Thursday, September 27, 2012


 1. There is a bunch of exposition such as about how Sidney's Mom was murdered and some other stuff to create suspense which is directly told to us not by watching it by hearing about it. But we do infer at the end that the survivors sent to the hospital actual did survive and we assume that the killers are actually dead, but that's really speculating.

2. The first story story event that is introduced is the conflict. That there is a killer or some kind of creepy guy around. He is the conflict throughout the movie as it escalates with the more people he kills until the end where it is revealed that it is two guys and then when they die the conflict is resolved.

3. No it's a linear story and parts of the story just escalates as time goes on, and we understand how the characters are feeling through the escalation, but that is common with any thriller, it's pretty much standard. I don't think any narrative points were left loose in the end, but I could be missing a detail somewhere.

4. No the ending is not a reference to the beginning or is like it in any way pretty much, it is completely different. Besides when she calls the killers just like the killers called her in the beginning and she puts on the ghost costume, but the phone calls from the killer are throughout not just in the beginning

5. We go across a bunch of character giving exposition and creating suspense giving necessary information for the story. These characters can be in all different places even if the story or the conflict isn't necessarily there and throughout we go to a bunch of different people asking who it is and we follow each murder.

6. I say it's pretty spot on for a classical Hollywood clock  it doesn't jump through time, it escalates somewhat linearly although after each murder there is a break from the escalation for exposition or to even give a little more suspense until near the end where it escalates and doesn't stop until the Antagonists are dead.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Life Lessons

     Life Lessons is a film about a man with needs women to give him inspiration so he can paint and the ratio between woman and painting is about one to one so this happens quite often. But of course there is escalation and various details on the way, they will only be mentioned if there's something relevant in the scene.

     So, I'm going to talk about the music as an aesthetic and how it functions in this post. We start out with the first song of the film as "Whiter Shade Of Pale" and is played when we first meet Paulette (His assistant / who he wants to love him). And for the rest of the film we do not hear that song until the very end after Paulette gets fed up and leaves him and it begins to play as soon as he finds a new assistant and then the film ends. This pattern implies that it is indeed a vicious cycle also backed by a little bit of expositional dialogue. Also throughout music functions to show the main character, Lionel's emotions. After each argument with Paulette he goes down to paint and puts music on. Each time he goes down as the story is escalating so is the music until there is "the opera song" which totally breaks the rock and roll pattern when it comes to the climax and the answer to the question that Paulette really will never love him as she is upstairs with a young man. After that besides the end the music is not too significant as the rest of the music. And over all for me all of the music really helps and just make the film feel the way it feels. I'm not sure completely how to explain it, but besides its function I think as an aesthetic should, it really just adds to the whole film.