December, 2010

So what now…

So now that class is offically over (I am going to miss it), what do we do with this blogs???? Are people still going to write on them. I like mine too much now to delete it. So are we just suppose to write about anything we want???

Best Picture Predictions: Update

So after seeing Black Swan and having to add it to my list, it only gives me 6 out of 10 nominees. So I’d figure I’d do some snooping on the internet, watch a few trailers and really see what’s coming out soon that look good enough for Oscar consideration. There were a few. Oscar season is only just getting warmed up and there are a lot of films coming soon that look very promising. So here’s my new list:
1. The Kids Are Alright
2. Toy Story 3
3. Inception (still my vote for the Oscar)
4. The Town
5. The Social Network
6. Black Swan
7. Love and Other Drugs
8. The Kings Speech
9. The Fighter
10. True Grit
What do you guys think?????

Film Analysis: Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 crime/drama film directed by Arthur Penn and distributed by Warner Bros. The film follows the lives of American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who, during the 1930’s, went on a robbing spree throughout the central United States. The film stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the main protagonist, with supporting actors Gene Hackman and Estelle Parson as Clyde’s brother and sister-in law Buck and Blanche Barrows.

Bonnie and Clyde grew to become one of the greatest films of the New Era in Hollywood, breaking the social norms and constrictions that other films once abided by. It became a beacon of reinvention and growth for the motion picture business, being the first to show explicit violence and sexual situations.

In Bonnie and Clyde, the scene being analyzed takes place during the first days of their robbing spree. Bonnie and Clyde stumble across an abandoned house where they take shelter. The house has become property of the local bank and the previous residences have been forced to relocate. The scene shows harsh living conditions and a family in despair which motivated Bonnie and Clyde to set off in somewhat of a revolt against the Great Depression.

Bonnie wakes up alone in an unknown house. The house is worn down and disserted, not fit for inhabitance.  The shot is very wide and open; done so that the audience can fully see the conditions the house is in. Bonnie jumps up and yells for Clyde, who greets here through a broken window. He proceeds to tell her that there is work that needs to be done and start to demonstrate: a line of empty liquor bottles are places across the lawn on a fence and Clyde proceeds to shoot them down with one shot each. The yard is messy and unkempt; weeds and shrubs growing everywhere. He hands the gun over to her, symbolizing that it’s time for her to become a good shooter like he is; after all he is “the best.”

During that morning, the previous owner, Odis Harris, happens to walk by. Startled by this, Clyde points the gun at him and Harris backs up. Clyde follows him and then see’s Harris’s family all packed in a van with their belongings. The camera changes from wide shots to a close up of the family faces, most notably the mother and one of two sons; a young boy with a carless, pure smile on his face and a mother whose worried and drawn out. He puts two and two together: the house once belonged to Harris and his family. Bonnie and Clyde see a sign in the front of the house that says “Property of Midlothian Citizens Bank” in a close up shot. Clyde shoots the sign and hands the gun over to Harris, a jester of compassion, and lets Harris, along with his old friend Davis free their anger by shooting his old home.

The culture during the 1930’s Great Depression was dismal and bleak. People left and right where losing money, their jobs and their homes. People were getting fed up with the banks. That’s were Bonnie and Clyde get there inspiration. Times are tough and the only way for them to get what they want is to take it – by force. Bonnie is feed up with her life that’s going nowhere as a waitress and decides to take up Clyde’s offer and become partners in crime together.

This scene mimic’s 1930’s life and makes a great comparison on the life of the common people during the Great Depression. The unkempt, bored up, disoriented house with the weeds growing around it and the broken windows represented the United States that was in a state of complete disarray at the time. People had nothing that was secure, nothing promising and nothing to protect them, which symbolically would be a house. The overall theme of this film, I believe, is power and vengeance. People wanted their power back, and they saw that power be channeled through the actions of Bonnie and Clyde. And the people wanted to get back at the banks for taking their homes and their money, so Bonnie and Clyde did so in the only way that was plausible, by robbing them.

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