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Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is it difficult to make films about the American Revolution?
    There isn't many films about the American Revolution, and the ones that have been made have either bombed at the box office or been accused of distorting the truth.
    Why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly because the story is kind of boring, there isnt really very much that happens. The British tend to sit around and sip tea in the parlors of loyalists, the colonists are always out in the woods, camped out, starving and freezing, people riding horses, and when there is some action, such as a battle skirmish, it isnt very exciting by todays standards, a few pops from some muskets then its back into the woods. Compare those scenes with movies like Terminator or the Matrix or Die Hard.

      I can only think of two such movies, The Patriot with Mel Gibson, and a documentary about George Washington on History Channel, both decent productions, but still kinda boring--and I'm a History buff who should enjoy this sorta thing.

      I just think that the 17th century wasnt very exciting to us today, and its difficult to make it seem so
      on the big screen.

      The story of the Revolution just doesnt translate well into a movie.

    What happened to the golden age of action films?
    As a Buddhist, my attraction to action films is a little annoying. But does any one else miss the good old one man big gun movies of the late 80s and early 90s? If you don't like those kinds of movies, that is fine, but leave your snooty bs with you.
    and also, it this one of the most pointless yahoo questions or what?

    • ANSWER:
      its not a pointless question at all......honestly i loved the 80s so much that i wish i could go back and do it all again, nothings the same. I too miss the great shows of the 80s Rambo, Rocky, and who could forget good old Arnie. But honestly i was more into sci fi myself, and TV too there was so much to see!! There was so many really good shows to watch on all the time like Greatest American Hero, Magnum P.I., A Team, Mork and Mindy, Dukes of Hazard, and so on. If you had the time between party's and of course Dungeons and Dragons (yes i was a geek back then) I haven't had a TV for about 2 years now and for kicks looked at the TV times part of the paper and was so bored with what i seen that I was glad that i didn't have a TV any more. As for the movies I just go for light stuff there is to much REAL stuff out in the real world that i don't have to pretend. You know when i was a kid and in high school in 1980 I hated it and could not wait to 'grow up' now that half my life is gone and i seen how cruel the world is i would pay a fortune to go back and do it all over again. Oh I forgot about MTV when they played music videos !!

    what elements determine a film as being classified as a Typical Hollywood film?
    What is a Hollywood movie. How is it really different from a documentary or a experimental film? I've seen some of them that actually use actors in it besides regular people.

    • ANSWER:
      There's a pretty clear "hero" formula for the "typical Hollywood film" - particularly action/adventure movies, science fiction, dramas, and even (believe it or not) comedies and romantic comedies. The formula goes like this:

      1) Main character has a tragic flaw. Some issue or barrier they're dealing with.
      2) A crisis or opportunity develops - resulting in a quest
      3) There's a car chase or something like that. It involves a pursuit & race.
      4) Usually the hero(es) must push through darkness, descend into the earth or sea, or go into foreign/unfamiliar territory.
      5) A climactic confrontation happens, where the hero must overcome or conquer their flaw for the greater good (this usually involves a sacrifice of some kind)
      6) The hero succeeds, gets the girl/guy/new companion, happy ending, roll the credits

      This formula goes all the way back to some of the earliest mythology & fiction (Jonah and the Whale, Beowulf, The Odyssey, etc.) To give some examples of how it applies to Hollywood movies today, look at any Indiana Jones movie. Indy is afraid of snakes, has no spiritual faith, and he's awful at personal relationships (1st movie; ex-girlfriend. 2nd movie; girlfriend. 3rd movie; his father. 4th movie; his own son.) A new artifact crisis happens, there's all kinds of chases, and Indy has to go into caves/tombs/etc. He faces his fears, sacrifices his "prize" (keeping the object/artifact), and overcomes his relationship issues. The village/country/world is saved, happy ending, roll the credits.

      Pick any big Hollywood movie and you'll see the formula; Star Wars? Yup. Iron Man? Yup. District 9, Gran Torino, Shrek? Yup. Halloween, Alien, 2012, or Poseidon? Yup. It's A Wonderful Life, Jaws, ET, Something About Mary, Bridget Jones' Diary, Night at the Museum, American Pie, Knocked Up, The Hangover... you'll see the pattern is there almost everywhere you look.

      James Campbell called this pattern the "monomyth" and wrote about it in a book called "The Hero With A Thousand Faces." It's a really eye-opening examination of classic stories & literature, and how the model continues today in modern Hollywood films & entertainment.

    How do you feel about an African-American protagonist in a Hollywood action film?
    I'm an aspiring screenplay writter looking for opinions. I'm asking how Hollywood feels about a black protagonist (not ghetto, kinda like Will Smith in I am Legend) in films? I am interested in your opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Uh, this is 2009. Half the films these days have black leads.

    Why do partys in American films always end up with everyone running from police?
    In every film set in america why does police turning up always end in a mass scramble away + hiding in the bushes to avoid the police?

    Where I'm from if its a noise issue the police will make you turn down/off the music or if its messy/there's trouble/lots of really underage people start making people go leave but not arresting them unless they're causing trouble!

    Are police really that strict/punishments really harsh over there?

    • ANSWER:
      Richard is right but we are a violent people. Why? Discover the answer and win a peace price. First they don't always end up that way. Second its entertainment value and people value Action Films or Action in films.

      Are police really that strict/punishments really harsh over there?

      LMAO. Are people actually as gullible and naive as you where you are from?

    How do I get a indie film distributed?
    Well, me and some friends are making an indie film and are also going to edit it to make it better and such.

    However, how do we get an indie film distributed??

    PS. We are in a drama group, we are not some random guys making some crappy movie thing.

    Also, this applies to britain and not the usa or whatever.

    • ANSWER:
      Ah, now here's a good question and there are entire books, volumes of books devoted to this subject so my answer isn't going to come close to all there is to know about film distribution even if I did know everything, which I most certainly do not.

      Film distribution is not limited to just one country, it is now and has for some time been a global endeavor. International buyers come from all over the world to attend film festivals and markets like Cannes, Berlin, American Film Market (AFM in Santa Monica CA), SXSW, Sundance and Toronto to name just a few of the big market/festivals. So whether you are in Britain, Norway, France or in the U.S., it's all pretty much the same. Also keep in mind there's a difference between a film festival and a market and most of these events have both running simultaneously.

      You can take your completed film and enter it into festivals with the hope that sales agents or distribution companies themselves notice your film. Sales agents or brokers are middlemen that would market your film to buyers, if your film is good enough (marketable), a distributor would try to tie up all the rights themselves. 99.9% of films however end up with a sales agent whose job it is to travel around to the various markets which are like any other business conventions and use his or her network to sell your film into as many territories as possible. For instance, a British sales agent may be responsible for marketing your film within and beyond Britain but is also in the business of buying the licensing rights for films from the world to show in theaters or put on shelves within Britain.

      Because of the steep commissions and costs involved when dealing with a sales agent or broker and the relatively low licensing fees most films garner on the open market, some indie producers are choosing to self distribute via the web, and using storefront software and social media to drive traffic to their site where they sell not only the film but all kinds of ancillary stuff like T shirts, hats or coffee mugs.

      Also, you should know that starless dramas are a hard sell in the market. Horror and action move the quickest, even when somewhat poorly done. Dramas, documentaries and comedies are a much tougher sell. You owe it to yourself to spend a few hundred dollars and visit one of these film markets so you can see what you will be dealing with. You should also familiarize yourself with the technical aspects of "Delivery" which ALL buyers both domestic and foreign are going to require of you before buying your film. Delivery covers all aspects from your legal paperwork being in order to the master tapes and sound passing QC (Quality Control) checks before releasing payment to you. The vast majority of first time filmmakers get blindsided by delivery issues both in cost and technical involvement and it train wrecks their projects. Getting through the delivery process of your film often adds several thousand dollars to the cost of production which you never thought about or even accounted for.

    Is the movie Mary Poppins designed simply to give Americans a view of British society or to satirize it?
    Also, would you say the mother's actions in the movie correspond with her own words of advocation for women's rights or are they hypocritical?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I'd say the simple answer to your query is that you're over thinking a simple, family-oriented film. The character of the mother's role, though small in comparison to the object of the story, typifies the common practice of early England, that of every family of any real means employing a nanny and being somewhat hands-off in the rearing of their offspring. I don't know that it was hypocritical as much as it was selfish, the mother devoting little time to her children, yet parading around bellowing about equal rights for women.

    What is basic difference between the mobs in Egypt and the American Revolution?
    The basic difference between the mobs in Egypt and the American revolution was; The American revolution was content to put a piece of paper in charge. Instead of a despot.
    Please omit your silly comments about home-schooling
    Jeffrey - That may be part of the answer, I'm sure some really smart and special people, will come up with more. As they usually do with my questions.
    @ Tea - So, you think Facebook is the difference?
    @ Brigette - Do you have a link for all that?

