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 power point presentations, videos and blog comment assignments to be used in class. 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 summer.


31 thoughts on “Dear students

  1. James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is a Malaysian-born Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, as well as a writer. He rose to fame as co-creator of the Saw film franchise. He served as a producer on all eight films in the series, in addition to directing Saw (2004) and co-writing Saw III (2006). Wan was born to Chinese parents in Malaysia; moved to Australia at age 7. He met frequent collaborator Leigh Whannell while studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Although the first Saw film launched his career in 2004, he directed only the first one and has worked to distance himself from the franchise. Initially rejected by the Toronto International Film Festival, Insidious went on to become one of the most profitable films of 2011. He then stepped outside his comfort zone of small, independent films when he agreed to direct the big-budget studio film Fast and Furious 7 (2014).
    I know James Wan based off of his horror movie franchises. I grew up with the Saw franchise, I would binge watch with my siblings and Insidious was one of my all time favorite movies in the horror genre. James Wan does an excellent job simultaneously building a connection between its characters and its audience as well as creating a creepy and chilling atmosphere right out of the gate. During Insidious Chapter 2, James Wan, along with screenwriter Leigh Whannell, does a superb job of diving right back into the world of 2010’s Insidious, and it’s worth noting that the movie, taking away of its need to develop the characters and the premise, often fares even better than its entertaining predecessor; as the film does, for the most part, move at a blistering pace that generally makes up for its faults. (There are, in terms of the latter, far too many instances of characters creeping around spooky locales, with the less-than-effective nature of such moments compounded by Wan’s ongoing reliance on tiresome jump scares.) And although Wan’s curiously low-rent visual sensibilities – the movie often looks as though it’s been filmed with low cost digital cameras – remains a distraction from start to finish, Insidious: Chapter 2 gets benefits purely from a narrative that grows more and more vulgar as time progresses (an example being Whannell’s penchant for throwing in everything but the sink ensures that the movie is, at the very least, never boring). By the time the extremely over-the-top final stretch rolls around, Insidious: Chapter 2 has definitively established itself as a better-than-average sequel that seems to cement Wan’s place as a top-notch horror director.

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    Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace
    Directed by George Lucas

    In this film shows you how young jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi(Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jinn(Liam Neeson) are assigned to protect the princess Padme Amidala(Natalie Portman). Apart from that, they where assigned to protect Naboo from the evil Trade Federation. In their journey protecting the princess, their ship is damaged and they are forced to stop at a planet called Tatooine. In Tatooine they meet a young boy called Anakin Skywalker(Jake Lloyd) who will later become Darth Vader. After freeing Anakin from Tatooine and leaving his mother behind Qui-Gon sees a bright future for Anakin. The group now leave to Coruscant where they finally can solve the conflict, but there was someone hiding in the shadows, behind all this conflict.

  3. Jennifer Marie Martinez Velez
    Fourth Blog Comment

    The Heat

    And finally the best for last, The Heat is literally one of my favorite movies ever. I don’t know if its because its stars both of my favorite actors of all time or I just really enjoy watching and rewatching this movie. Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent who has her eye on a promotion, but does not get along with her co-worker. She is sent to Boston to undercover an identity of a drug lord, Mr. Larkin by tracking down his partner Rojas. Rumor had it if she resolved the case she was going to get the promotion. Arriving in Boston she realizes Larkin has been taking away and taking over the operations. Learns Rojas is in the Boston PD custody, so she decides to visit him and ask him what’s up with Larkin. When the two meet they don’t get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), but it won’t be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way.

    I enjoyed this movie till the end and have rewatched it over 30 times, so we can say I basically memorized what they all are going to say. Having said this I think this is a movie the whole family can sit around and watch because it hits those points in life where family starts becoming something impossible to live with and bad decisions lead to bad consequences. Without further to say I simply love this movie. For its comedy and action, teaching the world that woman can also be in the force while also having a good time. Teaching us also that sometimes teamwork isn’t bad after all. And that if there’s something High School Musical got right is that, sometimes in our lives we are all in this together and we’ll always find our way out. The easy way or the hard way.

  4. Javier Martinez Yordán

    George Lucas is an American film maker and also an entrepreneur. George Lucas was born May 14, 1944. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1967. George Lucas is most known for creating the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. George Lucas founded Lucasfilm, LucasArts, and Industrial Light & Magic.

    George Lucas co-founded Zoetrope alongside Francis Ford Coppola. George Lucas wrote and directed THX 1138, which is one of Lucas earlier works. Now what Made George Lucas big was his first Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope. A New hope was released on 1977, this movie was a surprise hit since it had a troubled production. After becoming such a hit, Lucas released Star Wars- The Empire Strikes Back, on 1980, and The Return of the Jedi on 1983. After having success with Star Wars, Lucas teamed up with Steven Spielberg , and made Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Arc on 1981. After the success of the first Indiana Jones film Lucas along side Spielberg they released Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, released on 1984, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, released on 1989.

    George Lucas is one of histories most financially successful film makers. Was been nominated for four Academy Awards. His movies are among the 100 highest-grossing movies in North America

  5. Mel Gibson
    Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson was born in January 3, 1956 in Peekskill new york. Mel gibson was moved with his parents to Australia when he was 12 years old. Gibson he is an American Australian actor and filmmaker. Gibson’s first academic intention was to study Journalism, but he finally decided on interpretation, enrolling in 1974 at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney. After appearing in the television series “The Sullivan’s” debuted in the cinema with the film “Summer City” (1977), a thriller directed by Christopher Fraser.

    My three favorite mel gibson movies were The Passion Christ, The Patriot and Apocalypto. What I liked about the movie of the passion of Christ is like Jesus always told his disciples there is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for his friends I cannot be with you no longer my friends you cannot go where im going love one another as I have loved you, you believe in me you know that I am the way the truth and the life that scene of the passion of Christ, speaking with his disciples, touched my heart. The most incredible thing in the patriot’s movie was that the peaceful life that the Martin family leads is interrupted by the independence rebellion against England. Gabriel Benjamin’s eldest son, gets ready, and then, Benjamin, will also be forced to take up arms. In the Apocalypto movie, what most caught my attention was that the Aztecs always in the morning always looked for something to eat and drink when they finished looking for what they needed, another tribe who were homeless had no place to sleep and it turns out that the boss invites them to share their crops so that they do not suffer and can improve their lives. In the human sacrifice in the apocalyptus movie it was surprising that in the important part of the ancient religion and Mayan rituals, because when thinking about such bloody ceremonies the first thing that comes to mind are the Aztecs.

