Film Essay Topics


It’s not always easy to relate the story of a talking lizard to the history of the world. Or at least, that’s they want the watchers to think. The truth is that there are many different themes that tie into the world’s past. Rango (the talking lizard) can represent some of the world’s most influential… View Article

Margin Call

J. C. Chandler’s 2011 film Margin Call examines the actions of an investment firm’s key decision makers during the earliest stages of the most recent financial crisis. Chandler does a good job with the characters of this movie he isn’t necessarily looking for a villain in a mess like this nor any lengthy explanations; he’s… View Article

Slumdog Millionare

In the late 1800’s there lived well-known Hindu monk by the name of Swami Vivekananda. It was his reputation to be wise and many people looked to him for guidance. One of his most famous quotes states, “the great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for… View Article

Saving Private Ryan Critique

The visual and the realistic arts in Spielberg’s best ever The critics all over the world with their holistic approach endeavor to find the pros and cons of a 3 hour classic masterpiece directed and created by the gods of the theatrical arts. The modern world tends to be sufficed by the major events and… View Article

Educating Rita and the Allegory of the Cave

The film “Educating Rita” and the essay “the Allegory of the Cave” are based on philosophical ideas and problems connected with personal development, education and understanding of the good life. ‘Educating Rita” and the essay “the Allegory of the Cave’ portray personal development of people and importance of education, persistence and hard work crucial for… View Article

Pulp Fiction: Shortcomings of a “Neo-Noir”

The remarkable stylistic conventions of classical film noir have made it one of the most memorable and recognizable film genres to this day. Each film noir picture is uniquely told though it use of degrees of darkness, contrasting lighting, rain-covered city streets, isolated protagonist, and devious dames that effortlessly lure men into a cold trap… View Article

Sin City: Film Noir?

Controversial topics are brought to the table when speaking of Hollywood film Sin City. The story line appears to be set in the 50s and follows three protagonist characters that are all linked through their femme fatal characters. The filming technique displayed brings rise to the question of whether the movie is film noir or… View Article

James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues

In James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues,” the unsaid brotherly relationship amongst the speaker and his younger brother Sonny is illustrated throughout the narrator’s point of view. The two brothers have not spoken in time until the narrator receives a note from Sonny following his daughter’s death. He takes this moment as a vital indication from Sonny… View Article

Reaction Paper on Vampires

Vampire movies always have lots of fans, and of course, I’m a vampire film fan, too. In the past, vampires looked so scary: they were old, extremely ugly, knows nothing but killing… Nowadays, however, people start to make vampires more “human”(and sometimes they are made even better than human beings): They are so good-looking they… View Article

The Notebook

In the film, The Notebook directed by Nick Cassavetes an important decision is made by the main female character. This decision is shown through verbal and visual features throughout the movie, they help us understand the difficult decision and why she chose the option she did. Allie Hamilton had to choose between Noah Calhoune or… View Article

The whale rider Film

“Whale Rider” is a drama film of the 2002, based on the novel of Witi Ihimaera, and directed by Niki Caro. The world première was on September 2002, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film gained much respect from critics, it went on in film festivals such as Sundance and Tribecca, and gained international… View Article

Summary of Modern Times (1936)- Charlie Chaplin

Plot Summary The little tramp works in a futuristic factory tightening bolts that pass by on a conveyor belt. One day he has a nervous breakdown from the stress of his job and creates chaos in the plant before being carted off. Recovered from this episode, he is wrongfully jailed as the leader of a… View Article

Swot: Film and Warner Bros.

Strengths * Warner Bros. is one of the largest movie producers in the world and is recognized internationally. With this high brand reputation as an entertainment leader, Warner Bros. has a strong competitive advantage. * As a huge company, Warner Bros. possesses large funds and enough resources to produce high quality movies and effectively market… View Article

Deadly Unna Film

Australian Rules A comparative review by Anita Jetnikoff (QUT) for Australian Screen Education. Published as: Jetnikoff, Anita (2003) Australian Rules: a comparative review. Australian Screen Education(30):36-38. The title may mislead some viewers, as this is not a film about a football code, anymore than Bend it with Beckham is about soccer. This powerful, brave and… View Article

I am Legend

When thinking of horror films, simple features come to mind for what you need to produce a good movie. Monsters are always a big plus in order to get a good scare factor. A good horror film will have drama that usually leads to the death of a main character or other supporting characters. I… View Article