    • ANSWER:
      The difference is they are Muslims.
      As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part being regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

      United States -- Muslim 0.6%
      Australia -- Muslim 1.5%
      Canada -- Muslim 1.9%
      China -- Muslim 1.8%
      Italy -- Muslim 1.5%
      Norway -- Muslim 1.8%

      At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:

      Denmark -- Muslim 2%
      Germany -- Muslim 3.7%
      United Kingdom -- Muslim 2.7%
      Spain -- Muslim 4%
      Thailand -- Muslim 4.6%

      From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves -- along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

      France -- Muslim 8%
      Philippines -- 5%
      Sweden -- Muslim 5%
      Switzerland -- Muslim 4.3%
      The Netherlands -- Muslim 5.5%
      Trinidad & Tobago -- Muslim 5.8%

      At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world. When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

      Guyana -- Muslim 10%
      India -- Muslim 13.4%
      Israel -- Muslim 16%
      Kenya -- Muslim 10%
      Russia -- Muslim 15%

      After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

      Ethiopia -- Muslim 32.8%

      At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

      Bosnia -- Muslim 40%
      Chad -- Muslim 53.1%
      Lebanon -- Muslim 59.7%

      From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

      Albania -- Muslim 70%
      Malaysia -- Muslim 60.4%
      Qatar -- Muslim 77.5%
      Sudan -- Muslim 70%

      After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:

      Bangladesh -- Muslim 83%
      Egypt -- Muslim 90%
      Gaza -- Muslim 98.7%
      Indonesia -- Muslim 86.1%
      Iran -- Muslim 98%
      Iraq -- Muslim 97%
      Jordan -- Muslim 92%
      Morocco -- Muslim 98.7%
      Pakistan -- Muslim 97%
      Palestine -- Muslim 99%
      Syria -- Muslim 90%
      Tajikistan -- Muslim 90%
      Turkey -- Muslim 99.8%
      United Arab Emirates -- Muslim 96%

      100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' -- the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

      Afghanistan -- Muslim 100%
      Saudi Arabia -- Muslim 100%
      Somalia -- Muslim 100%
      Yemen -- Muslim 100%

      Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.

    What movies should I watch to be knowledgeable about film?
    I'm an incoming freshman in college and I'm a film major. I love producing videos, but I'm not exactly a movie buff. What movies should I definitely see before i go to school?

    • ANSWER:
      55% of my all time favorites ; )
      True Lies
      On Deadly Ground
      Terminator 1 & 2
      Triple x
      Falling down
      Training Day
      Total Recall
      Con Air
      Fight Club
      Rocky 1-4
      Ladder 49
      Point Break
      Bad Boys 1 & 2
      Young Guns 1 & 2
      Deep Cover
      Over The Top
      Money talks
      Independence day
      National Treasure
      Natural Born Killers
      The Road House
      Mr.nice guy
      Time cop
      Double team

      (Dark Knight)
      Spiderman 1-3
      Superman 1-3
      Iron man
      Batman 1-4
      I am legend
      Edward Scissorhands
      The crow
      Jurassic Park
      Classic Comedy:
      Young Frankenstein
      Throw Mama From The Train
      Short Circuit
      Harry And The Hendersons
      Who Framed Roger Rabbit
      Pee Wees Big Adventure
      Cry Baby
      Tommy boy
      Oceans 11-13
      Weird science
      Encino man
      Trading Places
      Talladega Nights
      Pineapple Express
      Anger Management
      Big Daddy
      The Cable Guy
      Joe Dirt
      Cheech and Chong's
      Bill and Teds-Excellent Adventure
      Bill and Teds-Bogus Journey
      Dude Wheres My Car
      Topic Thunder
      40 Year Old Virgin
      Evan Almighty
      Bruce Almighty
      Encino Man
      Zack and Miri Make a Porno
      Super Troopers
      Walk Hard
      Harold & Kumar 1 & 2
      Half Baked
      Knocked up
      Shallow Hal
      Daddy daycare
      Big Bully
      Dumb & Dumber
      The nutty professor
      Happy gilmore
      Joes apartment
      Blank man
      Love potion #9
      Stealing Harvard
      Lets go to prison
      Without a paddle
      13 Ghost
      the shining
      Ghost ship
      The Grudge 1 & 2
      Dead Silence
      The exorcist
      Exorcism of Emily rose
      Rest stop
      The Messengers
      Stir of Echoes
      Wrong turn 1& 2
      Devils rejects
      house of 1000 corpse
      Halloween:rob zombie
      Resident Evil
      White noise 2
      The Faculty
      Hostle 1 & 2
      House on Haunted Hill
      Saw 1-5
      28 days
      28 weeks
      An American werewolf in paris
      Bram Stoker's Dracula
      The Fly
      Childs play
      Chucky 2-4
      Silver Bullet
      Dawn of the Dead
      Day of the Dead
      Night of the living dead(1990)
      Land of the dead
      Night of the living dead 3D
      Final Destination 1-3
      Flowers in the Attic (1987)
      Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
      Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
      Jason X
      Hollow man
      House of wax
      Jacobs Ladder
      Jeepers creepers 1 & 2
      Lake Placid
      Leprechaun 1-6
      Little shop of horrors
      Pet Sematary
      Pitch black
      Shaun of the dead
      Silent Hill
      The Lawnmower man
      Tales from the hood
      Texas Chainsaw massacre-beginning
      The amityville horror
      The boogeyman(2005)
      The Witches of Eastwick
      Hills have eyes 1 & 2
      The lost boys
      Silence of the lambs
      The sixth sence
      The Nightmare on elm street 1-8
      Tales from the dark side
      Fear & Loathing
      Grandmas Boy
      Tenacious D
      Dracula: Dead And Loving It
      Stand Up:
      Eddie Murphy-Delerious
      Eddie Murphy-Raw
      Robin Williams-Live On Broadway
      Based On:
      Man on the Moon(Jim Carrey)
      Grand Theft Parsons
      Walking Tall
      The Outsiders
      Over the Hedge
      Lion King
      The Santa Clause
      Angels in the outfeild
      The Sandlot
      A Bronx Tale
      American History x
      Full metal jacket
      Boys in the hood
      Cotton Club
      The kingdom
      War games
      Big Fish
      Stand by me
      The Majestic
      The Truman Show
      Second Hand Lions
      Jurassic Park

      Mickey and the beanstalk
      Deep Blue Sea
      Pay it Forward
      the stand
      The Legend of billy jean
      Walk like a man
      Radio flyer
      Back to the future 1-3
      The swiss family robinsons
      Fly away home

      Classic tv:
      The Simpsons
      Family Guy
      The Tom Green Show
      Bill Nye
      Red Green(KERA13)
      Two & A Half Men
      I Love Lucy
      The Twilight Zone
      Tales From The Crypt
      Riply's Beleive it or not
      Are you afraid of the dark

    What is the best film to see with a girlfriend?
    What is the best films to see with a girlfriend?

    • ANSWER:
      *the notebook (romantic)

      *boys and's a movie with freedy prince jr, and some other stars frum american pie.(funny&cute/romantic)

      *twilight, new moon..etc.(action for u, romance for her)

      uh..comidies r always good..
      -i'd go with adam sandler movies (billy madison, happy gilmore, big daddy)

      *p.s. i love you

      go with romance, or comedy.
      i personally can go fer anything as long as it has a good a point to the movie..
      for example idk if u have ever seen the movie "shoot em up" buttt..that movie had absolutely no story it was full of action etc..but had no purpose so i didnt particulary care for it.

      but neways wen watchin a movie with ur girl it should be something cute and romantic and/or funny. something tht u both would like.

    What characters and events from greek-rome mythology can be found in the film V for Vendetta?
    Most films, intentionally or not draw from greek-rome mythology or passages from the bible. Can you identify them in this movie?

    • ANSWER:
      I would identify V with the trickster archetype of myths. These characters usually seem absurd, but use humor and wit to reveal truths. Often there companions are placed in danger because of their actions, but the trickster redeems himself by getting them out of danger. The primary examples would be Loki from Norse mythology, numerous Native American tricksters, and to a lesser extent Hermes from Greek mytholgoy.

    How effective is Genre in presenting ideas about Society in film?
    Just something I'm stuck on for Film Studies, I'm not asking you to answer it fully for me but I'm really stuck on what the question is asking me to do.
    I only just scrapped a C in English Language so the wording of the question is really confusing me too.
    The genre we're studying at the moment is horror so I really don't get how I could link that in to the question either I'm just unbelievably stuck :S

    • ANSWER:
      That is a complex question - I'm doing a degree in Film Studies and that seems pretty damn confusing. Within horror, the usual society on display is untrustworthy teenagers; the girls are usually nearly naked and sexual promiscuous, the boys are "jocks" and they all do drugs and things they shouldn't. This is why they die, because it's morally justified - the audience aren't sympathetic with the killer, don't get me wrong, but we understand, as a community, that, because we all aren't like that and wouldn't make those decisions, those teens are bad and deserve to die. The one that survives is usually the good girl, who's either been forced into the situation through peer pressure or has made some stupid decisions (usually after being in a destructive relationship that has recently ended). Others genres aren't so well-defined, really: action, as far as mainstream releases go, are usually in a normal and "realistic" society where everyone else goes about their business and ignores the problems that the film focuses on - the society may be in trouble at the end, through whatever reason, and the hero needs to save all the faceless occupants of that city (just look at Spider Man) but that's about as much of a part as it has. For some reason, post-apocolyptic movies tend to focus in on Man's problems rather than technological achievements, but I understand why - it makes the film more exciting and relatable, because the media and other sources constantly bombard us with stories of how we're all killing the world and so on. So there the society has been abandoned for an "every man for himself" mentality but you find that usually, especially within American releases, the hero will come across a place that resembles the world of today, where politics and law has been restored, basically saying to the audience "the system you have right now is the best you will ever have - don't abandon it in times of hardship because it's the only thing that will keep you alive and as a human being". That's about as much as I can tell you, really. Sorry if it was no help.

    What are your favourite films scenes, or sequences?
    I'm talking about scenes that you REALLY enjoyed, either because of the actings or the effects, or the direction or a combination of lots of factors. My favourite action sequence has got to be all the action sequences in Transformers. A combination of great visuals, sound effects and great direction makes me love watching each sequence again and again. What's your sequence?

    • ANSWER:
      1) The opening first fifteen minute scenes of horror movies - Like Jaws, Scream, Halloween (1978 version) and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Those four movies, in particular, do a great job of setting the tone for the rest of the movie. Scream and Jaws both had the scariest openings for a movie that I have ever seen.

      2) The action sequences towards the end of movies -- Like Aliens for example. The sequence when Sigourney Weaver's character Ripley fights the Queen Alien while she moves in cargo loading machine is probably one of the most exciting action scenes that I have ever seen.