  6. Jennifer Marie Martinez
    Third Blog Comment

    The Blind Side

    Based on a true story of Baltimore Ravens. Michael grew in the inner city house projects with mother Memphis. Michael was homeless and came from a dysfunctional home with a drug addict for a mother and no father. For this reason Family Services took over the care of his life. Sadly he was in and out of different foster care homes but no one exactly adopted him. As a teenager he finds himself different from other people and people would bully him on the daily because he wasn’t very social and did not express his feeling like a normal teenage kid would. He has a very child like personality causing other kids to simply ignore him. Since he didn’t have food or a place to sleep, he is found by two parents Leigh Anne and husband Swan with two children. Once they saw him sleeping in the gym they decided to take him home for the night. Once he tries leaving later in the morning Leigh insists on him to stay for breakfast and the children accept the idea too. Later she starts offering him a room and a bed seeing that she offers him all these things she begins to research what exactly happened with him including career and aptitude test results and the only good thing he had was protective instincts. Leigh decided to use this to her favor as she taught him some football. He wasn’t able to understand the game and its rules nor his role in the field. An opportunity comes up to play football university level but he needs to bring up his grades so he is hired a private tutor. Later in the movie Leigh decides to have a face to face conversation with Michaels mother to enable her to adopt him. In the beginning she didn’t find it easy to find his mother but as soon as she did his mother hoped for him the best but said he was a runner and that she was sure he was going to run from Leigh as well. He didn’t though and he started to have better contact with his new family. They pass through a lot of trouble but to make a long story short. Leigh decides to adopt him and in one part he crashes the car with one of her kids but she still decides to keep Michael he learns and ends up playing in the big leagues.

    Definitely one of my favorite movies and most moving too, I was amazed on the relationship he started growing with Leigh and her kids and how he started to be more social and control his anger. Im adopted too so I felt this movie was like a big part of my heart was being touched.

  7. Ana Harrigan
    Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

    Director Tommy Wirkola takes a different take on the traditional Hansel and Gretel story and turns it into an interestingly dark fantasy action horror film. The story’s beginning is pretty much the same. Two siblings captured by a witch on a gingerbread house. This witch feeds Hansel sweets to fatten him and enslaves Gretel. Both outsmart the evil witch and incinerate her in the oven.
    Yet, fifteen years later, Hansel and Gretel become witch hunters, well-known for slaying mercilessly hundreds of witches. After a bounty hunt, they discover the witches’ plan on the notorious Blood Moon and a Great Evil with an answer to their morbid past.

    This movie is dark, gory, and I love it. For it’s good moments and really weak moments, this film is a good watch. The story, even when predictable, it’s really entertaining.

    It’s golden moments have to be the actions scenes. Although no Superhero level kind of fight, it’s violent antics definitely distract me from the plot holes, bad one-liners, and some stupid points (such as Hansel’s weakness).

    I mostly like the character of Gretel (portrayed by Gemma Artenton). She is incredibly swift and deadly against the witches. And speaking of, those bloody witches are another pro of this movie. They are immensely power and some incredibly horrific in their methods of evil.

    The smug humor of the siblings is something I really enjoyed and their backstory is interesting (at least the first time around). This film is a guilty pleasure, but if you’re in for the gore and wile, totally give it a try.

  8. Ana Harrigan
    Jack and the Cuckoo-heart

    This french animated film is described as a Steampunk Rock Musical. It centers around a boy named Jack, whom was born on the coldest day on Earth with a frozen heart. He is saved by a midwife, who replaces his former heart with a cuckoo clock. She warned him with three rules, in order to prevent him from having an imminent death: to never play with the hands of his clock, lose his temper and most importantly, to never fall in love. As his tenth birthday comes, he meets a beautiful singer which he would fall deeply in love with and a nemesis who will relentlessly fight for a place in the girl’s heart.

    This film is honestly one of my all time favorites. Its drama, clichés, songs, animations and most of all the little messages in between are what captivated me. Details about each character’s persona and intentions can be picked up by their songs (which also smoothly foreshadows many events that would happen. This one contains a mix of English and Spanish songs.

    The message or main idea of this movie, at least for me, is much to the viewer’s opinion. It is a story about excitement, heartache, romance or even the tragic story of an unfortunate boy. This film is beautifully dark themed. It’s not a movie for all kids to see, though. And it’s ending, although cliche-ish, it is certainly one you will remember.

  9. Ana Harrigan
    Shape of a Voice

    I tend to have a bittersweet feelings about these types of films. Movies about a victim of bullying or harassment, surely but surely standing up against those who wrong them are simply not my cup of tea.

    Yet this movie had something different about it. Something I honestly hadn’t seen or felt before. This film does a marvellous job at presenting the differences between reality and how we use our voices and thoughts to shape it. We can label others through their behaviour, attributes, what we like about them or what we don’t. These actions of thought can result us of misjudging or not being aware of that person’s truth. In this film’s case, they also portray how we tend to forget that people can change.

    The Shape of A Voice tells the story of a young man who is haunted by his past actions against a deaf girl. He bullied her constantly, to the point where she moved away. After a few years of guilt, he embarks on a journey to seek for forgiveness and amend his wrong doings to her.

    During the runtime, I like how we are initially on Shoya’s perspective. On how bad he has been affected by his actions, how they affect others around him and once he meets Shouko again, it’s great how much he wants to right his wrongs. We get to see his anxiety, his ups and downs, but mostly how forgiveness, will and love (of all types) helped him become a better person in the end.

    Never in my life have I ever felt so much confusion, frustration, compassion, curiosity and utter glee at an animation. The complexity of the characters and how the music carries you through the waves of emotions is admirable. And lastly, I really liked how this movie is not your traditional “romantic film”. They really show the difference between romance and growing to love someone. It’s surprising how rare couples are in this movie. This film tells a great story, and for it’s long runtime, it is really worth it.

  10. Javier Martínez Yordán

    Star Wars- Revenge of the Sith is the third and last episode of the Star Wars Prequel trilogy. Revenge of the Sith was released on 2005. Star Wars-Revenge of the Sith was written and directed by George Luca, and produced by Rick McCallum, edited by Roger Barton and Ben Burtt. The movie had a budget of $113 million and made $848.8 million in the Box Office. It received 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.5/10 on IMDb.

    Star Wars-Revenge of the Sith begins three years after the beginning of the Clone Wars. The Separatist army has attacked the planet Coruscant, the capital of the Republic. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi And Anakin Skywalker have arrived to reinforce the struggling Republic forces and save Chancellor Sheev Palpatine who has been captured by the notorious General Grievous. After fighting the vulture droids, both Jedi’s board Grievous Command ship. Once Obi-Wan and Anakin boarded the command ship they searched for the Chancellor. Once they arrive at the chamber where the Chancellor was being held captive, Count Dooku arrives to stop both Jedi’s from saving the Chancellor. As they began to fight, Count Dooku force chocked and force pushed Obi-Wan away leaving him unconscious. Now that Obi-Wan is unconscious it’s only Anakin and Dooku fighting. Anakin cuts off both of Dooku’s hands and grabbed Dooku’s lightsaber. As Anakin wields both he cuts Dooku’s head in the Chancellors orders, killing the Sith Lord apprentice. With Dooku’s death General Grievous is the last leader of the Separatist Army. It is essential to capture General Grievous and kill him to end the Clone Wars. As they escape Anakin carries Obi-Wan in his back General Grievous in his battle droid captured the three of them. As they are taken to the bridge both Jedi’s get their weapons back and fight the enemy, but General Grievous escape. Separatist command ship began to break apart and loosing pressure, and it was up to both Jedi’s to land the broken ship. Once they crash landed in Corusant the Chancellor was brought back to the senate building, and Anakin saw his wife Padme and learn that she was pregnant. That night Anakin stay in Padme apartment, as they slept Anakin started having nightmares about Padme dying in childbirth. This nightmare brought back Anakin’s constant fear of not being strong enough and saving the one he loves. The Jedi Counsel assigned Anakin to spy on the Chancellor and report the Chancellor ever move to the counsel. Anakin meets with Palpatine, the Chancellor knew the task that Anakin has been assigned to. They both start talking and Palpatine ask him If he had ever heard the story about Darth Plagueis the Wise. He told him that Darth Plagueis has the power to save those he loved. Anakin saw this as the only way to save Padme. As Palpatine leaves he tell him the General Grievous has been spotted in the Utapau system. The Jedi council sends obi Wan Kenobi and the 212 legion to capture Grievous and put end the end of the Clone Wars. Anakin visit Palpantine in his office and the Chancellor tells him that he is Sith Lord they have been looking for. Anakin goes to the temple and tells Master Windu that Palpatine is the Sith Lord. Mace Windu along side three Jedis goes to arrest the Chancellor. Once they arrive to the Chancellor office Palpatine kills the three Jedi’s and he fights Master Windu. Anakin arrives and betrays Master Windu and becomes Darth Vader. After that moment order 66 was executed and the great Jedi purge began. After Obi Wan Kenobi returns from defeating Grievius he learns that his apprentice has fallen to the dark side. Padme goes to Mustafar to try and win Anaking back. She fails and Obi Wan Kenobi fought Anakin leaving him without limbs and very serious burns. Padme gives bith to the twins and die of a broken heart. Anaking becomes a machine.

