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My Own Private Idaho, Gus Van Sant
1. We can be influenced by a person we meet or even a new film we watch. Both can completely change how we view life. My Own Private Idaho is a type of film that shows characters and situations that can lead to a major transformation of ones political sensibilities as it makes viewers to think about such controversial issues as poverty, sexual orientation, morality, inner search, and substance abuse.
2. a. The film portrays different social classes and substantial inequality in the society. Each class has its own struggle, yet poor people still experience more hardships. b. Inclination to immorality does not depend on sex of a person. Both males and females pay for sex. c. Vulnerability can become an obstacle in daily life and, at the same time, serve as a lifebelt, attracting caring people and good friends.
3. 1) 00:11:37 Mike is hired by a wealthy woman. She takes him to her house where Mike meets two other boys, whom she paid for sex as well. This scene shows that one can never judge personal standards of morality from the age, social status or appearance. 2) 1:30:04 When Scott returns to Portland, he rejects Bob and his gang of street kids as he reunites with his social class. He does not need to trade his body, take drugs, and steal anymore since his learning has finished. 3) 1:36:00 Mike falls into a condition called narcolepsy. It makes him have dreams about his mother, whom he wants to find, and serves as a background for his inner search.
4. My Own Private Idaho is an American adventure film about two friends Mike Walters and Scott Ferris, who have personal desires that take them to Idaho, Mikes hometown, and then to Italy. Their story portrays various senses of immorality that exist in the society: prostitution, theft, drug abuse, and betrayal. Consequently, it is difficult to feel compassion for the characters. Yet, unconditional love, trust, and aspiration offers one to look at the events from a different angle, which may unexpectedly affect ones sensibilities.
5. My Own Private Idaho. Dir. Gus Van Sant. Fine Line Features, 1991. Film.
Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee
1. Do the Right Thing is a film written by Spike Lee, which depicts a day in the life of Brooklyn neighborhood full of racial tension and intolerance. Peace and conflict, love and hatred, friendship and hostility offer an explicit view on politics of difference and its implications.
2. 1) The director shows that bravery can be shown by the most unexpected person. 2) Fear is the main source of all misunderstandings and conflicts. 3) Violence can lead to even greater violence.
3. a) Pino, the elder son of Sal, does not like Mookie as he is black. He believes that Mookie waists their time and money. b) Buggin Out, Mookies friend, is distressed with Sals wall of fame. He demands that Sal changes pictures to black celebrities photographs since the pizzeria is located in the black neighborhood. Sal defends himself saying that as an Italian American he can feature any Italian he wants. c) Raheem attacks Sal, which leads to a large, violent fight that spreads to the street. The police arrive and break the fight killing Raheem in front of the onlookers. As a result, the crowd destroys the restaurant.
4. The film Do the Right Thing is full of abuse, both physical and verbal. The level of the abuse depends on the skin color. For example, Italian Americans despise African Americans, who, in their turn, hate Koreans, and so forth. Peoples heads are full of stereotypes and cliches they are not willing to reject. Therefore, mutual aggression and stubbornness provoke and then expand conflicts. While the only right act can save the situation, it may have its own outcomes and may not be regarded as a salvation by everyone. Thus, one may conclude that politics of difference prevents communities and individuals from flourishing and developing together as one united nation.
5. Do the Right Thing. Dir. Spike Lee. Universal Pictures, 1989. Film.
Boyz n the Hood, John Singleton
1. The story takes place in South Los Angeles, a dangerous neighborhood, where everyone is under the risk of finding themselves in a bad situation. Life there appears hopeless due to drugs, shootings, violent crimes, and harassment by the police. In my opinion, this film can significantly affect ones political sensibilities as it presents persuasive and strong evidence that each persons life matters and everyone deserves to build a better future.
2. a. The director shows the necessity of sacrifice parents have to make to protect their children. b. A right to education has to be fundamental and equal. c. Violence and crime can spread as a virus that undermines whole communities.
3. 1) Tres father tries to call for help after an attempt of theft. Two police officers arrive. The white officer tries to be polite, while the black one shows Furious his contempt. He behaves similarly when he pulls Tre and Ricky over and points Tre with his gun, knowing Tre cannot do anything. 2) Tre abandons his plans for revenge after he is found preparing his fathers revolver. However, he changes his mind again and decides to join Doughboy. Later, he asks to be let out of the Doughboys car and returns home, realizing that his father was right in restraining him from the cycle of violence. 3) Doughboy understands why Tre left and blames the country for not overseeing the lives in the neighborhood, claiming he has no life left: however, Tre gives him hope.
4. John Singleton uses a very strong language in his film to depict the life of the characters as real as possible. As there is no disguising the truth, it may be difficult to watch. Yet, watching Tre make the right choice gives a sense of satisfaction and desire to follow the story further. Therefore, in my opinion, this film cannot leave anyone indifferent or untouched.
5. Boyz n the Hood. Dir. John Singleton. Columbia Pictures, 1991. Film.