Elements of Horror in the Film American Beauty Horror is a self-conscious genre. We take pleasure in horror in part because it is reflexive which in turns makes us, as spectators, self aware. “Beyond horror“, then, are films that deal with horror’s propensity to cause uncertainty. Take for example Andrew Tudor’s description of the three part narrative pattern in the horror genre. First introduce instability in a stable situation. Then resist the threat that the...
Tejano Origins Songs of the Homeland by independent producer, Hector Galán, is an introduction to Tejano music. This documentary serves as a musical study and as social history. Through the eyes and voices of those who have helped to keep this tradition alive, we are able to trace the history of Tejano music. Songs of the Homeland offers a broad historical time span, clear musical connections to both rural and urban social contexts and significantly treats Orquesta and contemporary Tejano...
The Life and Music of Tupac Shakur What does it take to be an icon of the 21st century? An icon is a symbol representing what a person did to be admired by many people and achieved many things rarely an ordinary person can do. I would consider Tupac to be an icon of the 21st century because he became a living symbol of his generations to many hip-hop and rap fans all over the world. He was the son of Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland. At his teens, his family moved to Baltimore, MD. He attended...
Freedom Writers The movie Freedom Writer is an inspiring story that throughout the film, Ms. Erin Gruwell the main character (played by Hilary Swank) managed to be different as an exemplary teacher careless of the complexities that surrounds the learning environment. The story discusses how students managed to survive in school with the aid of an exceptional teacher who influenced them to change and aim for success in 1994. In Long Beach California at the Woodrow Wilson High School, Erin...
This essay discusses the development of theater in India with reference to political and patriotic plays. I Introduction India has a rich theatrical tradition, one that, according to legend, is divine in origin. When the Silver Age of the world overtook the Golden Age, men grew addicted to sensual pleasures; they became greedy, angry and jealous of one another. Seeing this, the God Indra begged Brahma, the Creator, for some form of recreation that would be accessible to everyone, no matter...
Islamic Spain: Dynamic Architecture The Great Mosque of Cordoba is a unanimously known architectural creation of Medieval Times. With its use complimentary aesthetic elements, this hypostyle mosque amounts to much more than a mere variant of this sort. During the time of the Islamic invasion, all the different ethnic groups adopted their own individual artistic characteristics, which they tried to expand to all the geographic areas that were under their political or religious influence. All...
Commentary on Dances with Wolves Dances with Wolves was produced and directed by Kevin Costner. It was adapted for the screen by Michael Blake who also wrote the novel upon which the film is based. Plot Summary Dances with Wolves is the story of Lt. Dunbar, whose exploration of the Western frontier becomes mirrored in a search for his own identity. The film is shot as a narrative in continuous development, with Dunbar providing a voice-over narrative in the guise of journal entries. It...