I believe that both the author of the book Michael Crichton and the director of the movie Steven Spielberg wanted to critique the new age by using John Hammond’s personality. The two main worldviews shown in Jurassic Park are new age and naturalism. Looking at the character of John, we see the new age played out through prime reality, the nature of external reality, the knowledge of reality, history, and core commitments. The first two questions of the new age are 1) What is prime reality and 2) What is the nature of external reality? The answer to both of those questions can be summed up into one sentence.
A comparative study of texts will show that the same values will exist across time and are influenced by the context of the time the value is composed in. The given statement reflecting this states that the values are merely influenced, however these values are actually significantly influenced by the context. These statements can be seen as being absolutely true and is clearly highlighted in the 19th century novel ‘Frankenstein’ written by Mary Shelly and the 1982 dystopian science-fiction film ‘Blade Runner’ directed by Ridley Scott. These two very similar texts express many of the same values within one another; these values could be addressed as the values of scientific discovery and nature. These two, very specific values that exist in each text across time are clearly influenced by the two different contexts of the two different time periods.
Mark Jones Student nos;11054409 HS2D025 The Tudor Myth: 1485 to the Present Essay Question: To what extents do screen representations of Elizabeth I reflect modern political and cultural agendas? Answer with reference to at least two films or TV series/episodes. We have been asked to answer the above question and advised on how to do this. The representations of Elizabeth I are many and varied. However the choice that has been made is to cover and contrast two of the maybe more interesting portrayals in the history of film making regarding the Virgin Queen.
In this essay, I will evaluate the film, Avatar, as a context for the colonization process. I will thus begin with an abstract of the film’s subject matter and state its leitmotif, then, move onto define the concepts colonization, dependency theory and elaborate on their correlation. Whilst delineating between and discussing these concepts I will illustrate how these notions are of relevance to the subtext and are, thus, applicable to the film. Avatar is a science fiction film, and part adventure movie (Avatar, 2009). It is a story set in a fantasy world a few million light years away from planet earth.
Rhetoric in Movies 21 June 2011 Rhetoric in Movies Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is a 2008 documentary film, hosted by Ben Stein. Stein provides narrative commentary throughout the film and is depicted as visiting a sequence of universities to interview both proponents of intelligent design who claim to have been victimized and evolutionary scientists who are presented as atheists. The film makes considerable use of vintage film clips, including opening scenes showing the Berlin Wall being constructed as a metaphor for barriers to the scientific acceptance of intelligent design. The film takes aim at some scientific hypotheses of the origin of life, and presents a short animation portraying the inner workings of the cell to introduce the intelligent design concept of irreducible complexity, the claim that such complexity could not arise from spontaneous mutations. The intelligent design supporters shown include Richard Weikart, who claims that Darwinism influenced the Nazis.
To what extent does a comparative study accentuate the influence of context on Frankenstein and Blade Runner? While issues change throughout history, values are often similar but presented from the perspective of an era. Mary Shelley's 1800's Frankenstein and Ridley Scott's 1982 Director's cut of Blade Runner essentially explore the same themes. The messages of ambition and science to usurp God and the loss of humanity reflect the time and contexts of the texts. Frankenstein depicts the ambition to use science to usurp God, influenced by the eighteenth century Enlightenment movement (encouraging reasoning to understand the universe), advancements in science in the nineteenth century and the concept of restoration of life through electricity, known as 'galvanism'.
2001: A Space Odyssey starts with an overture, then moves to an image of a white sphere rising out of a black object in a black background. This starts the progression of black and white within the film – but to obtain meaning from the images, a framework of rhetoric is required. Film is both an aural and visual artistic medium, but I will rely on visual rhetoric to assess meaning from colors. Color is a valid rhetorical subject because color is a part of film language (Blakesley, 2004). Blakesley’s definition of film rhetoric consists of four categories: Language, Ideology, Interpretation, and Identification.
I realize fully that any meaning or value Koyaanisqatsi might have comes exclusively from the beholder. The film's role is to provoke, to raise questions that only the audience can answer... So in the sense of art, the meaning of Koyaanisqatsi is whatever you wish to make of it." The curtain opens, to reveal petroglyphs of Hopi Indian art, and a rocket launch into outer space. I think this is supposed to represent how far society has come throughout the centuries.
Parallel Universes and Alternate Development Gene Roddenberry, the visionary that created Star Trek did not intend for the show to be a pulp series without morals or depth. He intended each and every episode to offer insight to our own societal issues and human experience. The themes of his episodes range from race issues, to environmental awareness, to the morality of expanding technology. The most interesting theme I have found within the Star Trek universe is that of parallel Universes and alternate development of societies similar to our own. These themes are the most interesting because they offer a view of what could have been, or even what could be in our own society, allowing us a level of introspection we could not have imagined on our own.
The post-modern science fiction horror masterpiece; Alien, utilizes the grotesque in all of these ways. It is in this film where the grotesque truly stands out in many of its forms. The film Alien was released into United States theaters May 25th, 1979. The story was written Dan O’Bannon and Robert Shusett. It was directed by Ridley Scott (imdb).