Analysis Post 2

The lady eve. a 1941 screwball comedy starring Barbra Stanwyck that is very different from most movies from that time period and from many romantic comedies. In that there is a particu;lar scene where it takes the concept of a male gaze and turns it on its head.

?This scene is one of the first scenes where we see the female lead character. During the scene we watch the actions of the male lead as she shows them to us. She dicates the thoughts and actions of the other characters and forces us to see things from not technically her perspective ,but more from the perspective that she chooses to show us as the audience.She directly influenced how we see things and affects the actions in the scene, main;ly in how she trips the main male lead thus causing their first meeting. Not only that but she turns the concept of the male gaze on its head. This is not only because the character gazing is a female. But because the gaze is not purely a sexual one, but a controlling one.  It helps show characteristics of how the main female lead. It also says things about how main male is apparently easily controlled, as he and the girls he interacts with all act the way Barbra Stanwyck’s character’s narration.

This gives clear examples of the characters actions for the rest of the highly enjoyable movie.

A (late) Psycho Post

So, Hitchcock.

He’s an amazing filmmaker.  And while I haven’t seen that many of his films, only 4 of them. The first of them was Psycho. Which is usually the one that I call my favorite.

I love love love the music in this movie. The music during the opening credits squence is still in my head, a week after having first seen the movie. And during the shower scene, how the music helped Hitchcock not need to show much because the music was the major factor in us believing that Marion was being murdered, the music was doing the cutting for him.

But besides that aspect of the shower scene, I just love the twist of it. How we spend the first half of the movie caring for this one character, only for her to be killed off and it be realized that she wasn’t as important to the plot as we first thought. This is a story about Norman, but we learn everything through the eyes of the surrounding characters (and one shrink that just loves to be expositional).

I think that this movie is wonderful shot and I just love the story. How it’s full of twists and turns that people don’t really except, Like Vertigo, which is another post. However, I think that this is one of those movies that you shouldn’t watch too frequently, as I think most of this entertainment factor comes from all the twists within the story, and after the first time seeing it all the way through; you know everything, so the excitement is slightly gone because there are no surprises anymore.

But this movie is honestly amazing. I love the music, the acting, the directing, the sets. Everything is just wonderful.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

So, this was one of those movies I’d seen when I was younger, didn’t entirely understand when I first saw it but told people I saw it anyway, because I thought it was something impressive. Like when I read To Kill A Mockingbird in 6th Grade. or I guess you could call me very very lame.

But anyway, I love this movie. So so much. I love the doctor as the main character, how he’s the literally only sane man and how he kinda streamlines the story. Streamline probably isn’t the right word, but how he’s the focal point of the narrative and is the character that we use and probably need to put perspective on the events of the movie as they unfold.

Also, the version of the movie that I had seen before hadn’t included the parts with the other doctor that acted as bookends for the movie. So I’d only seen the incredibly depressing version. From what I’ve read, the novel version that the movie based on, has a much happier ending. (admittedly when compared to either version of the movie, most other endings would seem happier, but the novel ending is legitimately happier.)

I don’t really have that much else to say about the movie. I liked it, I think everything worked well, expect for a well plot holes that I’m letting slip. But the story is interesting, the main lead is interesting and the bubbles from the bubble bath kinda did scary me both times i saw the film. You win this time 50s. Making scary movies with sometimes unrealistic and unintentionally funny special effects.

It’s good to be back. Excited for next week.

Frame by Frame Analysis – “M”

Fritz Lang’s masterpiece ‘M’ was released in 1931 in Germany.

I happen to think that one of the most powerful moments in the film, is during the scene with the trial of the kangroo court that the criminals put on after they catch the child murderer.

The first (medium) shot shows the murderer being forcably taken into a room at the bottom of a building. He stands at the bottom of the stairs, while two other criminals stand at the top. They block the door and show his arguments are useless. This is because they have the power in the stituation, because they are above him and look down on him. This happens literally in that scene and throughout the movie, where all the criminals looks down on him and the crimes he commits.

Then suddenly, the child murderer hears a noise! He spins around and then comes what I consider to be my favorite reveal ever (still medium shot)

The camera shows a (medium shot) group of criminals glaring at the child murderer.

They glare, as the camera pans, revealing more

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criminals glaring at the child murderer (in a medium shot). 

