Film Essay Topics

New Zealand Film Industry

Why did the New Zealand government offer Warner Brothers incentives to film “The Hobbit” in New Zealand? Analyse how this will affect the New Zealand film industry and New Zealand society. Warner Brothers, one of Hollywood’s most famous studios, was founded in 1923 by four actual brothers: Jack, Sam, Harry & Albert Warner. On April… View Article

Casablanca – Hollywood

It is certainly undeniable that “Casablanca” is one of the best known Hollywood classics of all time. But its illustrious reputation does not make it one of the best Hollywood classics in history. There are mainly two points to that claim, one is that Casablanca did not land a tasteful ending, and second is that… View Article

Different Genres Of Films And Their Impact On The Spectators

No other art form has had quite the impact on our lives that the motion pictures have. Everybody loves stories. We want to watch different movies, depending on the mood, temperament and circumstances. The most important thing is to choose the right genre. The term genre is used a lot around the movie industry to… View Article

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is a film where a clown fish named Marlin living in the Great Barrier Reef loses his son, Nemo at a school excursion to the open sea. After Marlin’s despite warnings about the danger of the sea, Nemo gets taken away by a bunch of divers taken back to a Sydney dentist office…. View Article

The Visitor Film Review

What if one day, after realizing that your life is simply static and of no importance to others, you would find strangers squatting in your own apartment and need your help? Would you consider it an opportunity to help other people? This is the story of The Visitor, an American drama film about a widowed… View Article

Movie – Psycho

Psycho (1960) is a powerful complex psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This horror movie is based on the novel written by Robert Bloch. Story-wise, though, I do not consider this movie to be an extraordinary but its brilliant excursion and its ingenious construction and above all its wonderful musical scores invented and innovated by… View Article

Culloden Case

Culloden is not an action film, or a historical documentary, it is a historical deconstruction.  It serves to retell the events of the battle of Culloden as they really occurred.  Culloden was not the patriotic battles filled with the heroes that are portrayed in history books, it was an occurrence of bloody mass slaughter and… View Article

The Analysis of The Zoo Story

The Zoo Story shows the personalities of the two characters, Jerry and Peter. Jerry showed that he did not have a good background when it comes to his family and the way he lives his life. He sees Peter as a man that has not seen the harsh realities of life. Jerry views his family… View Article

Film Music: Gabriel Oboe (From the movie “Mission”)

Theme –     Student will watch a video clip from the movie “Mission” How do musical media impact on the scene of the movie? What is the message the composer tries to give in the scene of “Gabriel Oboe”? Objective Information What are the four traditional instrument families (Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, and Percussions)? Please name the… View Article

Yellow Earth Review

Answer #1: In the film, “Yellow Earth”, the soldier was received with mixed emotions. Of both wanting to help but also bordering animosity. Answer #2: The main difference in the lifestyle of the peasant and the soldier is their status in life and their understanding of what is currently happening in their lives, politically and… View Article

Girl with green eyes

It hardly needs a commentary that a movie “Girl with green eyes” is not just a standard drama which tells a story of unhappy love. It would be no exaggeration to stress that it is a great masterpiece of cinematography.  “Girl with green eyes” was released in 1964 and it was an innovation introduced by… View Article

Movie: The Birth of A Nation

Tim Dirk’s review of The Birth of a Nation[1] is one of the most detailed and comprehensive reviews that has encompassed almost all the aspects of this masterpiece. This movie was made in 1915 by the producer/director D. W. Griffith. The story moves in the background of civil war affected America and are manifested in… View Article

Schindler’s List: Holocaust Portrayal

Introduction In Steven Spielberg’s Schinder’s List, the events are depicted in the Hollywood style narrative dramatization of the Holocaust events. The film offers representation of the real characters based on the true story in the emerging popular cultural discourse about Holocaust. The film has images of graphic violence depicting camps at Plaszow and Auschwitz, offers… View Article

Gump’s Musical Box of Chocolates

Project Overview  Audience worldwide was hit by the wisdom of a mentally challenged character named Forrest Gump who lived in America throughout the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. Forrest Gump lived a full life despite his mental condition. He participated and became a very special part in the many histories that shaped the nation. As… View Article

The Image of the Cyborg as it Appears in Metropolis and Blade Runner

The appearance of the “cyborg” in science-fiction cinema began with the emergence of the dystopian science-fiction film— both events started with Fritz Lang’s silent film “Metropolis,” released in 1927 in Weimar Republic Germany, just before the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Lang’s film, made as political allegory, shocked audiences with its complex… View Article

