Film Essay Topics

Employee of the Month

Zack Bradley, a box boy at Super Club, a Price Club/Costco/Sam’s Club type store. He’s more than content with his life as a box boy. He lives with his grandmother, hangs out with his buddies in their homemade lounge in the center of the store’s shopping racks, trades away dented goods, and gets along with… View Article

Dry White Season Summary

Summary – “Dry White Season” Adam Simon – CGW 4U1 Dry White Season was what I felt to be an exemplary interpretation of how native South Africans truly condemned the immoral Apartheid political system of the mid 1900’s. Though the film was quite graphic, explicit nature seemed necessary to prove how racial brutality towards the… View Article

Politics and Film: Role of the President in Films Compared to Reality

Concept of the American Presidency in Law 2  We start with a quote from Clinton Rossiter in his book The American Presidency  (1987).  What he said about the American President then remains true today. He remains today, as he has always been, the ceremonial head of the government of the United States, and he must… View Article

Us History In Film

An engineer called William Kennedy invented a form of celluloid strip containing a sequence of image. It was a way of projecting moving images. At this point a remarkable discovery had been made but where still potentials to be utilized from the little discovery. This was when Thomas Edison made a kinetograph which is regarded… View Article


Ermo, directed by Zhou Xiaowen in 1994, takes place in the 1980’s when China first began to actively accept the concept of globalization. “Ermo, where the title character as the strong-willed wife of an emasculated husband” (Tang 654), explores the issues of being a matriarch as well as an individual with her own interests and… View Article

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The book Pirates of the Caribbean, written by Irene Trimble is about the legend of a pirate ship called the Black Pearl its curse and the crews that fight for it. Jack Sparrow was once captain of the Black Pearl but now Barbossa is the captain. Jack and Will Turner are on a mission to… View Article

Summary of Les’ Miserables 1998 Movie

The movie starts as Jean Valjean, a former convict on parole, goes into the house of Bishop Myriel. Jean asks for food and shelter, and Myriel accepts. As midnight strikes, Valjean steals Myriel’s silverware, and escapes. The next day, he is arrested and brought back to Bishop Myriel. When Myriel was asked if Valjean stole… View Article

Psycho Or How a Killer is Born in a Hitchcock Film

Film analysis doesn’t require a philosophy of deep thought, but merely requires the participation of the viewer. In films the audience will witness aspects of their own lives played out; the actions, emotions and scenery draw from the viewer their frame of reference. The art of film can be analyzed through specific scenes and the… View Article

Editing on Requiem for a Dream

This essay will be, in the first part, mainly talking about the role of film editors in the modern film industry, while during the second, presenting a complex of creative editing techniques the editor used in the film requiem for a dream, to further demonstrate the former topic. For quite long, film editors are deemed… View Article

The Pianist Directed by Roman Polanski

The Pianist is based on the true story of Polish and Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman during the deportation of the Jewish community in the Warsaw ghetto. Szpilman escaped death from concentration camps by the kindness of acquaintances and strangers and managed to outlast the war by hiding from the Nazi’s in various bombed buildings. Szpliman’s… View Article

Why I Wanted to Pursue Culinary Arts

“The Three Idiots”, this film was popular since then. I was just curios why was it so. My first connotation was; the film was pure comedy movie, actually, an ordinary comedy film, that it was a companionship of three men who make a lot of sophistries but I was definitely wrong. Its title was captivating;… View Article

Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun

The Empire of the Sun phenomenon can be highlighted for some as the actor Christian Bale’s finest hour. Certainly, his career has been scattered with incredible performances, yet it is arguably his portrayal of the 11 year old Jim, in the film Empire of the Sun, that sets him apart form any other actor, specifically… View Article

Armageddon: A Reaction Paper

In the movie Armageddon, who are the evil ones? They are thousands of rocks led by an asteroid the size of Texas that threatens to extinguish life on Earth? And who are the good ones? They are a motley makeshift group of old-drillers who will risk their lives in a daring rocket journey to save… View Article

The Walking Dead

A sheriff’s deputy by the name of Rick Grimes cautiously walks out of his vehicle amongst vacant cars scattered everywhere on the road. Slowly pacing himself, he continues to walk through the calamity of bashed windows, rotting bodies, and tarnished things. There was no one. Not a sound in the wind and not a soul… View Article

The Meaning of Torture Porn

Stephen King once wrote, in his seminal book on horror, Danse Macabre, “I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m… View Article