      3) The twist ending --- The Sixth Sense, The Others, American Beauty, and The Crying Game all had great twist endings which made these movies extremely great.

    (The Crusble)What are the major changes the film makes in the characters of the novel?
    In need to know what the major changes the film makes in the characters of the novel(The Crucible)? And how are these changes typical of Hollywood movies?

    • ANSWER:
      I can supply the links for your research, however, time does restrict me from giving you my answer at this moment, I’m taking the kids to the park, wanna come?

      Have found 8 reviews for you to look at.

      These links will give you a summary of the book, character analysis, plot and much more, so that you will be able to answer literary questions. At the bottom you will find a short extract of what you can expect from these reviews.

      PLOT (Structure)

      Despite being a four-act play, The Crucible can be analyzed in terms of the traditional five stages of tragedies. The introduction (also called the exposition) introduces the elements necessary for understanding the action of a play. The exposition of The Crucible takes place in Act I. Here, Miller sets the scene and reveals key information about most of the important characters in the play and the conflicts which are soon to explode. Proctor's guilt over his liaison with Abigail, Abigail's mischief, Putnam's pettiness, and Parris' fear of witches are all central to the events which are soon to unfold.

      Year of Publication and Link With McCarthyism
      Arthur Miller published The Crucible in 1953, and debuted it that year at the Martin Beck Theater in New York City. He wrote the play in part to renounce the unfair tactics of congressional committees investigating Americans suspected of subversive behavior. The House Un-American Activities Committee, established in 1938, began holding hearings in the late 1940's to identify Americans with communist sympathies, focusing on Hollywood actors, directors, and writers.

      I’m still looking for a bloody shoe, You sure you don’t wanna come the park?

      Good luck.

      Kevin, Liverpool, England.

    Why does New Zealand never appear on world maps in American movies?
    This has been bothering me for a while; On most American movies, when they show a world map there is just ocean by Australia where New Zealand is supposed to be. Why?
    New Zealand is an actual country. And if you check a map, you'll see it is made of three islands and is actually very large and obvious.

    • ANSWER:
      Because it's a secret. So may Americans believe that the characters in "Lord of The Rings" (which was filmed in New Zealand) are "real", that the International Tourism Regulatory Board took this action to prevent Kiwiland being over-run by middle-aged American hippies with their VW buses and their pot-smoking and silly impressions of Golem...

    What is a good Australian or New Zealand film I should watch on Netflix?
    Preferably one with Temuera Morrison. He played Jango Fett and Commander Cody in the Star Wars prequels and voiced Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back. But it doesn't have to be with him. It can be any genre. Action, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Drama, Comedy or whatever. Whatever you think is good.

    • ANSWER:
      "Gallipoli" is a true story and a wondetrful film starring a very young pre-psychotic Mel Gibson. Also, "The Sum of Us" with a young Russell Crowe as a gay man living with his hoot of a father. (Crowe probably blushes that this film can still be seen, given that it's far from his "American" image),. All the "Lord of the Rings" films were filmed in New Zealand (maybe you didn't know that)

    How does the setting in The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier affect the character's actions?
    How does the setting affect Jerry's, Archie's and all the others characters actions. Please explain. Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      The Chocolate War is a young adult novel by American author Robert Cormier and first published in 1974. It was adapted into a film in 1988. Although it received mixed reviews at the time of its publication, it has since been identified as one of the best young adult novels of all time.

      Set at the fictional Trinity High School, the story follows protagonist Jerry Renault as he challenges the school's cruel, brutal, and ugly mob rule. Because of the novel's language, the concept of a high school's secret society using intimidation to enforce the cultural norms of the school, and the protagonist's sexual ponderings, it has been the frequent target of censors and appears at number three on the American Library Association's list of the "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2007". : Includes The Chocolate War summary, character analysis, themes, style, historical context, critical overview, essays, media adaptations, compare and contrast, topics for further study, and sources. : Includes chapter summaries, context, plot overview, character analysis, themes, quotes, key facts, study questions, and suggestions for further reading.

    What are some great films about teenagers?
    They must be from the year 2000 and up, and be entertaining. They must have to deal with the lives of teenagers, and also be a bit funny. I also have another question. What are some great actions movies (about slums, gangs or third world countries) from the year 2000 and up?
    @ Starry, I've seen all of those suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      American Pie 2
      Mean Girls
      Napoleon Dynamite
      Easy A
      13 Going On 30
      17 Again
      Euro Trip
      Road Trip
      Dude, Where's My Car?
      Bring It On
      Slumdog Millionaire
      Freedom Writers

      Training Day
      Paid In Full
      City of God
      Gangs of New York
      Black Hawk Down
      American Gangster
      The Departed
      Brooklyn's Finest
      Public Enemies

    How is the opening battle scene to "Saving Private Ryan" an example of inaccurate film critique?
    I need to write a film critique paper on a movie based on American history. I chose this one. How is the opening battle scene inaccurate?

    • ANSWER:
      It's inaccurate in the sense that it's showing the actions of fictional characters during a real event. In terms of realism in the portrayal of the fighting during the landings, it's generally regarded as pretty accurate; Even some D-Day veterans have commented on this.

    What would be a good suggestion for a war film, for actual service members?
    Most war films are just too easy to pick apart, and just leave myself and others feeling like we just viewed a combat drama.

    • ANSWER:
      Just as all war movies are not equal, not all "wars" in which American veterans have participated have been alike. I doubt you are dealing with World War II and Korean vets, but if you are I would recommend "The Battle of the Bulge" for the W.W. II vets and "Pork Chop Hill" for the Korean vets. Or if you are dealing with sailors from any "war" prior to Vietnam, you might try "Run Silent, Run Deep."

      From that point on, you are on your own but if you are dealing with Vietnam vets under no circumstances should you show "The Green Berets." Troops stationed in Saigon rioted and tore the seats out and threw then through the screen when they were shown "The Green Berets." I'm a Vietnam combat vet, and the only film I've ever seen which deals with that "war" that I can stomach is "Go Tell the Spartans" which would offend some Nam vets.

      I doubt veterans of Operation Desert Storm would care for "Three Kings" and that particular event wasn't featured in any other movies of which I am aware. Operation Iraqi Freedom is far from over but of the few films it has produced thus far only "Jarhead" is watchable.

      If you are dealing with Armed Forces veterans of various era, including official "peace times," you might just as well show "Heartbreak Ridge" which deals with that most forgotten of military actions, the Invasion of Grenada. "Heartbreak Ridge" features Clint Eastwood in a very solid performance, and the story of a grizzeled veteran training a group of unlikely and inexperienced soldiers in a manner than probably later saves some lives should cut across all sorts of barriers and appeal to veterans because it shows older soldiers in a good light (the film also eschew politics which also make it easier to take).

    What statute written by U.S. Congress requires Americans to file an income tax return?
    Hi . . . I am having a bit of a debate with the director of a certain film on google video and could use some help with the following question:

    1. Show what statute written by the Congress of the United States requires Americans to file an income tax “CONFESSION” (return) and pay an income tax.

    Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Title 26 of the U.S. Code is the codification of all federal tax laws. Section 6011 specifies the requirement of a return.

      The word "CONFESSION" leads me to the conclusion that they think that a return is a violation of the fifth amendment right against self-incrimination. Tax protesters try and use the Constitution, but they haven't even read it. Here is the portion of the fifth amendment that relates to self-incrimination.

      "...nor shall be compelled in any CRIMINAL case to be a witness against himself..."

      Notice it says CRIMINAL. Filing income tax returns and the requirements to do so are CIVIL actions.

      Here is what the court says about the fifth amendment argument.
      In United States v. MacLeod, 436 F.2d 947, 951 (8th Cir. 1971), cert. den. 402 U.S. 907 (1971) the court stated, "The statutory requirement to file an income tax return does not violate a taxpayer’s right against self-incrimination."

    Does the anti-american riots that occurred recently,prove that Islam is a violent religion?
    The video they went crazy over depicts Islam as a violent religion, and these actions show just that.
    @ They Don'tmLike Me: In America, we can insult our friends and foes, and both can still laugh about it.

    • ANSWER:
      "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
      This is possibly evidence of cyclical history. People do make the same mistakes, sometimes they will experience the same confrontations, and will even feel the same triumphs. But this does not mean that history is cyclical. Although history may appear to repeat itself it is only because human behavior doesn’t change. What is occurring at this time is evidence of what I have been saying all along and it will not be stopped since there are many dedicated to the cause of Allah. Militant Muslims have a warrior mentality and will stop at nothing to destroy us, 911, prior bombings in Kenya of our embassy, embassy in Tunis , German embassy in the in the Sudanese capital, in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli and a crowd of protesters set fire to a KFC and an Arby's restaurant.

      Islam operates under blasphemy laws. Blasphemy law is law relating to blasphemy, or irreverence toward holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, and beliefs. Some countries, especially countries which have Islam as the state religion, regard blasphemy as a serious offence. Pakistan, for example, has legislation which makes execution a penalty for blasphemy.In place of or in addition to prohibitions against blasphemy, these countries have laws which give redress to those who feel insulted on account of their religion. These laws forbid hate speech, the vilification of religion, or "religious insult".
      The creator of this film did with full knowledge of the potential danger to others proceeded creating it. Now he is in fear for his life and is in hiding. This is in my opinion demonstrates a great deal of callousness toward the well being of both non-muslims living in the Middle East but also worldwide. I do not make this claim lightly but based upon my study of the true nature and intent of Islam as stated in the Qu'ran and hadiths. It is the opinion of Muslims that all non-Muslim countries are the "great Satan" and they are detemined to destroy them.
      A U.S. intelligence bulletin warned today that the violent outrage aimed at U.S. embassies spawned by a movie mocking the Prophet Mohammed could be spread to America by extremist groups eager to "exploit anger." The Joint Intelligence Bulletin issued by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said "the risk of violence could increase both at home and abroad as the film continues to gain attention." "First responders should remain aware of the potential for spontaneous large crowds and protests that could overwhelm resources and should be vigilant for possible efforts to encourage peaceful protesters to commit acts of violence," the warning said. The bulletin warned that "violent extremist groups in the United States could exploit anger over the film to advance their recruitment efforts." The bulletin warned that "violent extremist groups in the United States could exploit anger over the film to advance their recruitment efforts." Bomb scares led to thousands of students and university staff in Texas and North Dakota being ordered off campus Friday, though no suspicious devices went off following the emergency evacuations. It is claimed Islam will destroy us from within and by not taking their threats, behaviors, and practices seriously it could happen.


