. I realize that making short reviews are more complex then long reviews. You have to make sure you are not leaving things out and not saying too much. Having a limit makes you think harder. Especially what they said about 280 words for a twitter review post. Being able to catch viewers’ attention for a movie with 280 words sounds impossible, but it can be done. Also, with YouTube how it seems so easy to just make your own account and start reviewing. The digital world has made people’s lives easier in a sense where anyone can do anything without a certain certification. Waking up and thinking hey I want to be a movie reviewer and being able to just create an account is kind of cool.

    6. My character would be between responsibility and survival. Harry potter films are known for this fantasy world. Hermione being one of the characters ends up having to face a lot of battles with her friends and by herself. In all the movies its constant battle making sure she stays a live and also the people around her. The conquest and the obstacles she have to take on the responsibility of being able to keep going and follow through with the task that were laid upon her.

    -Jalissa Herrera

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      As you wrap you semester project, I encourage you to flesh out the theme and universal message(s) with descriptions, reasons and defense. Thanks Jalissa

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  2. Celia García Martín says:

    1. Watch this video link (or read the transcript) with controversial director Oliver Stone talking about the JFK 50th anniv. and documentary on historical perspectives. In an original post, share something that interested you, intrigued you, or surprised you about Stone – or the interview, and address the topic of bias (or lack of bias) you saw in Oliver Stone.

    Oliver Stone states how he did not intend to provoke controversy when creating his film about Kennedy. Kennedy’s assassination was such a turning point in the United States, and worldwide, that Stone felt that this incident was worth remembering and discussing despite political preferences. He tried to remain as faithful as possible to the events prior to Kennedy’s death in order to provide the spectators with the triggers that led to this fatal ending. According to Stone, Kennedy’s strong character and courage earned him many enemies who finally decided to get rid of him. His opinions might be accepted or not, but what is interesting about his film is that he tries to give an explanation based on facts to one of the most important moments in the American political history.
    However, there were so many conspiracy theories around the death of Kennedy, that Stone could not escape part of this problematic in the reviews of his film. Thus, Stone’s movie proves how difficult it is to deal with political issues in cinema, since people’s own bias and opinions prevent them from evaluating films objectively.

    5. What is the most beneficial aspects of reviewing techniques that you gained from this chapter? Why? How do you feel it will help you the most?

    One way to find out whether I find a movie good or not is to observe how long it takes me to forget about the film. For example, whenever I watch a film that I consider to be well done, I keep thinking about certain scenes that caught my attention. On the contrary, if I do not find the film captivating I usually forget its story very quickly.
    In this regard, one of the questions to consider when doing a quick review is whether we would like to talk about the film to a friend. The wish of wanting or needing to discuss a movie is usually a good sign that the film was interesting or, at least, had some type of message. Thus, I find that this question is a good starting point for a review.
    Likewise, for short reviews as the ones published in Twitter, our priorities should be to mention the successes and failures in the movie, that is, at least one positive and one negative aspect as well as indicating the name of the director and main actors. Although it may seem as too little information, these straight to the point reviews meet their objective: to provide a solid opinion on a movie. Based on those priorities we might add more information depending on the length required for the review.
    As for doing reviews for political or controversial films, we must learn once more to get rid of our personal baggage and opinions and try to evaluate the film for what it is, that is, for the quality of the dialogues or the acting, and not for differing from certain ideas present in the film. Freeing ourselves from these prejudices can help identify, precisely, prejudices in the film that may reflect the director’s opinions. Learning to identify these signs will make us better reviewers.

    6. As you examined “Life Lessons from Character Transformation”, which universal film do you feel your “semester project character” falls? Why? Offer an example.

    Although it is quite difficult to narrow a character to only one universal life lesson, El Quijote is mainly about acceptance. The whole story is based on how Alonso Quijano does not accept his reality as it is and requires from his alter ego El Quijote to change things about his reality and society that he finds to be unfair. In other words, Quijano uses his madness as a way of escaping from a reality that he wishes to change. However, performing those changes requires an amount of courage that he does not feel to have. That is when El Quijote enters the scene. He is everything that Quijano is not. El Quijote is brave, foolish in his decisions and impulsive. His intentions are good and honorable but he does not have the ability of evaluating the danger of situations. He is willing to do anything to achieve his main objective, that is, justice. Quijano, on the other hand, is a reflexive man who thinks before acting.
    At the end of the story, when Quijano recovers his sanity and is not able to hide behind El Quijote anymore, is when he undeniably has to accept his fate: he is an old and weak man who cannot fight against the injustices of society on his own.

