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(Media Review) The Accidental Catalyst: Examining Pressreader-aggregated Articles on How Disney’s Mulan Sparked Media Campaigns Addressing the Plight of Uighur Muslims

A media review for my Media Theory class analyzing the increased Uighur Muslims coverage after the release of the Disney live-action film "Mulan" After the straight-to-streaming release of Disney’s Mulan in the Disney+ platform in the U.S. and other selected countries on Sept. 4, 2020 (‘Mulan (2020)’ [IMDb], n.d.), this live-action adaptation of the Chinese legend came under fire after viewers discovered the acknowledgment of the government security agency in the Chinese province of Xinjiang in the film’s closing credits. Xinjiang authorities are accused of the

Worksheet on ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ by Walter Benjamin

Worksheet Instruction: Answer the following questions; discuss in two sentences each. A worksheet for my Media Theory class for the lecture on Ideology as Instrumental Rationality and the Walter Benjamin essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" 1.      Why does aura wither in the age of mechanical reproduction? (p. 21) Aura withers in the age of mechanical reproduction because when an original gets reproduced, “the copies become detached to the domain of tradition.” By making many reproductions of the original, the process leads to

Worksheet on ‘The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception’ by Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno

Worksheet Instruction: Answer the following questions; discuss in two sentences each. A worksheet for my Media Theory class for the lecture on Ideology as Instrumental Rationality and the Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno essay "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" 1.      Why is the culture industry an industry? (p. 42) The culture industry is an industry because it works as an amalgam of the different dominating aspects of culture and entertainment in the public sphere with the masses mainly targeted as its consumers. It

(Response Paper) Laura Mulvey: The Women as Element of Spectacle in the Patriarchal Order

In response to: The Laura Mulvey essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” from the journal “Screen” A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class In the essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey objectively examined the roots of woman’s oppression in cinema using the socially established interpretation of sexual difference which controls images, including the erotic ways of looking at spectacle, as applied in films. She looked into the language of patriarchy using the tools provided by psychoanalysis, offering

‘Ong-Bak’ Film Review: No doubles, no strings, no CGIs

This Thai action picture highlights the art of Muay Thai in this Southeast Asian country's contemporary scene. "Ong-Bak" amazes and defies the Hollywood cheats of stunt doubles, using CGI and animation, and working on strings while shooting on chroma to let the characters' actions fly and soar high. This action fare shows the real deal — what a premier martial artist can really do without resorting to any of action cinema's magic tricks. The film presents the centuries-old art of Muay Thai in a contemporary scene. It carries on the

Jennifer Lawrence sports a towering updo for ‘American Hustle’

Jennifer Lawrence is best remembered for her brunette looks for two of her most memorable films to date, "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook." But going back to a blonde hairdo on screen has never been this glamorous until her new project "American Hustle" started filming. This time, she sports a towering and voluptuous hairstyle that easily catches attention. She wears a big blonde bouffant, '70s-style. The Big Blonde Bouffant For "American Hustle," the Oscar-winning actress showcased her long golden

Filmmakers and Film Criticism Video Essay Transcript

Video Essay Transcript for My Students For this film theory and criticism course, some of you may not find this very appealing, especially if you are more of a production person and not someone who would prefer spending more time in reading books about film theories and criticism and engage in intellectual discourse relating films watched with assigned readings. But think of this way, being filmmakers, knowing film’s roots, how it develops and how it manages to survive and thrive through

Post-analog Filmmaking: Tips in using digital camera for documentary filmmaking

Shooting documentaries is becoming a more accessible endeavor to both professional and amateur filmmakers. The history of cinema continues to write itself as the art of motion picture develops further. The definition of a digital camer has evolved through the years. From the late 1990's to the early 2000's, it used to pertain to Digital8, Hi8, and MiniDV cameras (as compared to the obsolete Video8 cameras before them), which were all tape-based camera equipment producing standard definition (SD) videos. A few

‘Give Up Tomorrow’ Film Review: A saga of crime and families

"Give Up Tomorrow" is a documentary that has all the elements of a fictional drama. It presents cinematic doses of corruption, injustice, and media manipulation to keep its “victim and victimizer story” moving forward. Unfortunately, it is not fiction. It is a true story still waiting for real closure. As the many questions on the Philippines’ corruptible system abound, so does the questions on the uncertainty of Paco Larrañaga’s fate in this now one-and-a-half-decade-long saga about seeking justice. Even the fate

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