      Degree in History (focus Jewish studies) and Spanish, New Mexico State U. 1990

    What is the best computer and camcorder setup for amateur film?
    I know the best HD camcorders used for movies can run tens of thousands of dollars, as can a high end computer with good editing software. I want to know what it would take to put together an enjoyable film with good edit and detail at an affordable cost by most middle class Americans, also will I need more than just a good computer and camera?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the simple response from G. Due to the range of equipment and expenses, that does not help you much with any detailed shopping list. And the description of your project is too vague to understand any real requirements the project has.

      And just because you are low budget does not mean you get to take shortcuts and go cheap. Inexpensive, maybe, but not cheap.

      You also need to understand the equipment limitations and be VERY fanatical about not going outside those known or learned limits. For example, if the lighting is good and bright, then any camcorder can capture good quality, non grainy video. If the video has lots of action, do not use a camcorder that applies lots of compression to the video stream. If there is dialog, the mics MUST be close to the people speaking.

      Beyond these basic technicals, a compelling story, LOTS of planning (concept, outline, script, story board, shotlist - and sticking to it) along with talent , wardrobe, make up, continuity, sound design, editing skill and creativity will contrbute to a successful project.

      If you cut these corners, the project will most likely not be successful. The reason the pros do what they do is because they can make money. If they could save money by using consumer grade camcorders, they would use them because that means they would not need to buy the huge expensive stuff they use and that would mean more $ in their pocket. They have learned that the expensive stuff is more cost effective because it has a wider opportunity for use - like big lenses means better lowlight shots and good XLR mics means more realistic audio... And they know to use the equipment within its capabilites.

      Read up on the equipment used for "Slumdog Millionaire", "Paranormal Activity" and "Blair Witch Project", be sure to develop your project management skills... And understand various legal "partnership" entities can do to help keep your personal assets protected when there is injury or copyright issues with the project.

      There is WAY more to successful "filmmaking" than picking up the cheapest equipment you can find and capturing a few feet of video. Even "reality shows" use a script... And keep in mind that "middle America" is what drives the quality level of the productions you see in theaters - they are who buy the tickets. To think otherwise is naive.

      And just in case... The big project equipment is rarely purchased by a specific project - it is leased. They generally use film - not video. Audio is not captured by a camcorder, but by using a totally separate audio system.

      Tripods and other steadying devices (dolly trucks, "Steadicam" systems, camera cranes, etc.), many different wired and wireless mics, stands, cables, power, location monitors, craft services, legal services, make up, wardrobe, lighting and existing lighting control, "studio teachers" (if minors are involved), location scouting, permits and permission, soundtrack music legalities and copyright, releases and tracking, insurance coverage, and a bazllion other things neede to be addressed. And we haven't gotten to the camera yet! So...

      Sony HVR-Z5 or above.
      Canon XHA1 or above.
      Panasonic AG-HVX200 or above.
      JVC GY-HM100 or above.

      Any of these are "entry level" so the content and editing MUST be excellent. Don't forget audio - there may be a local audio engineer who also does films...

      And a huge NEW iMac mxed out on RAM with a few terabytes of external hard drive space (RAID1 multi drve array preferredin case a drive crashes, you don't want the project to die) running Final Cut Pro being used by someone who has experience with it. Or a HIGH END Windows tower running Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premiere.

      How are you planning to distrbute it or get paid? Most theaters don't work directly with the film's producer...

    What movies have been filmed in Detroit, Michigan or the surrounding areas?
    Gran Tarino
    Detroit Rock City
    Exit Wounds
    8 Mile
    Grosse Pointe Blank
    Robo Cop
    Are there any others and can you mention where they were filmed? thanks. I figure since Motown moved to Cali., The Automotive Industry which has been our bread and butter is in the crapper, Maybe we can rely on the film industry to bring in the money into the city. LOL
    Transplant from Detroit, still have friends/family there.

    • ANSWER:
      The Michigan Film Office may provide additional information.

      Look in the left menu for past movies. New and planned are located on the website.

      Per the filmoffice website:

      This Time For Keeps - MGM

      Anatomy of a Murder - Universal

      Where the Boys Are - MGM

      Scarecrow - Warner Brothers
      Detroit 9000 - Holly Hill Productions

      Blue Collar - Universal Pictures
      The Betsy - Allied Artists

      Hardcore - Columbia
      Somewhere In Time - Universal
      Jimmy B. & Andre - Georgian Bay TV Movie

      Word of Honor - Georgian Bay TV Movie

      Continental Divide - Universal Pictures
      Assignment Berlin - Muse Pictures, Inc.
      Tom Edison - Ohio Production Company

      The Evil Dead - Renaissance Pictures

      Tough Enough - American Cinema
      Tiger Town - Thompson Street Films
      Doctor Detroit - Universal
      Crimewave - Renaissance/Pressman

      Beverly Hills Cop - Paramount Pictures

      The Carrier - Swan Productions

      Rosary Murders - Take One Productions

      Beverly Hills Cop II - Paramount Pictures
      Collision Course - DeLaurentis Film Group
      The Evil Dead II - Renaissance Pictures
      Hemingway - Daniel Wilson Production
      Action Jackson - Lorimar
      Midnight Run - Universal Pictures

      Moontrap - Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment
      Chameleon Street - Prismatic Films
      American Cops - AM Trading, Inc.
      American Beauty Ltd. - Marcello Productions
      Singapore Harbor - Cine-Makers, Inc.
      Young At Heart - Sue Marx Film, Inc.
      Tanner ‘88 - HBO/Darkhorse

      American Cops II - AM Trading, Inc.
      Prancer - Orion
      Presumed Innocent - Warner Brothers
      Lunatics - Renaissance Pictures
      Roger and Me - Warner Brothers

      Die Hard II - 20th Century Fox

      Truth or Dare - Miramax
      Only the Lonely - 20th Century
      Zebrahead - Ixtlan

      Hoffa - 20th Century
      Aspen Extreme - Hollywood Pictures

      True Romance - Warner Brothers
      Crossing the Bridge - Outlaw
      The Paraclete - Immigrant Films
      One Room Castle - Zone V Productions

      Renaissance Man - Touchstone
      Judicial Consent - Prelude Pictures
      Cobb - Warner Brothers
      Four Corners of Nowhere - Chapter II Productions
      Lost on the Bohemian Road - Bohemian Productions

      Hatred of a Minute - Darkart Productions
      Happy Hour - VELOCITY Pictures
      Mosquito - Mosquito Motion Pictures
      Sleeping Bear - Brauer Productions
      Flirting With Disaster - New Line

      Full Blast - Sound Bites
      The Incorporated - Make Believe Productions
      The Killing Tide - Tiger Lake

      In the Woods - Katharys Pictures
      Four Way Stop - Chicken City Films
      Grosse Pointe Blank - Caravan Pictures
      Polish Wedding - Addis-Wechsler
      Reach The Rock - Hughes Productions
      Tainted - Am I Wrong Productions

      All of It - All of It Productions
      The Big One - Dog Eat Dog/BBC
      One Half Gone - Peebo Productions
      Out Of Sight - Universal Pictures
      Postmark Paradise - Motion Picture Makers
      Stardust - Cireel Films Ltd. with Zone V Productions
      Knight Chills - Collective Development
      The Last Big Attraction - Hopwood Productions, Inc.

      Detroit Rock City - New Line Cinema
      Love and Action In Chicago - L & A Productions
      Rachel’s Attic - Gothic Pictures
      Chasing Sleep - Forensic 391
      From Venus - Collective Development
      The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island - Brauer Productions

      Escanaba in da Moonlight - Purple Rose Films Ltd.
      Driven - Warner Brothers
      ‘61 - HBO
      Hardball - Paramount Pictures
      Heaven’s Neighbors - Collective Development

      American Pie 2 - Universal Pictures
      China (TV) - Jazzy Tam Production
      Figure in the Forest - Collective Development
      Road to Perdition - Dreamworks
      Below - Miramax
      Super Sucker - Purple Rose Films Ltd.
      8 Mile - Universal Pictures

      An Ordinary Killer - Collective Development
      Terror At Baxter U - APEX Entertainment/BV Productions
      Hellmaster - Dolphin Productions Ltd.
      Bowling for Columbine - Dog Eat Dog
      MVP - Extra Film Production
      NARC - Lions Gate / Cutting Edge
      Naqoyqatsi - Miramax
      Standing in the Shadows of Motown - Rimshot / Artisan
      Timequest - Destination Earth LLC

      Dark Heaven - Omega Productions
      Barn Red - Brauer Productions
      Upside of Anger - Sunlight/Media 8
      Layla’s Girl - Autumn Rain Features
      The Invitation -

      Mongol King - Regal Dog
      Kalamazoo? - Londinium Films
      Dead End Road -
      The Island - Dreamworks

      Life Goes On - Orlando Entertainment
      Four Brothers - Paramount
      Crossover - Dribble Productions

      Frozen Stupid - Brauer Productions Inc.
      Amsteroid - Odd Angle Entertainment
      Offshore - TMS Universal
      The Dread - Safe Harbor Productions
      Dreamgirls - Dreamworks
      Transformers - Dreamworks

      Jumper - 20th Century Fox
      Semi Pro - New Line Cinema

      Street Boss - Bierlein Entertainment
      Whip It - Mandate
      Youth In Revolt - Dimension Films
      The Job - Kiki Goshay Productions
      Gran Torino - Warner Brothers

    What do you call those mini-films projected before films back in the days of WW2 about the soldiers overseas?
    Back in the days of WW2, these mini documentaries showing videos of American soldiers in action with cheesy voice-overs talking about "our boys protecting our land" would be projected sort of like a trailer before the actual movie shows. What do you call these things?

