The 2012 Movie Analysis

The 2012 movie, an edge-of-your-seat, mindless escapism created by veteran apocalypse director Roland Emmerich, though of poor plot structure and underdeveloped characters, is the perfect thrill for anybody who likes to see the earth smattered into tiny pieces or people running desperately for their insignificant lives. It has lots of visual candy, lots of plausible premises, and lots of goings-on that keep the entire movie moving ’til the end. It’s not executed at its best, however, and while the extent of destruction is much larger and more horrific than what we’ve ever seen before, this doesn’t make up for the incapacity of the movie to deliver a strong story.

The movie has been criticized negatively because of the reasons aforementioned a lot of times, however, and this article is not going to bash the movie any further. The 2012 movie, inconsistencies aside, is a plausible and genuine outlook of the future should the date of destruction, December 21, 2012, comes. It mashes up all the general theories regarding 2012, and presents possible outcomes and solutions to save not only humanity, but its virtues and its long-recorded history. Here is a list of what happened in the 2012 movie that could also happen in the real 2012 apocalypse:

1) The global destruction of the movie is based on the “Earth’s Crust Displacement Theory” and in the movie, it’s stated that neutrinos are bursting within the Earth’s core, causing the crusts to be rapidly displaced. The neutrino explosion is in turn supposedly caused by the peaking of the solar flares in the Sun.

2) In 2010, international leaders begin a massive, secret project intended to ensure humanity’s survival, by building futuristic arks designed to hold 400,000 people. Additional funding for the project is raised by selling tickets to the private sector for €1 billion per person, effectively cutting off the chances of majority of people to survive.

3) By 2011 they start to secretly move humanity’s valuable treasures under the guise of protecting them from terrorist attacks, such as the Mona Lisa, to save humanity’s history as well.

4) The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, or the Mayan Calendar, is referenced in the movie.

5) Earthquakes of intensified magnitudes wreak havoc all over the globe as a result of crust displacement. Huge buildings are destroyed, bridges are split in two, major cities are literally broken in pieces.

6) Yellowstone Caldera, a volcano in the USA, erupts, sending massive igneous stones skyrocketing in the air, resembling meteors and asteroids.

7) A mega tsunami destroys several key cities, including Washington, D.C., which kills the president of the United States.

8) The arks save the people who luckily got in. The water levels recede, new lives are beginning and a new civilization and world order is created.

If yIf you look beyond the inefficacy of the 2012 movie to show great story material that can match its great cinematography, the creators indeed have made a future that is not far from what we, as a species, are bound to do just so we can survive. The arks are very welcome options if ever those destructive events occur, especially the mega tsunami. However, these are not the only things that could happen in December 21, 2012 – we have to take into account that radiations, asteroids, or other similar stuff are also predicted to happen, so we can’t count in an ark to save us all.

In the most general sense, the 2012 movie is simply a message to all of our subconscious minds to be prepared and be vigilant even in the dreariest of moments. We are humans, and we are gifted with the ability to hope for the future, to fight for it. If and when the 2012 movie indeed comes out of the screens and into our lives, we shall be prepared, we shall come out conquerors, we always do.

4 Excellent Films Commemorating the Battle of Little Big Horn

In honor of June 26, we would like to recommend the following historically “accurate” films: Son of the Morning Star, Little Big Man, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and American Experience’s Emmy award winning documentary Last Stand at Little Big Horn

Between June 25 and 26, 1876, a combined force of Lakota and Northern Cheyenne led the United States 7th Cavalry into a battle near the Little Bighorn River in what was then the eastern edge of the Montana Territory. The engagement is known by several names: the Battle of Greasy Grass, the Battle of Little Big Horn, and Custer’s Last Stand. Perhaps the most famous action of the Indian Wars, it was a remarkable victory for Sitting Bull and his forces. They defeated a column of seven hundred men led by George Armstrong Custer; five of the Seventh’s companies were annihilated and Custer himself was killed in the engagement along with two of his brothers and a brother-in-law. Known as the battle that left no white survivors, Little Big Horn has inspired more than 1,000 works of art, including over 40 films. Here are four of the best…

Son of the Morning Star

Based on the 1984 best selling historical novel by Evan S, Connell, Son of the Morning Star won five Emmys when it first aired in 1991. Focusing on the life and times of General George Armstrong Custer, it takes up Custer’s life near the end of the American Civil War, follows him through his involvement in famous Indian wars, and culminates with the battle of Little Big Horne. I particularly like this version because it attempts to get beyond the stereotypes and introduce you to the real man; it provides an excellent introduction to the personalities involved and the events leading up to and following the battle.

