FILM QUESTIONS 5
SubjectLine: Controversial films reflect a clash of ideology between thearguments of a film and the reality
Themovie, “TheDa Vinci code”was released in 2006 and sparked a lot of controversy in thereligious scene. The movie focuses on the perceived hiddeninformation about the history of the church and the entire Christianbelieve. Based on the book by the same name, the film tries to showthat there are some secrets that the Roman Catholic Church (DirectoryJournal, 2009).Another movie is the Dogma,released in 1999 and seems to attack Christianity as a religion withhidden information. With the release of the two movies, manyChristians criticized them and condemned their perception of thechurch. As a result, there are some people who sided with thearguments of the church against the plot of the movies.
TheAmerican West often gets described more in the Hollywood movies thanthe situation in reality. While some movies portray the groups ofpeople in negative or positive ways, they often lead the audience tobelieve in the presentation on the screen than the reality. This isbecause there is a tendency by the audience to perceive theinformation and circumstances in the movie as the bare reality(Nelmes,2012).
SubjectLine: The context of a film is an important element of understandingthe purpose of a movie and the intention of the film maker
Theclass has greatly changed my perception of the filming world and themovie in many dimensions. I no longer view movies as the things towatch when tired or seeking for entertainment. Currently, I seemovies as well researched, well structured communication andentertainment tools that pass a message on critical analysis. Afterlearning in this class, I watch movies that contain a plot with validcontent to analyze and learn from.
Thecontext of a film is an important element in the understanding andinterpretation of the plot and the movie itself. This is because thecontext places the circumstances of the film in the real setting, soas to draw the intention of the filmmaker (Nichols, 2010). Inaddition, the context of a movie provides the basis of understandingthe need that the film was addressing and the message of the filmmaker. Despite the changes in time, the movie would be understood inthe same way, if there is a clear understanding of the context of thefilm. For instance, the film Fahrenheit9/11released in 2004 gets its context from the aftermath of the 9/11terror attack (DirectoryJournal, 2009).However, the same issues being addressed by the documentary are stillrelevant today when a viewer understands the 9/11 context first.
SubjectLine: The Westerns are gradually losing touch due to modernizationand the use of technology in filming
Theperceived death of the western reflections in the current film is dueto the dominance of technology in the filming of movies with thewestern ideals. Through the domination of modern technology, theessence of the western movies has gradually lost ground in thecurrent industry. As a result, the westerns are gradually riddinginto the sunset in the movie industry (Smith, 2004).
Inaddition, modernization is gradually killed the culture thatappreciated the westerns. Movies that reflected the way of life ofthe westerns are losing appreciation of the modern society that ismuch thrilled with the technologically enhanced movies. According toPhillips (2009), technology makes movies more interesting andappealing to the society that is living with modernization. As aresult, the westerns are gradually losing touch with the currentgeneration. However, they can be revived if filmmakers research onthe western culture and reflect them on the modern films.
Nelmes,J. (2012). Introductionto Film Studies.New York: Routledge
Nichols,B. (2010). EngagingCinema: An Introduction to Film Studies.New York: W. W. Norton & Company
Phillips,W. H. (2009). Film:An introduction(4th ed.). New York, NY: Bedford/ St. Martin’s.
Smith,S. (2004). Riding into the sunset. Newsweek,143(12),14
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