Author: <span>Penny Flores</span>

“Blade Runner” is Ridley Scott’s unforgettable 1982 Sci-fi epic about a cop (blade runner, played by Harrison Ford) who has to search and terminate four replicants who have returned to Earth in search of their creator. The movie, inspired by Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of electric sheep” was unlike anything people had seen before and has remained as exciting and fascinating to this day.

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“Diamonds are forever” has another one of the most memorable Bond theme songs. Shirley Bassey’s unique voice gives John Barry’s music and Don Black’s lyrics just what they needed to turn into a powerful ballad. It is also one of the more easily recognizable and both the song and the title became part of popular culture. As in the case of almost every other James Bond soundtrack, there was trouble with this main theme because one of the two producers hated it and wanted it off the movie because of the innuendos in the lyrics.

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Science fiction films have plots revolving around interstellar travel, alien spaceships, extraterrestrial visits, robots, time travel or highly developed mind power. Of course, there is little or no relation to the existing scientific knowledge. It is basically an exploration of possibilities. Film makers chose this genre very early in the history of films. As early as 1902, Georges Melies entertained audiences with A Trip to the Moon. Science fiction movies are often based on books and often comment on politics or actual social conditions within the backdrop of science fiction. Jurassic Park, Inception and Star Trek (2009) are a few of the popular movies that belong to this genre but are treated very differently.

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Drama is a genre that offers wide scope for experimentation in movies and that is the reason perhaps that most nominations for Best Picture awards come from this genre. Usually drama deals with the emotional dilemmas of people which we come across every day. It is usually achieved by in depth characterization. Themes around which dramatic movies have been constructed ranges from racial discrimination to infidelity but basically dramas revolve around a crucial moment of conflict.

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A director is at the helm when a movie is being produced. A lot depends on how a director guides the actors and technical crew in the filming and post production of a film. It is assumed that a film follows the director’s vision but notable directors have shown varying styles of direction. While some like Ingmar Bergman and Christopher Guest chose to let actors perform in their own way, some like Steven Spielberg, Victor Fleming and James Cameron want their instructions to be followed precisely.

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International Film festivals have played a prominent role in garnering interest in world films. Festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Berlinale and Toronto Film Festival have been longstanding. These Film Festivals have given a platform to many good films which would otherwise have gone unnoticed. Renowned directors, actors and producers grace the event with their presence and huge corporate sponsors promoting their brands do not miss rubbing off some glitter from these star studded events.

But the age old wisdom of all that glitters not being gold holds true for these festivals. Time and again, these festivals are marred by controversies ranging from choice of films to be screened to women artists not being awarded.

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The main purpose of films is to entertain but films are also looked upon as messengers that carry ideas and beliefs to their audience. Films are an important tool of mass media and are influential in shaping people’s perceptions at a collective level by giving them a shared experience. At the same time, an outsider would form notions regarding a community based on a film.

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Films are not only for entertainment but are also used by film makers to express themselves on a wide range of issues from politics to religion. The message delivered by mass media such as films have always been a concern of society as a whole because it is meant to address large sections of society. Censoring films is an issue attracting regular attention due to its possible misuse and also due to a drastic increase in the number of movies.

Film Making

With major innovations such as internet, electricity and photography, Cinema too emerged as a means of entertainment. Prior to the First World War, film industry was considered as the 4th largest export industry. The worldwide film industries have always grown successfully and the competition between various film industries in respective countries have led to a huge development in films production. The major film making centers are USA, India and Hong Kong. Let’s discuss some of the oldest and largest film industries.

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The China Syndrome is an anti-nuclear thriller-drama that evokes a sight of the terrifying situations. The terrific circumstances might occur if proper safety measures aren’t undertaken towards an electrical plant powered by nuclear energy. This 2 hours movie had aided the protests going on against the application of nuclear power in Bilbao, Spain (July 1977). The film received an extra publicity after a shocking real-life incident at Three-Mile-Island nuclear plant (Pennsylvania) that occurred three weeks after the movie was released.

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So I went through and did my ton ten favorite TV Villains a couple of weeks back and I figured I’d do my Top Ten Favorite Movie Villains! Now I don’t watch horror movies so there are no horror movie villains included in this list. But I do watch a lot of Sci-fi and Fantasy! So here is my list.

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Many biopics and historical features focus on the movers and shakers of social and cultural movements. Audiences are witnesses to great acts of selflessness during times of war, groundbreaking artistic brilliance, or a terrific struggle to overcome injustice. “Suffragette” attempts to show us an alternate perspective, that of a newcomer to a political movement, someone who is a participant but not the hero.

This storytelling works well to show us the scope of the suffragette movement, the context, and realities from which it developed. In the opening scenes of the film, we see women and men working in a crowded industrial laundry facility, with steam and heavy machinery. It’s early twentieth-century London, and this is the reality of the working class: long days, child labor, and dangerous conditions. It’s a dirty reality, all grays, dark blues, and browns, with people living in close quarters and mud in the streets.

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Right from the opening scenes, “The Danish Girl” delivers the awards-contender goods. The cinematography brings out the colors and mood of the Danish landscape that Lili Elbe painted. There a thousand shades of blue: cornflower, royal, blue-grey, robin’s egg, indigo, dental implants austin. Windswept grasses and twisted, slender trees frame inlets, and the sun comes down through heavy clouds hinting at the gravity of the film’s topic. As good as the film is – the acting is right on, the cinematography beautiful, the script well done – it is frustrating because it could have been better.

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The quintessential femme fatale of film noir uses her sexual attractiveness and ruthless cunning to manipulate men in order to gain power, independence, money, or all three at once. She rejects the conventional roles of a devoted wife and loving mother that mainstream society prescribes for women, and in the end, her transgression of social norms leads to her own destruction and the destruction of the men who are attracted to her. Film noir‘s portrayal of the femme fatale, therefore, would seem to support the existing social order — and particularly its rigidly defined gender roles — by building up the powerful, independent woman, only to punish her in the end.

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Dark Passage (1947), a back alley plastic surgeon tells Vincent Parry (Humphrey Bogart), “There’s no such thing as courage. There’s only fear, the fear of getting hurt and the fear of dying. That’s why human beings live so long.” He is lady from shanghailooking straight at Parry and — through the use of the subjective camera — straight at the audience. His statement is especially striking because it dismisses courage as a myth soon after World War II, rejecting a basic cultural belief that all of America and all of Hollywood had just spent four years trying to build up. Such an attack on society’s (and Hollywood’s) most cherished values is characteristic of film noir, and perhaps its favorite target is the most fundamental value of all — the family.

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