Little Big Man,

The 1970 film Little Big Man, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Dustin Hoffman, was based on Thomas Berger’s 1964 fictionalized “historical” novel by the same name. Admittedly adjusted history, it tells the satirical, fictional and picaresque story of Jack Crabb; a white boy orphaned in a Pawnee raid and adopted by a Cheyenne warrior, he eventually becomes the only white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn. It is considered a “Revisionist Western” because Native Americans receive a sympathetic treatment that was uncommon for Western films in previous decades. Revisionist or not, I simply adore this wickedly humorous film about one man’s life revolving through the kaleidoscope of cultures that made up the American “Wild” West, and I recommend it with all my heart.

Bury My heart at Wounded Knee,

HBO’s 2007 adaptation of Bury My heart at Wounded Knee, a 1970 classic of Native American history by Dee Alexander Brown, recounts the struggle of the Indian Wars from the perspectives of three people: Charles Eastman, a young Sioux doctor who received his medical degree from Boston University in 1889; Sitting Bull, who led the combined forces at Little Big Horn and refused to submit to U.S. government policies that stripped his people of their dignity, identity, and sacred land; and Senator Henry Dawes, one of the men responsible for the government’s Indian affairs policy. The story line begins with the American Indian victory at Little Big Horn in 1876 and continues though to the shameful slaughter of Sioux warriors at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on December 29, 1890. If the film has any fault, it’s that it attempts to explain the whole deeply complex fourteen-year struggle in just over two hours. It manages to do an excellent job at providing an educational and entertaining overview for future investigation.

The American Experience: Last Stand at Little Big Horn

The American Experience: Last Stand at Little Big Horn takes the time to explore this controversial battle from two perspectives: The Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow who had lived on the Great Plains for generations, and the white settlers who were moving west across the continent. Using journals, oral accounts, Indian ledger drawings and archival footage, James Welch and Paul Stekler combined their talents to create one of the most balanced documentaries about this event ever produced. Their efforts won them a much-deserved Emmy.

Money For Reviews – Get Paid to Review Movies

Before I begin I’d like to ask you a few questions, just answer them in your head. First of all, how many movies do you think you have watched in your life time? Second, how many hours did you waste on boring, uninteresting, unoriginal, poorly thought, just downright BAD movies? Well it makes sense there are so many movie reviewers, since there is such a high demand for quality movie reviews, because of the never ending supply of poorly written, directed, etc. movies. I’ve been getting paid to write movie reviews since I was 16, and honestly I got paid pennies writing for newspapers and magazines than I’m getting now. How? Publishing the reviews my self, on the internet.

Everyone knows where the moneys at: the internet. What everyone doesn’t know, is how do you take advantage of this? How do you make a dime on the net, there are so many frauds and scams, you can’t find any legitimate way to earn online. How can you get paid to review movies?

The Big Picture: Every time I surf over to websites that allow users to post there own personal movie reviews, and I see hundreds (sometime thousands) of reviews posted for any given movie, I get a good belly laugh. A lot of these articles are high quality, insightful, well written reviews. With a descent understanding of article marketing, these reviewers could be making a KILLING off this talent. But because no one has told them about it, and they haven’t bothered to run a quick Google search, they are getting ziltch for something that could literally be there primary source of income.

Getting paid good money for your movie reviews isn’t about the way you write them or on what movies you write about. It’s about where you post them, it’s about applying article marketing principles. Article marketing is a mixture of SEO (Search Enginge Optimization), simple internet marketing, and just plain resourcefulness. The idea is, your reviews will get indexed on Google for terms like “[Insert Movie Here] Review.” So for example you write a review for Hellboy 2, and you apply the article marketing techniques, and you see some descent results. Your article “Hellboy 2 Review” gets indexed on the third spot, so when someone searches for “Hellboy 2 review” your article is right in front of there eyes.

This article in this scenario, will probably earn about 250$/month until Hellboy 2 is no longer in theatres, once it hits DVD the article will make roughly 100$/month, and after that it will make about 40-50$/month.

As you can see, you could make hundreds, sometimes thousands of a single well written review.

The Facts

Who’s paying me?

The owners of these movies! After every review you leave an affiliate link, this is simply a URL that has your user name embedded. If someone purchases some movie tickets for that movie, you get a commission. If you rated the movie poorly, simply leave a second link for a movie that you would recommend instead.