    • ANSWER:

    Since Obama has apologized for the actions of one American will Muslim Leaders apologize for the actions of?
    Why is it ok to blame all Americans for the actions of one but it is not ok to blame all Muslims for the actions of many Muslims ?

    Since Obama has apologized for the actions of one American will Muslim Leaders apologize for the actions of many Muslims ?

    Why are some people less upset by the Murderous Actions & Rioting of thousands of people than they are by a film short by one person ?

    • ANSWER:
      People do not understand that muslims in the middle east see an apology as weakness and weakness as a reason to further attacks and justify their attacks. So it is highly unlikely you will see any arab spring country apologize any time soon. In fact Egypt has issued arrest warrants for the video maker and his family as well as the preacher in FLA that staged the book burning and not a word from the president about them having no authority to do so and to stay out of US business.

      obamas weakness is a direct cause of the dozens of attacks on Americans and American soil (embasies) is there any wonder why a four month old video some think is detremental to Romney surfaced a few days after Americans were killed over seas and almost every embassy in the middle east and asia are under attack and nothing is being done to protect Americans other than to tell them "don't go there".

    What ever happened to the connections made by the "dollar princesses" of the turn of the century?
    What ever happened to the connections made between the families of the European aristocracy and the rich Americans daughters who married into them? Did America's rich get bored with marrying for European status or are we still doing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, Americans are still marrying royalty:

      ---Kathleen Agnes Kennedy (1920-1948), the daughter of the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James during World War II, Joseph Kennedy, and sister of US President John F. Kennedy, married Anglican William John Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington in 1944, who was killed in action four months later. Kick later became the mistress of Peter Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 8th Earl Fitzwilliam, but the couple was killed in an airplane crash in Saint-Bauazile, Ardeche, France, before they could wed.

      ---The sister of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Lee Bouvier (b. 1933), who was better known as Lee Radziwell while her sister was First Lady, first married Michael Temple Canfield, who was reputedly the illegitimate son of Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1953. They were divorced in 1959, and the Pope annulled their marriage in 1962. In 1959, she married exiled Polish Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwell; they divorced in 1974, and this marriage was annulled as well. She married American film director Herbert Ross in 1988 and divorced him in 2001. Professionally, Lee worked as a public relations director for Italian fashion designer Girgio Armani.

      ---The third husband of Spanish-Irish American actress, Rita Hayworth (1918-1987), was Prince Aly Khan. The pair were only wed from 1949 to 1953, but their union produced Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who is a spokesperson for victims of Alzheimer's. Incidentally, Rita's second husband was director Orson Welles.

      ---San Fransisco, California, native Hope Cooke (b. 1940) married and subsequently divorced the 12th Chogyal, otherwise known as the King of Sikkim. Cooke met Palden Thondup Namgyal at a bar at a hotel in Darjeeling, India, when she was a freshman at Sarah Lawrence College. An Episcopalian, she married the Crown Prince in a Buddhist ceremony in 1963--an act that banished her from the Social Register. The King was deposed in 1975, and the pair divorced in 1980. Cooke lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York, and works as a tour guide.

      ---Lisa Najeeb Halaby (b. 1951), architect and Yale University graduate as well as the daughter of a Syria-American TWA executive, converted to Islam and married King Hussein of Jordan in 1977 in a traditional Muslim ceremony, taking the name Noor Al-Hussein ("Light of Hussein"). She gave birth to four children, and as the Queen Dowager of Jordan since1999, she participates in various philanthropic causes, dividing her time between Jordan, Washington, D.C., and London.

      ---Jamie Lee Curtis (b. 1958), Hollywood's "Scream Queen" and the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, in 1984 married British actor Christopher Guest, who is also Lord Haden-Guest. Best known for her comedic films,"A Fish Called Wanda" (1988) and "True Lies" (1994), Jamie Lee currently is seen about every 10 minutes on an Activa yogurt commercial.

      That's all I can think of offhand.

    What are the unethical issues behaviors actions in the documentary film, Food Inc.?
    What are the unethical issues behaviors actions in the documentary film directed by Robert Kenner, Food Inc.?
    One unethical issue is the abuse and treatment of animals. Another is how consumers don't know what's done with our food.
    What are some unethical behavior you found besides the animal treatments? What do you think it's unethical? How do you defend the behavior or action? What should be done?

    Thanks for your response.
    Why** do you think it's unethical?

    • ANSWER:
      The government lies. Fact: Milk isn't meant for human consumption. Vit D isn't found in milk naturally, the milk company adds it in there. That's called fortification. Vitamin D is made in large quantities in your skin from sunlight. Only infants need milk for brain development, well-living, good health, etc. And it's milk is from human breast milk,. They then wean away from mother's milk. All mammals undergo weaning. People mainly drink cow's milk because of the government and the National Dairy Council's Got Milk? ads say so. It's funny how the milk industry thing is only a Western thing. Adults drinking milk on the regular basis isn't very common every where else in the world, especially in Asia. Propaganda and lies from NDC is working well at fooling most Americans. By the way, did you know the NDC recommends 3 cups of milk a day? Who drinks that much in a day?
      But the USDA's corrupt acts don't stop there. Milk and dairy are also subsidized for many years now. Billions of dollars is given to milk farms every year. Crop farm subsidiary is also welfare for the rich and is unjustifiable. Monsanto, a biotech corporation, is going to control what we put on our tables if giant corporate influence and these lobbyists don't be controlled. Monsanto has not lost one patent case. They have over a fifty genetically modified seeds patented like soybeans and corn. What a coincidence that the top 4 subsidized are all genetically modified crops?
      The artificial hormone rBGH is patented by Monsanto. The FDA approved the use of this artificial hormone in the U.S. due to self-interest and pressure from dairy industry and Monsanto. However, it is banned in Canada, Japan the European Union, Australia and New Zealand. I

    Anybody have more information on the Broken Sword film?
    I recently got the four Broken Sword games, following the adventures of George Stobbart. When i was reading about these games i noticed a film was being written. If anybody has any more information on this please reply.

    • ANSWER:
      CastleBright Studios will reportedly bring the Revolution Software videogame Broken Sword to the big-screen as a live-action feature film.

      CastleBright toppers Jay Douglas and Nav Gupta will produce Broken Sword with the blessing of Revolution's Charles Cecil, the creator of the game. "Broken Sword is the kind of complex story every producer dreams about, rich with mystery and adventure, so for me, this is a real honor," Douglas told

      The site adds that "initial talks have begun with leading directors and screenwriters from such films as Harry Potter, Casino Royale, X-Men to name a few." ComingSoon says the potential franchise will begin with the first game title, The Shadow of the Templars (released stateside as Circle of Blood).


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      "SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 18, 2008 - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced a publishing agreement to release the special edition of Broken Sword - Shadow of the Templars on Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ systems.

      "Ubisoft works with the very best development talent in the world," said Alain Corre, Ubisoft EMEA Executive Director. "We jumped at the opportunity to work with Charles Cecil and Revolution to publish a game of the highest pedigree so perfectly suited for the Nintendo audience."

      Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut builds on the original, boasting a new and explosive narrative interwoven with the first story. New puzzles have been added for Nintendo DS and Wii that specifically utilize Nintendo's unique control methods. The game also features stunning animated facial expressions drawn by Dave Gibbons, the artistic genius behind the comic book and upcoming movie, Watchmen.

      "These new platforms and their innovative controls enabled us to translate and enrich the point-and-click gaming experience in a way that no other console allowed before," said Charles Cecil, founder of Revolution Software and designer of the Broken Sword series. "Through Dave's animated faces, the game's characters are portrayed as empathetic and emotional - driving the narrative in a way that has never been done before in an adventure game. The Director's Cut has allowed me to deliver my true vision for the series."

      Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut starts with the player in control of charming Parisian photo-journalist Nicole Collard, who witnesses the brutal and horrifying murder of one of Paris's richest and most influential statesmen. During her investigations, which feature exclusive new locations, Nico meets amiable American George Stobbart, who has been unwittingly caught up in the sinister and bloody theft of an ancient manuscript. Together, they are drawn into a terrifying conspiracy rooted in a long-forgotten medieval legend.

      Expanding on the original classic storyline, The Director's Cut features tight scripting and an intense atmosphere from the explosive opening sequence to the gripping finale, where the full threat of the conspiracy is revealed.

      Adds Charles Cecil, "The Director's Cut features elements that enhance the original puzzles and storyline, which helps explain what happened prior to the start of the original game, and how it ties to later games in the series."

      Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut is scheduled for release on Wii and Nintendo DS in March 2009. "

      Broken Sword Movie Set for Cinemas
      George Stobbart and Nicole Collard Return for A Brand New Adventure

      © Richard Jan Vale

      Jul 7, 2008
      Geroge and Nico are back as the popular Broken Sword video game is undergoing adaptation to the big screen, with creator Charles Cecil set to produce.

      They've been around for over a decade, travelling the globe and saving the world from the hands of ancient cults, evil Mayan Gods and legendary weapons, and it seems that the adventure is far from over for George and Nicole, the dynamic duo from the acclaimed Broken Sword video game series. In an incredible testimony to the popular titles, a Broken Sword movie is set to hit production.

