The American premium cable television network is currently producing in association with Ball’s production company one of the most successful American television series after The Sopranos, True Blood. It is created by Allan Ball, Academy Award winner for Best Original Screen Play for American Beauty. The show is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. True Blood brings to the screen social motives, reflects pop-culture, and works as a perfect symbol of today’s consumer culture. The metaphysical, ethical, and social ramifications are shown in a very innovative, entertaining, exiting, and controversial fashion, without leaving the mystery aside.
The motion picture of The Kite Runner came out in 2007 based on Khaled Hosseini’s book that came out in 2003 and immediately became one of the best - sellers worldwide. The movie was the critic’s favorite, Vanity Fair said “one of the year’s best films” ( www.kiterunnermovie.com) and Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel said: “ Visually arresting, politically controversial, perhaps its greatest virtue is its simple message of making wrong right.” (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kite_runner/reviews/#type=top_critics) The movie is intense and not only because you have to keep up with subtitles, but the plot is powerful with its inner conflicts, friendship, violence, love, betrayal and redemption. The movie takes us into the hostile part of the world, Afghanistan that has been under the muslim extremist since 2001, but initially torn apart by the Soviet invasion in 1979 under the Brezhnev regime. The Soviet invasion caused Afghan citizens to flee to nearby countries, such as Palestine. The Kite Runner follows the lives of Amir and his father, along with their live-in servants Ali and his son Hassan.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind This is the first time I watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I must say it is now one of my favorite movies. It is very original, eccentric, and one of the best alternative movies I have seen so far. The mise-en-scene of the movie was very well thought of and very impressive. Charlie Kaufman did a wonderful job with the script as a sci-fi story which examines humans’ relationships and the role memory has in shaping us and its role in love and heart break. The performance of Jim Carrey was outstanding as the introverted withdrawn Joel; One of his best performances so far.
The Crucible: The Book or The Movie? When asked the question in which format, the book or the movie, do you as the student get more out of? I personally was able to appreciate the concepts of this story better in the movie than in the book. Its not just the fact that I am a bit more of a visual learner but the simple fact the movie was fantastic because of its wonderful portrayal of the characters and the cohesiveness between the movie and the book. The actors in this movie make an all star cast of Hollywood’s most heralded and respected people.
Through this movie you get to experience a variety of stories that are tied together with a centralized theme. I enjoyed the fact that the romance of the 50’s is still very true to romance of today although we have fallen far from the class and well-spoken poise that is Grace Kelly. The story then is still the same story now; the girl always wants the boy who doesn’t want her. In this case, the well-established socialite model wants the dirty photographer. It is the classic tale of “you want what you can’t have”.
Since the 1920’s, situation comedy has evolved into one of the most popular TV genre’s, generally focusing on day to day events to highlight humorous faults of human behaviour. Voted number 1 on 2002’s list of 50 greatest Shows by TV guide, Seinfeld is a perfect example of a sitcom whose non-thinking humour attracts vast audiences. Seinfeld’s popularity is underpinned by the shows successfulness of making characters truly seem like everyone else, whereby audiences find it easy to identify with the characters. Since its premier in 1990 on NBC, Seinfeld has received 20 major awards including an Emmy award, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards and Screen Actors Guild awards, along with being nominated for another 60 awards over its 8 year domination.
My fifth album, Stronger (2011), generated international chart-topping singles, "Mr. Know It All" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," with the latter being the bestselling American Idol single to date with over five million copies worldwide, became one of the best-selling singles of all time. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, making me the first and only artist to win the award twice. In 2012, I released Greatest Hits – Chapter One; its lead single, "Catch My Breath," became my twenty-fourth entry on the Hot 100 and eleventh million-selling single. My sixth album and first Christmas-themed release, Wrapped in Red
Daddy-O and Because They're Young brought his original music to the big theatres, but he was soon typecast doing comedies. His efforts in the genre helped guarantee his work on William Wyler's How to Steal a Million, however, a major picture that immediately led to larger projects. Of course, his arrangements continued to get him a lot of attention and he won his first Oscar for adapting Fiddler on the Roof. During the 1970s, John Williams was King of Disaster Scores with The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and The Towering Inferno. His psychological score for Images remains one of the most innovative works in soundtrack history.
Both Lubitsch and Blake Edwards were both the most well-known and loved filmmakers of their respective eras. In both instances people would instantly recognize a Lubitsch and Blake Edwards film, so unique was their craft with signature touches. In the case of Lubitsch it was his use of satire, “Why shouldn’t I kiss Mitzi- should I misbehave or not?’ which draws on a element of Brechtian theatre of breaking the forth wall as Dr. Andre Bertier (Maurice Chevalier) speaks directly to the audience. Stimutanelously this element with used in “Pink Panther” By Edwards, in the scene, which prince Dala (Claudia Cardinale) holds a ball in Cortina D’Ampezzo to celebrate the reseizure of her sleigh, Amber by Sir Charles Litton (David Niven). The Greek “cousin” (Fran Jeffries) sings “Meglio Stasera” with her eyes staring through the camera and at the audience in most time of the dance, in additional, the background figures were all sitting properly on the sofa watching her performance by following her dance steps just as if they are audience like we do.
Tienamen Square showed us the power of the human cause, and AIDS became a major epidemic. Their were many rising stars during the eighties and directors such as Lucas and Spielberg amazed audiences. Harrison Ford presented the last movie of the popular "Indiana Jones" Trilogy, and everyone loved George Lucas' "The Empire Strikes Back." Various movies premiered that would