Is this going to cost me anything?

Nope, your reviews are submitted to article banks and blogging sites such as EzineArticles or Squidoo.

Do I need my own website?

No. Again, you will be submitting these to blogging services and article submission websites.

How much can I expect to earn?

Well that all depends on you, and how much time your willing to invest, and how seriously you wish to take it. Even a poorly written review will make at least 20 – 30$ per month. Pump out 10 reviews in a day, and at the minimum you added 300$ to your monthly income.

Article marketing is your key to success in the field of paid movie reviews. It’s literally the only way to go, unless you get a job working for a national newspaper, this is the highest paying way to get paid for movie reviews.

The Top 10 Best Action Anime Movies

Anime movies are a real delight to watch. They combine all real life elements similar to a motion picture. Yet, the absence of real-life people or real-life objects is what makes them so special and also powerful. Like real motion pictures, anime movies are of similar length and have a strong story to support the playtime. While anime movies can be of different genres, we will discuss only the action anime movies here. The basic essence of action anime films is so profound that they have easily reserved their place in the hearts of anime lovers. As my top anime advice, let us discuss the 10 best action anime movies, which have been tagged as classics and trendsetters by anime lovers and have since created a cult following them.

Akira

Imagine a film made in 1988 still cherished by fans all over the world and equally accepted by the new generation. Well, the movie Akira is what’s being talked about. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, who created the manga of the same name, Akira is an epic animated science fiction action cult classic film, which takes place in a futuristic Neo Tokyo. A secret military project creates psionics called espers, which inadvertently leads to the destruction of Neo Tokyo. The main character Akira was the first and most powerful esper, whose psychic power led to the destruction of Tokyo during World War III. It is considered as one of the greatest science fiction movies to ever be made and is definitely one of the top action anime movies.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell is an anime cult action film directed by Mamoru Oshii based on the manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Set in the dystopian future, it follows the story of Motoko Kusanagi, a public security officer of Section 9 assigned to track down a mysterious ghost hacker titled as the “Puppet Master”. The film follows the quest of Motoko on her new assigned mission, which leads her to the mysterious Project 2501 created by the corrupt Section 6, which in turn was responsible for the creation of the antagonist. It is considered to be a benchmark for science fiction films and is hence rightfully tagged as one of best action anime movies.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

The movie follows the story of D, a bounty hunter hired to bring back a young girl named Charlotte, who has been kidnaped by a noble vampire named Meier Link. The film is based on the novel Demon Deathchase, the third in Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D series. If you are a fan of hardcore anime action, then this film will surely satisfy you with loads of demon slaying action.

Ninja Scroll

A critically acclaimed Japanese animated action film, released in 1993. Ninja Scroll depicts the events of a bloody battle, set in feudal Japan, between a ninja and the eight devils of Kimon. The film was written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The anime movie has gained immense popularity due to its narrative style of the journey of the protagonist Koichi Yamadera, a ninja, whose character is inspired from the Japanese folk hero Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi.

Princess Mononoke

If you only expect plenty of action in a film, then Princess Mononoke is your choice of an action anime movie. Set in the late Muromachi period, the story revolves around a young Ashitaka, the last prince of the Emishi tribe, determined to restore peace between the forest spirits and humans, who consume the forest’s resources. Princess Mononoke is considered to be one of the best action anime movies until today. It gradually became the highest grossing film of all time till the release of Titanic later in the same year.

Cowboy Bebop – The Movie

Hardcore anime lovers are well acquainted with the name “Cowboy Bebop” for the television series, that ran through 1998-1999 and won million hearts with its 26 limited episodes. Based on the same storyline between episode 22 and 23, Cowboy Bebop – The Movie follows the story of the space bounty hunter crew on the spaceship named Bebop, assigned to take down a chemical terrorist threatening to destroy the planet Mars with an unknown pathogen. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Sun Studios, Cowboy Bebop is considered a classic in the world of action anime movies.

Street Fighter II – The Animated Movie

Ever imagined to recreate a game into a movie? The creators of this movie did this thing in reality by making a film based on the popular fighting game series of the same name. The film is written by Kenichi Imai and directed by Gisaburo Sugii. It follows the story of Ryu, a street fighter taking on a crime lord named Bison, who is bent to defeat the greatest fighters of the world. The film has a large following ever since and serves as an inspiration for the live-action film starring Van Damme.

