The movie divergent and that starts of with a good opening scene is divergent where it starts of with the main character talking about how society has been broken up in to 5 sections and each one has a differnt interest. Not only that but the shoot of each scene makes each branch unique with the type of image each friction is shown as. The thing about this is that they don’t meantion divergent as part of the branches that society has. This is what interested me because the movie title is based on divergents and she does not meantion it. The movie comes out with an understanding of how society is  and what each friction is. image

Homework #2 – Pulp Fiction opening scene

First off, Pulp Fiction has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time and Quentin Tarantino definitely deserves all the credit. In this opening scene, actors Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer open the movie by discussing their strategy for robbing places as a resort to get money. If you’ve seen this movie, you’ll know that this scene only appears at the beginning and at the end of the movie, which is what makes it so good. Throughout the rest of the movie, Jules ( Samuel Jackson) and Vince (John Travolta) go through a series of life changing events in which at the end, they end up at the same diner that actor Tim Roth is about to rob. What makes this movie so enjoyable to watch is the comedy involved but also the action and storyline along with it. Samuel Jackson also plays an incredible character in this movie. I loved this movie because it was breathtaking to see how the plot of the movie develops and everything in this movie connects to each other. It just all makes sense in the end and was truly a genius piece of work by Quentin. This movie is truly a classic.



The opening seen of X-men is very subtle in the way it begins but in essence it creates the foundation of all that is to come. It begins in German concentration camp in Poland in 1944. A young boy, who we later identify as Erik, is with his mother and upon entering the concentration camp, he is separated from her. Attempting to reunite with her, soldiers try to restrain him and while this goes on, he causes the metal gates to bend towards him, as though attracted by a magnetic force. This scene may not involve much physical action but it is crucial in setting the basis for the audience to make note of “mutant powers.” This young Erik is used in this scene to open up to idea that other mutants like him will come into play. In addition, he later becomes an important character that is portrayed as a villain. Even the scene of the Holocaust concentration camp is important in itself because it serves as the reason why Erik is very remorseless and always seeking revenge. The scene is subtle but it kick starts the film for the rest to build up.

Homework #2 Lord of The Rings – Fellowship of The Ring

The opening scene for The Lord of The Rings is so compelling because it introduces the 3 races that are in power of land which are humans(those who wanted more power), elves(those who were immortal, wisest and fairest), and dwarfs(those who were master craftsmen and miners of the mountain). While, introducing the 3 races, it also tells the importance of the rings that were made for each race. The talk starts slow and then slowly gets more intense when they talk about the one ring that was made secretly and how much power that one ring has. The ending of the scene just shows the importance of the ring and why it must be destroyed. The war where humans and elves formed an alliance to destroy the ring was almost lost because of the power of the ring that was made secretly. This scene is just so good that it shows why the ring must be destroyed while trying to get the audience excited slowly.

Homework #2 The Dark Knight

This has got be one of the best opening scenes I have ever laid eyes on, so I just couldn’t resist sharing this with everyone. To think that one of the greatest villains of all time in superhero history can make robbing a bank look so easy, which was all done in about five minutes. The Joker just makes the whole movie start off with a BANG! (Rest in peace to the great Heath Ledger). The Batman is obviously isn’t shown in the opening scene, but from that point I just felt like the rest of the movie doesn’t even need the Batman; just make the movie all about The Joker. But, what is The Batman without The Joker? Nothing. And from that point on you just know that the whole movie will just be filled with a bunch of action-packed ventures. I think that Christopher Nolan, which is one of my favorite directors, did a fabulous job directing this film and doesn’t get as much credit for his fine works. I honestly recommend this movie to everyone, if you haven’t seen it yet, even if you aren’t into superhero movies, it’s way much more than your average “hero versus villain” movie. It’s definitely a must watch.