    Celia García Martín

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Wonderful thoughts again on baggage and addressing “how long” a film “stays with you.” – That’s wonderful.

      Theme: Acceptance … good Celia, as you finalize your project, I’ll be interested to see if that remains your “life lesson.” – NTMII

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  3. drewpeden says:

    4. Action films and political films can have a strong connection (or marriage) with each other. Based on your understanding of the readings, why do you feel this is so? What audiences would find the action/political hybrid films most appealing? Why do you say that? You must draw something from the reading as an example.
    • I do feel as if some action films have strong connections with political films. Take the Black Panther movie for example. While at face value, this film is about the superhero protecting his country and battling a villain, if you really look at it, it has aspects of political material in it. The king of the country dies, with his son next in line to take control of the country. This comes straight from politics and is how a lot of the countries in the world run. I feel like these action/political hybrid films are more intended for people in their early twenties to mid thirties. This age group is the people who can still enjoy a good action film, but also they are at the age where they also understand politics and know how important it really is. These films give them the best of both worlds and allows them to relate to both sides of the film and better understand its true meaning.
    5. What is the most beneficial aspects of reviewing techniquesthat you gained from this chapter? Why? How do you feel it will help you the most?
    • The most beneficial aspect that I gained from reading about different reviewing techniques was the idea of teasing a movie review in a tweet, and then putting in a link to go view the full review. This gets people more involved, and if you can draw them in more with your tease, they will be more likely to go read your full review. Following all this, if a viewer is interested enough to go look at a review once, they will be likely to go back and view more reviews, which in return, will gain you popularity and more viewers on your work.
    6. As you examined “Life Lessons from Character Transformation”, which universal film do you feel your “semester project character” falls? Why? Offer an example.
    • After reading the article about character transformation, I have concluded that the films in my semester project fall under the selflessness category. Peter Parker (Spider-Man) went from a zero to a hero throughout the three films I am analyzing. Coming from nothing, he was bullied and beaten up and made fun of, and his newfound powers gave him the ability to do extraordinary things and he had the ability to take out all the people who ever did him harm, but he rose above his anger and pain and focused on saving the people he loves and protecting his city.

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Drew -The Black Panther is a perfect example of this (as are many Marvel films). All Capt. America films are ripe with politics (on and below the surface). Thanks for bringing up BP, good thought.

      Re: The Twitter Tease (link) – this is a wonderful way to gain and increase audiences across your social (and traditional platforms).

      Life Lesson: Do you think “Responsibility” could be one of the “Life Lessons” as well?

      Thanks Drew -NTMII

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  4. 3. Now that you have an understanding of how politics weaves its way through various genres (action, adventure, comedy, animation, etc.). Think about a politically-laced film you’ve seen in one of those categories, and share what you believe the message or meaning was in that film? and Why? In order to answer this you must understand “purpose of meaning” within “The Politics of Film” as addressed in this chapter.

    When it comes to the politics of movies, I typically approach the movie with an open mind, and to hopefully gain some insight from a different perspective or a perspective that I had not even considered. I’ve seen many movies that have “political messages” but ones that don’t beat you over the head with it’s agenda. 12 Years a Slave, The Post, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty are prime examples with movies addressing an issue or an event that’s happened in the past, but from my judgement, it doesn’t come off as biased or black and white. They come off as real stories with strong connection and strong realism with great performances. Political movies is a way for the the filmmakers to address worldwide issues through a poignant way, and a way that make audiences resonate with those issues and take some reflection from. However, there are filmmakers in Hollywood that makes movies for their own vision because that’s how everyone else should see it. Spike Lee’s BlackKklansmen is a very well-made drama, mixed in comedy that makes a strong case about racial hostility in America. It was the last 5 minutes or so of the movie where Spike Lee started to get into his Spike Leeisms and get preachy, which took me out of the movie.