      Yet how exactly will this work, with other game-to-film adaptations, such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Resident Evil, to compete with?
      What is the Broken Sword phenomena?

      For those who have never heard of Broken Sword and are unfamiliar with the concept, the games require the player to control George, an American patent lawyer who is never found far from the latest threat to the planet, and Nicole, a feisty french journalist who reluctantly finds herself in situations requiring Goerge's help, as they follow the traces of murderers and kidnappers.

      The real appeal of the games (in order of release: The Shadow of the Templars, The Smoking Mirror, The Sleeping Dragon, The Angel of Death) is that there is no mindless combat involved, no frustrating running around and jumping from ledge to ledge.

      Instead players must make their way through locations dotted across Europe, America and Asia, gathering clues to aid them on their quest, conversing with strangers and interrogating suspects to gain information, and using collected items imaginatively to solve the obstacles the two heroes come across. The player is put into the heart of the mystery.

      For more background information, readers can visit
      Adapting Broken Sword to the Big Screen

      The beauty of the Broken Sword series comes from the richness of the environments the player explores as George and Nico; backgrounds are vividly created, incorporating a range of ideas, from lush greenery and magnificent buildings to such mundane things as litter, road traffic and roadsigns, combining to give a truly authentic feel to the world.

      Adding to this realism, is the vast range of characters encountered as the journey progresses. From English countesses, to Parisian waitresses, to Eastern European hashashin, to American tourists; every single persons is painstakingly paired to a voice actor who brings the intriguing and engrossing script to life, adding to the thickness of the plot with wit and humour to match that of the two central characters.

      Giving further depth to the moods created by the characters in the games, the musical score is perfectly matched to deepen the mystery or at times ease the tension with the help of a live orchestra.

      So then, it is easy to see how Broken Sword, with its action, adventure, vast array of cinematic elements and its proven ability to engage an audience, will be adapted to the big screen. Let's just hope it live sup to expections. But with a release day far from being announced, eager fans will have to wait a long time to see the final cut.

    How are Native-Americans represented in the western film genre?
    i need this info for film studies...
    I'm using John Ford's film the Searchers to focus on
    thanks to everyone of their fantastic opinions... everyone really helped!

    • ANSWER:
      Frozen in time, tragic, spiritual, etc...we all know the stereotypes. Have you ever seen a movie where a contemporary native american plays a contemporary role that isn't all about their indianness? Its irritating. IF an indian is in a movie, its because they have to play a stereotypical role. There are no native actors that get hired simply because they are good actors and asked to play roles where a persons' race isn't so much the main topic in the story line. They are always the "indian brave" the "strong willed maiden", "wise elder" blah blah blah.

      Is there ever going to be a movie scene where a barista at starbucks is making a main character a white chocolate mocha and she just so happens to be native but nobody knows or cares because her race has absolutely nothing to do with the story line? Nope. Because unless she is chanting over the coffee mug and asking the "great spirit" to bless the damn concoction, nobody is going to hire her to play that role.

      So, I guess that also counts out the possibility of a native actor ever getting the opportunity to play a detective in a high-action mystery, or a fashion designer in a romantic comedy. Because Americans like their natives frozen in time, uneducated and crying over a lack of justice.

    Do you think anime should start targeting anime fans in the West?
    What I mean is that there are a lot a anime that feature purely Japanese people as the main characters. Other than Afro Samurai (which I've never seen), I know no anime with mostly Western (American or European) main characters. Anime makers should do anime with Western main characters more often. If they don't, they risk alienating Western audiences because chances are that people in the West who like anime will also like live action films and TV shows made in the West.

    • ANSWER:
      In Fullmetal Alchemist, I'm pretty sure the main characters were based off of Germans. D.Gray-man also has a main character who is English. L and Near from Death note are also supposed to be English, I think.

      Anyways, I don't really think of the nationality of the characters. Most animes I watch are pretty culturally neutral. Japanese culture isn't very thick in most animes. Plus, most anime characters don't even look Japanese, usually.

      Pretty much, I don't think it really matters. Maybe I'm not watching the same shows as you are, but the shows I watch usually don't even mention where the characters are. If you don't take notice to the occasional Kanji characters in the background, you won't tell the difference.

      A.Davila: All American cartoons are pollitically correct? Are you forgetting about the whole Adult Swim channel and South Park? I don't think that most American cartoons are politically correct.

      Besides, I don't really think anime and American cartoons are comparable. American cartoons are usually aimed towards children or just include crude or slapstick humor (south park, Futurama). Anime seems to be used as a medium to portray more genres than just comedy. Overall, I expect anime to have a similar story to most live-action T.V shows.

    What are some good-looking actors that have played spies/secret agents in films/tv shows?
    I need pictures of actors that look around the age of 20 years old that have been in action films and have either been a spy, secret agent, assassin or someone who has just been badass.

    So if you could tell me the name of the actor and the fims they have been in that would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Brad Pitt - Mr. and Mrs. Smith
      Angelina Jolie - Mr. and Mrs. Smith
      George Clooney - The American
      Mat Damon - Borne trilogy
      Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah Walker on Chuck)
      Bridget Fonda - Point of No Return
      Jennifer Garner - Alias
      Halle Berry (or just about every other actress that has played a "Bond Girl")

    How does someone become a director?
    I know this might sound like a stupid question, but how do people become directors of major films? I dream of becoming a director/writer. I love (attempting) to write scripts and watching movies with the sound off to focus on the camera movements, but my question is how do the
    big Hollywood directors get funding from major film companies if they are a first time director. I'm guessing they go to film school or they make short films/commercials and if the companies like they're previous work the company will give them money to make the movie. How does the whole process work if you know. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Step 1-
      Go to college and major in filmmaking (see 149 Decide Which College Is Right for You). According to the Filmmaking Web site (see Resources), the most respected U.S. film schools include the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, the American Film Institute and New York University.

      Step 2-
      Move to Los Angeles or New York to get close to the action.

      Step 3-
      Get your foot in the door as an intern or assistant producer on a movie set (see 161 Set Up an Internship). You may not get paid, but you'll gain valuable skills, experience and contacts.

      Step 4-
      Develop your craft, gain as much experience as possible, learn like crazy and work your way up to film editor. When you have some clips to your name and start pulling down a salary, you can begin showing your work to people in the industry.

      Step 5-
      Enroll in a training program for assistant directors, run by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Directors Guild of America. (Click on "Training Program" at the Directors Guild Web site, see Resources). You'll get experience handling extras, transporting equipment and making arrangements for food and accommodations. Some companies allow you to shadow a director, which gives you valuable on-the-job training as well.

      Step 6-
      Think small at first. Directing music videos, educational films or commercials is a good way to get experience.

      Step 7-
      Raise money to make an independent film. It's much cheaper than it used to be, thanks to advances in digital technology. Enter your film in festivals and pray you get discovered.

      Step 8-
      Become a well-known actor and step behind the camera to direct your own movies.

      Step 9-
      Become a stage director and make the movie version of your latest hit.

      -Study other people's styles but don't copy them. You have to make your own name.
      -Deal with people respectfully and fairly. People will remember your reputation far longer than they'll remember some of your films.-
      The job is so multifaceted that directors have to delegate. Hire the most talented, dependable people you can.
      -Directors' salaries vary widely according to how many jobs they get each year and how successful their work is. You can always dream about Peter Jackson's million plus a percentage of the gross for a single film.
      -Don't go into directing for the big bucks -- or even for a consistent income. You might strike it rich one year but then barely make ends meet the next.

    What is your favorite film staring Christian Bale, and why?
    If you could only choose one- and it can NOT be The Dark Knight or Batman Begins, as I know those two probably the most popular of his ♥

    BQ: Who is your number one all time favorite actor and why?
    BBQ: In your opinion, what is their best and least best film?

    • ANSWER:
      I really liked him in "The Machinist". He was dedicated in playing that role and how he transformed himself physically to almost skin and bones. I like how the movie is about the mind being the enemy. That all problems are psychological. I also liked him in "American Psycho"

      BA: Robert De Niro. He's very versatile, most of the characters he's played are very relatable you can feel with them. He's also dedicated to a particular role, he could change his physicality, overweight, muscular, average, balding, old, young. He can also be great in a supporting role. While he doesn't have a natural comic timing, he can be funny as well. He's at his best when his cool, calm and collected, when he's acting is subtle.

      Best performance of his for me would be "Raging Bull" but my favorite is "Taxi Driver". His least best film would be the live action version of "Rocky and Bullwinkle".

    What are some good movies to watch?
    I've seen some good movies lately and am interested in some more. V for Vendetta, all of the Godfathers, Pulp Fiction, Donnie Darko, American History X, A Clockwork Orange, Limitless, and Middlemen were some recent ones that I enjoyed recently. Preferably one that makes one think such as a psychological/mystery film with some action. All answers are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:

    How much of the American Live Action Film Industry is Pornography?
    I want to do a panel on anime, and the complaints many a critic has on the art style. Sexuality comes up more than once, however I find like other complaints, this one has alot of pot calling the kettle black moments. So I'd like an answer to see how the US fairs in this area.

    • ANSWER:
      Porn is the largest, and most powerful industry in America. I cannot say exactly how much is Porn, but Porn is the largest grossing Industry in North America. Second is digital entertainment/Video games.

      70% of internet searches are for porn. Not just from men, from all people in general.

    What are some films from the early years of cinema (pre WWII) that contain strong examples of sex symbolism?
    I'm doing a small report on censorship in the film industry in the early 1900s. More specifically, I'm trying to find examples of films where drug, sexual, or any kind of banned action is heavily implied through symbolism. Example: in bonnie & clyde, where bonnie strokes clyde's gun as he holds it at his waist. But that movie was made in the 60s and I can only use films from pre WWII. Do you know of any?