    What I love about this movie is that it is action packed from the beginning. It’s the Star Wars movie with the most lightsaber duels. The movie starts with an insane space battle and we can see Anakin is no longer a padawn and how he has matured as worrier. We get to see General Grievous the ultimate Jedi killer fight with the beloved Obi-Wan Kenobi. But that is not the only reason why this movie is the best from the prequel trilogy, in this movie we see the great Jedi purge we see all the Jedi’s been killed by their own men. The worst of this movie is knowing Anakin killed innocent Jedi youngling little children. But the best part of this movie is the last duel master vs. apprentice, the scene when Anakin fights Obi-Wan is beautifully made with an insane choreography. We also see the origins of Darth Vader, how he betrayed his own people to save the woman he loved, but lost her in the end. Vader was truly a slave of the dark side and there is no coming back to the light for him. This isn’t the only make this movie great, we can’t forget about the amazing and beautiful music score made by no other than John Williams himself.

  11. Javier Martínez Yordán
    Fil & Lit

    Star Wars Attack of the Clones is the second episode of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Attack of the Clones was released on 2002 and directed and written by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales, and produced by Rick McCallum and Lorne Orleans. Attack of the Clones had a budget of a 120 million and made 649.6 million on the Box Office. The movie got a 6.6/10 in IMDb and a 66% in Rotten Tomatoes.

    Star Wars Attack of the Clones takes place ten (10) years after Phantom Menace and the death of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn who was assassinated by Darth Maul in Naboo. After his death Obi-Wan Kenobie his former padawan takes Anakin Skywalker as his padawan since it was his masters last wish. Obi-Wan trained Anakin in the ways of the force and the Jedi Code. The movie begins with an assassination attempt on Senator Padme Amidala. After learning this Chancellor Sheev Palpatine insists that the young senator from Naboo should have Jedi bodyguards. Master Yoda and Jedi Master Mace Windu agreed with the Chancellor and sent Obi-Wan Kenobi and his padawan Anakin Skywalker to guard Padme Amidala. Anakin had feeling for Padme since the first time he met her all those years ago in Tatooine. The senator had a second assassination attempt that was carried out by a bounty hunter named Zam Wesell using a poisonous worms, but the Jedi duo stopped her and Obi-Wan chased her through the Streets of Coruscant. They were able to capture her but before she could talk she was shot with a poisonous dart by a mysterious person. Obi-Wan takes the dart to Dex his Besalisk friend and learned that it was a dart made in Kamino. After learning this Obi-Wan rushed to the Jedi temple to find out the exact coordinates of Kamino and to find who was the mysterious man who killed Zam Wesell and who is behind the assassination attempts on Padme Amidala. The planets coordinates were erased from the Jedi archives. Obi -Wan visits Master Yoda and explains his situation, and finds out the coordinates were erased from the Jedi archives. Anakin and Padme traveled as refugees to Naboo her home planet to lay low and be safe from the threat. Obi-Wan travels to Kamino only to find out they had a Clone Army for the Republic. Then he met the bounty hunter Jango Fett who gave his DNA to create the Clone Army. Meanwhile, in Naboo, Anakin and Padme start getting closer and developing stronger feelings for each other. In Naboo Anakin keeps having nightmares of his mother and he decides to travel to Tatooine and visit his mother. After traveling to Tatooine and learning that his mother was sold and married to Cliegg Lars. Anakin found out his mother had been kidnapped by Tuskan Raiders. Anakin goes to find his mother who died in his arms and, in his anger and pain he took his revenge on an entire Tuskan Raider village. Obi-Wan, after confronting Jango Fett on Kamino, Obi-Wan chases Jango Fett’s ship and lead him to the planet Geonosis. When Obi-Wan arrived on Geonosis he sent a message to the Jedi Council and to Anakin, but he was captured and taken hostage by the fallen Jedi and new Sith Lord Count Dooku. Once Anakin got the message from Obi-Wan Padme decides to go rescue Obi-Wan disobeying Mace Windu’s orders. Once they arrive at Geonosis Padme and Anakin are captured by Geonosians and Jango Fett. They are sent to the Geonosis Arena where their execution will take place. They meet up with Obi-Wan and the three of them are to be killed by three creatures. Mace Windu arrives at the Geonosis with an army of Jedi and saves them. They fought gallantly and Mace Windu killed Jango Fett, but before they knew it they were surrounded by battle droids and super battle droids. The clone army arrives and saves them. Anakin and Obi-Wan chase Count Dooku and fight him. While fighting, Anakin loses his arm and Master Yoda fights Dooku but Dooku escapes. Anakin breaks the Jedi Code and marries Padme in Naboo. After the battle of Geonosis the Clone Wars began.

    What I really like about this movie is that you see a change in Anakin he isn’t the same as in the first episode, one can see that he lets his emotions control him which goes against the Jedi Code. Another thing I like is that Count Dooku was introduced and he had been Master Yoda’s apprentice once and Qui-Gon Jinn’s master, but he fell to the dark side. What I like so much of Dooku is that he became Dart Tyranus but he wanted to destroy his master. The thing I love the most about this movie is that it opened the door for the best thing Star Wars has ever done which is the hit 2008 animated TV series Star Wars the Clone Wars, which expands the Star Wars universe and show more of the friendship between Anakin and Obi-Wan, and it also shows how cruelty of the clone Wars.

