Film Essay Topics

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

The Trial Film Analysis

Brief Biographical Data of Orson Welles George Orson Welles or popularly known as simply Orson Welles, was a great American director, actor, writer, film, television, stage and radio producer. He also won in the prestigious Academy Awards. Welles became famous through his radio broadcast’s The War of the Worlds. It called a large number of… View Article

The Ten Commandments

The predominant lasting impact I’ve experienced from viewing Cecil B. Demille’s 1956 remake film “The Ten Commandments” is a sense of epic profundity. This well-expected response to the film relates not only to the sweeping scope of the film’s narrative, but to the impact of the craftsmanship and craft work that brought this monumental film… View Article