Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Double Indemnity vs. LA Confidential

We see many comparisons between the movies LA Confidential and Double Indemnity. In the Double Indemnity shot we see Phyllis and Neff, the two main characters in the movie, and in the LA Confidential still we see Lynn and Edmund, which are also very important characters. These two shots are medium shots and are also two-shots. In both the shots the man is taller and is looking down on the women. This shows us how the movie wants us to portray women vs. men. It shows us that men have the power in both the scenes. In both shots though the women's faces have more light and are more focused on than the men. In LA Confidential we can only see the side of Edmunds face and in Double Indemnity part of Neff's face is covered by the shadow of his hat. This tells us in a way the the amen, Lynn and Phyllis, have more knowledge of the situation at hand.

There are also differences in these stills. One being the fact that Phyllis is covering her eyes with sunglasses. This can suggest that she is hiding something while Lynn is more open. Lynn's face also seems to be more relaxed while Phyllis's face is more stressed by the way her lips are positioned.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Zahra's Paradise Section 5

Who Am I?:

This book shows identity in many ways. The most characters in the book seem to have contructed their own identity even though they are living a time in which they are expected to resemble their leaders. There are some people who do follow those guidelines though. These people are usually the people who are either scared and believe they should not be who they want to be but also the people who want power and the way to get power is by following those who have it. History determines our identity by setiing a basic structure of who we are. Our ancestors give the identiy of were we come from but what we do with those qualities make people the individuals they decide to be. 

Zahra's Paradise Section 4

Fate vs. Free Will:

The characters in this book seem to be writing their own destiny. Everyone keeps telling them to stop looking for Mehdi. They are also saying that they can't do anything to help. The charaters though are ignoring that and are still searching. They do have a choince. They can choos to stop looking or they can choose to still look. 

Where people live I believe determines some sort of destiny. For example if I did not move from Mexico when I was younger I belive I would have been a completely different person. Relating back to Zahra's Paradise is that if they had not been living in Iran through out this conflict then the likelyhood of Mehdi missing would not be very true.

On page 170 they bring the clock again as they did previously. They want us to be informeed on what day it is and the time. I believe that they do this because it draws us in more like were actually there witnessing what is happening.

Zahra's Paradise Section 3

Words Words Words:
On page 100 it is showing them waiting at the Revolutionary Court. They wait and wait and wait. The way they show that they are waiting is not by using words but the way they illustrate the picture. The way they do it is by putting a clock in the corner and having 8 frames showing time. This lets the image speak for it self without using words. This could keep the reader interested more becasue it is bringing them in by images and not words. Short phrases seem to go better with these types of books casue it keeps it concise and flowy while the long phrases make you want to stop and not read the whole thing. 

A contrast I saw also relates to words. On page 100 as I mentioned above theres very little wording while on the next page there is a lot more. There are chunkier phrases. This makes the page look more compact and makes it harder to see the big picture.

Zahra's Paradise Section 2

Frames and contrast:
On pages 64 and 65 the frames are very different from eachother. On 64 they are organized and are all realtively the same shape, triangles. The storyline on this page seems to be organized as well there is  a man helping him find his brother. While on page 65 though the whole page is chaos. We can tell that it is chaos not only by the image and the words on the page but also by the way the frames are laid out. There is no specific organization for these frames. The way these frames are laid out help the reader understand that there is something chaotic going on in the text.

Zahra's Paradise Section 1


On page 37 there are four frames of the mother showing a picture of Mehdi. In the first three the picture shows only his hairline and his face is white. There are no facial elements. In the last one though you can see his eyebrows.

On Page 40 an 41 the image takes up both pages. This image is supposed to be a flashback in someway. the previous image shows the man say: "Freedom Square?" and then it goes to freedom square. This image shows the riot with people with signs saying they want a democracy and a vote.Theres a mixture between light and dark some people are wearing dark clothing while others are wearing light. It seems to be one big distance shot starting close and then going deeper. It also seems to be a high angle shot. Its is looking down on the people. The farther back the people go the less detail they have. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Minority Report Still #32

This scene occurs after Lara Clarke (Kathryn Morris), Anderton's(Tom Cruise) wife, had just found out that Lamar Burgess(Max Von Sydow) killed Anne Lively(Jessica Harper). She finds out from Burgess making a remark about the way Lively was killed that no one else had known. He quckly leaves saying he has to go to the press conference and Clarke is there in realization. The camera does a close up to the gun in box and the next scene is this one. In this scene Clarke walks in and points the gun to the man and tells him that she wants to see her husband, Anderton. The man then asks her how she got in and she places a bag with an eye in front of him. The scene ends here and then goes to the press conference.

