Dear students

Welcome to English 124 and our blog. This blog will provide you with the materials we will be using in class for your review. Here you will find the class schedule and other documents discussed on the first day of class, power point presentations, videos and quizzes. I hope it will also be a good place to comment about films that you have watched and liked or disliked. Please feel free to comment on the progress of our blog. If there are sites you feel are important to include in our blogroll, feel free to suggest them so that they can be included.  I’m looking forward to a very enjoyable semester.

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5 thoughts on “Dear students

  1. Black Panther, 2018, is the latest release from Marvel Studios. The film is distributed by Disney. It was directed by Ryan Coogler, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, alongside actors such as Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker, among a few others. The film is being hailed as one of the best movies that Marvel has made.

    I recently saw it recently and I loved it. To me the movie represents a breath of fresh air into a movie genre that feels, to a certain point, very commercialized. It breaks beyond the superhero mold and creates this world where you can feel empathy for not just the superhero but also the people around him. It touches on subjects that aren’t seen that often in superhero movies; such as isolation, revolution, oppression, etc. While there are many points I could talk about, I decided to stick to my favorites.

    Set in the fictional world of Wakanda, the people that live there choose from the start to keep all their powerful resources isolated from the rest of the world in order to keep it safe and not have it fall in the wrong hands. They choose to keep the fact that their advanced technology could help other poor countries in terms of making their lives better and breaking them free of their poverty, a point that is presented by the villain of the movie who goes by the name of Killmonger. It is easy for us, the audience, to see that the villain just wants to get revenge on those that wronged him. He just wants to take control and show other countries how powerful Wakanda can be. What I noticed though was that, unlike other superhero villains, you could see what he meant in terms of having the technology that Wakanda has created help those countries that suffer from poverty. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a superhero movie where I could see the point of view the villain wanted to created leading to something that was actually a very valid point.

    The movies leading character, T’Challa, is the newly crowned king of Wakanda. He falls into the thrown after his father, the king, dies in an attack. Throughout the movie you can see that this was something that his family had prepped him for. That he was meant to rule them one day but that is an aspect that T’Challa struggles with from the start. As king of Wakanda you also become the Panther sprit. He is known as The Black Panther, a tradition that falls upon all the rulers of Wakanda. His role as The Black Panther is to keep his country and people safe. He knows that he has to do the right thing for his country and his people but he also comes to learn that sometimes doing the right thing isn’t as convenient and there are other ways to help / get your point across in ways that break free from the mold and tradition that people are used to. At the end of the day all that T’Challa wants to do is help out. He knows that they, as a very resourceful and powerful country, have the means to help others who desperately need it and he, in the end, learns to accept his fate yet create a new way of ruling.

    A final point that I loved and enjoyed very much was the way that the movie portrays traditions and culture and how one should appreciate that as well as respected it. The movie does an amazing job of showing you the deep rooted African traditions. The way that the people not only respect and care for their culture, their traditions but also their people. The costumes used in the movie are spot on to the culture. The way that you see how each character believes and follows their culture and faith is breathtaking to see. This was actually a point that the movie producers and everyone involved in creating the movie pulled from other African cultures. They wanted to be able to create the Wakandan culture as an homage to the other various African cultures. The action sequences are not only tense but also filled with a little laugh. The movie does have very deep and powerful topics but it also filled with an amazing comedic relief, one that you noticed and is shown at the right moments throughout out the movie.

  2. Roman Holiday, a personal favorite of mine, is a classical film directed by William Wyler starring the beautiful Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. This romantic comedy was filmed in 1953 at Rome, Italy. It has a 98% in Rotten Tomatoes, and that is a pretty high rating I was actually surprised with it. The motion picture also won an Oscar and got nominated various times for other awards. Personally, i’m an Audrey Hepburn fan and I believe that she was a wonderful actress, especially in this film. Other than that she was an inspiration to everyone at the time and still is. Audrey plays young princess Anne who has been overprotected all her life and does not have the slightest idea of what the world outside her small country is like. Obviously a person in that position would feel the need to explore the outside world, and that is exactly what she does. She ends up meeting Peck, and I don’t want to spoil what happens during the film, so you’ll have to just watch and find out. The movie shows lovely views of Rome, you actually feel like you have traveled while viewing it. Roman Holiday inspired many imitations, but none of them came close to this classic.The ending has kind of a twist, which I believe many viewers enjoyed. If you’re looking for a classic that includes action, comedy, and romance all mixed in one this is the movie for you.