  12. Jennifer Marie Martinez Velez
    Second Blog Comment

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    About a famous children’s tale from Doctor Seuss, comes a small town named Who-Ville home of the Who’s everyone is preparing for an amazing Christmas. Just outside this town lived the grumpy Grinch who doesn’t like Christmas. A nasty creature that hates christmas and plans to steal from all the Who’s. Out of all the Who’s there was a small girl named Cindy Lou who isn’t feeling well and isn’t feeling the holiday spirit, who later in the movie decides to befriend the Grinch. Cindy then decides to investigate a little bit more about the Grinch and interviews several people. From all the information she collects she finds out that the grinch when a child loved Christmas. However, the Mayor as a child, taunted the Grinch about this. The Grinch tries to create a hand-made present for Margaret and shave off his facial hair, but the bad shaving job causes the class to laugh at him, finally causing him to hate Christmas. After that, he ran away to Mt Crumpit. And since then he has lived up in Mt Crumpit. With enough votes, Cindy gets the Grinch a nomination, and climbs up Mt Crumpit to deliver it to him.
    The Grinch does not believe her at first, but reconsiders when he finds out he’ll be receiving an award, and that Margaret May-Who will be attending. The Grinch agonizes over the decision to attend (partly believing this is a trick), before appearing to the Who’s. The Grinch not feeling so good, decides that this year, he’ll stop Christmas from coming, by dressing as Santa, and stealing everything. Fashioning a sled, he and his dog Max return to Who-Ville, and steal all the gifts and festive decorations. Taking everything to the top of Mt Crumpit, he plans to drop it all over the edge. Everyone in WhoVille is sad because there Christmas was basically ruined and the Mayor blaming the whole thing on Cindy for inviting the Grinch. Cindy’s father proclaims that he actually is proud of his daughter, because he’s seen that Christmas is not about presents and decorations, but about being together. Soon a number of other Who’s join in and begin singing. This beautiful sound causes the Grinch to pause, wondering how they can be so cheerful. As he watches, the emotion gets to him, and his iconic heart grows 3 sizes. The Grinch then returns the presents to Who-ville, and apologizes for his doing. Right there, Margaret May-Who tells the Mayor she is rejecting his marriage proposal, and that her heart belongs to the Grinch.
    Grinch is probably one of my favorite Christmas movies ever, not forgetting the Dr. Seuss is literally one of my favorite authors. I loved this movie, the story line is great and I also enjoyed the re-doing of the Grinch cartoon version. This original movie from 2000 brought a raw look of the grumpy people during christmas when they pass through bad times and have a high ego and it reminded me a lot about my dad when he had his grumpy moments during christmas.

  13. Mel Gibson
    Mel colmcille gerard Gibson was born in January 3, 1956 in Peekskill New York. Mel Gibson is an American australian actor and a best filmmaker. Gibson moved with his parents to australia when he was 12 years old and he studie dramatics art in national in dramatic art. Gibson’s first academic intention was to study Journalism. After appearing in the television series “The Sullivans” debuted in the cinema with the film “Summer City” (1977), a thriller directed by Christopher Fraser. The great success came to him at 23 years of age after he starred in “Mad Max” (1979), a futuristic action film directed by George Miller that catapulted him to world fame.
    The best mel gibson movies that I liked were the patriot, The passion of the christ and Apocalypto. What I liked about the Apocalypto movie was that they tried to survive in the forest so that the Aztecs could give food and something to their people to drink. In pasion of the christ what caught my attention because we must worship the son of God above all things and I love how Jesus Christ talks about our ways and how we should pray every night. The patriot movie was my favorite movie because the peaceful life that the Martin family leads is interrupted by the independence rebellion against England. Gabriel, Benjamin’s eldest son, gets ready, and then, Benjamin, will also be forced to take up arms.

  14. Guillermo Del Toro
    Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker, author, actor and former special effects makeup artist. He born in October 9, 1964 and it recognize for fantasy, horror movies and drama. He is from Mexico as we say and since he was young, he was passionate about films. Del Toro has a fascination with monsters, and you can see that in every movie that he practically does. Guillermo Del Toro born in a catholic family so for his family was a little bit weird that his son likes monsters. When he was eight years old, he began experimenting with his fathers Super 8 camera, making short films with planet of the apes’ toys and other objects. Del Toro goes to the university of Guadalajara and studied special effects and make up with special effects artist Dick smith.
    When he graduated, he began with the journey with an amazing career in movies. Del Toro has directed a wide variety of films, from blade II to Hell boy. He is friend with another filmmakers from Mexico Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. Another good films that he has are, Cronos, Hollywood tentpoles, Mimic, The orphanage, The hobbit Film series, Mama, The book of life and Pacific Rim: Uprising. One of his recently movies that give him another Oscar was the Shape of water one of his greatest movies and I have the pleasure to watch at the movie theaters. The other movie that give another Oscar was the fantasy films Pan Labyrinth in 2006, winning the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for the latter. Other awards that he wins was “premios goya and premios condor de plata.”. He is one of the best directors in this world because he makes movies that no one ever think about and that’s was make him a great director. I recommend every movie that he makes.

  15. Tron: Legacy
    Direceted by Joseph Kosinki

    Now I’ve had many films that I loved but this is by far my favorite. There’s no number that can describe the times I’ve watched this movie and Id still watch it again, this movie is called Tron: Legacy. In this film starts Sam Flynn (Garett Hedlund) and his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) talking in Sam’s room about how he wants to go to work with his father. Kevin tells Sam that he is not ready yet for the surprise he has been keeping from Sam. After Kevin telling Sam he has to go to work Sam went to bed, Sam wasn’t ready for what he was going to hear in the morning. After Sam saw his father leaving his house last night, it was the last time he was ever going to see his father again. Kevin Flynn had gone missing after going to work, Kevin was the owner of the company called Encom and was then passed to Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner). Sam was frustrated, confused and angry for what has happened to his father. He believed that his father had created a world where it was going to change mankind. He thought that maybe his father was inside that world. Years have passed and Sam still thinks his father is alive somewhere but not in the same place he thought he was. Now he thinks he just left him and is somewhere in the Caribbean enjoying his life. Alan, Kevin’s best friend and co-worker, always kept an eye on Sam. He gave Sam the keys to his old arcade “Flynn’s”, he told Sam that he should have a look even though Sam wasn’t eager about it. After Alan left Sam convinced himself to go and check out the arcade. Sam enters the arcade and makes a discovery in his father secret basement, he finds a computer and activates what seems to be a machine. Next thing Sam knew was that he was teleported into what seems similar but different world. The son of Kevin Flynn now roams the world that his father once told him he was going to build. Surrounded from what seems to be lights everywhere, tall futuristic building and a pitch black sky with not even a shed of light. Sam is then captured by a ship with soldiers showing red neon light in their suits. He finds out that he was inside a world called “The Grid”. The “people” that lived on the grid where actually programs from the system. Flynn was brought to what he thought it was another program. Then he realizes that it was he father or so he thought. The man he thought it was his father revealed to be his clone, the one he talked about when he told the stories of this world, his name was Clue. Clue had taken control of the Grid and Sam knew that he was behind the reason of how his father never came back. He also meets Tron but he was corrupted by Clue so that he could serve him. Later Sam is rescued by another program who he didn’t know, that program took him to a far hide out place, where Sam would meet his real father. The program that helped Sam escaped was called Quorra (Olivia Wilde). Sam asks his father how they can get out but his father was out of hope and he tells Sam that there is no way out, the only way out was from where Sam came. A portal that was opened when he entered the Grid, there was little time to escape since the portal doesn’t stay opened forever and once it closes it can never be opened from the inside. Sam is angered at his father for not having hope of escaping and defeating Clue. Sam leaves with ought his father while he was asleep. His father is woken up by a dream with his son, he finds Sam had left to try to escape from the Grid. His father tells Quora to get ready, his father had regained hope for escaping and this time he wasn’t going to let Clue win. Kevin is reunited with Sam after his son went for answers on a club looking for Zuse. He knew the way to get in the facility to where Sam could escape. After talking to him Sam noticed he was set up, Zuse called Clue so that he could capture Sam. Kevin arrived before Clue got to the club but right when Kevin, Sam and Quora were living one of clues soldier took Kevin’s disc. Kevin’s disc was the key to leaving the grid. They proceed to go to take Kevin’s disc back at Clue’s facility where they find he is creating an army. After retrieving the disc they rush to the portal where they are greeted by Clue. Clue fought Sam and Quora after turning to Kevin. He took Kevin’s disc, or so he thought, he had taken Quora’s disc. Kevin and Quora had exchanged their disc so that Clue would have not notice that it was her disc. Sam uses the disc to escape with Quora and Kevin is left behind after he told Sam to escape with ought him. Kevin sacrifices himself to start a “reset” on the world of “The Grid”. Sam succeeded in escaping with Quora where Sam would continue to live his life and taking the company of Encom back, for Quora she was about to relive on a new world she never expected she would be.