    • ANSWER:
      The early years of cinema was nothing BUT sex symbolism and a LOT more RISQUE than you can imagine.

      Marlene Dietrich was an artist at this tye of thing.

      The Blue Angel (German: Der blaue Engel) is a film directed by Josef von Sternberg in 1930, based on Heinrich Mann's novel Professor Unrat. It gave the world Marlene Dietrich.
      CHeck out the movie plot ..

      Dietrich, though quite heterosexual, would often be seen off AND on the screen in men's clothing, looking quite shocking AND stunning.

      Café Elektric (1927), Ich küsse Ihre Hand, Madame (1928) and Das Schiff der verlorenen Menschen (1929).
      The Devil is a Woman is a 1935 romance film directed and photographed by Josef von Sternberg, adapted from the 1898 novel La Femme et le pantin by Pierre Louÿs.

      Mae West, actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol was KNOWN for her bawdy double entendres in EVERYTHING she did.
      From .....
      1933 - She Done Him Wrong - Lady Lou
      1933 - I'm No Angel - Tira
      1934 - Belle of the Nineties - Ruby Carter
      1935 - Goin' To Town - Cleo Borden
      1936 - Klondike Annie The Frisco Doll - Rose Carlton/Sister Annie Alden
      1936 - Go West, Young Man - Mavis Arden
      1937 - Every Day's a Holiday - Peaches O'Day
      1940 - My Little Chickadee - Flower Belle Lee

      The Children's Hour was a big one, though it wasn't doen in film until 1961, it was a 1934 stage play by Lillian Hellman.The play and the book were hugely popular for many years though people were terrified to put in on film.

      W. C. Fields, comedian, actor, and writer was the male version of Mae West.
      1915 September 19 Pool Sharks
      1915 October 3 His Lordship's Dilemma Remittance man William Haddock One reel
      1924 October 27 Janice Meredith A British sergeant E. Mason Hopper
      1925 August 2 Sally of the Sawdust Professor Eustace P. McGargle
      1926 October 26 So's Your Old Man Samuel Bisbee Gregory La Cava
      1927 January 31 The Potters Pa Potter Fred C. Newmeyer
      1927 August 20 Running Wild Elmer Finch Gregory La Cava
      1927 December 17 Two Flaming Youths J. G. "Gabby" Gilfoil John S. Waters
      1928 March 3 Tillie's Punctured Romance The Ringmaster A. Edward Sutherland
      1928 May 7 Fools for Luck Richard Whitehead Charles F. Reisner
      1930 August 22 The Golf Specialist J. Effingham Bellweather Monte Brice Two reels; story by W.C. Fields (uncredited)
      1931 December 26 Her Majesty, Love Bela Toerrek William Dieterle
      1932 July 8 Million Dollar Legs President of Klopstokia Edward Cline
      1932 December 2 If I Had a Million Rollo La Rue Norman Taurog
      1932 December 9 The Dentist Himself

      Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx and The Marx Brothers were an American family comedy act.
      Their movies Duck Soup, A Day at the Races and A Night at the Opera are master pieces.

      I am missing many, many, many more.
      These are from off the top of my head.
      Before cnesureship took over movies were fun.

    How is the movie Law Abiding Citizen inaccurate according to Canadian law?
    In my law class we have to analyze a film. I picked Law Abiding Citizen. I need help analyzing the film. I need to find out how the actions in this movie are inaccurate according to Canadian law. Regardless that its an American film. Just try and think what laws the film violates. Ex: Legal system, Charter of rights and freedoms, etc. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There's no such thing as the death penalty in Canada, so the man who was executed had his rights violated.

    What movie do you love, thats in a genre you don't normally like?
    This is one of your top films, but its in a genre that you stay away from most of the time. This movie may be out of your comfort zone.

    1- Why does this movie capture your attention?

    • ANSWER:
      well im usually horror action fast paced... but the movie (american crime) shocked and surprised me as i dont go in 4 weepy true stories.. and this one made me cry by the bucket loads.... which i never do... highly recomend it...

    How does daily life in the UK differs from daily life in the USA?
    Apart from the "Atlantic" divide, the lenght of distances, and the currency rate exchange, how does British daily life differs from its counterpart??

    Do you can buy cars, houses, and other ammenities the Americans can easily get?? Or the average British lives in a typical "Mr. Bean's" apartment??

    How does the live changes from a part in the UK to another?? (From London to Edimburgh or Glasgow, Belfast, etc.)
    Does the movie "101 and 102 dalmatians" reflet how is the life really in Great Britain????

    • ANSWER:
      That's not the brightest question the galaxy, but I shall try to answer it in the spirit I think it was probably asked.

      Right. Typical day. Get up, have shower, dry hair, get dressed in suit and so on, feed animals, grab fruit juice from fridge, turn heating down, set alarm and head out to car

      (OK - so houses, electricity, gas, household appliances, furniture, plumbing, central heating - check, yes we have them )

      Drive car to work, (cars, petrol (gas), on tarmac roads, park in car park, walk rest of way to work, grab something from Sainsbury's for brekkie, get to work, turn on computer, make a cup of tea, eat breakfast checking emails, I have to go on?

      you can't be THAT naive surely?!! I know a lot of Americans are barely aware of the world beyond their borders (the only nation in the world to have a world series that only they and their cousins the Canadians play in)

      the differences are cultural.....Britain is an older nation, with a lot of history, it is a smaller country but with a heck of a lot packed into it from north to south. Brits like satire and humour, try not to make a fuss in a crisis (stiff upper lip and all that you know), oh the cliches just keep coming.

      London and Edinburgh are both fantastic cities, so are Glasgow and Manchester, (apologies if you're from Hull, there's no hope for you- joke!!) but there's lots more to the UK than the cities, we are famed for our fabulous countryside which is very varied practically from one valley to the next you will get different views, accent, history and so on,

      The best thing you could do is come here for a visit. We don't bite (unless you want us to...!) and you will be very welcome, but don't make the classic American mistake of thinking that because it's a small island you can "do it" in a couple of have to choose a part of the country and stick to that, just to get an overview.....even then you'll only be scratching the surface. We're not, as a rule, as open as the Americans, preferring to mind our own business and let people's actions speak for themselves.

      Try reading literature - modern and classic, watch some British films - although remember that films use all the cinematic devices you can get, so are not real!! Watch some classic Ealing comedies like Passport to Pimlico, or Kind Hearts and Coronets, or some jolly good WWII films like Bridge on the RIver Kwai, or The Cruel Sea, or We dive at dawn....the Americans didn't win the war you know ;-))

      Anyway, read, talk to Brits (and don't generically call anyone from the UK English, that's the quickest way to get a very frosty response from quite a few of us), read the BBC website and try their quizzes, and subscribe to one of the online papers like the Times, Telegraph or Independent.....

      Just some thoughts, have fun!


      You asked > In a word "no", come on now, that would be like me asking were all Americans like South Park, or Homer Simpson, or King of the Hill.....hmmmmm then again (joke!!)

    what is an example of a foreign company doing business in the united states?
    Do you think Wal-Mart has the responsibility to support American-made products? Why or why not?

    • ANSWER:
      Subaru, Toyota , Mitsubishi, JVC, Sony, Citgo, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari, Bugatti, Nissan, Panasonic, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Hyundai, Rolls Royce, Nippon Steel, Nestle, Korean Air, China Southern Airlines, Pioneer, Iwatani International, Red Bull, Sankyu, Nissin Foods, Taisho Pharmaceutical, Kenwood, Oberthur Card Systems, British Petroleum, Daimler/Chrysler, Fuju Photo Film, Electrolux, Sanyo, Porsche, Saab.

      Second question? No.

      Purchasing American products just because they are American-made rewards inferior and inefficient companies. GM is a prime example and the result of lazy management because so many people buy American rather than the best quality. When so many people do this, the affected companies get lazy, like GM did. A large percentage of American companies do business overseas. Should overseas countries likewise purchase only the products of their own countries? What about all the stuff that we don't have enough of that we get from other countries, like oil? What if we could only buy American oil? Could we get enough to handle our needs? Whenever we slap taxes on imports to help our businesses, the other countries so affected slap taxes on stuff we export to them making it harder for us to sell our stuff there.

      If Walmart didn't sell the items it does at the low prices that it does, how would so many people who can't afford higher prices have their smaller paychecks stretch as far as they do at Walmart?

      When our government makes laws that make U.S. manufacturing and all other businesses more and more expensive to operate and as a result have to charge way higher prices for their products and services, should we the people be punished with those higher prices with no alternative? One example is the minimum wage. As a result, how hard is it presently for teenagers and others without experience to get jobs and apprenticeships? These days it's way harder than it used to be by a long shot because of minimum wage law requirements going up and up and up.

      Another example is regulations telling insurance companies what they must cover, like fertility treatments and stomach by-passes for obesity. Or the requirement that everyone pay for pregnancy benefits whether they're female or male? Or over the age of 50? Should we all pay for these benefits for other people with higher priced premiums. Don't most of us have enough trouble supporting our own families? Sure, sounds good when these laws are passed. We are doing the right thing, right? But nobody talks about the higher prices we all will have to pay for every one of these insurance mandates. My son told me recently that his health insurance premium for him and his family just went up to over 0 per month. Wow!

      Every time the government sticks its nose into our business telling us it's for our own good, we end up paying way inflated prices and have to handle all the hardships that automatically come from those actions. The biggest problem is that so few people tie the effect to the cause. Most blame the companies who have no choice but to raise prices to meet the government mandates to continue to exist... or go out of business.