    4. Action films and political films can have a strong connection (or marriage) with each other. Based on your understanding of the readings, why do you feel this is so? What audiences would find the action/political hybrid films most appealing? Why do you say that? You must draw something from the reading as an example.

    I think action films and political films have a good back and forth because I think it offers and different commentary on society. V for Vendetta has always been the one example that comes to mind when I think a movie that blends political motivations, while still retaining a sense of great action. It’s got its wonderful visuals, terrific and well-choregraphed action, but at the time, it was making a commentary on the George W. Bush administration in the United States. It got into the ideas of government corruption and things of that nature, and I think that’s one aspect of an action/political movie that really gets into the minds of audiences.

    5. What is the most beneficial aspects of reviewing techniques that you gained from this chapter? Why? How do you feel it will help you the most?

    For me, the best and most crucial aspect of reviewing anything (movie or TV) is simply to just write about on a page you created or some form of blog. For someone who tweets a lot about my thoughts on movies, I’ve learned it’s important the general basics, meaning the pros and cons of a movie. Think of the first positive and redeemable things of the movie you saw and find a way to make a very short sentence of those thoughts. It allows people to grasp your general consensus on a movie without having to read an entire review or watch a 3-5-minute video on YouTube.

    -Zane Gray

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Zane – I completely agree with you about the message of “Racism” in Lee’s film. It is still alive today, and I think the relevance of that could have been done even (better) without the final segments. But, that of course was the director’s choice.

      V for Vendetta was a perfect example blending action + politics. Freedom Govt. oppression are themes her as well. Some say Writer Alan Moore was inspired by Margaret Hilda Thatcher (aka The Iron Lady) and her run as British Prime Minister (from 1979-1990).

      Zane -Continue to expand your thoughts, keep a consistent blog (and even link to full reviews from your Twitter site and podcats). If you’re able to add a YouTube Channel, I’d encourage that as well. The more avenues you have to share your work, the more valuable you’ll be as a critic to those wanting to hire folks.

      NTMII

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  5. noeltmanning says:

    LUKE: 2.) After watching the documentary “James Bond: The True Story”, I am somewhat torn as to who the James Bond character appeals more to, men, or women. On one side I can definitively understand why James bond might seem to appeal more to men. The fast cars, action, women, and lavish life is something that most men are going to want to watch. However, in a similar way, James Bond appealing to women could be just as appealing. As popular as the Bond films have been among all viewers, my assumption is that a lot of women enjoy watching the Bond films as well. With that in mind, I Consider that women are just as interested in the danger and lavishly exciting lifestyle that men are, just in a woman’s role. James Bond stories never lack the role of a woman and that could be just as appealing as James Bond himself is to men. I can see both sides of this question and its answers, which is why I think that James Bond is popular overall. I believe a healthy mix of men and women appeal to James Bond and that just reflects the stories ability to grab all viewers and give everyone a reason to like it.
    One of the more interesting things that I found about James Bond and Ian Fleming is the amount of personality, dedication, and background to the stories and the life of Ian Fleming. Ian Fleming himself lead a very lavish and exciting lifestyle. Just listening to the different stories, comparisons, and excitement that James Bond and Ian Fleming shared is incredible. On top of the James Bond character and his relation to Ian Fleming. It was interesting to learn how Ian Fleming used real life spies and their missions and attributes to write his stories. It’s a very interesting and compelling series and character overall, more so know having the knowledge of James Bond and the depth of his creation.

    5.) The most beneficial thing that I gained from reviewing the chapter in regard to reviewing techniques and writing a short review, was more general than a specific aspect. For example, I learned that there is a set important thing to include, and ways that a short review can be manipulated to deliver a very decisive message. I learned a few of these things by looking at all of the examples, specifically the reviews of the movies I have seen that are being used in the example. This benefitted me by showing someone’s perception of a movie that I have seen, and provide me with a good perception as to how, and why someone wrote a review about it. The examples gave me a great idea as to how I would go about writing a short review and the reviewing techniques to make it strong.