Appleseed

Created by “Ghost in the Shell” fame, Masamune Shirow, Appleseed is a computer animated science fiction action film featuring some eye-catching animation. The film revolves around the former Deunan Kute, who embarks to restore peace with her cyborg partner in a post-apocalyptic Utopian city “Olympus”, whose population consists of genetically modified clones called Bioroids and humans in about the same proportions. The artificial Bioroids, who have hardly any feelings like anger or fear, were created with the intention to balance the human society and bring peace. But certain organizations are against it and want to disrupt the balance and peace once more. Appleseed and also its successor Appleseed – Ex Machina are definitely must watchs for all fans, who love action, science fiction and epic soundtrack.

Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger is directed by Masahiro Ando and produced by Bones, the same studio co-producing the classic Cowboy Bebop – The Movie. The film follows the story of a young boy named Kotaro and his dog as they meet a retired ronin, Nanashi, while running away from mysterious swordsmen hunting them for mysterious reasons. While avoiding to draw his sword ever again, Nanashi is caught between morality and commitment as he agrees to take Kotaro to a remote Buddhist temple. Sword of the Stranger is my top anime tip. It is a masterpiece for its genre. Everybody, who likes Samurai and Sword films, atmospheric soundtrack and top-notch animations, will love Sword of the Stranger.

Fist of the North Star

The last to include in our list, but not the least, is Fist of the North Star. Like most other anime action movies, it is an adaptation of a manga series of the same name. With violent elements, similar to the manga and set in a post-apocalyptic world, the story is based on the protagonist Kenshiro, who goes in search of his wife Yuria after being heavily defeated by his former friend Shin. The film is directed by Toyoo Yashida, who also directed the first film of the Vampire Hunter D Series.

Movie Vs Book – Which Do You Prefer?

If you asked anyone today the following question; “Movie vs book, which do you prefer?” The popular answer would be a movie if the demographic were 21 or under. Since movies are far and above a much sexier entertainment medium, most people would rather be entertained with a higher level experience that combines visual and audio effects to stimulate the senses.

There is no doubt that movies and film have penetrated deep into our society and culture. Movies can stimulate and influence attitudes and drive major behaviors across a mass audience. Whether blockbuster action films or love stories that tug at our heart strings, movies try to deliver a promise that the audience will be taken into another place and time where fantasy and reality are easily crossed.

The question then becomes, is a Movie really a better entertainment medium for those who have read the book? Most often than not, the customer would say “No, the book was better”. This then begs the question, why are we biased toward a story that resides on plain white paper as better entertainment than any studio can muster on the big screen with mega budgets and high profile stars? The answer is imagination.

When reading a book, we are so engrossed into the story line that our mind’s eye has crafted a picture and emotional response that is highly intense and real. With this in mind, a movie production would be hard pressed to match what we already have formed within our mental file cabinet.

So why don’t more people read “a good book” on a lazy afternoon, rather than plunk down 10 bucks on a quick fix? The answer is time. Comparatively speaking, the amount of time an individual needs to escape into a good book is a much more significant commitment. With time being a major factor, we are naturally drawn into the marketing machine that influences our decision to make a minor time commitment of a couple of hours vs several days.

In conclusion, when asked “Movie vs Book, which is better?” the book will probably be the answer most given.

Dracula – 1931 – The Differences Among Characters in the Novel and Those in the Movie

‘Dracula,’ one of the most famous novels ever written, had been produced as a movie in 1931. The movie in itself earned a lot of fame till Frankenstein eclipsed it. However, there are significant differences among the characters in the movie with the original novel.

The primary character Count Dracula remains the same. Bela Lugosi plays the role and does a great job.

Mina Murray of the novel become Mina Seward. And poor Dr. John Seward, the failed suitor of Lucy in the original novel, now becomes the father of Mina. And hey presto, Lucy still remains a friend of Mina.

Jonathan Harker, Mina’s fiance in the novel, remains the same in the movie.

Renefield of the movie is significantly different from Renefield of the novel. In the novel, Renefiled is merely another patient in Dr. Seward’s asylum. He eats and kills creepy creatures. And he beings Dracula inside the asylum of Dr. Seward accepting Dracula’s baits. However, in the movie, he is almost a servant to Dracula. He does some of Dracula’s lease papers, sends them to Transylvania, gets bitten by Draula and that gives him the power to bite and drink the blood of other people. And he eventually gets to bite a real woman before getting thrashed to death by Dracula for leading Jonathan and Van Helsing to where he was living (hiding).

Van Helsing is similar in the novel and the movie. He is still the nice caring person.

