Cinemaand ideology blog posting
Homophobes,gynophobes, and other themes have greatly been used in Spike Leefilms. Bamboozled can be understood by reference to the history ofthe blackface and other racial visual culture as a way of "racialkitsch," and a method of "oppositional curating" thataims to determine and implement racism in a critical manner. The filmis very interesting as it uses the frameworks of "authenticityand paradox" to illustrate ways in which Lee undermines thenotions of the black people`s progress in the 21st century withinreal-lived and visual culture actualities. The bamboozled is atextual movie that employs allusion, quotation, and homage todetermine the shared national ordeal of racism and its continuingeconomic, political and social impacts (McGlowan, 72). In Bamboozled,the frustrated back-American television presenter establishes asatirical minstrel show known as Mantan with the hope of being fired.To the surprise of many, the show becomes successful, and the moviebecomes almost as fashionable among different audiences of differentethnicities and races. The movie was able to provoke me in such a waythat it only encourages racial discrimination. The black-Americanssuffer in the hands of the whites as they are discriminated by thewhite-Americans. The main theme that can be derived from the movie isthe theme of racial discrimination. Another theme that can beobtained from the movie is about cultural difference. The blackfaceis used metaphorically and literally to illustrate the state ofblack-Americans` representation and cultural difference that existbetween the white-Americans and the blacks. The black-Americans areviewed as inferior individuals in the movie yet they have the samecapabilities as the white when given the same opportunities (Legge,83).
TheGhost Dog and the Wire are two different modes that have been used into tell different kinds of stories. Despite them using the samegenre, the models that have been used to address unjust socialinjustices and urban economic segregation are different. Both the twomovies address the cases of social injustices in the modern andpostmodern time. Despite their differences in genre, the two moviesdeals with the themes of love, drugs, friendship, children, death,crime, the political system, gender, urban studies and the schoolsystem in United States. The movies are interesting because of thevaried use of characterization of black-Americans and to some largeextent gay characters (Kehret, 54)
The Wire and Ghost Dog illustrates some human companionship. Thedifference that exist between the Ghost Dog and the Wire is that theGhost Dog does not talk about gays which is much addressed in theWire. The movies lend some absurdist humor through the use ofanimated images to make them appear as interesting as possible. TheWire does not impose the characters to depression and violence as inthe case of the Ghost Dog. The Wire serves a dual function of openingthe eyes of the upper-class Americans to the challenges that plaguetheir urban centers, and assist them to identify the individuals thatare considered as addicted, lazy or very stupid in the society. Anyviewer will echo the sentiments of understanding, connection and thejoy of the movies that arise to being attached to women and men,cops, addicts, health workers, drug dealers and politicians of TheWire (Vest, 78).
Inthe Royal Tenenbaum, the colors used by the author are extremelyconsistent as they use mostly warm tones. The use of warm tones arenot only used in Margot`s red shirt or the Richie`s suit but also inthe lampshades, the couch and the walls (Leblanc, 91). The authorconsiders all aspects of this shot-accessories, costumes, scenery andprops when selecting the color to use. To add some small contrast toa primarily warm shot, the author adds a blue color to the stainedglass windows, illustrating the blue color in Richie`s sweatband andcollar. The author is very careful not to overwhelm his audience inone particular color, but he makes use of three or more colors tocreate a pleasant picture. Contrasting the image of Richie andMargot, the author decides to make use of cool tones, such as thewhites of the shaving cream, the blue color of the swimming pool, theteal of the lockers among many other colors. The question thatcontinue to ring in the minds of the readers concerns what intentionthe author had in portraying the characters among other colorfullyconsistent, balanced and pleasant shots. The use of cool colors suchas green, blue and gray tend to indicate aloofness, tranquility andserenity and warm colors such as orange, red and yellow tend tosuggest stimulation, aggressiveness, and violence. If we take theconcepts above and apply them to this movie, we can observe theintention behind the author`s color schemes. Foreshadowing the imageof Richie and Margot, in the context of the film, we can realize thatthe characters are at conflict with their estranged father (Anderson,52).
Frederick Jameson is more concerned about the way the postmodern artlack the critical, subversive function that is in the modern art.According to Jameson, Modernism is a kind of oppositional art. It isnot clear whether postmodernism came in as a radical political orsocial movement. By destroying the difference between low and highart, postmodern culture is capable of integrating itself into themass capitalist culture (Browning, 25). The author linkspostmodernism to schizophrenia and then postmodernism to consumercapitalism. The confusion that arise from the text destroys thelikelihood of very critical perspectives such as the ones that arefound in modernist traditions. Basing on most of the theories ofpostmodern, postmodernism is slightly different. The majority of thepostmodern theorists have the idea that the loss of unified totalityis a good thing. They imagine that the unity that exist in the modernor premodern individuals claim to have encountered was simply a mereillusion. They think that it was an imagination people created toassist them deny the truth. Some postmodern theorists argue against aform of totality they refer to as "master narrative." Thisrefers to any story that we narrate to ourselves to make some kind ofsense out of reality. According to modernity, individuals aresupposed to have a common sense of they are as people a singleidentity and an integrated personality. It teaches people that thereshould be some unifying aspect holding together the moments of theirexperience (Buchanan, 61).
Rumsfeld was the youngest defense secretary in the Iraq war. Theauthor of this documentary survived a coup at one given point whileserving his career as defense secretary (Jameson, 26). The truthabout him is that he had a small group of individuals that surroundedhim, and they got some reputation among the citizens who had beenthere as civil servants for many years. In 2003, he traveled in themiddle of the group while on the war mission. Rumsfeld states thatthere are some things that we are familiar with, and there are thosethat are not familiar with them. Nobody knows the ones that are knownto us, and if someone looks throughout the history of their countryand other free countries, it is the latter individuals that tend tobe difficult to handle. Some few individuals in the current societyremember that Donald Rumsfeld was apparently responding toMiklaszewski`s request for evidence (Frerks, and Berma, 20) The truthis that it was difficult to determine the evidence against Iraq andRumsfeld used answers to answer the questions that he was asked. Theauthor is very brilliant as he cited reports where other individualsthought it was difficult for them (Frerks, 78).According to DonaldRumsfeld, he was aware of several pieces of evidence involving Iraqin most of the subjects but he stated that it was not his role tomake a rational judgment on the issues. This leads to the theme ofrational judgments. The author b rings about the theme of rationaljudgment as he was able to make decisions rationally without jumpingto conclusion s. Every decision made was arrived at after determiningthe repercussions involved.
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