  16. Christian Velez #201-50-7974
    Directed by Pete Travis
    A world living with new technologies, where the rich live in new modern building and the poor in the slums next to the tall futuristic skyscrapers. In this film shows how modern society has more than a half of the population living in poverty. Aside from that being the problem, it focuses on a mission in stopping drug traffickers. It starts with the point of view of an officer named Judge Dredd (Karl Urban). Judge Dredd was assigned a mission with a rookie named Judge Anderson. Judge Anderson was being evaluated by Judge Dredd to see if she is worthy of being a Judge. Also Chief Judge (Rakie Ayola) tells Dredd that Anderson is a mutant, she has psychic powers. Their mission was to find the leader of a drug cartel that where trafficking some kind of inhaling type of drug that made everything run slower in time. While in the mission, they arrive to a building with a lot of residents. They find out that the leader had control of the entire building. Dredd also finds out that the leader was called “Ma-Ma” (Lena Headey). Dredd and Anderson start the mission by going to one of the apartments where they find one of “Ma-Ma’s” right hand, named Kay (Wood Harris). Anderson uses her powers on Kay and finds out that he was responsible for multiple homicides. After they capture him Dredd retreats to leave the building, suddenly, “Ma-Ma” had activated the security system of the building by closing all the entrances with the objective of trapping Dredd and Anderson inside. “Ma-Ma” dint trust Kay because she thought that Kay would “talk”. Dredd tells Anderson that they were going to have to fight until they reach “Ma-Ma” and deactivate the security system. Along the battle to survival Anderson is captured by “Ma-Ma” and Dredd is left with the job to also recue Anderson. Dredd calls back up and other judges arrive at the building. Dredd dint know that the other Judges where working for “Ma-Ma” in exchange for Dredd’s life so that they could be paid one million currency. Once he is reunited with one of the Judge he finds out that he was going to betray him, Dredd ends up killing him. While Anderson is trapped she manages to escape and reunite with Dredd. Once they reach the top they find “Ma-Ma” and Dredd tells her that her sentence is death for illegal trafficking and homicides. He proceeds by throwing her of the top floor of the building falling to her death. After that all the security system was deactivated and Dredd is reunited with Chief Judge at the ground floor where she asks Dredd if Anderson passed after the mission, he says yes.

  17. The Mummy Returns
    In this movie I have learned a lot about King Anubis and the Scorpion King the army of the King fought the soldiers of Thebas 5,000 years ago. 7 years ago, the scorpion king and his army were defeated exiled to the desert of Ahm Shere. I also learned something about the meaning of the sacred mark that if I come from the East to look for something lost, the person who bears the mark would respond, I am a stranger from the East, to whom you are looking for, it is said that the man who bears the mark is a proctector of the man and a follower of God a menyalg. The mummy movie returns were premiere in May 4, 2001 directed by Stephen Sommers.
    What I like about the movie is how they made the story of the Scorpion King played by Dwyane Johnson and for me the movie of The Scorpion King must do something about the mummy movie returns. I like the trauma of the movie because of the significance and you can learn about the history of the mummy. This movie is about the mythology Greek and I love everything that must be with that theme. The worst part of the movie are the effects many of them look like unreal, but we have to say that this movie is old, so de CGI was not good at that time. This movie was one of the best movies in that year. It’s a movie that makes you want to see more and more about the history of this movie. I recommend this movie to everyone, because has many good actors and a good trama.

  18. Jennifer Marie Martinez Velez
    First Blog Comment

    Movie: Instructions Not Included

    Valentin a resident of Acapulco was known to be a womanizer, until life hits him and a young American named Julie leaves a child on his doorstep taking off without anybody knowing anything. Leaving Mexico to find the babies mother in Los Angeles, he ends up finding a home for himself as a Hollywood stuntman that basically paid all his bills with Maggie (the young girl) acting as his coach. He raises Maggie for exactly six years, as he raises her while on the search for her mother she forced him to grow up too have responsibilities with maturity. But this relationship of father daughter is being threatened when after so many years, Maggie’s mother wants full custody of her. Here Valentin realizes how much Maggie means to him and that he’s about to lose his daughter and best friend. But is willing to do anything necessary to fight for custody.

    Something I enjoyed about this movie was how two different people, age, likes and dislikes come together into creating a bond of father and daughter. And with the passing of the time Valentin valued his life lessons and so many things he went through with his little girl Maggie. He became her fatherly figure and someone very special to her, the same way he felt about her. Because he started taking care of her since she was first left in his footsteps.

    The movie almost got to a point where I could also relate, since i was adopted at such a young age. Along the years I knew what the love of a parent without the parent having to be my birth parents but the parents that adopted me. Who till this day are my parents forever. There is a bond you grow from such a small age even the characteristics of your parents start growing in you. And that’s exactly what I saw, Maggie started looking up at Valentin as her fatherly figure and as a role model to become someone as great. And that’s definitely what life should be all about. Living and caring for those who have simply been there when others weren’t there or simply couldn’t take care of you s specific moment.

  19. George Lucas is an american movie director and entrepreneur born in Modesto, California on May 14, 1944. He went to Modesto Junior College to study social science. While he was in his hometown, he started making films, but he had little knowledge of art because his parents rejected the idea of studying in art school. He was also interested in photography, starting by taking pictures of car races. He later entered the University of Southern California, studying animation, then moving to cinematography, alongside editing, producing eight student films. In 1965, he created a film called THX-1138: 4EB, which won multiple awards, one of them being a first prize at the National Student Festival. He graduated in 1967 and worked as a cameraman and an editor in two different movies. He was involved in the creation of cars, movies and special effects. It was thanks to a cinematographer called Haskell Wexler that George Lucas entered the University of Southern California, because he helped make a car for him.

    George Lucas is one of the most famous and recognizable movie directors of all time. Thanks to his legendary science fiction movie saga, Star Wars, from the original to the prequel trilogy, created in May 4, 1977. He was also the creator and producer of the Indiana Jones trilogy. Actors like Mark Hamill and Ewan McGregor became very famous thanks to this franchise. He had been the head of Lucasfilm since he founded it until he retired in 2012. By that point Disney bought Star Wars and they kept the franchise going forward.

    I like all of the Star Wars films that were released up to this date, since I was a kid. I use to play with my lightsaber toy a lot. Thanks to the creation of the Star Wars universe, the saga has been expanded into a little bit of everything. From a sequel trilogy, TV series, books, anthologies, video games, to a theme parks as well. He made unforgettable characters, even if they aren’t admired by everyone, and both shocking and astonishing scenes like the revelation of Luke Skywalker’s father. Everything, from the visuals to the sound effects, and the different plots in each movie are great.