This shot I believe is a close-up shot of the gun. Although it is a close up shot to the gun it still seems it could be a Medium shot of the man. Its a two person shot because you see both the man and Clarke's hand. I believe that this shot is seen from Clark's point of view. One can tell because she is looking at the man and we are also. There is a diegetic sound in the beginning which is the man playing the organs.

The colors in this shot are very dark except for Clarke's hand. We have talked alot about colors in the class and I believe that this is showing contrast between good and bad. The gun is dark and bad as well as the man who is keeping Anderton. Clarke's  is light because it shows that she is trying to save Anderton and reveal the truth.

I also noticed a detail in which in the previous scene ends with a close up of the gun in the box and then this scene starts with the gun pointed. This helps set a clear image of the person holding the gun even before showing who it was.

I also noticed power distribution in this shot. The way that the man is looking up at Clarke shows that she has the power in this situation which is true due to the fact that she has a gun pointed at him and is looking for information.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Movies I Saw This Summer

Movies at Home

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban

Nosotros Los Nobles

What Happens in Vegas

The Goonies

Sixteen Candles

A Walk to Remember

The Prince and Me

Dirty Dancing

Movies at Theater

Now You See Me

We're the Millers


The Heat

Despicable Me 2

Monsters University

This is the End

The Bling Ring

The To Do List

Summer Reading Questions

To what extent is Oedipus responsible for his own fate in the play? Be prepared to discuss at least two examples from the text which lead you to believe he is or is not responsible.
He is responsible because He should have been more aware of the situation considering what his destiny was planned out to be. 

He is not responsible because he was never told that the parents he believed were his own weren't his. If someone were to have told him that then he would have been more prepared to fight his destiny.

How good a king is Oedipus?  In what ways does he excel as a leader?  In what ways does he fall short? 
Oedipus excels as a leader because he is determined to solve the mystery of the murder of Laius. He believes that by solving this mystery the corruption that has become of Thebes would no longer be. He is thinking not only of himself but of the town as a whole which is what a good leader should do. 

He falls short with the fact that he not willing to listen to the Creon when he says that it was him who killed Laius. He was too focused on himself and not with what ended up being the truth and accepting it.

Since Oedipus is considered the quintessential tragic hero, then what would you argue is his tragic mistake?  In other words, what in his own character/personality or what wrong-headed action does he take which leads him to his ultimate downfall? Choose a particular flaw or action and explain its relation to his disgrace and exile.

His tragic mistake is not being able to see the truth when he was told it. If he would have accepted it I feel that things would have not ended as badly. His ranting in the play when they are trying to tell him the truth leads him to his downfall because the people of Thebes lose some of the respect they had for him.

If we agree that Oedipus the King is about the role of fate and humans’ inability to escape destiny, in what ways does Minority Report, and the character of John Anderton in particular, support or refute Oedipus’ notion of destiny?  Think of two scenes that support your position.

He tries to change destiny by going into the past and changing what happens. In the first scene of the movie John Anderton goes into the past and saves a women from her husband who was about to kill her because he caught her cheating. John was able to change what happened through the program Precrime.

Anderton finds out that his destiny is to kill someone which he quickly tries to figure out a way to stop this.

The eyes are often associated not just with the act of seeing but also of revealing oneself to others. In the film, explain the different ways that eyes or the act of seeing are used for:  1. The Precogs, 2. John Anderton, 3. The culture of the world of the film. 

The precog in the beginning of the movie grabbed Anderton and asked him if he could see. Later in that scene he was told that they can only see the future. The precogs memory is saved in a circular eye shaped structure.

John Anderton uses his eyes to observe the scene of the crime to locate it and investigate the situation. He also uses his eyes to watch the visuals of his son and wife which show that he began participating in the pre crime program because of them

To gain entrance into the train there is an eye scanner which is the way that they find Anderton after he has fled. This also happens all over the city.

The story upon which the movie is based was written in the 1950's.  The movie came out in 2002 but is set in 2054.  How much of the events/the attitudes of the movie do you see in contemporary American culture?  Where will be in 44 years?  Speculate on the direction in which our country is headed.  What future contingencies are we preparing for?  To what extent does our attempt to prepare for certain future events determine our own fate? 

It shows corruption in the system which we see many times in American culture. It also shows the strive to gain power and the lengths people will go to gain it. I believe that in 44 years we will be a more advanced culture but still similar. Technology will grow tremendously as will Americans. Our culture will still have the same structure which we have today.  As a country we are preparing for way in which we make our nation stronger and more powerful as well as united. To prepare for future events determines our destiny because we Americans are so determined in getting what we want that many times we will try anything to get that.