And then there is Martin, the person in charge of caring for Renefield. He provides an angle of comedy in the movie and appears in some of the more interesting scenes.

Mother Knows Best – The Shocking True Story That Inspired the Movie

Hatred and Disgust

Lee Goldsmith, a well respected, Boca Raton, socialite of 67 years, hated her son in law so much that she hired someone to kill him. Goldsmith, anxious to find a suitable husband for her daughter, Arleen, a Delray Beach nurse, took out an in the local paper: “Nice Jewish Girl Wants to Meet Nice Jewish Boy.” David Brownstein is the man who answered the ad, and the two became inseparable. However, Mrs. Goldsmith could not bear the thought of her daughter marrying Brownstein because he was not professional. An air conditioning auto repairman would not have been impressive enough for Goldsmith’s socialite friends, so she concocted a plan to ruin his life. According to state testimony, Goldsmith, tried everything in the book, from falsifying letters and threatening to cut Arleen out of her will, to accusations of beatings and extortion from Brownstein. But nothing would fuel her hatred more than not being able to attend her own daughter’s wedding, nor see her grandson. So she decided that it was time to have David Brownstein out of their lives for good.

The Plot

The carpet cleaner seemed like the perfect guy to ask about where to find a contract murderer. He was hired to clean the carpet in the Goldsmith’s home when Lee asked him about helping her find someone to kill her son in law. The man said he would see what he could do to help her out, and instead he informed the police of the plot and received a $750 cash reward. The police then devised a plan to trap Goldsmith into paying an undercover cop for the job. The plan was to meet near a restaurant where Lee Goldsmith would give explicit instructions on how the murder should be carried out. The intended victim would be shot in the head and have drugs planted on his body to make it look like a drug related murder. She paid Thomas Brennen $1,000 up front, and then once the death was confirmed she would pay the remaining $9,000.

On February 8, 1989, David Brownstein kissed his wife Arleen before entering work without knowing that his life was about to change forever. The police notified him of his mother in law’s plans to kill him, and he agreed to play along. The county morgue was also in on the plot. They were told to confirm the death of David Brownstein when Goldsmith called. On February 15, 1989, Brennen told Goldsmith that her son in law was dead. She then paid the balance, thanked the officer, and chuckled as she remarked how happy everyone would be “except the one in the morgue.” Undercover Police Officers videotaped Lee paying them to kill David while meeting in Lee’s CADILLAC. She told the undercover cop that she would have another job for him in six months. She wanted the mother of David Brownstein to have acid poured onto her face. She laughed and laughed as she described exactly how she wanted it done. Police moved in and arrested Lee Goldsmith and charged her with solicitation of first degree murder.

The Trial

During the February 1990 trial, neighbors and friends described Lee Goldsmith as a gentle soul who would not harm anyone. She was described as a civic leader who engaged in fund raising activities and teaching exercise classes to retirees. Milton Goldsmith backed up his wife’s story about the beatings and letters they received. He stated that they became terrified of Brownstein. Arleen was torn as she was asked if she loved her mother. “To say I didn’t love her would be a falsehood,” said Arleen. Meanwhile, Lee Goldsmith looked as though she was falling apart during most of the trial. She wept after she described the beating she endured. David Browstein spent two hours on the stand denying taking any part in any beating, nor any behavior exhibited toward his mother in law. Lee Goldsmith was found guilty and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. “Please, God, no,” said Lee, collapsing after hearing the verdict. Her husband Milton was distraught.

In June 1995, Lee Goldsmith was released on probation at the age of 73.

Update

The case became a sensation. After her release from prison Lee and Milton Goldsmith appeared on A Current Affair and the Oprah Winfrey show. The movie Mother Knows Best aired in April 1997.

On Easter Sunday, April 13, 2009, I spoke with Lee Goldsmith. She informed me that her husband Milton had fallen, fractured his neck, and never recovered. He passed away a few months ago. She said these days she feels alone and despondent. She is 86 years old. She no longer engages in any fund raising. She spends most of her time at home. Goldsmith and her adopted daughter Arleen have never spoken to one another again. Lee Goldsmith and I never talked about the crime, and she refers to it only as ‘the incident.’ She never knew a movie had been made about her. She is not familiar with many cable stations, stating “my husband took care of those things.” She said she would like to watch it though. She would like for me to let her know when the movie is on again.