  20. Many movies of the superhero movies we have seen are films that their stories and narrative are taken seriously, for example, most of the films from the DC Universe has a more tragic and darker plot than the films from the Marvel Universe, in general. However, there is one movie that it is quite the opposite from the rest of them, and that movie is Shazam!. A boy named Billy Batson, who doesn’t know too much about superheroes, has been given the powers of six gods from the Greek Mythologies. He tries to act like a “true superhero” but fails at his best. That is what makes this movie great, because it combine heroism with comedy. Most superheroes meet their own purposes, to fight crime and save the lives of the citizens, Shazam however, does more than fighting crime and save lives. Though he looks like an adult in his superhero form he is still a kid, so he is trying to learn what powers he has and how to use them, but also, using them irresponsibly.

    One of concepts we see in this movie is that with great power comes great responsibility and that a family is formed not by blood, but rather the bonds that people create. Billy was a foster kid living in a foster family, at first he rejected his family and wanted to find and live with his mother again, because he lost her at a young age. When Billy obtained his powers he asked Freddy for his help, which started a bond between them, even with some hard moments. Aside for protecting the city, he used his powers for show and fun. Although he soon founded his mother, he was forced to stay with his foster family because she was living with another man who seemed aggresive. At the climax of the movie, he learns the ways of being a superhero and everything the previous Shazam told him, yet that doesn’t stop him from being a funny person. Another concept we can see here is that a superhero is not defined by age but by his or her bravery. Just like it suggested, it’s never too soon or late to become a hero, what matters is how you act with courage.

    To summarize, I love this movie, because the character of Billy Batson is funny, and he shows that not every superhero acts perfectly as expected. Another thing that makes the movie feel great is the fact that Freddy is a superhero fan and has gadgets and miscellaneous things from Superman, Batman, and other superheroes. If you like both superhero movies and comedy movies, then this is the film for you. Zachary Levi’s performance as the superhero Shazam is golden, he will make you laugh. I have high hopes for the sequel.

  21. Carolina M Vargas
    Movie Blog #2 The Gladiator

    The movie The Gladiator, set in roman times, directed by Ridley Scott; written by David Franzoni, John Logan and William Nicholson, based on the story by Franzoni, premiered on May 2000. It stars Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Moller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel, and Richard Harries. The film claimed five Oscars at the 73rd Academy Awards including: best picture, best actor, best sound mixing, best visual effects and best costume design.
    In the film, The Gladiator’s opening scene we can see General Maximus (Russell Crowe) at the final battle of a 3-year campaign against the Germanic tribes. Maximus leads Rome to victory, and is extremely happy because he believes he is going home to his wife and child. Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) calls on Maximus to inform him that he intends to give his power to Maximus. Maximus is to become the protector of Rome and give back the power to the Senate, Rome is to be a Republic again. When Marcus Aurelius informs his son, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), of his decision Commodus murders his father and orders the execution of Maximus and his family. Commodus is now the emperor of Rome. Maximus escapes his captives, though wounded, and reaches his home where he finds his wife and son staked to a cross and burned. Soon after Maximus is taken by a slave trader and sold to Proximo (Oliver Reed) somewhere in North Africa. Maximus losses his name and is known as The Spaniard, and is forced to fight as a gladiator. Maximus goes from arena to arena fighting and killing until he is able to reach Rome. In his first fight in The Colosseum, they are to reenact the battle of Carthage, where the barbarians are supposed to lose. To the crowds and emperors surprise the barbarians win the fight, the emperor decides to go down to the arena and congratulate the Spaniard in person. Commodus goes into shock when the Spaniard reveals himself as Maximus, the emperor knows he must deal with Maximus. Lucille (Connie Nielson), emperor’s sister and once the lover of Maximus, visits Maximus and tells him that he must kills her brother and return Rome to its glory. Lucille and senator Gracchus (Derek Jacobi) make a plan to free Maximus, gather his army and take Rome from Commodus. The emperor learns of his deceiving sisters plan, he orders his army to incarcerate senator Gracchus and capture Maximus. The emperor has staged a fight between the gladiator and himself, before going to the arena Commodus fatally wounds Maximus. As they fight Maximus is lingering between the carnal and spiritual world, he has glimpses of his home and his family, Maximus kills Commodus. He tells the army to release his men, the gladiators. Before his death in the arena, Maximus tells senator Gracchus of Marcus Aurelius dying wish, to return power to the senate and make Rome a republic once again.

    The magnificent Gladiator is a sprawling, enthralling Roman orgy of blood, passion, betrayal and revenge. It is monumental movie-making: visually thrilling, technically astonishing, and emotionally engaging.
    In my opinion, The Gladiator is a great film. The cinematography, whether depicting the bone crunching, flesh tearing horrors of battle both in the real world as in the gladiator’s arena to the imperial decadence of Rome, is outstanding. But for me the star of the movie is Russell Crowe, he completely embodies the role of Maximus as a roman general and the Spaniard as a gladiator. Crowe’s manly good looks, pained face and that husky voice gave life to the character.

  22. This movie is about Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Bilbo joins the company in an unexpected journey through dangerous lands of the Middle-Earth where they must fight against Trolls, Orcs and other magic creatures. Hobbit movie time an unexpected trip is 3h 2m. In the movie are 19 chapters in Hobbit. The movie hobbit was filmed in New Zealand in the year of November 28, 2012. The director of the movie Hobbit is called Peter Jackson was born in New Zealand on October 31 in 1961.
    What I liked about the hobbit movie was because Gandalf chooses him as the tenth quarter of the company to help the dwarves find the ark stone and Thorin doubts about bilbo then I felt good in a scene that Thorin tells bilbo I should never doubt him. What I do not like about the hobbit movie is because of the sentimental songs that break my heart because when you lose a friend with whom you have got along very well because the song appears in the sadness scene.

  23. Carolina M Vargas
    (500) Days of Summer

    (500) Days of Summer, directed by Marc Webber, made its debut august 2009. The films estimated budget was $7.5 million, and it grossed around $60 million worldwide. (500) Days of Summer is an offbeat eccentric romantic comedy, about a woman named Summer (Zooey Deschanel) who doesn’t believe in love. Her counter-part is Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is essentially a hipster that’s much too eager to fall in love. Though a romantic comedy the story is not really about love, but of a heartbreak, and it does not have the typical happy ending. The story is narrated not by Tom, but it is his perspective on love, life and Summer. The film does not follow a linear order, but instead bounces back and forth for 500 days to explain Tom’s “love story”.