Breakfast at Tiffanys

The movie begins appropriately with the lead Holly Goligthly having breakfast outside of Tiffany’s in New York and already that sets the tone of the whole movie. She’s dressed in a black Givenchy dress and her hair resembles something of a pineapple. She is looking in to the store and we see her perfectly polished… View Article


The motion picture witness directed by Peter Weir in 1985 is a uniquely classic film which has no Hollywood cliches and the setting of different worlds help the audience develop ideas. Weir uses the Philadelphia Police Department scene to convey idea of police corruption. Significantly he uses a rare combination of synthesised 1980’s soundtrack and… View Article

The Meaning of the Truman Show

In the last few years, America has undergone a significant cultural change. Previously, almost no criticism of the media reached the public, except for some of the complaints of business interests and conservatives. The media controlled the “means of communication” and it used that power to censor virtually all discussion of its own role in… View Article

Strictly Ballroom

The concept of belonging is explored well in the film Strictly Ballroom. Directed by Baz Luhrmann and released in 1992, this film explores the concept of belonging in relation to places, events and relationships. Throughout the film, techniques such as symbolism, lighting, costume, non-diagetic music and dialogue help to express these concepts to the audience…. View Article

Kite Runner Film Adaption

“The Kite Runner” is a movie that has been adapted from the novel written by Khaled Hosseini. According to the past, certain characters and events of the films that had been based on the novels have been left out. Unexpectedly, there are merits in this film that should be acknowledged. The movie follows the story… View Article

Leni Riefenstahl

Some people are swept along by events. Some individuals use events to advantage. How accurate is this statement in relation to the personality you have studied? “Leni Riefenstahl exploits events and other people to serve her own egotistical, obsessive and selfish ambition. ” Leni Riefenstahl was born on the 22nd of August 1902 in Berlin…. View Article

War Horse Movie Analysis

During the first World War, Britain lost approximately 887,000 men, nearly 2% of its population as a whole. To this day, World War 1 remains Britain’s costliest conflict. Given the enormous carnage of the war, any serious artistic treatment of World War 1 has to take the basic truths of war into consideration. Such is… View Article

Compare and Contrast: Cinema or Movies at Home

The average American spends about $2,000 a year on entertainment. Many people can conclude that watching a movie in a cinema is very memorable and interesting. Although a cinema doesn’t compare to the privileges you have at home. Then again your home cannot provide you with a huge screen and a big volume. Being at… View Article

Shawshank Film Critque

The Shawshank Redemption is a brilliant story set in the brutal life of Shawshank Penitentiary. The movie has a very well structured plot; there is a clear beginning, middle, and end—Act I, Act II, and Act III – which all come together as a whole to make a great film. In the movie, a young… View Article

Beauty and the Beast Analysis

In August of 2009, Jaycee Lee Dugard was found alive after she had been abducted in 1991, and she was still with her original captor. Sources have stated that Dugard had developed a case of Stockholm syndrome with the man who kidnapped her eighteen years ago. A psychiatrist named Keith Ablow stated that “To maintain… View Article

Napoleon Dynamite: High School Movie Painted on a Canvas

Ahh yes, here we are again another high school movie filled with lots of loud hip music, partying, nudity, drugs, awkward social interaction, and teens rebelling against all authority and normalcy. That’s what these movies are about; right? Wrong. Napoleon Dynamite falls short of all stereotypical preconceived notions I had going into this movie. No… View Article

Yes Man

Los Angeles bank loan officer Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) has become withdrawn since his divorce from ex-wife Stephanie (Molly Sims). Routinely ignoring his friends Pete (Bradley Cooper) and Rooney (Danny Masterson), he has an increasingly negative outlook on his life. One day, an old colleague suggests that he goes to a “Yes! ” seminar with… View Article

Lars and the Real Girls

In the film Lars and the real girl by Craig Gillespie, an important character developed is Lars. Lars lives in a tight knit community based in a small American town. Lars has a fear of human contact which results in him suffering form a delusional disorder where he falls I love with, Bianca, a life… View Article

Casablanca Review

Some suggest that Rick Blaine’s (Humphrey Bogart) popularity among college-age people grows out of his role as a classic existential hero. What is existentialism? What existential traits does Rick have? Are these appealing to you? Why would they have such appeal to the above-mentioned audience? Existentialism is an early twentieth century philosophy that deals with… View Article