      Why shouldn't we all have the freedom to buy the cheapest and even the highest quality products and services we can afford, whoever provides them. That causes healthy competition and the companies that aren't chosen must improve or get out of the way for smarter companies in smarter countries that can provide better products at lower prices. Have you any idea how much we depend on money borrowed from China these days? And what about all the persons who can't afford the highest priced products and services? Shouldn't they have the freedom to buy lesser quality at much lower prices if they find that to be best for their family based on the money they make?

      Years ago Kathy Lee Gifford was embarrassed in the media by activists because her line of clothes were being manufactured in overseas manufacturing plants that were using underage children. So what happened? She moved her manufacturing needs to other countries and all the poor families in those plants lost their incomes completely. But afterward nobody ever talked about or did anything about replacing the jobs that were destroyed and weren't replaced. Are these families better off now as a result of these activists? Are these families so stupid that they shouldn't be allowed to make their own free choices as to whether or not to work at particular manufacturing plants? Is our way of doing things in this country always the best way, no matter what the circumstances? Is it better in this country when teenagers who want to work to make money aren't allowed to work? Even when the work won't interfere with their studies?

      Instead of jumping on Walmart, we should change the laws our government constantly makes that forces companies to get so much from overseas companies that aren't hog-tied by our multitude of busy-body laws.

      By the way, do you count as American made those products that are put together here in the states but use all or most parts made in foreign countries?

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    Suggestions for a cheap but effective camera for film making?
    Me and my friend are trying to make an independent film. We are trying to go for a "Trainspotting" or "American History X" sort of vibe. Can anybody suggest a good over the shoulder/tripod based video camera?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Trevor:

      Since you're a young college-aged guy who, just a year ago, was scrimping on money for Black Ops zombie maps, you might give us an idea of your budget in dollars, since "cheap" means different things for different people.

      Feel free to use the "Additional Details" link on the Y!A Action Bar to give a spending limit for you and your buddy's project.

      A true "independent film" feature would be renting a camera kit they couldn't afford to buy easily (a good tripod alone costs more than most consumer video camcorders go for).

      On the other hand, I've entered projects in guerrilla-film festival type competitions, using an under-00 miniDV camcorder and had the results blown up onto a full-size cinema screen.

      A shoulder-based camcorder with decent sensors and optics is going to start around 00 and go up from there. It will be tape-based storage (miniDV, HDV or DVCAM, for example) for editing ease & image quality; CF-flash or pro P2 card storage capability cost a bit more (no SD card camcorder junk).

      You'll also want to budget for decent microphones, mixers (a good pro-camera will have a mixer available, but a sound person is as important as a camera person), cables, pole-boom, etc., since on-camera shotgun mikes are not the preferred method for feature entertainment dialogue scenes.

      hope this helps,
      --Dennis C.

    What are some of the movies that deal with stereotypes?
    I have a powerpoint presentation to do for a class, and its supposed to be about a movie that shows or have stereotypes ( anything)
    it could be a new movie, it could be old, comedy, horror, action romance.. whatever...
    please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, the first movie that popped in my head when I read this question was CRASH. This film, though not an easy one to sit through and watch, deals with stereotypes and the theme of universal racism vs. personal racism.

      In this film, some stereotypes it touches upon include:
      - Asians cannot drive.
      - Tough looking Hispanics are in gangs.
      - African Americans are dangerous, bad tippers, and criminals.
      - The LAPD is corrupt.
      - Politicians spin the truth for their own personal gain.
      - There is a specific type of tongue that African Americans speak in, and straying away from that makes someone "less black."
      - and others.

    What martial art class should I take for acting in action movies?
    I want to be an actress in action movies, and want to start get trained.
    What's the best class I should sign up for that will train me better for action movie stunts??
    Karate? Tae Kwon Do? ???? or give me other ideas!!!??

    • ANSWER:
      The only formal curriculum from an accredit school is called, "stage combat". In most countries that have a large film industry, there is usually an organization affiliated with the industry that codifies formal training for those training in the dramatic arts in college. In the US, there is Society of American Fight Directors which sets standards/requirements for stage combat classroom training. There are equivalent organizations in Canada, Australia, and UK.

      Stage combat is NOT a martial art. It is training so you can appear believable on film and it includes weapons and martial art-like moves. If you are going to college and majoring in acting, stage combat would be what you want. If you are too young for college, and you are only interested in performing flashy moves, anything discipline that can give you maximum flexibility and muscle control such as gymnastics, and ballet could prepare you for stage combat classes in college.

    Why can't Vampires enter a home unless they are invited in?
    I just saw a great film. In it the Vampire asks kindly to be invited in but the protagonist refuses. The vampire enters anyway and starts to bleed out of her eyes/ears/nose/mouth, until he says "please come in." Then she is okay. I'm just wondering what the rule is and if anyone has any recommendations on reading or films to learn more about Vampires. I'm interested.

    • ANSWER:
      Hollywood vampires tend to be more of the "Choose your own adventure" type of monsters. The writers take whatever traits they best like from the multitude of sources and then make a cuisinart type of monster. Which is why vampire are really enduring. They can be reinvented to go with whatever point the writer or movie maker is trying to make.

      As for vampires and thresholds, one of the old folklore legends is that a vampire has to be invited across one because thresholds are considered "holy" or "sacred" and since vampires were long held to be demonic or evil creatures, they were unable to cross that barrier unless invited.

      There are all kinds of interesting folkloric tidbits about vampires. Most of what Hollywood uses is from the Eastern European/Byronic hero type, made popular by Bram Stoker, but nearly every culture in the world has some kind of vampire legend. I highly recommend checking out the Asian and Chinese vampires for a wildly divergent take on the subject. Or, even further than that, the Native American legend of the Wendigo would interest you, although most people seem to think it has more in common with Bigfoot than Dracula.

      Some good books to check out are, of course, the original Dracula by Bram Stoker, but for some nonfiction books, I recommend are the following:

      The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead by J. Gordon Melton

      The Vampire Encyclopedia by Matthew Bunson

      Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality by Paul Barber

      The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to Bram Stoker's Dracula - Third Edition

      Some good vampire movies are:

      Dracula (the Bela Lugosi)
      Any of the Christopher Lee Hammer Film versions
      Underworld and Van Helsing for the more action hero type
      Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula
      Interview with a Vampire

    How good was the movie Jarhead?
    I dont know if I should see it or not, and if I would like it. Im in to movies about war, with conflicts and battles. I like some comedy in them, but mostly action. Is this a good movie for me?

    • ANSWER:
      its not an action film, its set during the first gulf war, and highlights life in the marines, and their struggle to grasp what is going on, there aren't any battles in it like black hawk down or saving private ryan, but I think its an excellent film, has some funny moments,

      its one of those films where you follow the life of a person, or in this case 'swoff' and his platoon, but it really illustrates the pointlessness of the troops being in the iraqi desert and clearly makes the point that it was about the oil...unusual for an american film,

      but as i say, if you enjoy action films over psychological ones then its probably not for you...

    Who do you think has been the best Film/Movie director since the year 2000 and the most dissapointing?
    Many good things have happened since the turn of the new century in terms of film. A few of my personal highlights have been Christopher Nolan's reboot of the Batman films and inception. He however does rely too heavily on a central cast for many of his films imo, and Peter Jackson's LOTR films, which have brought action-epics to a new level all together. And James Cameron, in terms of film technology he seems to keep on pushing it and pushing it (Avatar specifically - wasn't too immersing in the plot, but damn good to watch). I've enjoyed Matthew Vaughn with Layer Cake, Kickass and FC. In terms of disappointment I can imagine people saying Lucas for Eps 2 and 3 (and 1 what the heck, it was 1999). Personally I enjoyed Episode 3. However enough of me, this for other people to answer! Answer away!

    • ANSWER:
      Peter Jackson started the new millenium with his groundbreaking LotR trilogy and followed up a couple years later with his vision of King Kong (which I loved as much as LotR).

      Christopher Nolan owned the first first decade with his incredible films like Memento, Insomnia (which happens to be a remake of a swedish film) Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight and Inception. WOW! I love and cherish each and every one of those films.

      Those two are the best directors for me in the 2000s.

      The most disappointing for me is Rob Reiner. He did make a lot of great movies back in the 80s (The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally etc.) and the early 90s (Misery, A Few Good Men and The American President) but all his movies of the 2000s have been pretty bad. The only one I've liked so far was The Bucket List. The movie was pretty much a mess, but Nicholson and Freeman was great.

    What was the first monster movie ever made?
    What was the first monster movie ever made? Not horror movie, MONSTER movie (like Godzilla, Gamera, King Kong, etc). When was it made? And who made it, the Japanese or Americans? Please give details.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm assuming that your question is the first live action movie with a giant creature (human,dinosaur, insect,ape,etc..).

      it dates back to the first georges melies movie experiments in 1896-99 but there is no surviving footage and it's more experiences with a filming camera than a live action movie.

      the best that i could find is this movie from 1914 "brute force" . :

      "It is a story of cavemen and dinosaurs, and perhaps the first live-action dinosaur film."

    What are some truly good movies that are inspirational, beautiful, and fascinating?
    Not action, horror, purely comedy or romantic movies.

    Movies like:

    A Beautiful Mind
    Requiem for a Dream
    American Beauty
    Mean Creek
    12 and Holding
    The Virgin Suicides

    Films like that...

    Any ideas?


    • ANSWER:
      The ultimate gift
      starring: Drew Fuller

      North & South (2004)
      starring: Richard Armitage

      Centennial (1978)
      all-star cast

      Captains & the kings (1976)
      all-star cast

    Why was Rambo First Blood Part 2 such a bad ass movie?
    They just don't make great action films like they did in the 80's and 90's? What happened? I can watch Rambo 2 everyday! Is it just common knowledge that this was the best film of the 4 Rambo movies?

    • ANSWER:
      For me the first one showed how Americans treated vets. of that war and the struggles they had upon their return.
      The second movie was a redemption for the character against the american govt that he once served

film action american