Tuesday 21st November 2017,
Pop Culture 101 : With Mike Peters

Film

Stranger (Complete Film)

Stranger (Complete Film)

‘Stranger’ is the short film based on my recently published short story entitled ‘A Stranger Among Us’.   In June 2015, ‘Stranger’ had its World Premiere Screening at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival   Synopsis: A stranger observes the home of David and Janine from across the street. Bathed in darkness, the man makes no [...]

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The Postmodern Landscape of ‘Total Recall’

The Postmodern Landscape of ‘Total Recall’

Total Recall (1990) Directed by Paul Verhoeven Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside   Synopsis:   Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a construction worker constantly haunted by dreams and memories of Mars. Against the best wishes of his wife, Quaid goes to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories, so he can “remember” [...]

February 15, 2013 mikepeters Film Analysis Comments Off on The Postmodern Landscape of ‘Total Recall’

The Social Importance of Music (As Depicted In ‘Almost Famous’)

The Social Importance of Music (As Depicted In ‘Almost Famous’)

  An unknown author once remarked that “music is what feelings sound like”. This is a very abstract but telling truth about music. Music and lyrics can literally be identified as a pathway into the soul of the musician. Many may say that music is capable of freeing the soul, and as a result has [...]

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Heat (1995)

Heat (1995)

  Synopsis:   Al Pacino portrays Vincent Hanna, a cop obsessed with bringing down master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his tight-knit crew.   Thematic Analysis and Review:   In 1995, Michael Mann achieved something no other film director had been capable of accomplishing; Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were finally set [...]

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Mad Max

Mad Max

  Synopsis:   Max (Mel Gibson) is a cop dedicated to keeping the roads of a desolate lookingAustraliasafe in the near future. But soon after a fellow police officer is severely injured, Max decides to retire from the force. During his hiatus, his wife and child are attacked by a gang of marauding bikers causing [...]

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Dead Calm (The Deconstruction of Gender in the Australian Action Film)

Dead Calm (The Deconstruction of Gender in the Australian Action Film)

  Synopsis:   After the tragic death of their infant son, John (Sam Neill) and Rae (Nicole Kidman) decide to embark on a sea vacation to help them cope with their loss. However, after three weeks into their journey, they come across a seemingly deserted sail boat. As they study it from afar, they suddenly [...]

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The Teen Film: Sex, Lies, and The Breakfast Club

The Teen Film: Sex, Lies, and The Breakfast Club

  I desperately want to believe in the teen film as a valid interpretation of reality. That what I see for an hour and a half is not falsified in any way, but is a real, honest depiction of how it truly was to be young. I truly do. But unfortunately, the ideas touched on [...]

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Wall Street

Wall Street

  Synopsis:   In 1985, an ambitious young broker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage. His downfall culminates as a result of his addiction to the seductive enticement of power, status and financial wizardry promised to him by Wall Street legend Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas).   Review: [...]

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Independent Film of the 1990s

Independent Film of the 1990s

  By the 1990s, film had become a paranoid industry. Because of its sole focus on safe investments, studios were no longer interested in taking chances on questionable material. It was all about making films that were guaranteed to be a success. Films such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Last Action Hero (1993), Speed [...]

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Independent Cinema of the 1980s

Independent Cinema of the 1980s

  The 1960s and 70s brought about a fundamental change to the world of cinema. According to Peter Biskind (author of ‘Easy Riders, Raging Bulls’), the major studios, in a period of rapid decline (as a result of declining audiences), began to relinquish control of their empires to the ambitious artists (directors such as Steven [...]

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