Kjj M.

asked • 05/18/22

view two films and write essay about it.

  1. Viewing of two (minimum) films.
  2. (possibly make it more critical, my professor loves critical reads, also i will be writing on my own. I just need an essay to towards while writing mine, please put your 100%. save my grade:)
  3. A single guiding thesis statement identifying the overall theme of each film studied all citation must follow proper MIA formatting (including film citation)
  4. Essay must be two to four pages in length and physically formatted correctly (MLA official: margins, font selection, Works Cited, etc.)
  5. Each of the two (minimum) films must be cited through the body of your essay as support of your overall interpretation of the theme as well as each sub-topic area of explication you identify as specific tools used to convey that theme. 
  6. Additionally, one unique critical source of supporting commentary (this could be a VLOG like Lessons from the Screenplay or a scholarly website) must be properly cited in support of your analysis. Critical commentary must be researched using appropriate and academically sound sources.
  7. A single guiding thesis statement identifying the overall theme of each film studied all citation must follow proper MLA formatting (including film citation)

 The Areas of Study - Film Maker

Wes Anderson: Grand Budapest Hotel, Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic

Orson Welles: Citizen Kane, Mr. Arkadin, Touch of Evil, Chimes of Midnight

Oliver Stone: Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Born of the 4 th of July, Wall Street, Any Given Sunday

Coen Brothers: Blood Simple, Fargo, Man Who Wasn't There, No Country for Old Men, True Grit (or comedy pieces such as Burn After Reading, O Brother, Where Art Thou, etc).

Tarantino: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, Hateful 8, Django Unchained

Kubrik: Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket.

Zemeckis: Cocoon, Contact, Castaway

Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, He Got Game, Summer of Sam

Spielberg (Sci-Fi focus): Close Encounters of the Third Kind, AI: Artificial Intelligence, War of the Worlds

Spielberg (War focus): Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich

Eastwood (Western focus): Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven

Eastwood (Contemporary Underdog focus): Absolute Power, True Crime, Mystic River, Grand Torino

Hitchcock: Strangers on a Train, Notorious, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds

Burton: Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Big Fish

Coppola: Godfather, Outsiders, Apocalypse Now

Coppola, Sofia: Lost in Translation, Somewhere, Virgin Suicides

Scorsese: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island

Woody Allen: Sleeper, Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors

James Cameron: The Abyss, The Terminator, Titanic, Aliens, Avatar

Ridley Scott: The Martian, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Prometheus, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men,

Cukor: Gone with the Wind, A Star is Born, The Philadelphia Story

Mann: Heat, Collateral, Public Enemies

Wilder: Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot, Seven Year Itch

Bigelow:  The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Strange Days

Aronofsky: Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan

Fincher: Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Gone Girl

Miyazaki: Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke

Nolan: The Prestige, Dark Knight, Memento

Bong Joon Ho: Parasite, Okja, Snowpiercer

Jackson: Lord of the Rings, District 9, King Kong

Howard: In the Heart of the Sea, Rush, Apollo 13, Far and Away, Changeling,

Soderbergh: Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven, Solaris

Ang Lee: Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger; Ice Storm, Wedding Banquet

Peele: Nope, Get Out, Us



The Areas of Study - Genre

Note: options below in italics are those that traditionally not good. 


Film Noir: Double Indemnity, China Town, LA Confidential, Memento

(Gangster: Public Enemy, Killers (1964), Goodfellas)

Western: Shane, A Fistful of Dollars, 3:10 to Yuma, Unforgiven, Dances with Wolves, Appaloosa

Science Fiction: Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, Abyss, Cloud Atlas

Post-Apocalypse: Planet of the Apes, Book of Eli, Logan's Run, The Road, Oblivion, 9,

Fantasy: Pan's Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings II: The Two Towers, King Kong

(Superhero: Spider-man, The Dark Knight, Iron Man)

Big Hollywood: Gone with the Wind, Godfather, Wizard of Oz

(Animation: Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Corpse Bride, Wall-E, Toy Story, Spirited Away, Iron Giant, Secret of Nimh)

(Smart Comedy: The Big Lebowski, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, The Hangover, O Brother! Where Art Thou)

Musical: La La Land, Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, Moulin Rouge, Across the Universe, RENT

(please, help)

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