  3. Gerardo Gómez

    Shawshank Redemption (1994) Frank Darabont

    Personally I think this kind of movie are always good to see over and over. And even though it’s a sad one you can always find yourself reflecting about life, the bad and the good things. Is interesting to see how Red and Andy are stuck in the same place, same environment, both of them make a great friendship but how at the end they ended up getting out of the prison their way. Hope is definitely the predominant topic in this movie. And what’s gonna happen to both of them are definitely the two things that attach you to keep watching it. I need to rewatch it because I see that the more you watch it the more you can find symbolism and the more you can understand it.
    On the technical area. I loved the pallet color and the camera shot. That with the combination of the music was what made this movie a good one. And what not have also great rate on IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritics.

  4. Avatar is a science fiction movie directed and produced by James Cameron. The movie is about a very interesting theme in my opinion that talk about the ambition that the human being has for the excess of money and power. The movie begin basically with a group of human, investigators, scientist and militaries that came to this new world called Pandora. With a supposedly mission of study, analyze and learn from the different type of human being (aliens) called Na’vi that live in this different planet.

    This is one of my favorite movies because also talk about the connection that exist between the nature and the human being. This theme is one of the principle characteristic of the difference between the aliens and the common human being. Another reason that I like this movie is because despite that is a science fiction movie, talk about a realistic thing that happen in the present of the real world. It is unfortunately a reality that the people that has the supposedly power makes stupid decision without worrying of the problem tha can cause to the other people, like destroying their homes and also the nature, with the purpose to get more money and power. Also teach us a message that although the human being think that can have the power of everything a control the nature, sooner or later the earth take his position in the world and is much powerful than the human being.

    In conclusion I heard about people doesn’t like this movie because is to long and predictable. I respect their opinion but honestly it will be a movie that I recommend. Yes, is a little long but if you like the theme about spirituality with the nature and the importance of take care of it and that is alive, well for real you can enjoy to watch this movie.

  5. Garry Marshall’s “Overboard” (1987) is a romantic comedy that was made in 1987 and is considered a classic film. This film is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember it as one of the movies the whole family would watch together happily; therefore, this film has a special place in my heart. “Overboard” showcases the main character Goldie Hawn, a beautiful but cruel heiress hires a carpenter, other main character Kurt Russel, to fix something on the yacht she lives on. After doing an unsatisfying job, in her opinion, she becomes upset and tries to send him away without payment. He refuses to leave unpaid and she becomes upset and pushes him overboard. He becomes very upset and when he sees on the news later that week, that she has caught amnesia because of falling overboard in the middle of the night, he plans his revenge.

    As the plot continues to unfold, Russel’s character, Dean goes to the hospital and claims her as his “wife.” Because she doesn’t remember anything and the doctors have no files on her, they let him take her. Well, Dean lives the life of a poor, single dad of 4 boys, so Annie, Hawn’s character, has become insta-mom. She has to learn to do all kinds of house and yard work. The movie continues and Annie becomes a super mom and Dean opens his own miniature golf course. The characters fall in love and just as they are becoming a happy family, Annie’s real husband, Grant comes to find her and her memory returns just like that. She returns to her exotic life on her yacht.

    But of course, no movie has a sad ending, and Dean and his sons go on a boat and find the yacht and Annie dives in the water to be with her new family because she learned love is a lot more valuable than money, even though all the riches were hers.

    I would defiantly recommend everyone to see this movie. It’s a very happy movie and an easy watch. It is enough to keep you interested and wondering what will happen but calm enough where you can just watch it anytime in leisure. It is very well made and flows nicely through. If you never have, I beg you to watch this fantastic movie and let it become one of your favorites, just like it is mine!

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