Captain America: Civil War Review

This movie is everything a Blockbuster should be

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I know this review is late but it has taken multiple viewings for me to collect my thoughts. I have seen this movie four times and I still want to see it again. Maybe it’s the comic fan in me, but this movie just gets it right. The action is great. the acting is on par, and the closing leaves you anxious to see what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has planned for its next phase.

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Enoch Arden and Adaptation

Historically, film adaptations have been viewed as a nexus wherein high literary culture merges with the lower culture of the film medium; this serves to introduce works of classical literature to audiences who would otherwise not have access to them either due to economic, social, or language barriers in the case of Enoch Arden (D.W. Griffith, 1911); thus, film adaptations spread elements of high culture to mainstream society.

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This is particularly evident in the silent film adaptation of Lord Tennyson’s Enoch Arden which premiered in the early days of cinema whereby the majority of viewers were composed of the working underclass who, after laboring for long hours, used cinema as a form of escape.

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Targets: A New Brand Of Horror

Underlying the seemingly simple narrative of a sniper who massacres moviegoers just as an aging actor makes his final promotional appearance, Peter Bogdanovich’s Targets primarily functions as a meta-commentary on the changing nature of the horror genre.

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Marlon Brando and On the Waterfront

Marlon Brando’s celebrated performance in Kazan’s On the Waterfront represents the other side of the coin – a performance that produces a bisexual reading by glorifying a feminized male.

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World Cinema: Sheer Madness

Winner of Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the film Sheer Madness presents the inherent dysfunction of the home environment and the chains of marital responsibility within a patriarchal society; these films illustrate a common bond among women, revealing female friendship to be the only means of survival in a world dominated by men. Sheer Madness, a German film directed by Margarethe Von Trotta is a complex portrayal of an intense friendship between two women who find common identity in their shared need to escape dependency on men.

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Children’s Television Genre

The dice are hot; the crowd is tense, and a small fortune hangs in the balance… while it may sound like a typical night in Vegas, the same can also be said about the television industry.  Due to the unpredictable nature of the viewing audience, the business of television is a tricky one. A collaboration of writers, executives, and producers gamble each time a new idea is pitched and put into production.

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Photo: Muppets & Cast Photo, Sesame Street – Season 40 Anniversary Photo; photographed: Monday, February 24, 2009; Noon at Kaufman-Astoria Studios; Astoria, New York; Photograph: © 2009 Richard Termine. PHOTO CREDIT – Richard Termine

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