Clint Eastwood: The Original Badass

The following video is a demonstration of the several decade old icon of masculinity, Clint Eastwood. The following video depicts Eastwood in a variety of settings from movies ranging back to 1965 – the present. All in all, these videos are but a scratching of the surface to Eastwood as an actor, and merely portray him in some of his most intense, masculine roles. Many are familiar with the line, “Do ya feel lucky punk?!” but many of the other great lines of Eastwood are lost throughout the ages. This is a short compilation of those missed moments, the moments of tension, intensity, and overall “badassery.” Finally, I, in now way, assume credit for the clips in this video. All rights go to Clint Eastwood, directors, producers, and owners of the films in question. I, in no way, will monetize from this video and no copyright infringement is intended, the purpose and character of the use is for nonprofit educational purposes. Enjoy

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Kill Bill Themes

I suppose the most ideal choice for which my project should be centered around would be one of my favorite films, Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2. These two films bring in themes of revenge and identity, they dive deep into the emotions of the characters in various ways; they tell stories of betrayal and the repercussions associated with such. Thus, I’d prefer to speak solely on these themes, how they develop in the characters and the film, how they are implemented and how these ideas grow and flourish throughout. Yet, I find myself wanting more than just a long and detailed post of the intricacies of the films, yes this is a viable option, yet it doesn’t stimulate my growth as a cinephile, it doesn’t help me become more entrenched in my love for cinema. Thus, I will use my strengths in a different way, I will use my ability to set goals, break them down into daily strategies, and work from there, each week slowly narrowing down from the broadest ideas of the film to the core theme, revenge. Each week I intend to work through a different medium, first through my most comfortable being writing, which will cover the film in entirety, the various themes and small tidbits that viewers do not pick up on. Then to keynote, which I will be covering the main two themes, identity and revenge. This will allow me to narrow down some of the parts of the film that really focus on these themes. Finally to a mashup, this will allow me to focus on the core theme, revenge, I can choose a song and parts of the film that will allow me to really focus and narrow down on the true and specific theme of the film. These will slowly begin to form a cohesive depiction of what I would like my final project to appear as, yet this is only going so far. My final week I intend to build everything into one large, fluid piece that will tend to various types of audiences ranging from the video viewer whose attention can only be held for but a few minutes, to the readers and lovers of composition who can be enticed by five dollar words and usage of correct diction and rhetoric, to finally, the business man, who prefers the powerpoint presentation to inform him. Through these mediums I will be able to tap into a larger audience, allowing the ideas and themes of Kill Bill to be available in a wide variety catered to different types of consumers of cinema. Yet, what will I need? I will need Audacity and Keynote in order to create a fluid presentation, I will require WordPress as a creative medium in which to express my thoughts through composition, and finally, I will require snagit in order to cut scenes together to show the identity crisis and theme of revenge that permeates throughout.

Sadly, my skill when it comes to snagit, keynote, audacity, and more or less anything Mac related, is less than satisfactory. Thus, I intend to grow as a software user in this regard, looking for new ways in which utilize the various components of these programs.

Reaction to Black Swan

The film was overwhelmingly good in both being able to draw the viewer in and keep their attention. The juxtaposition of Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in, not only costume, but personality and aesthetics is one to be duly noted. If we view the two in the

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beginning, Portman starts off in this pure white outfit of sorts, signifying innocence and purity. Whereas, with Mila Kunis, her first entrance was one in which she was decked out in black leggings and a skimpy black top, signifying the difference between the two

characters. Yet, as we progress through the film we see Portman getting closer and closer to the dark side, first her outfit changes to an pale white, then gradually to an off-white color during her vivacious lesbian scene.  As Portman gets closer and closer to the dark side we see her psyche slipping, signified by the hallucinations and the aggressiveness towards her mother culminating in the “murder” of Kunis’s character. This slow but gradual change to forsaken purity is reflected in more than simple costume play but in lighting, mood, and scene choice, even the look in Portman’s eyes seems to change as the film progresses. All in all, a beautiful and gradual depiction of the descension into insanity.
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The Glare of Her Stare