German Expressionism

German expressionism is one of the most fundamental movements of early cinema. With its basic foundation stemming from the creation of the Universum Film AG in 1917 by the German government, expressionism found a happy home in Germany until, arguably the late 1920s (Wolf). Expressionism changed the canvas of cinema with its technical innovations as… View Article

Sankofa Film Analysis

Who is Haile Germia? Haile Germia is an Ethiopian filmmaker, film director, screenwriter who was born March 4, 1946 and raised in Gondar, Ethiopia who now lives in the United States. He immigrated here to the United States in 1968 to pursue acting, and enrolled in the Goodman School of Drama located in Chicago. He… View Article

The Hangover I – Movie Review

Four smart and handsome young men have one mission. In Las Vegas they want to have the time of their life and celebrate the greatest bachelor party ever. It should be sophisticated but still excellent. But what should have been a reasonable weekend turns into a colossal mess after the first night already. One of… View Article

The Illusionist Film

An elegant story of art, affairs, and politics, The Illusionist is a tale about magic and true love. Set in early 20th century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. Writer and director Neil Burger elegantly directs this piece based off of the short… View Article

Romantic Comedy Film

Pillow Talk (1959), starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson, and Annie Hall (1977), starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, are two very different films that both belong to the genre of romantic comedy. Both films received five Oscar nominations. Pillow Talk was nominated for best actress, best supporting actress, musical score, art direction, and the… View Article

Black Swan: A Film Review

Everyone has heard of ballet, some perhaps just that, while others practice it or just enjoy watching it on stage. Most people have also heard of Swan Lake, maybe even saw it performed in one or another adaptation, as there are many. Then there is Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofski, which leaves most other… View Article

The Cocaine Cowboys

Before the seventies Miami, Florida was the hotspot for drug smugglers to smuggle marijuana into America because South Beach was virtually unwatched land for miles. Cocaine eventually rose to become the drug of choice for people in Miami and was more expensive then weed, causing it to replace marijuana imports with more profitable cocaine imports…. View Article

The Wrestler Analysis

1. Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (2008) is a film that forces the viewers to ask questions rather than find answers. It is a film that explores the world of the working class as well as the performers with demanding jobs. In the film Mickey Rourke portrays a washed up wrestler Robin Ramzinski, however he is… View Article

Inception Film Analysis

Inception came out to theaters last 2010. It is an action, adventure and sci-fi film starring Leonardo DiCaprio (Cobb), Joseph Gordon Levitt (Arthur) and Ellen Page (Ariadne). The movie revolves around Cobb, whose job is to steal information from the minds of people through their dreams. He was given the task to perform the reverse… View Article

The Relationship between Mrs. Lyons and Mrs. Johnston

Ok well, Mrs Lyons employs Mrs Johnston to work for her. Mrs Lyons can’t have children, but Mrs Johnston (Known as the mother) has too many. When Mrs J finds out she is going to have twins she is upset as she can’t afford them. Mrs Lyons persuades Mrs J to let her adopt one… View Article

Youtube Case Study

Question 1: There are several competitive forces challenging the movie industry. Film corporations are currently facing the challenges of websites offering free downloadable movie torrents along with DVD readers on computers, portable video devices, and the start up of the website YouTube in February 2005. Free online film downloads are four times more popular than… View Article

Fight Club

The 1999 film, Fight Club, is controversial in the sense that it can be interpreted at a superfluity of angles. However, the effectiveness of the final scene to reflect the narrator’s catharsis is indisputable as it is accompanied by the song “Where is My Mind” by The Pixies. The song itself is vital to the… View Article

Merchant of Venice Essay Outline

I. INTRODUCTION: A. Is Shylock a man “more sinned against than sinning,” or does he take his revenge too far in the pursuit of his pound of flesh? B. The wrongs against Shylock climax in the courtroom scene. He has lost his ducats, daughter, and now his religion. C. Thesis: The absolute epitome of selfishness… View Article

Freedom Writers

In Long Beach, California, a war is raging. You can’t always see it, but its soldiers know it’s there. You need to go and watch “Freedom Writers” right this instant. In this heartwarming movie, Hillary Swank plays quirky school teacher Erin Gruwell who, alongside her unsupportive husband (played by Patrick Dempsey) attempts to make history… View Article

Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark

I have chosen to evaluate a scene from Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana and Sallah uncover the Well of Soles where the lost ark is hidden. We open the scene at 57:03 with Indiana leading a team of diggers up a hill to the spot where they will dig for the… View Article