Blog Prompt #8 (4/3/2018)

For your eighth blog [posts, let’s get started on Short Paper #2—the genre analysis. By drafting at least one body paragraph. Following the directions from the Short Paper #2 assignment, identify a shot from the film* you would like to use for this paper and explain how/why that shot is representative of the genre you say it represents.

*NOTE: If the film you choose for Short Paper #2 is not on our syllabus, you must meet with me in my office before April 13 to get your film approved.

11 comments for “Blog Prompt #8 (4/3/2018)

  1. Lilly Lightsey
    April 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    For my short paper two I plan to do The Godfather in the style of film noir. One of the most obvious scenes that could argue The Godfather fits film noir would be the opening scene (around 4:04) The character of Don Vito is introduced to us in the same style as the corrupt detective in a film noir movie. He sits at a desk, in a darken room, listening to the pleas for help from another person. Don Vito’s face is partly hidden in the shadows. Film noir plays a lot with shadows and the light and the dark. As Don Vito listens to the pleas for help he, like the “good guy” detective in a film noir is well dressed in a suit and he smokes a cigarette. The camera, once it is on Don Vito, is very close to his face just as a film noir does. The only way Don Vito does not fit the leading man in film noir is he talks very slow as opposed to fast talking commonly seen.

  2. Cecil Maddox
    April 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    I intend to write my short paper on the animated film “Coraline” as a horror movie. This film is filled with themes of isolation, terror, fear, and the unknown. Specifically, when Coraline visits the ‘other world,’ her ‘other mother’ is normal looking at first (with buttons for eyes) but soon becomes frightening. Coraline also becomes trapped in the other world at certain points, which is confusing to her and causes a lot of terror. Characters from the real world are in the other world, but with buttons for eyes, and her friend Wybie is turned mute by the evil character, Beldam (or ‘other mother’). A lot of critics of the movie complained that it was very frightening and almost too scary for children.

  3. Justin Boneparte
    April 3, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    For my second short paper I intend to discuss the film Apocalypse Now as a war film. This movie from beginning to end deals with aspects of war. In the beginning it starts with Captain Willard making mention that he has not had a mission for a while and he is waiting desperately for another. However after this mission he would be done for good after dealing with the struggle to the heart of darkness. He faces many challenges as he travels up river to carry out his mission. His mission is to terminate Colonel Kurtz. He faces many difficult decisions leading up to the point where he has to carry put his mission. This mission is so much of a secret mission that the captain directing the boat is not aware where it is going or the purpose of the trip. Many lost their lives during this journey up river to the Colonel.

  4. Kymberly Conaway
    April 3, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I intend to write my short paper on the animated film “Chicken Little” as a superhero and science fiction film. This film is about a little chicken believing that aliens are coming to inhabit his town. Little finds futuristic technology that tells him where the aliens are. He enlisted help from his friends (sidekicks) to track down the aliens and save his town. He can also be characterized as a hero because no one expects him to save their lives.

  5. April 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    The film genre I will be analyzing is psychological thrillers. This is a subgenre of thrillers and suspense films. Shutter Island falls into this category for multiple reasons. This film is about a detective who is on an island investigating a woman who ran away from a mental institution. He finds himself completely disillusioned in the process and discovers he himself is the patient in the mental institution due to prior trauma.  In the shot of Edward Daniels finding out he is a patient, he has an emotional breakdown and it is clearly evident he is psychologically unstable. This is one of the main components tied into psychological thrillers. This film displays a good sense of Edward’s mental misperception, as well as pathological obsessions. Edward’s character portrays the qualities required to be considered a psychological thriller.  

  6. Samantha Fox
    April 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    In my paper I plan to discuss why “Life is beautiful” is under the genre of comedy, but I believe it should be under the genre of dark comedy. A dark comedy is a movie that is putting light on a dark situation and this movie does just that. Throughout the whole movie the main character, Guido, is always making his friends and family laugh. In the beginning of the film there were no big issues so if you didn’t see the trailer for this movie then you thought it was just a cute little romantic comedy. But then towards the middle of the film things start getting dark and you think the film is going to get sad and Guido is not going to make jokes throughout the rest of the movie. The reason this should be considered a dark comedy is because Guido doesn’t let this bother him and he finds ways to still keep his son happy and make people laugh. Even marching to his death he managed to make his son happy.

  7. Shemar Muirhead
    April 3, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    The film ” The Silence of the Lambs” fits the thriller film genre, more specifically the psychological thriller sub-genre. Within the first fifteen minutes of this film Ms. Starling is asked to visit Dr. Lecter; a patient at the Baltimore State Forensic (Psychiatric) Hospital. The basis of this visit is an attempt in hopes that Dr. Lecter fill out a questionnaire that may aid in an FBI investigation. In the shot at ”15:01”, Dr. Lecter denies Ms. Starling’s request to fill out a questionnaire that she had taken to him. He exhibits his psycho-social manifesto by making it clear to Ms. Starling that she started off good communicating with him through small talk, but was overreaching when she asked him to fill out the questionnaire directly afterwards. Dr. Lecter is obviously mentally unstable based on the fact that he is a patient at a psychiatric hospital. This particular shot highlights the psychological thriller sub-genre of the film.

  8. Anthony Hanks
    April 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    For my second short paper I aim to explain how the film Harold and Maude could be considered to be a Romantic Comedy. This movie was utterly disturbing to me when I first viewed it in class, but thinking back on the plot and the way the movie was tied together in the end with Harold seemingly to have finally found peace in life made me realize that it could be a romantic film. The comedy part of it would most likely be portrayed as dark humor, but still humor nonetheless. The shot in the film that I would use for this assignment would be the one with Harold and Maude riding away together on the police officer’s bike because of the way Harold stuck with her even though he could have gotten in trouble showing a sort of loving mindset, as well as this shot was the one that I found most entertaining throughout the film.

  9. film_7n1sm6
    April 4, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I should note that if you choose a genre that we do not discuss in class, you will need to include some research. That is, your paper will need to cite some sort of credible source(s) that identifies several identifiable characteristics of your chosen genre.

  10. Erica Dovre
    April 4, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    For my short paper, I will be explaining why the movie Hell or High water is a western. Almost every scene in this movie could declare its genre to be a western, but the scene with the most western elements would be the robbery scene. They are robbing a bank and ask the teller if he has a gun. After finding out he does, they take the gun and the money, only to leave the gun on the counter and be shot at as they make their run. It captures the film’s neo-western essence and does so comedically. The whole story can tie itself back to classic western roots. The film is set in West Texas on a farm that has since lost all of its money. The two brothers then set out to find some, only to find trouble, instead.

  11. Kyri Simmons
    April 5, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I intend to do my short paper on the movie Watch men and how it is a super-hero, mystery movie. My first paragraph will probably speak on the main plot of the story; the many characters my thesis will be based on the many elements of the story: such as mystery and the characteristics of a super-hero film.

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