    In the beginning of the film, there’s a disclaimer that sets the tone for the rest of the movie. The disclaimer states: “Author’s Note: The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you Jenny Beckman. Bitch.” Though the movie is not based on reality, one of the screenwriters had recently been dumped by his girlfriend, and hence wrote (500) Days of Summer. The film begins on day 488 with the image of Summer and Tom sitting on a bench on a park looking content, Summer has a wedding ring on her finger. Though the ring wasn’t given by Tom. We learn early on that Summer breaks up with Tom on day 290, which catapult’s him into 210 days agony and misery. From this moment on the film goes back and forth through those 500 days of Summer. We can watch as Tom falls madly in love with Summer, how the spend their days together, going to th movies to watch old films, visiting record stores and buying vinyl’s, going out and my personal favorite going to Ikea and pretending that they are in a relationship and warehouse is there home. The glorious day, for Tom, when they first have sex. As we see all the good moments, we also bear witness to the end that Tom never saw coming. From this point on the story takes a turn we are shown the effects of being heartbroken. The denial, the hurt, the hate and the overall uncleanliness. As the film comes to an end there are less memories of Summer, letting us know that Tom is finally over her and ready for the next love. As the movie plays out and we witness the demise of what Tom thought was love, I can’t help but feeling that I can relate to both characters. Most of us have fallen in love and had our heart broken, just like Tom. Some of us haven’t been whole heartedly in a relationship just because we couldn’t commit, just like Summer.

    When I first saw the film (500) Days of Summer, I was 19 years old about to turn 20. For me it portrayed what love was supposed to be, while the relationship worked of course. It was a fun, exciting, weird and unique relationship, it was what I wanted to have at some point in my life. In my opinion Zooey Deschanel, plays the character of Summer to perfection, which solidified her onscreen Persona. She is coy, she is witty, she is fun, she is beautiful, she is enticingly weird, she is quirky and she’s impossible not to fall in love with. From her doe-eyed stares, to her singing karaoke, she is the personification of Summer Finn. On the other side, we have Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, sincerely what’s not to love about him. One review described the film as “the first great cinematic romance of the Facebook generation

  24. Christian Velez Vidal
    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    This psycho thriller movie, directed by Jonathan Demme, shows you how F.B.I. trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) tries to solve the case of an infamous serial killer named “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine) with five victims dead under his belt. While Clarice is still a trainee, Jack Crawford (Scott Glen), her leader, sends her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins), another serial killer responsible for cannibalizing his victims. As Clarice starts to question Dr. Hannibal, she begins gathering information to help her solve the clues for the case of “Buffalo Bill”.

    This movie is one of my all time favorites since I’ve always found interesting the stories of serial killers and their behavior. In this movie, they show you how this murderer thinks and uses his thoughts to execute his victims. I find very interesting how their psychological world can be so horrifying but clever. In the movie, Clarice realizes how the mind of these people can function similar to that of another serial killer which at the end of the movie helps her find “Buffalo Bill”.

  25. Reggie E. Rivera Mulet
    American Psycho (2000)
    Directed by : Mary Harron

    American Psycho is a comedy-psychological-horror film starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman. A young and handsome professional who lives two lives. Lawyer by day and serial killer by night. Very narcissistic and always seeking approval of others. Bateman loves to rape, kill and eat human flesh off of his victims. One of his victims was Paul Allen, a business partner who Bateman was obsessed with his possessions. From the fabric and make of his suit to his watermarked business card. Bateman had a strong worry to whether or not he fits in between his other successful co-workers or his he even “cooler” or richer than them. He was so in love with himself that he videotaped every time he raped and killed someone to play it back so he could watch it as many times as he liked. He became so insensitive that nothing meant anything to him anymore. His world was so full of insecurities and upper-imaging that he destroyed every single bit of indivituality in his system for good. So much that he finally killed Paul Allen with an axe to the face after he invited him over for dinner. Patrick Bateman represents the upper-class and how its role takes place in society. Wealthy individuals who seek acceptance of others and be as superior as possible. I love this film because it makes you think a lot, captures your feelings and sucks you into the characters’s mind .It’s scary to think that there are people like Patrick Bateman living in our world… around us.

  26. Yandel Irizarry
    The Truman Show

    The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir, starts with an insurance salesman called Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) who discovers his whole life was controlled and simulated to create a reality TV show. Truman realizes he was raised by a corporation invented by Christof (Ed Harris) to develop what it’s now a live program watched worldwide. He has spent his entire life in the seaside town of Seahaven Island, which in reality was a giant set established near Hollywood. This set is filled with actors surrounded with state of the art technology to simulate day/night, weather conditions, and thousands of cameras to watch him. Although Seaheaven is a vast creation, Truman manages to reach the edges of this set by crossing the ocean he fears. The producers of the reality show discouraged Truman from leaving Seahaven by giving him a terrifying and thrilling moment in his childhood, turning him aquaphobic after the “death” of his father actor on a boat “accident” caused by the fake storm, and by constantly broadcasting and printing messages of the dangers of traveling.

    Eventually, Truman starts noticing unusual events like a spotlight falling out of the sky, a radio frequency that describes his movements and the rain that only follows and falls on him. Truman spots a man who recognizes as his father. His father-actor went back onto the set, but other actors quickly drag the man away. After this suspicious sequence, that night Christof lost sight of Truman, making him cut transmission for the first time ever after almost thirty years broadcasting live. Later on, Truman was found sailing out of Seahaven, facing his fear of water. Christof resumes the broadcast with a lightning storm trying to flip the boat with the simulated waves, but the attempt to fetch Truman fails. The program executives were afraid that Truman could die on live television, but Truman manages to persist. Realizing he cannot dissuade Truman any further, Christof ends the weather simulation.

    Truman continues to sail after the intense storm, until his boat strikes the wall of the dome. He finds an exit door, but Christof, speaking directly to Truman through a big Seaheaven speaker system, tries to convince him to stay, stating there is nothing else behind these walls, no more truth in the real world and that by staying in his artificial world, he would have nothing to fear. Truman considers this, and the he says: “In case I don’t see you… good afternoon, good evening, and good night,” takes a bow, and leaves. The viewers cheer Truman’s actions, ending Christof’s reality show.

    I love this film, the power and creativity of its script made The Truman Show a masterpiece never seen before. The movie gives you and ending so satisfying that you as a viewer can see the movie viewers cheer as same as you would do. A big acting community in Florida, and tough decision men took the film to another level, their cleverness and pre-production strategies reduced their movie budget to 60 million, and still became a great success earning 260 millions in the Box Office. A movie to reflect and to empathize with Burbank, a satirical sci-fi film that made viewers analyze the circumstances and actions around Truman “fake” life to fulfill Cristof’s ambition. It makes us think about the ethical perspective and the complexity of how “we accept the reality we are presented with.”

  27. Esteban Calderon Rosado
    Spider- Man 2

    Spider-Man 2 was directed by Sam Reimi and was released in 2004. The movie serves as a sequel to the first Spider-Man movie. In this installment we see how Peter Parker continues with his powers and does his duty to serve the city of New York. As a result of the first movie his best friend Harry Osborn had a father named Norman Osborn and this was the green goblin, the archenemy of spider-man. When Harry learned that his father was the green goblin and that he had fought spider man, his hatred for him was immense since he thought he killed his father. In the second movie this hatred continues, Peter Park by hiding his identity to protect the people he loves, lies very often and this causes distrust and irresponsibility in him. which causes the disappearance of their powers for a while. Since he had to know who he really was and accept his responsibility. after all this event he meets a scientist called doctor octopus. (that’s his villain name). This scientist wants to innovate clean energy and make good use of science, but in practice there was a tremendous failure and caused the madness in the doctor to have more energy to finish his experiment. Peter Park was in the lab when the accident happened. in the plot of the spider-man movie he had meetings with doctor octopus. And one of the most epic battles was his fight on the train, that fight was incredible since there were hostages on the train and the action of the scene was well balanced. At the end of the movie, Spider-Man has to fight for the last time with an archenemy and save New York and his girlfriend who had been kidnapped by Dr. Octopus.