This moment is very effective because it creates this concept in the viewer’s head, that these aren’t people, these aren’t individuals, this is one big angry creature all directed at the child murderer. Which says a lot of the underworld of the movie, they are faceless and nameless and you don’t want them to have anything to do with you, nothing at all; and when they have a goal, they will band together to make sure that their goal gets accomplished. That inturn, helps makes his cries for help a little sympathic, as no one would want to have to face a creature like that, especially alone.

A Bit About Me

This is nota bio post, in part because it’d be really late. So anyway, something to know about me is that I absolutely love love love Stephen Colbert (Silent t) and his show The Colbert Report (both Slient t). I’ve loved him and have been watching his show since the summer before I started High School.

When I was 15, I found out that you had to be 18 to attend a taping because of legal reasons and all that jazz. Which upset me because I really wanted to go and hated that I had to wait 3 years. Well, yesterday was my 18th birthday, and so I (along with my sister, whose birthday it was as well, but that’s another story, how we have the same birthday but she’s 9 years older than me, and one of our brothers) went to see a taping yesterday. And it was the greatest thing in all my life. It was a bit crazy to actually be in the studio, where it is *so* much smaller than it appears on tv. And it was kinda chilly there as well, that surprised me.

And there was q&a before the show and I asked Stephen what he did on *his* 18th birthday, which was very funny and very full of drunk activites. And the show was awesome, as he kept flubbing lines. And  it was just so funny.

And I’m going to just keep talking and thinking about this for the rest of my life because it was epic and something I’ve been looking forward to for so long and it didn’t disappoint.

So yeah…back to movie posts after the next class!

A (Late-ish) Post About Citizen Kane

So, what could be said about the arguably greatest movie ever made that hasn’t already been said?

I literally don;t know.

Even though it’s been seen and analyzed so many times before me and will continue to be after me for many many years to come. I’m going to give my own thoughts on this movie and hope they don’t so overlap with what everybody’s been saying since this movie came out.

So, for starters, I really liked this movie. I thought Kane was a very interesting character. I thoughy that how everything he did was because he wanted to be loved, how he felt that he’d never been truly loved (in any sense of the word) and how that desire to make some sort of meaningful connection with somebody, (even if the somebody was the general public) drove him to do everything he did.

It takes me back to the beginning and how he must have felt unloved by either of his parents. His mother just seemed like the kind of person who was emotionally unattached to her son. Admittedly, it might just have been of the whole agreement that she had. Which, might makes Kane think he lost his mother’s love, which would just make things really sad, as you could view that movie now through the lens of a boy who really just wants to regain the love he lost from his mother.

Which could tie into the scene where Kane mentions how he doesn’t care if he loses a million dollars a year, because a) he’ll lose it all in 60 years time and b) he thinks the money is what drove his mother to not love him;

And this whole Kane wanting to be loved thing, makes me wonder, besides his mother and Rosebud, if he ever loved anything. And i mean in any way.It just kinda seemed that he put up with people/utilized them to his advantage. Even his first marriage, that soured quickily and I think that he did it, at least in part because he had political asperations.

i no longer know if I should view Kane as a manipulative bastard for all the things he did and the reasons he did them, or if I should take a lighter and softer approach to how I look at him, with my theory as to what his motivations are.

I don’t really know. But I do know that I’ve read TvTropes articles way too many times.

A (Late) Post About The Lady Eve

So, I think The Lady Eve is my favorite movie out of all of the movies we’ve seen so far. If only because it’s a comedy that’s making me think seriously about things. Which is something that I love to do.

it has people speaking English. (The female lead had a tendancy to be a bit of a motormouth, which i greatlly appreciated.) And pratfalls. Many many pratfalls. And it was a light hearted movie. Well, sort of. I mean, it was a romantic comedy and all that jazz, but it was kinda cynical in how it looked at and protrayed concept of love and marriage.

I mean, I love the scene with the horse and how he kept interrupting the same confession of love that we heard on the boat, but then again, it was the same confession of love that we heard on the boat. The male lead undermined his own sincerity and the horse was there to help us laugh at him, and I guess not hate him for seeming less like a good, kind hearted person and more like someone who just fed lines to women.

And the male lead in this movie just kinda bugged me. Mainly with the whole horse helping to bring to light how he could be insincere thing.

