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Lost in Translation - Film Review

A faded movie star and a neglected young wife form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film. It was written and directed by Sophia Coppola and stars Bill Murray as the lonely Bob Harris, and Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte - a young woman trying to find her purpose in life.

The film in itself is a gem, defining the true meaning of humanity and perfectly depicting the feelings that one experiences when thrown out of one's comfort zone, and into the foreign spaces of the world. A romantic comedy from start to finish; the film delivers a story full of understated providence and simple reflection which everyone can tap into.

'A relationship picture with elegant connective tissue;
     it's brittle and real, focused on the nuances of body
     language and unspoken desire, while indulging in a cheeky
     bit of knowing absurdity when the mood strikes' - Rotten

The title of the film offers several mea…

The Great Debate - TV vs Film

As a film maker, it is vital that you acquire your own opinions, albeit someone else's. Whether you prefer TV or Film, it is important that you portray your ideas and views through the medium. TV and Film have very different values. For example:
TV prefers 'long storytelling' (the ability to transform characters/plots over a long period of time).Film on the other hand compresses the time period (allowing the plot to develop enough for the audience to create a bond whilst shortening the complexity of life into a 2-hour film).One of the biggest arguments is that money has nothing to do with the entertainment value. For example:
These are the top-budgeting TV series at the present moment:
 The Borgias - $45-50 million (3 series) The Pacific - $27 million per episode Game of Thrones - 6 million per episode Vikings - 4.5 million per episode Downton Abbey - 1 million per episode Sherlock - approx £800,000 per episode Doctor Who - approx £10 million per season Primeval - approx £6 million …

Film Review - Festen

'Festen', translated into English as The Celebration, is a Danish Film produced by Nimbus Film. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, it was the first film to be made under Dogme 95, and was inspired by a hoax broadcast on a Danish Radio Station.
The film tells the story of a family gathering to celebrate their father's 60th birthday. At the dinner, the eldest son publicly accuses his father of sexually abusing both himself and his twin sister (who has recently committed suicide).Festen contains many different themes within the story line including racism, abuse, love, and the relationships within a family. The combination of comedy and tragedy is portrayed with a sense of ambiguity resulting in the audience being left unsure of the intended tone throughout.

As the film was made under Dogme 95 it meant that there were specific production and narrative limitations in several areas of the films production. Dogme 95 protests against expensive Hollywood-style film-making, therefore ban…