• Characterization

  • Setting
    • Vanessa Fry

      • A Raisin in the Sun (PG-13) 2008. The setting of the tiny apartment is important because it contributes to the high tensions running throughout the movie.

      • Shutter Island (R) 2010. The island is important to the film because it mirrors the feeling of isolation felt by the main character Teddy Daniels. Also important are the maze-like buildings that emulate the confusion going through Teddy's mind.

      • Jaws (PG) 1975. The overwhelming expanse of the ocean contributes to the paralyzing fear of the shark.

    • Mariah Becker

      • Blue Velvet (1986) R 120 minutes

      • Beetlejuice (1988) PG 92 minutes

      • Psycho (1960) R 109 minutes


  • Point of View
      • Megan Ward
    • Titanic (PG-13) 1997 Scene when Rose tries to jump off the ship.
    • Stand By Me (R) 1986 Final Scene
    • Shawshank Redemption (R) 1994 Scene when Andy first arrives at the prison
    • A Christmas Story (PG) 1983 Scene where Ralphie's dad sets up the leg lamp
      • Nicolaus Miller
        • Friday the 13th, Sean S. Cunningham, 1980, (R)
        • Let the Right One In, Thomas Alfredson, 2008, (R)
        • Taken, Pierre Morel, 2009, (PG-13)
        • The Avengers, Joss Whedon, 2012, (PG-13)
        • Doom, Andrzej Bartkowiak, 2005, (R)
  • Symbol
      • Alicia Hershey

    • A Clockwork Orange (R) 1971 Korova Milk Bar representing a mother's milk. The milk flows from women.
    • The Lord of the Rings (PG-13) 2001 The ring represents weakness, temptation, and evil.
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (R) 1975 The keys represent power, control, and authority.
    • Schindler's List (R) 1993 The girl in the red coat represents the innocence of the Jews.


  • Irony

    Dylan Barler
    • The Matrix (R) 1999
      • Length: 136 minutes
      • All of Neo’s life he thought the life he was living was real, but it turned out to be the exact opposite. He was living in the Matrix and when he actually did wake up, the real world was not anything like he thought it was.
    • The Fox and the Hound (G) 1981
      • Length: 83 minutes
      • In the beginning of the movie the hunter gets a hound dog to help chase down and hunt foxes. By the end, the fox that the hunter wanted became best friends with his hound dog.
    • Toy Story (G) 1995
      • Length: 81 minutes
    - When Andy ends up getting a new toy for his birthday all of his older toys begin to worry that they will get replaced. The only toy who isn’t afraid at all is, Woody, his favorite toy. It ends up being ironic that the toy who ends up getting replaced throughout a good part of the movie is Woody, the one who wasn’t worried at all before.
    • 50 First Dates (PG-13) 2004
      • Length: 99 minutes
      • Adam Sandler’s character in the film makes it clear that he doesn’t want a steady relationship whatsoever. He eventually wants this when he meets Drew Barrymore’s character who happens to have no long term memory.







  • Foreign Films