But one part I really enjoyed was how ‘Lady Eve’ was telling the stories of how she, well… really got around and it strikes me now that she might have done that in part because, she’s a fairly smart cookie and probably picked up how he told her the same lines twice, so that was probably a small bit of revenge within her entire scheme of revenge.

 I still think that her entire revenge scheme was incredibly not worth the effort. She went through so much, (*spoilers*) only to get back together with him in the end (*spoilers*). The scale of her scheme and all the trouble she went through, just made the ending seem a bit ridiclous to me.  Not that I didn’t enjoy this movie and it’s silliness. Techinically, it’s mostly silliness, as it had the undercurrent of serious going on. Which made me realize that it wasn’t as silly if you put some serious thought into it. Wowzers.

Something That Made me Laugh Today

http://failbook.failblog.org/2011/09/16/funny-facebook-fails-my-last-one-win/

It’s from FailBook, a website that mostly posts the incredibly stupid or clever things people put on Facebook. And this post, for you people that don’t click links, has a clever thing someone posted on Facebook and underneath it, it shows a little .gif of Kane clapping after Susan Alexander’s performance. It was so perfect, I felt the need to show it.

I post something about Citizen Kane eventually, but this felt too perfect to not post.

A (Late) Post about Public Enemy

This is what I’m talking about.

Fast moving dialouge. (Speaking English!) Violence. Sex references. Money. Characters that have trouble expressing their emotions. Violence.

I had never seen this money before class and I’m glad I didn’t. I got to experience this movie in a place where it’s a responsibilty to watch a movie and question it, analyze it and try to determine if it’s actually good or not.

I really liked this movie. Unlike with M, there weren’t any parts that l would considered drawn out or sequences that l thought when on to long. The recurring theme of James Cageny’s character expressing his affection by lightly punching them in the chin was I think, one of my favorite parts. If only when it came to times that he did it to his mother. Which, while not being something that you should actually do to your mother, also made me smile, because that’s the only way he knows to show affection (besides other even more non Mom appropriate things). And how you could tell that he really cared for his mother. It humanized him a bit in my eyes, because after all even bad guys love their mothers.

I also liked how the brother who went to war to fight ‘the good fight’ and go a path of goodness, came back from war kind of broken, a shell of his former self and someone who most likely committed more violence than his brother, who took the bad path and got on the wrong side of the law did. Also the final shot of the film, with the implication that his brother will follow in his foot steps sent chills down my spine a little bit. The idea that war can ruin a man so much, so that following the lead of your gangster brother to probably end up like him somewhat blows my mind and just amazes me.

I also liked how this movie was purely about Tom. And his beginnings in the crime business, his rise to power, him at his peak and his downfall. It had other characters to it, but it was truly Tom’s story. I’m a fan of character studies, so this movie struck a good cord with me.

A (Late, Late) Post About the Movie ‘M’

So 2 weeks later, I’m still not entirely sure how l feel about the movie M. I’m still trying to figure out if the good of the movie that l enjoyed outweighs the bad of the movie that l didn’t.

My main issue with this movie was that some sequences were very drawn out. Some of the drawn out parts reminded of my Unit Head/boss from the camp l worked at over the summer; very slow moving and took a while to get to the point across. I just felt that the pacing was very slow at times and that distracted me while l watched the movie, because l would think to myself about the slow pacing and get frustrated.

But other than that, I really enjoyed this movie. I liked how it was a combination of different genres. It wasn’t purely a mystery movie, it had some thriller elements with the chase: it had some courtroom elements with the trial scene; it had a bit of a moral to it with the final scene with the mother. The fact that there were different elements to the movie and helped me remain interested for the most part.

I also felt that the little comedic moments were very helpful, I guess is the word I’d use, to the movie. The movie for all its different elements, was still a serious movie and all the elements were serious and added to the tension of the film. So the little bits of comic relief were great to lighten the mood and offer a break from all the tension the rest of the movie gave us. Even the bits that weren’t necesarily comedic, but got that were reaction out of us, as the audience, were great.

I’m trying to extract some sort of patternness out of this movie. But when l do, I just end up confused. I don’t get the director had circles all over this movie. I don’t get the symbolism of that one gangster/homeless guy in the union put the M on his hand and to then transfer it to the murderer. I understand that this is something to that, just not what that actually is though. At least I’m self aware?

Anywho, I thought M was a great way to start off the class and am fairly excited for the rest of movies we’ll watch this semester.