Illegally Downloading Movies – You Do the Crime, You Do the Time

Illegal movie downloads, most people know someone who has dabbled in it however not many people are aware of the legality and problems that may arise when downloading movies illegally online. With the vast amount of content that has been made freely available online it is no wonder why some people do experiment in downloading movies unknowing of the possible consequences. With almost 16.6 million people illegally downloading the hit movie Avatar in 2010 it shows you why the industry is desperate to halt and hopefully stop the steadily increasing stream of illegal downloads each year.

There is no other way to put it but illegally downloading movies is wrong, the clue is in the name and those that participate in this hobby are breaking the law. Downloading pirated movies is constituted as a criminal act which can lead to a variety of differing punishment for both the individual uploading the films onto file sharing web sites and for those downloading them onto their home PC. The punishments can range from large fines to imprisonment for the individuals who are downloading the films.

Fines are probably the most used method of punishment used by the movie industry to combat people who illegally download films. In April this year a group of 20,000 people were sued by a US based copyright group for illegally downloading films and they state that there were plans for another 30,000 people to also face the same action. New technology means that internet software can automatically track the users who download material on torrent sights and then flag those they suspect of illegal activity to the appropriate authority.

Although not as common as a hefty fine those that are found guilty can also end up doing some jail time. Serious offenders and repeat offenders have been known to serve a custodial sentence. More recently in Germany a new law is being discussed. It has been proposed that anyone found guilty of downloading a single illegal movie for personal use would face a prison sentence of two years. Anyone found guilty of downloading or copying films for commercial gain would face a sentence of 5 years. These are moves that the copyright and film industry are pressing for to be replicated in all leading countries. Once again you have to weigh up what you would rather do, spend a small amount of money to legally buy the movies from the legal sites or risk spending a lengthy spell behind bars?

In a more recent move by the larger film companies pressure has been placed on the Internet service providers to hand over the information of those who are downloading the films and a request to totally ban them from accessing the internet in future by blocking their IP address. Another new policy that is being implemented by many internet service providers is a three strike rule. If you are suspected of downloading films illegally you are sent a stern letter expressing that you stop all activity, ignore this and the subsequent follow-up letter and then you receive a third strike. On the third strike your details are sent to the owners of the copyrighted material who can request that not only are you barred from using the internet but that you are also attend a legal proceeding where you will face prosecution for your actions.

In terms of downloading movies illegally there is such a high risk involved, a genuine risk of imprisonment or a hefty fine. You do wonder why so many people still partake in this practice when there is an abundance of affordable legal sites you can use. You have been warned, if you do the crime you need to be prepared to do the time if and when you get caught. Remember, technology is on the increase each and every day, the film industry is worth millions and they are not going to allow those suspected of stealing from them to walk free.

Maximizing ELA Classroom Benefits From Movie Worksheets

The class is excited and the DVD cued up, but what about a movie worksheet to keep the class focused during the film? We want teachers to feel 100% comfortable about using both the right movie and the best movie worksheet, so here are some suggestions on how to get the most out of film study worksheets. (Choosing the right movie is still the most important step in creating an exciting lesson based on film. Don’t compromise on quality! The movie should be a work of art that will inspire students and extend their horizons.)

Movie worksheets should be reviewed carefully before they are used.

  • Are there any questions that the students won’t understand?
  • Are there a few more questions that need to be added?
  • Does the movie worksheet hit all the pedagogical points that need to be made to maximize the benefit students get from the film?
  • Is it the right length and level of sophistication for the class?
  • Does it fit with the movie?

Adjust the worksheet as needed to challenge, but not overwhelm, your students.

When using a generic movie worksheet, delete or substitute questions that don’t have a place in the curriculum. For example, three generic movie worksheets are:

  • one for ELA classes generally;
  • another for analyzing a story using the paradigm of the Hero’s Journey;
  • and a third for historical fiction.

Saving paper helps the environment but it’s hard to do in a classroom situation. If feasible make only enough copies of the worksheet to produce a class set to be used and then handed back when class is over. When making enough copies to give one to each student, make sure that the worksheet can be copied on both sides of one sheet of paper.

Before the movie begins…

Review the worksheet with the class so that the students know what to look for as they watch the movie. Discourage students from making notes while the movie is running; they may miss something important. Stop the film for about three to five minutes on a few occasions to give students time to quickly jot down their notes. After the movie is finished, give the class a modest chunk of time to complete the movie worksheet.