    6.) After examining “Life Lessons from Character Transformation”, the universal life lesson I feel my semester project character “Jason Bourne” reflects, is choices and control. Jason Bourne is basically forced by circumstances to learn that he doesn’t have control over much but his own choices, and these choices can have a great impact. Examples of this are seen all throughout the series of films. Particularly in “The Bourne Identity” where Bourne is determined to get answers after waking up to an amnesiac state. Through the movie all he has is his skills and flashbacks of memories and it is his choices that get him through each situation and ultimately finding answers along the way. However, through each experience it is evident that Bourne understands his choices are his freedom and majority of his control, but his choices are impactful.

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Luke – I’m wondering if your understanding of Bond (and Fleming) will translate into your exploration of Bourne?

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  6. 4. Action films and political films can have a strong connection (or marriage) with each other. Based on your understanding of the readings, why do you feel this is so? What audiences would find the action/political hybrid films most appealing? Why do you say that? You must draw something from the reading as an example.

    The majority of the time there is a conflict on which a film is based, there is some sort of underlying societal or political issue that leads to this physical conflict. Whether it’s John McClain thwarting terrorist attacks in Die Hard, James Bond performing missions to protect national and global security as an MI6 agent, or a group of rebels rising up against an oppressive regime in franchises like Star Wars or The Hunger Games, action and politics commonly go hand-in-hand in film. I think that the success of these films often depends on the timing of their production and release. If the story of a film coincides with a current social or political event, then it may have a better chance at success. A recent example that comes to mind was Black Panther from this past February. It contained many relevant social, political, and cultural references to the United States today. The majority of the cast was composed of African Americans, and a large portion of the story took place in Africa. These are fairly uncommon traits for films produced in the United States, which really resonated with audience members who were African Americans themselves. It remains the highest grossing film domestically up to this point, with $700 million earned here in the US. The Black Panther model can be a template for success for future filmmakers.

    5. What is the most beneficial aspects of reviewing techniques that you gained from this chapter? Why? How do you feel it will help you the most?

    I was fascinated by Robert Glatzer’s technique of gathering your thoughts for a film review in the immediate ten minutes following its conclusion. Each minute is designated certain aspects of the film to analyze and ponder, including the acting, the director’s career and his/her footprint on the film, the story, dialogue, character development, and overall theme. It can seem like a daunting task to scale down your thoughts on a two hour film into 30-60 seconds of dialogue, but with this formula, you have time to gather your thoughts as the credits roll so that you will be prepared to give a quote. If you take the most important answers to all of the questions you asked yourself during the credits, then you should be able to give a coherent, concise summary that gets your main points across.

    6. As you examined “Life Lessons from Character Transformation”, which universal film do you feel your “semester project character” falls? Why? Offer an example.

    For my character arc assignment, I have analyzed the development of Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings. From the information that I have gathered, his arc can be classified in multiple categories. “Acceptance,” “responsibility,” and “selflessness” are all accurate representations of Aragorn’s character progression. In looking at “acceptance,” this fits because Aragorn had to accept his destiny to finally take up the mantle of King of Gondor, a position that had lay empty for centuries. The situation in Middle Earth was ripe for the takeover of evil, and Aragorn recognized that if he did not do his job that he had been running away from, then the world as he knew it would end. This directly coincides with the “responsibility” theme. Part of the reason that Aragorn had been reluctant to take the throne was the fear of failure, a worry instilled in him by his ancestor, Isildur, who had been corrupted by power and greed as a king. Yet, Aragorn finally overcame these anxieties to become a leader of the world of men in Middle Earth. Through these experiences, Aragorn showcased outstanding moments of “selflessness” and sacrifice, preparing to give up everything to protect others and the greater mission. He was always on the front lines in battle, and did not hesitate to single-handedly take on enemies when he was vastly outnumbered.

    – Thomas Manning

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Great political examples of films we typically don’t think of as political films.

      Hold on to Robert Glatzer’s techniques -we’ll put it to use soon immediately after a film.