The Hunt For Red October

A lot of people have seen the movie The Hunt For Red October , but before it was a film it was a great book that readers all over the world enjoyed a lot. While the story is pretty simple, it is still a great adventure tale of the old Cold War. I enjoyed this… View Article

History of Philippine Cinema

A. The Golden Age of Philippine Films The 1950s were considered a time of “rebuilding and growth”. But remnants from the preceding decade of the 40s remained in the form of war-induced reality. This is seen is Lamberto Avellana’s Anak Dalita (The Ruins, 1956), the stark tragedy of post-WWII survival set in Intramuros. The decade… View Article

How Have Our Ideas of Heroes Changed over Time

In the beginning of cinema heroes and heroines tended to stay within the mythic structure of heroes using binary pairs of opposite terms to simplify the complexity of events and reducing the players down to good guys and bad guys or more cinematic, white hats and black hats. That changed radically in the late 1960’s… View Article

The King of Mask

Wonderful, straightforward and amazingly great film is the movie “The King of Mask”. In general, my personal views on the movie “The King of Art” is definitely an amazing work of work in the form of screen play in which it portray a balance yet profound presentation on the story of great Chinese art performer…. View Article

The Perfect Storm Film

My favorite part of The Perfect Storm actually happens when Bobby Shatford, and Albert Pierre have a bad premonition and decide not to go on the trip. Knowing they are right adds to the suspense of the situation. This part of the book is the most unbelievable though because the trip is their job, it… View Article

The Patriot Movie

In the movie, “The Patriot”, actor Mel Gibson plays the role of Benjamin Martin and is based on a story of a father of 7 children from South Carolina who is raising them in the era where Americans were fighting the British in the late eighteenth century.             Mel Gibson’s character joins the war, a… View Article

Film Critique The Queen

Movie roles performed by high caliber actors and actresses of living icons are always the hardest to portray. Helen Mirren’s portrayal of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, has given us an amazing resemblance (although without as much effects and make-up the resemblance ended) and an in-depth visual and emotional recognition of the British royal who was… View Article

Movie Review on “The Promise”

The movie entitled “The Promise” by Chen Kaige is a depiction of love and truth that lies beneath different circumstances of the characters. The promise is love where two people will unite as one in the end as they unravel their past. The main characters in the story are general Guangming, Qingcheng, and Wuhuan. These… View Article

The Princess Bride

The movie, The Princess Bride, was depicted as a fairy tale that showcased romance, camaraderie, and adventure (Maltin). In some way, it also illustrated particular comedy scenes that were really enjoyed by the viewers. The movie started with the scene wherein the grandfather, played by Peter Falk, was narrating a story to his grandson, portrayed… View Article

The Rising: Ballad Of Mangal Pandey

The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey is an epic movie written by Farrukh Dhondy and Ranjit Kappor. Set in the most beautiful location for its historical perspective, the film is adorned with the beauty and extravagance of Bollywood, with the excellence of the Director Ketan Mehta. It was released in August, 2005. The epic movie… View Article

Shawshank’s Redemption

The Writer. Whenever the name Stephen King is mentioned, the first thing that comes out of most people’s mind is horror or fantasy writer. Actually, the writer wrote a lot of stories which are more if not entirely outside his usual genre. Many of this fantasy-free stuff are actually good: Stand by me (1986), Misery… View Article

“The Seventh Seal” by Ingmar Bergman

This paper is devoted to the film by Ingmar Bergman “The Seventh Seal” – a tale about the journey of a medieval knight. The form of the story is very difficult: realistic details were blended with religious and mythic overtones. The main hero was traveling with the target to find manifest of God, his journey… View Article

Food and the Endless Waltz

Akira Kurosawa’s seminal work Seven Samurai is a stirring and heart-rending commentary on 16th century Japan. The movie focuses on the rigid caste system of Japan where warriors fight while peasants farm to support them. The film’s artistic value makes it worthy of being called a Kurosawa masterpiece. However, it is in the lesson the… View Article

The Searchers Film Themes

The Searchers (1956, John Ford) explores themes of family, community, and morality on the edge of the uncivilized Western frontier. The story takes place several years after the end of the Civil War in a remote region of Texas, where the Comanche are a constant and mortal threat to the few settlers on the thinly… View Article