There are a variety of things that can be done with movie worksheets after the film is finished. Students’ raw notes can be handed in and either graded or simply checked for completion. Answers to the prompts on the worksheet can be expanded into sentences or paragraphs; this can be done in-class or as homework, by students individually or divided into groups. The worksheet can be used as the basis for class discussions, it can be used for student presentations, or it can be used as a test.

Remember: when showing a film in class, being comfortable with the movie worksheet is second only to being comfortable with the film itself.

Top 10 Will Smith Movies

There was a time when you could bank on there being at least one Will Smith movie hitting the big screen every year, but it has been relevantly quiet on the Will Smith front since 2008. Although not in the front of the camera Smith has been busy behind it, helping produce his son Jaden’s movie “The Karate Kid”. But the good news is that Will Smith will be back infront of the camera once again when he stars in the next “Men in Black” movie, yes they are making a third one. So whilst we wait for more alien busting action here is my Top 10 Will Smith Movies to keep you entertained.

10) The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

Rannulph Junnah had it all, he was a great golfer, a legend in Savannah and dated the beautiful Adele Invergordon. But having gone off to war all that changes as he returns to Savannah a changed man more interested in drinking and gambling than playing golf. In the meanwhile Adele having inherited both a golf course and debts from her father is forced to fin a way to raise some money quickly and sets about hosting the greatest game of golf ever. Having aisgned up golf legends Waler Hagen and Bobby Jones to play she convinces Junnah to play after the locals demand a local player to appear alongside the greats. Having lost his confidence and swing it seems that Junnah is destined to disappoint but when a myserious man called Bagger Vance turns up offering to caddy for him it seems that things are turning around for Junnah.

I have to say that whilst I enjoy “The Legend of Bagger Vance” it has to be said between the mysticism of the character Bagger Vance and many zen like golf sequences it is all a bit too fairytale like. But then Will Smith delivers a charming, fun, intriguing character in Bagger Vance making much of what is really a lot of nonsense into an entertaining movie.

9) Men in Black (1997)

Whilst giving chase to a criminal, James Darrel Edwards III discovers that he’s up against someone who is not human bringing him to the attention of Agent Kay who introduces him to the top secret agency MiB whose job is to control all the aliens who live on the planet undetected. Having convinced Edward’s to join this special agency, becoming Agent Jay in the act, they find themselves in the thick of things as the planet is facing destruction unless they can discover an Alien terrorist looking for ambassador’s from other planets.

Whilst the sequel wasn’t up to much the first “Men in Black” was a fun movie which not only gave Will Smith a box office success but also a chart topping song. It’s very much the sort of performance we like from Smith, delivering plenty of humour mixed in with action and with the surprise pairing of Smith and Tommy Lee Jones working so well it’s a movie which is fun from start to finish.

8) Hancock (2008)

John Hancock is a troubled man, on one hand he has super powers and tries to use them to do goo, but he also loves his drink often leading his good intentions ending up with disastrous consequnces and a traile of destruction. But whilst trying to do a good turn by saving PR guy Ray Embrey from being hit by a train he inadvertently gets himself a new best friend who sets about improving Hancock’s public image. All of which is well and good but for some reason Ray’s wife is not to happy to see Hancock being welcomed into their home and not just because of his accident prone ways.

Right the first thing is that “Hancock” the movie is not great, it’s like two movies slapped into one and the blend just feels completely worng. But thankfully Will Smith as John Hancock does, with Smith creating a memorable bad ass hero and delivering a few moments of comedy with a lot of action. But like the movie Smith’s performance suffers with the first half being great whilst the second less than great.

7) I, Robot (2004)

In the year 2035 technology and robots have become part of life, much to the displeasure of Detective Del Spooner who takes a dislike to every robot he comes across. When Dr. Alfred Lanning, the man credited with creating robots in their present form, is found dead, Spooner is called in to investigate what many think is a suicide. But Spooner and his technophobic attitude leads him to suspect that Lanning’s death was not suicide but was murder, committed by a robot who somehow managed to kill despite rules preventing him.

To put it simply “I, Robot” is a Will Smith movie, a futuristic serious one but also an action movie. So what we get is Will Smith delivering a pumped up performance in more ways than one with him showing off his impressive physique as he works out whilst also delivering high paced action sequences all of which has a touch of humour to them, thanks to Smith’s delivery of sarcastic dialogue. Whilst a sort of serious movie, it’s hard to take it completely seriously but Smith delivers an impressive performance.