Homework #2(Diamonds)

I find this opening scene compelling because it sets the mood for the rest of the movie. The Comedian dies in the beginning of the first scene. The Comedian was known as a guy who wasn’t ever upset or sad, but this scene is really dark and gray, everything The Comedian was not. This scene also sticks out to me because The Comedian barely puts up a fight in the end, he realizes that his time has come and accepts it. It’s a really powerful scene and relates to what Bordwell and Thompson discuss in the chapter. It’s an action packed scene that starts off with a fight between two people then leaves the viewers at the edge of their seat to see what happens at the end of the scene and in the rest of the movie. This is one of my favorite opening scenes from a movie.

Homework #2: Opening Scenes-Jurassic Park to Close Encounters with Katy Perry?

T-rex stops traffic in Jurassic Park (1993)
T-rex stops traffic in Jurassic Park (1993)

Bordwell and Thompson begin chapter 2 in Film Art with a discussion of the importance of opening scenes in movies by contrasting the differences between two Steven Spielberg movies, Jurassic Park (1993) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Watch the opening scene for Jurassic Park and note how this is what Bordwell and Thompson describe as a “hard” opening filled with action that helps build suspense toward an encounter with a T-rex. You can access the Jurassic Park opening scene here. I couldn’t find the opening scene of Close Encounters online but if you know the movie, you would’ve recognized the reference in the Pepsi lead-in to Katy Perry’s Halftime Show for last week’s Superbowl. Here’s a link to the Richard Dreyfuss character Roy’s first encounter with aliens and note Pepsi’s allusion to this classic sci-fi movie.

Share with the class a favorite opening scene by including a link in your post (video.google.com and youtube are good sources for video clips) and discuss why you find the opening so compelling. If you can’t find a clip and want to discuss a film anyway, include a link or an image to the movie.

To complete this homework assignment, note whether you Post or Comment. For Homework #2, Diamonds and Spades will submit a Post and Clubs and Hearts will Comment (choose any of your classmates’ posts to comment on).

To students submitting a Post, make sure you Check off the Category “Student Posts” to get credit for the Homework Assignment and tag your posts (i.e., add the name of the movie as your tag)! In order to post, you have to be a member of the class, simply click “Join” on the Class Profile to become a member. If you’re unsure how to submit a post, follow the instructions under Blogging Guidelines and/or contact me!

To students submitting a Comment, choose any of your classmates’ posts to comment on. Watch the clip in their post and tell the class what you think are its strengths/weaknesses.

Homework #2 is DUE by Tuesday February 17th.
Don’t forget Diamonds and Spades Post, Clubs and Hearts Comment, note your blog group! Email me if you forget.

Fun Fact: We will study the French New Wave director François Truffaut who appears as a scientist/UFO-expert in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Homework #1: Introduce Yourself Reply

Hello, I’m Natasha. I am a senior, and this is my last class before graduating. I major in Hospitality Management but I really have a fondness for art, especially for film and photography, which explains my interest in this course. I enjoy an array of genres of film, from comedy, fantasy to film noir. I particularly enjoy watching films in the comfort of my home, as opposed to the movie theaters. Sometimes, I feel that I miss certain elements of a film watching it from a big screen because my eyes cannot simply cover the entire screen at once, whereas, a television or computer screen makes it easier. I also admit to being that person with the habit of rewinding back to certain scenes when I feel I may have caught on to an insightful clue, or a very subtle but important action that may be occuring in the background of a film. Yes, I actually enjoy dissecting apart films for analysis (but not always). I have taken a Films from Literature course, here at City Tech, which I highly reccommend to anyone who enjoys reading/writing and watching movies; however, this will be my first experience learning about the origins of film making. Therefore, I am really looking forward to this course. :)

Homework #1: Introduce Yourself!

Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle, The French Connection (1971)

As a follow-up to our first class, please tell your classmates a little about yourself and your interest in cinema. Have you ever taken a class on film history? What type of movies do you like? And how do you like to view movies? From home? in movie theaters? on a large screen or on computer screens? Share your thoughts with your classmates by replying to this post. Click on “Leave A Comment” above this post and then submit your response. Please complete your Introductions by class time on Thursday February 5th.