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The beauty of the frame lies within the contrast of the characters and the background, where their eyes are looking, and the motions each character is going through at the moment. If we first analyze the man, we see his downcast eyes, trying to avert his attention away from the beautiful girl standing right beside him. He is participating in the playful banter we all know too well. That moment when we notice someone notice us, we look away in embarrassment. This adds to the adorability of the piece as it tends to the audience, showing a scene which is all too familiar. With his downcast eyes, narrow shoulders, and meek disposition, the man is depicted in such a sense that we can feel the tension and him wanting to start a conversation, but waiting for the right moment. If we now turn our attention to the girl, we first see the glare of her stare and how she is priming her hair. The look in her eyes is one of wanting, wanting a conversation, wanting to see who and what this man is about, she prepares her hair in an elegant fashion, pumping her curls upright in an attempt to make a good first impression. The smile on her face adds to this idea, the idea that she’s attracted to and is 2014-02-20_15-49-11currently wondering about the man beside her, “who could he be, what does he do, he seems like a business man, I’m in business too! WE HAVE SO MUCH IN COMMON!” Finally, the backdrop of the scene and the color contrast draws even more attention to the characters and the fact that both have the sun at their backs adds some poetic value to the frame.

Cinemetrics, the fingerprint of a film

This new tool allows cinema appreciators to survey a films movement and length of certain chapters of the film. In it’s most basic form, each set of 10 shots is broken down and move according to the movement in the film, thus action movies would have a rapidly moving fingerprint, whereas dramas would have little movement, if only in the climax of the film. Yet, I find this tool to be completely mesmerizing, allowing me to scan a movie before actually watching it to see if it fits my tastes. If I was in the mood for a horror film, but had a preference for something involving a psychopath as opposed to a possession, I would look for a high amount of movement in the film. If I would looking for a film in which I wanted to experience a large amount of dialogue I would search for something with little movement and more colors, as the colors show how many chapters are in the film. It allows to to think of cinema in a way in which I never imagined, choosing a film based off how fast or slow the scenes progress, if there is a sharp increase in drama, how long the climax is, etc. This is an extremely creative way to look at cinema and gives new light to the idea of film, all in all, I would hope that this idea would get more attention and, if all films had their “fingerprint” shown, it would allow me to have another tool at my disposal in choosing the right film, for the right mood, for whatever mood I’m in.

 

5 Favorite Films

Leon: The Professional — The seemingly paedo-like feel we get is overshadowed by the beauty of sacrifice, the primal want for love, and a raging desire to grow roots

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The City of God — The disregard of human life is daunting, greed is overpowering, and the sense of power felt when one holds a 9 mm resonates throughout

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Kill Bill Vol. 1 —  Beautifully poetic, filled with drama and bloodlust, “Now, if any of you sons of bitches got anything else to say, now’s the fucking time!”

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — My overwhelming apathy and complete numbness to the world was swayed, for I am not a man of emotions, but after this…I HAVE SO MANY FEELS!

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A Bronx Tale — An interesting take on a Mobster movie with racial undertones, Sonny is a straight boss, *locks the door* “Now youse can’t leave”

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reaction to adaptation

I found adaptation to be a stage but enticing twist on what goes thru a writer’s mind when writing a screenplay. The introduction with Nicholas cage ranting on and on about not wanting to pervert the integrity of the film with car chases, murder, and strange plot trusts made the ending all the more satisfying, a complete turn around no one was expecting. I suppose this could be viewed as foreshadowing in some sense yet I am not convinced, I find it to be strangely interesting, for it seemed as though that was the last thing on everyone’s mind. All in all I find the film to excite the viewer on more ways than one,  with Nicholas cage and Meryl Streep playing wonderful roles, a plot that keeps you guessing, and an ending no one was distracting, the film was able to keep me interested in what was going to happen next, truly exciting.