6) Bad Boys (1995)

Marcus Burnett is married and hen pecked, Mike Lowery is single and a ladies man but they are partners, working for the Miami Police. When a sizeable amount of drugs is audaciously stolen from the police safe house Burnett and Lowrey have just 72 hours to retrieve the stolen drugs and catch the criminals. Not that simple when a confussion leads to them having to pretend to be each other in order for a witness to come forth.

Although Will Smith had already shown his talents on the big screen you could say that “Bad Boy’s” was his first major movie where he was one of the main stars. It’s another one of those movies where he delivers exactly what people like, so we get action, we get comedy and Smith creating a smooth operator in Minke Lowery. But it’s as much to do with Martin Lawrence’s performance as Will Smith’s as to why the movie works creating a memorable cop partnership for a new era.

5) I Am Legend (2007)

In the year 2012, New York has been abandoned after a miracle cure for cancer mutates and leaves those who were treated with it into flesh eating zombie like beings. The only person left in New York is Robert Neville who is determined to discover the cure for this mutant virus even if it means he is faced with a daily battle to protect himself from these zombie like beings who roam the streets at night.

It has to be said that “I am Legend” is a movie which has ended up splitting audiences. Some were wowed by this sort of horror story whilst others felt it a weak adaptation of Richard Matheson’s original novel. Whether you like the movie or not what is for sure it’s a strong performance from Will Smith who not only is the only character in it for so much of the time but also delivers that sense of fear and loneliness of the last survivor in a once bustling city.

4) Ali (2001)

Covering the yers between 1964 and 1974 “Ali” is the story of boxer Muhammad Ali. A turbulent decade in the boxers life it covers aspect of him becoming a Black Muslim, his friendship with the influential Malcolm X, his decision to change his name plus is this relationships and marriages. And of course it covers his boxin career and his fight to be allowed to box again after refusing to join the US Military.

“Ali” is another one of Will Smith’s movie which splits audiences because for many it cover such a small part of the legendary boxer’s life but also because director Michael Mann has such a stylistic approach to movies that it often doesn’t feel like a mainstream movie. Whether you like it or not it’s hard to ignore the impressive performance of Will Smith as Muhammad Ali. Firstly the bulking up he did to physical resemblance Ali is stunning but he picks up all the little mannerisms, the quick feet, the way he pronounced words pretty much everything is spot on and it’s such a shame that the movie itself ends up splitting audiences because it’s one of Smith’s best performances.

3) Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

Are dealers Flan and Ouisa Kittredge (Donald Sutherland & Stockard Channing) are just about to go out for a mean when a young man shows up at their New York apartment claiming to having been mugged and in need of help. Introducing himself as not only the son of Sidney Poitier but also a friend of Flan & Ouisa’s children he delights them with tales of his life and prepares a meal in repayment for their kindness. But when the Kittredge’s insist he stays the night they are in for a shock as not everything is as what it seems and become determined to discover the truth surrounding this young man.

Considering that back in 1993 Will Smith was known more as for his comedy and in particular “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” watching him take on a serious role in a movie whose roots were on the stage is very impressive. In fact Smith’s performance as the charming and eloquent young man in “Six Degrees of Separation” is what makes it work as a movie and his delivery of some thoughtful monologues makes for powerful stuff.

2) Seven Pounds (2008)

Haunted by a tragic secret, Ben Thomas looks to help 7 deserving people in the hope of finding redemption through his acts. But when Ben puts his plans to help into motion nothing can stop them, except the didn’t take into account for falling for one of those he chooses to help who ends up transforming his life.

Even before I say anthing about the brilliant performance from Will Smith as Ben Thomas you have to say that “Seven Pounds” is an impressive, emotional and touching movie full stop which is brave and different from your normal mainstream fare. But much of what makes it so good is the top performance from Will Smith who takes on a difficult, almost mysterious character and makes us love him, champion him and when he feels emotion so do we.

1) The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Based upon the true story of Chris Gardner who during the 80s not only found himself pretty much penniless but also a single dad when his wife left him. Often forced to live rough, sleeping in toilets and queue up with others for a room in a hostel he manages to get himself on an internship to become a stock broker in the hope of making a better, more secure future for his son.

There is much that I can empathise with in Chris Gardner’s story and as such it’s a very touching and powerful storyline, made all the more better by a performance from Will Smith which should have won him an Oscar. He really gets into the mind of someone who hasn’t any money and shows the emotional side of not knowing where the next meal is to come from and the whole desperation of it. But at the same time it’s an inspiring performance and storyline making “The Pursuit of Happyness” my number 1 Will Smith movie.