Ideology and the Thorny Path to a Dignified Life – Final Comparative Essay

Everyone has a different ideology, or they might be the same with various tewaks here and there, but for the most part, we all see ourselves in a different light. Watching, analyzing, and discussing our favorite mediums or our not so beloved mediums is how we in real life can relate and have a conversion with one another with something that’s not about the weather. Going into a film can be a rough time for some though, meaning that the director's vision or ideology that they put in their film might be an entirely different interpretation for viewers of said film and that's okay. Not everything in life can have a happy ending, but in the films, I will be discussing in this ideology essay at least try. They are Billy Elliot and Moonlight.

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Examining a Single Frame – Semiotics Essay

The man in black sitting on what looks like a trolley in some foreign country seems out of place, and it's with Barthes Five Codes I can determine what this man is genuinely feeling or thinking. What is he looking at? Why is he there? Why is he dressed up? Like pictures, a frame speaks a thousand words, but our own experiences shape what we see through the metaphors, metonymies, and synecdoches of the characters.

Billy Elliot – Cinematography Essay

Billy Elliot isn't just a film about growing up and finding who you are but it's about society clashing against the government for a better life but through the eyes of Billy Elliot. The cinematography in this film conveys a sense of power through the tilt of the lens, low- and high-key lighting (although must of the film is dull and gray), and the height of the camera itself. In Billy Elliot, the character takes us on a journey of self-discovery weather that is with his dad and how he doesn’t want Billy to do ballet, his friend coming out, or his brother giving in to the government and their coal mining strike. For this essay though, we are looking at Billy's brother Tony (and the government) in the "London has Fallen" scene and how Brian Tufano, the cinematographer, decided to shoot it.

Killing Them Softly – Sound Essay

Killing Them Softly, it's an art-house film at its core, but I wouldn't go as far to call it an indie. It takes place in Boston where a card game with the mob gets busted by one competent guy (Frankie) and a less than competent man (Russell). With a Catch-22 setup, it’s struggling to prove the worth of the film's mob but the visual and sonic elements in this political influenced carefully drawn out mob thriller is different than other movies in the mob and gangster drama nowadays.

That’s News to Me: The Transformation of Journalism in a Wired Society – Trade Journal Reflection Essay

Journalism and the media applications we use and how we use them are changing whether we want it to or not. The younger generation is doing their own reporting on national events or the chicken salad they had for lunch through blogs, forums, Facebook, YouTube, and even a simple tweet; While the older generation is stuck reading the Sunday paper or tuning in for their hourly news channel. With this power to tell stories without a news network or a newspaper, anyone can say whatever he or she wants but at what cost is that to the consumer of such news.

Has Everything Changed? – Trade Journal Reflection Essay

Ever since the 9/11 attack that destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City, the news media has, was, and still is trying to recover from it. People aren't afraid of the news anymore. They hunt for it and want it 24/7, but it comes at a cost especially if they wish to hear the foreign news. No more being safe and nobody listening to the news anchor because now it's not safe and everyone can hear him speak. It's time to be careful with your words but how do you deliver the words, so it's not the same on every other news outlet.

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Review

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth is a Visual Novel with some Strategy Role Playing Game elements. That can't go the other way around and is an important fact when Considering to play this game.

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