Visual Character Development Techniques in Brighton Rock

Graham Greene provides a great deal of descriptive language in the novel Brighton Rock to further the reader’s understanding of Pinkie Brown’s sociopathic character. The novel’s film adaptation, of course, has no narrator.… Continue reading

Issues of Media in Bonnie and Clyde and Natural Born Killers

The 1967 crime film Bonnie and Clyde, based on the real-life exploits of criminal couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, is believed to have influenced Oliver Stone’s controversial 1994 social commentary piece Natural… Continue reading

Blue Velvet and the Poetry of William Blake

David Lynch’s neo-noir film Blue Velvet focuses on Jeffrey Beaumont’s fall from innocence. Jeffrey experiences this fall when he gets caught up in a twisted mystery in his deceptively quaint small town. This… Continue reading

Dystopian Fiction and Brazil

Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is a contemporary example of a dystopian film. In the movie, either consciously or inadvertently, Gilliam includes a great deal of content that points to famous futuristic novels. There are… Continue reading

Foreshadowing and Character Establishment in the Opening of The Lion King

First and foremost, the opening minutes of The Lion King are significant due to several iconic images and the famous song “Circle of Life.” Interestingly, several of the opening images reveal a great… Continue reading

The Father/Son Bond in Reservoir Dogs

Mr. White and Mr. Orange share a unique bond that is not experienced by any of the other suit-clad criminals in Reservoir Dogs. In a subtle way, director Quentin Tarantino creates a father/son… Continue reading

Composition of Image in Punch-Drunk Love

Paul Thomas Anderson’s offbeat romance Punch-Drunk Love was recently placed among the honorable mentions for WatchMojo’s list of weirdest movies. It is clearly a bizarre film due to its plot and its recurring… Continue reading

Race and Culture in Night of the Living Dead

The 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead is about 1960s counterculture and its opponents. The undead zombies represent the era’s growing societal force against progressive ideological movements. The presence of the… Continue reading

Joyce’s “Paralysis” Theme in Clerks

Irish author James Joyce was interested in people’s eagerness to leave Dublin and their simultaneous reluctance to do so. Joyce’s novel Ulysses is the most obvious illustration of Dublin’s monotonous lifestyle. Characters spend… Continue reading

Static and Dynamic Characters in Pulp Fiction

The 1994 masterpiece Pulp Fiction features several characters who, to borrow a phrase from Jules Winnfield, undergo “transitional periods.” Interestingly, the two characters who exhibit the most internal change, Butch Coolidge and Jules… Continue reading