    Already given a brief summary of the movie, I think it is the best spider man movie yet. because we see all the development of the main character through the movie. It is not that he wants to despise the work that the actor tom Holland has done but, Tobey did an incredible job with this character and we can see it through the course of his films. I bring this issue as a topic of discussion because many people think that Tom Holland is the best spider man. In my opinion he has done a good job with his character, but even Tobey is the best spider man. because of the fact that I could feel like a child back then how difficult it was to have super powers.

    And in a part of the spider-man movie his uncle Ben tells him: “with great power comes great responsibility” at that moment I could feel that it was true. And today when I see that saga again I still like it more and more as they built this franchise. When I ask people why they like Tom Holland more, they don’t know what to answer about it and they always say that those who like or say that Tobey is better is because they are nostalgic, and the truth is that they don’t. They are both good actors, but if you talk to me more about developing a character, without a doubt I choose Tobey over Tom. At the end of the day they are excellent actors that I admire, but we must recognize points of view to clarify minds.

  28. Javier Martinez Yordan
    Lord of the Rings The Two Towers.

    Lord of the Rings The Two Towers was released on 2002 directed by Peter Jackson. The film takes place after the Fellowship of the Ring was splits up. After the Uruk Hai ambushed the fellowship and Boromir was killed. Two Hobbits, Merry and Pippin were kidnaped and were to be taken to Isengard. Frodo and Sam embark on their journey to into Mordor and destroy the ring of power. Meanwhile Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are searching for Merry and Pippin and save them from the Uruk Hai. As they search for the two little Hobbits, they meet inside the Fangorn Forest Gandalf the White, who they previously knew as Gandalf the Grey before he fell in Moria. Frodo and Sam meet Gollum, who becomes their guide into Mordor. After, Aragorn and his two friends reunite with Gandalf the White. They ride to Rohan to take away the curse Saruman has given to the king. Saruman bewitched the mind of the king, controlling his every action and clouding his mind. Gandalf was successful at breaking the curse. Saruman becomes angry and orders his army to march and attack Helms Deep, an old fortress for Rohan. As the men wait for the inevitable fate, their hope slowly fading away, when suddenly elves arrive to aid men and bring back the old alliance they had once before. After, the men and elves fight off the enemy for several hours until reinforcements arrive and they defeat the enemy.

    Now, what makes this film good, apart from having one of the best battle scenes in all of cinematic history, is that it’s not a slow film. There is action from the very beginning. It also introduces new characters from Rohan such as Theoden, Eowyn, and Eomer. The movie allows us to see how characters from the first film develop as the story progresses. You can see how these characters come from being just simple companions to becoming friends. As the film progresses, you see little by little, how the ring of power consumes and controls Frodo. As well you can see how Merry starts maturing and sees the world in a different way, causing him to stop acting childishly. The film shows how the Hobbits leave their home and how their view of the world changes drastically because of it. At the begging of the movie, you see Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli running after Merry and Pippin. They are injured from the battle in the first movie showing us that they are worriers. Now, the best part of this film is the Battle of Helms Deep. You must be wondering what makes this battle special. What makes the Battle of Helms Deep so special and different from any other battle in a film is that it has about 30 to 45 minutes of build up. You see how different characters see the army marching and when you first see it when Merry and Pippin are on top of the tree and glance at the Uruk Hai army marching out of Isengard. The second time you see the Uruk Hai army is when Aragorn is ridding to helms deep. This pretty much gives a small look at the amount of orcs the had not only that but it also emphasizes that it took more than one day for the Uruk Hai to arrive at Helms Deep. Then we see the scene where men and elves are waiting for the Uruk Hai to arrive but there is no music score at that moment giving a field of what the felt at the moment just sitting still waiting. You see the army from a far and you can see how outnumbered they were the good guys were hanging by a thread. That shows that the good guys don’t have it easy also you see that men and elves don’t have any type of advanced weapons unlike the enemies army. What makes this scene good is that everyone is at the same place and have the same purpose to defend the people behind those walls. As the battle progresses there is another scene where there was no music score just the sound of the blades arrows flawing around the screaming of men letting the audience know that that’s how the people at the battle felt.

    Most people consider The Two Towers the best from the Lord of the Rings trilogy because of all those little details. The fact that as the battle progresses and it moves to different parts of the fortress you still see the main characters fighting together side by side. Even though good won over evil at the end film the characters new that this was a victory but that it was far from over and that they had a many battles to come. The film shows how Tolkin in his novels showed that no matter how dark the situation is or hold difficult good always wins over evil.

  29. Dirty Dancing Havana Nights, directed by Guy Ferland, is based on the life story of Producer JoAnn Fregalette Jansen, who moved to Cuba with her family in 1958. Thus, the “Based on True Events” title. In November 1958, the American teenager Katey Miller moves with her parents and her younger sister to Havana. Her father is an executive of Ford and moved to Cuba, and Katey is an excellent high school senior student that misses her friends. The family lives in a fancy hotel, where Katey accidentally meets the local teenage waiter Javier Suarez. Later she sees Javier dancing in a public square and they become friends, but he was fired from the hotel because her acquaintances had seen them together. Katey invites Javier to participate of a Latin Ballroom Contest in the local Palace club to help him to raise some money, and she secretly meets him in the La Rosa Negra nightclub for rehearsals. Later they fall in love for each other in times of revolution. Katey’s father works underneath an American company in Cuba, so when Batista flees the country, it leaves Katey’s family in a position where they must leave as well.

    I remember growing up and watching this movie because of how I once fell in love with the original movie, although the Havana Nights version had taken my heart. Havana Nights showered more cultural aspects into the story, not only making it about love rather than the actual plot adjusting to the series of events that lead to their farewell. It’s well acted with a great cast that doesn’t disappoint and the dancing is terrific, although neither of the main characters knew how to dance outside of the script. And what a treat to revisit the unforgettable Swayze who was still fabulous in his fifties only 4 years before his untimely passing coming into play a “Yoda” type role in the movie, just to fulfill the original Dirty Dancing movie. The clothes and cinematography make me yearn for my childhood. Everything was choreographed to fix the culture, to fit the Hispanic vibes and what it means to actually dance casual but appropriately different than what other dancers would condone.

    In most people’s eyes, Havana Nights doesn’t live up to expectations that the original Dirty Dancing had implied, but what movie can actually live up to it’s original? To me, Havana Nights is it’s own story line with merging similarities of the love story but other than that, Havana Nights isn’t a sequel rather than a movie of it’s own with an amazing soundtrack, captivating dance moves and a list of terrific actors. Although, it doesn’t capture the “happy ending” of a true romance movie. In the end, Katey and Javier make separate ways due to their different lives although Katey’s “dreams had changed.” It leaves you wanting more, it leaves you wanting to see them come together in the future, but (spoiler) they don’t. To some, that’s a good way to end a movie, give the audience wanting more, but to me, a hopeless romantic, I live for those moments of happiness among the characters. This is a movie I grew up watching over and over again, on a rainy day, until I can quote the entire movie. My overall rating ⅘ stars.

  30. Good Morning professor,

    Carolina M Vargas Sanabria
    Student # 201-50-8138
    Course: Ing 124 Sec. 003

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