Rear Window

I really like this movie by Alfred Hitchcock. He’s famous for making you think and question why things are happening in the movie. The main characters, James Stewart and Grace Kelly, work very well together. The movie is about a man who got hit by a car while photographing and is wheelchair bound. He spies on his neighbors for lack of anything better to do. But, while he spies, he notices a possible murderer is in one of the apartments across the way.

Hitchcock uses good camera work and allows the viewers to really develop a good understanding of all of the neighbors. Each neighbor has something different going on with them and it makes it interesting to scrutinize why they do what they do. Hitchcock also makes it enjoyable for the viewer to watch because he makes them feel like they’re trying to solve the mystery with the main characters.

North by Northwest

In Film as Lit, we’re watching North by Northwest by Alfred Hitchcock. This movie stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. It’s about a man, Rodger Thornhill, who is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies. Thornhill is innocent, and has nothing to do with the man, George Caplin, who they are looking for. Both an author and journalist, Nick Clooney praises Ernest Lehmans writing, and says that it’s “certainly Alfred Hitchcock’s most stylish thriller, if not his best”. This film is generally cited as the first to feature an extended use of kinetic typography in the opening credits.

I really like the film North by Northwest so far. Not only does it hold my attention, it also keeps me on my toes. I like watching it and having to figure out why certain things are happening. I’m glad it’s not the kind of movie where you can predict the ending. It’s actually an interesting movie to watch, because Hitchcock doesn’t make it boring. There’s a lot of action packed scenes, along with scenes filled with all kinds of tension, effects, good use of camera work, and over all direction. I think the movie is very well done and I’m looking forward to see what’s going to happen in the end.

Top Ten Musical Numbers

Top Ten Musical Numbers

1. “Somewhere over the Rainbow”- The Wizard of Oz

2. “Singin’ in the Rain”- Singing in the Rain

3. “The Sound of Music”- The Sound of Music

4. “Mrs. Robinson”- The Graduate

5. “Old Time and Rock and Roll”- Risky Business

6. “Staying Alive”- Saturday Night Fever

7-10. “Dangerzone”, “Take My Breath Away”, “Playing With the Boys”, “Eye of the Tiger”- Top Gun

Life of a Cowboy

today in class we watched life of a cowboy, again. i was able to understand it a lot better the second time because while watching it, i had a realized different things the second time than i did the first. i think that edwin porter was really talented. he was able to film and show the early nineteen hundreds, and also set up what could help films advance over the years. without porter exploring the ways of film, we wouldn’t have the same movies today.

Table of Contents

a. Alice in Wonderland

i. The parody of Jabberwocky you wrote

ii. The literary elements wiki project. (link to the wikispaces page)

b. Sonnet Project

c. SSR

i. Reading Log/ Voice Thread/ Presentation/Prezi  for The Life

ii. Reading Log/Voice Thread/Presentation Prezi for Full House

d. Literary History Project

i. Classical Period

1. Bibliography

2. Powerpoint

3. Antigone

a. answers to Prologue, Scenes 1-5 and Exodus

b. the Facebook Wiki

ii. Medieval Period

1. Bibliography

2. Powerpoint

3. Beowulf Prezi

4. Canterbury Tales presentation Blog

iii. Resotration Period

1. Bibliography

2. Powerpoint

iv. Modern/Post Modern Period

1. Bibliography

2. Powerpoint

3. Short Stories critiques (6)

House Types

1) This is an example of a Victorian house.

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2) The style of my house is a ‘townhouse’. This is so, because I live among a little community. Living in a townhouse reflects who I am because each community has its own unique balance and shape, but yet it fits in with the rest of society and its people.