      Thomas you nailed these: “Acceptance,” “responsibility,” and “selflessness” and how they connected to your character. Well DONE! – NTMII

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  7. 1. As a Canadian, I knew that JFK was assassinated, but I was never aware of the details that revolved around his death and the possible conspiracy of who his killer was. After watching the two interviews of Oliver Stone I must say he gives very detailed and believable reasons that the CIA lied about who shot Kennedy. Stone looked at the evidence and critically looked into the timeline and location of the shooting. To me, I don’t see bias in the answers I see him looking at the facts and interrupting them.

    2. To me, I feel like James Bond appeals to males more, because spies, espionage, and suspenseful risk movies have traditionally been geared towards males. I also feel like the films appeal to men because of James Bond’s view of woman and also the woman that are presented in the films. I somewhat believe that how woman were presented in James Bond films makes the movies more appealing to men, but I certainly don’t agree with how woman are shown. As the documentary stated, over the course of the films Ian Flemming’s original view of woman was included in the first films, but their representations evolved with the times. When Ian Flemming was writing the original James Bond, Ian’s own views of women were sort of common during that time. But again as I stated these have changed over time and I believe that the more respect that the woman are treated in the films, the more the films will appeal to women. Honestly, I had no clue that James Bond was based on a real-life character. That itself was pretty interesting.

    6. Lord of the Rings falls into a number of universal film categories including survival, responsibility, and selflessness. Survival of all the characters, Pippin, Merry, Frodo, and Samwise all fought against all odds of evil to destroy the ring. There was responsibility on Frodo to destroy the ring and Samwise’s responsibility to keep Frodo safe and on the right path of destroying the ring. And I see selflessness in Samwise’s mission of protecting Frodo. Sam consistency puts the needs of Frodo far above the needs of himself.

    -Samuelle Grove

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Sam -It is wonderful to hear your perspective of JFK & Stone. It is always wonderful to get the outside thoughts.

      The evolution of women of power in James Bond is continuing. I’d love to see a woman direct a Bond film. I’d love to see that kind of take on this character.

      Continue to explore “selflessness in Samwise’s mission ” – you’re onto something there.

      NTMII

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  8. 4. Action films and political films can have a strong connection (or marriage) with each other. Based on your understanding of the readings, why do you feel this is so? What audiences would find the action/political hybrid films most appealing? Why do you say that? You must draw something from the reading as an example.

    The marriage between the two happens naturally. Like the post said, whether we like to admit it or not we all have political bias or decisions. And I find more often than not, people are passionate about the things we stand for politically or even religiously. It makes sense that film makers would take advantage of the passion people have for their beliefs and marry it with spys and super impressive action reels. I think an older audience that has their own political choices pre-defined find them most appealing. I can see young people maybe our age who are trying to form our own opinions apart from our parents finding help from political films to do so.

    5. What is the most beneficial aspects of reviewing techniques that you gained from this chapter? Why? How do you feel it will help you the most?

    Something that I’m apprehensive about doing myself with this next assignment is removing my own bias from the review. While I don’t have to remove it completely, like it said, it’s fair to give it an honest review despite political baggage. And since I’m doing something based on real events (I’m doing the post based off the pentagon papers), I thought that considering the overall message of the events it’s based off of to be very good advice instead of picking out flaws in reality.

    6. As you examined “Life Lessons from Character Transformation”, which universal film do you feel your “semester project character” falls? Why? Offer an example.

    I am doing Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings and the life lessons that cause his character to transform include many of from the list: Acceptance (that he’s the one that must take the ring), Faith in Hope (in the fellowship that they’ll do what they said and in himself to get the job done), Fear (have you seen an orc?), Love (maybe interchangeable with friendships like mary, pippin, gandalf and not to forget samwise), Responsibility (and doing the job with honor), Selflessness (which is very interesting considering his character is often compared to Jesus).

    -kelsey tanner

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Kelsey -Having a passion about politics and religion does impact our interactions with each other, society and the film world as well. Agreed.

      If you can’t leave your bias out of your review, it’s OK, As long as you ID your baggage up front.

      Life Lessons …. WOW! You have quite a few. Continue to work to narrow the focus if you can. If you feel that all these are still strong for you, then notate them as you have here. Good work -NTMII

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