West Side Story Review For me this production of ‘West Side Story’ was enthralling, energetic & emotional. I was a little confused at first as I had seen the movie version beforehand. For example in the movie the song ‘Gee Officer Krupke’ comes just before the war council whereas in the performance it came after the Rumble where Riff and Bernardo died. The use of backdrops, sets and props was clever. Some of the sets were simple but the lighting and props made them magical.
The film opens to the music of Carl Orff, a piece whose full title is too long to type out. It’s an extraordinarily famous piece of music that somehow seized the young spirit of youth perfectly. It was energetic, wild, free and unconventional. The music brings an edge to the film, realism with the diegetic and formalism with the non-diegetic sound. The increased realism brought on by sound inevitably forced acting styles to become more natural (207).
Throughout the movie, people start changing more frequently until the whole town has changed, thanks to Vienna and her chocolate shop. At the start of the movie, the whole town is bound by tradition and cannot stray from the expected path or there will be consequences. This is not the correct way of thinking however. How will you get anywhere in life if you do that same thing every day and do not change anything for your whole life? In this movie, Vienna is able to break the tradition with chocolate.
In the second movie Dre has to hang jackets up and take them down. Now, I will discuss one of the contrasting elements of the two movies, the difference of the two plots. In the first movie Daniel and his mom move from Newark, New Jersey to Reseda, California; but in the second movie Dre and his mom move from Detroit, Michigan to Beijing, China. Also, in the first movie Miyagi witnesses Daniel getting his ass kicked by a group of bullies and single handily kicks their asses, but in the second movie Mr. Han just reveals himself as a kung fu teacher. In the second movie Dre threatens to quit because he thinks he is not learning anything, but in the first movie this never happens.
The film, Swing Kids, shows the lives of a group of teenagers who are forced to deal with the chapter of Hitler’s regime. The two main characters, Peter and Thomas, are forced to join the HJ, or Hitler Youth Group. Due to this forced action, the lives of these two boys are drastically changed forever. Thus leads to the fact that a government has a very large role in any society, especially in Germany during the late 1930’s/ early 1940’s. Peter and Thomas were originally carefree, very close friends who loved to go out to clubs and swing dance during their free time.
Linda Gilbert THEO202_B10_201340 Short Essay #2 Short Essay on Anthropology: Marriage and Divorce Marriage originated with the command from God that it was not right for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18). Despite its Holy intent, marriage has become less of a covenant and more a fashionable arrangement. Moreover, the careless manner in which marriage vows are so easily dismissed in today’s society should cause all Christians to evaluate the biblical stance on the matter, not just those who are in troubled marriages. The Bible teaches that marriage is centered on the union between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24). This bond is best portrayed in the relationship of a covenant where marriage is seen as a mechanism for growing, healing and maturing through time, mirroring the relationship between God and his people.
Zarathustra eventually convinced Vishtaspa, the Iranian King, to help use his power to help spread the new religion. There was to be no animal sacrifices, but still use the fire alter with the idea that the fire wasn’t to be worshiped but rather used as a symbol of divine good. Again, it was a monotheistic religion with he holy spirit Spenta Mainyu, but saw the universe in a morally dualistic fight as a good verses evil struggle since the beginning of time. To be good meant to be honest, cultivate farmland to help the community, and show kindness to all including animals. Divine judgment occurred in the afterlife and was based on a reward verse punishment system.
Throughout the movie we see their struggle as they battle with no money. Billys passion for Ballet is something that causes a huge dilemma to the men in the family. Jackie believe 'ballet is for poofs' .. 'lads do football' and refuses to waste money on something that seemed to ridiculous. But Billy contests this by continuing to go to secret ballet lessons with his teacher mrs wilkinson, skipping his boxing lessons. For one reason, because it made him feel good.
More recently the film “Transamerica” starring Felicity Huffman was released in theaters in 2005. This film is about Bree, play by Felicity Huffman one week before her sex-change operation. Bree receives a call from a 17-year-old identifying himself as her son from a college liaison. Bree's psychiatrist won't approve the surgery until Bree deals with this relationship between her and her son who at the time did not know existed. Bree flies to New York City, bails the youth out of juvenile detention, and offers him a ride back to Los Angeles without disclosing that she is his father.
Josie fights though the movie to be clear of her loser label and make it in with the cool crowd. This is a movie that portrays the all too common battle between the unpopular and popular kids. In this film the popular kids rule the school and contol the geeks that fill the halls. It teaches us the lesson that the main character Josie had to learn by going through school again: move on. In Never Been Kissed produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films , director Raja Gosnell attempts to show how to move on from labels and bullying by telling the story of a young girl who is struggled though high school and how those emotions held her back.