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Total Cost of Wars Since 2001 Every hour, taxpayers in United States are paying $10.54 million for Total Cost of Wars Since 2001. $1,527,181,807,511 See more counters at

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wants vs. needs

Film and television have always been a great inspiration in my life and upbringing. In a sense some of the films and television shows I’ve grown up watching have helped…

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Thelma and Louise

The film examines gender differences in the society. The beginning of the movie begins with the view of a road and scenic mountain view. It is a long shoot of…

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The film lets us know the tone from the very start, as the credits are played  over a parade of umbrellas bobbing up and down the street through the rain….

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THE 400 BLOWS

The young critics of the Cahiers Du Cinema that evoked the French New Wave made themselves more important than the artists they were reviewing, but then followed up by…

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Pedro

Film critic Matty Byloos closes a review of Talk to Her with the following quote, “In order for consummation, there must be complete consumption. One loses one’s self to the…

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Nouvelle Vague

NOUVELLE VAGUE –  MON AMOUR   Shot during the dawn of the French New Wave movement (1959) Hiroshima Mon Amour is a tale told between two worlds; one of…

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My Night at Maud’s

Its hard to speak about this film in words other than those of praise for its filmic qualities. In terms of the overall all theme of the film one can…

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Michael Chapman

As for cinematography, the first film that comes to mind is Raging Bull. The New York Times Crossword puzzle whiz-kid, Michael ‘Chappy’ Chapman shoots a tour de force of cinematic…

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Mookie

Genre anxiety was and still is to some degree a movement that began as far back as the Civil Rights Movement and even further back to the early Hitchcock films….

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Louis Le Prince

Before  Auguste and Louis Lumière and Thomas Edison….there was LOUIS LE PRINCE! Le Prince is considered the pioneer of the motion picture. His father was an intimate friend of Louis Daguerre (1787-1851), the…

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Le Boucher

Le Boucher is the ultimate study of suspense in cinema from Chabrol’s amazing body of work. There is very minimal action in the film, but as in most of Hitchcocks…

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Key to Cinema

IYes. I do think editing is indeed ‘the key to cinema’. Also referred to as ‘the final re-write’. The narrative story of any film is really made in the cutting…

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Kane2

The script written for Citizen Kane picks up the clock, very near the end. Kane’s “Rosebud” death scene leads to the investigation of what the word, “Rosebud” meant, which leads to a linear structure…

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Kane1

The authorship debate concerning the making of Citizen Kane solely belongs to the side of Orson Welles. That is not to take away from collaborators such as, Herman Mankiewicz (received an Academy…

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Imperial Darkness

Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, Apocalypse Now is that of a classified mission regarding a U.S. Army Captain instructed to capture and kill a U.S. Special Forces Colonel that apparently went insane and…

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John Hughes

“Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think…

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Guess Whose Coming to get chewed out

Drayton played by  (Spencer Tracy)  in Guess Whose Coming to Dinner portrays the epitome of ‘object relations’ within a ‘racial project’ film. His character exists as an object relation. The construction of…

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Genre

The “Psychological Thriller” is a genre that interests me in due part to the many different aspects in dealing with symbolism. For instance, usually the main character will have many…

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From Noir to New Wave

Hollywood’s Influence on La Nouvelle Vague     After studying La Nouvelle Vague cinema aka the French New Wave for the past several weeks I have definitely developed a new…

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Fixed-Fights

 Body and Soul is pure genius. Money is basically the central theme of this film. Charlie (John Garfield) is a successful amateur boxer, but in order to box professionally he must…

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Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki

“Most of the bad CG in the world doesn’t work because the lighting is bad. When the lighting of the background doesn’t match the lighting of the foreground or the…

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Dogme 95

Dogme 95: The Vow of Chastity (abridged): I swear to the following set of rules drawn up and confirmed by Dogme 95: Shooting must be done on location. Props and…

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Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones use of  the male Pastoral is laid primarily in the overall narrative of the story.The interracial bond that focuses almost entirely on to men. Everyone else, especially the women play…

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City of DEUS

The various filmmaking techniques used throughout City of God are so dominant that the entire film has a certain style that feels like imitation of something that cannot be real,…

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Cinematheque Francais

The Cinémathèque Française holds one of the largest archives of films, movie documents and film-related objects in the world. Located in Paris, the Cinémathèque offers daily screenings of films from…

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Buddy Films

Rush Hour is a film that represents a substantial shift in the culture and representation of race. The ideological tone of the film reveals not only the racial hierarchy between mixed…

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Breathelss

Out of all the films Ive seen from the French New Wave movement, I find, Breathless to be the one film that uses some of the most groundbreaking methods and techniques that…

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Bon Sauvage

Hollywood has been referred to as the as the second greatest enemy of Native Americans next to the Government itself. Though this theory has faded over the years and today…

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Ben Gazzara (1930-2012)

Ben Gazzara was a long way from being a household name. When he died on February 3rd this year it barely warranted a headline. The first I heard of his…

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Auteur Theory

Not all directors are auteurs in my opinion. You can screen a film by, Hitchcock and know instantly that it is indeed an Alfred Hitchcock film. He holds artistic control…

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American Psycho Adaptation

In terms of the story-line, the film and book are quite similar. Most of the differences deal with how, Patrick Bateman (Main character) feels internally. There are parts in the…

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Alexandre Astruc

The Birth of a New Avant-Barde: La Camera-Stylo by Alexandre Astruc (Originally published in “L’Écran française” onMarch 30, 1948, as an article entitled “Du Stylo à la caméra et de…

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A Woman Under the Influence

A Woman Under the Influence (Dir. John Cassavetes) is a 1974 drama about a woman that develops an odd behavior during the process of becoming a housewife and mother and is…

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A Man Escaped- Bresson

A Man Escaped (directed by Richard Bresson)is perhaps one of the most unbearable suspense driven films ever made even though the title gives away its basic narrative. Despite the story…

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“Shower Scene”

The shower scene from the film Psycho is perhaps one of the best examples of masterful editing. Hitchcock had shot the sequence from several angles and completed the scene with a running…

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