Extra Credit Film by Mina Hannalla

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Assignment #10 Chop Shop

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“Chop Shop” is about a hard coming of age. Ale’s dream is that he and his sister will buy a taco truck and go into business on their own. He saves every dollar. She won’t have to work in Ahmad’s truck anymore. In a heartbreaking scene, Ale glimpses how she has started to augment her income. He never directly confronts her. He works harder to make money, to buy her things, to make money less necessary to her. He is a brother, but also in a sense, a husband. He wants to take responsibility.

Assignment #9 by Mina Hannalla

I think The mission of The TV is to make women visible and powerful to ensure that women’s stories are told, women’s voices are heard, and the entire world should response. Series Girls is about four girls living in New York and trying to figure out life, love, and themselves created by Lena Dunham.                                                                              saywhat1 I think “Girls” really had nothing to offer except pathetic sex scenes and the girls talk and act like middle school girls. It does accurately reflect our 20’s or present American lives today. Moreover, The all guys in the show are losers.                                             orange-is-the-new-black-title And “Orange Is the New Black” about a 32-year old white woman named Piper Chapman, who serves 15 months in an upstate New York women’s prison. The show does well to make prison seem like a nightmare inflicted only upon those who make “bad choices.” However, they show that people of color face make harsher crime more than white people.                                                                                                                            The stories they show on the TV should help us experience the struggles of others and realize that their concerns, mistakes and insecurities are not all that different from ours and offering in the same time the right way to learn how to make our life better.

 

Assigment #8 “The Visitor” Mina Hannalla

1335796318_visitor                                                             The Visitor is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Thomas McCarthy. shows the lonely widowed Professor Walter Vale has a boring life. He teaches at the local college. When he arrives at his apartment in New York, he finds Tarek Khalil, a Syrian musician, and Zainab, a Senegalese street vendor, living there. invites the couple to stay with him. Tarek invites him to go to his gig at Jules Live Jazz. Walter is fascinated with his African drum and Tarek offers to teach Walter to play the drum. However, after an incident in the subway, Tarek is arrested by the police and sent to a detention center for illegal immigrants. This movie sympathizes with the situation of the illegal immigrants. The director in this movie creates a realistic, warm hearted relationship drama about communication, redemption, and frustration focusing on the unlikely friendship formed between Walter, a depressed widowed university professor, and Tariq, his good natured Syrian musician immigrant friend.

Assignment # 7 – Trip to Made In New York Media Center

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Being surrounded by creative people is a great thing.
The “Made in NY” Media Center, located at the corner of Jay Street and John Street, Brooklyn,
its divided into public and private work spaces, classrooms, conference rooms, editing suites, a screening room-theater, a media arts gallery and events space, a library-quiet room, flex-space, and a café with a view of the Manhattan Bridge. The Media Center support media entrepreneurs by helping them create a business model and teaching them how to present, market, and promote their product in the marketplace, and to reach audiences and consumers through storytelling. And I think offering of TV Everywhere is the ability to watch programs on smartphones and tablets, as well as computers with new apps that include live broadcasts in cities, is the next step for TV media.

RE: Assignment # 6 – Do The Right Thing (1989)

                                                 GTY_do_the_right_thing_jef_141209_16x9_992             Do the Right Thing give the viewer a forum for discussion on this issue of racial conflict. Through the use of conflicting styles, as well as the actions of specific characters. There are many acts of hatred between characters but Lee repeatedly counters these actions with ones of love and tolerance. Spike Lee uses two repeat cuts both reemphasizing the film’s focus of both love and hate: when Mookie kisses Tina, and when Mookie throws the trash can through the window. Lee also uses numerous close-ups, medium and long shots, deep focus photography, the use of a hand held camera, as well as zoom shots, and canted camera angles. He uses these opposing styles side by side resembling how the characters reside alongside one another regardless of ethnic background.

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While Lee shows the positive aspects of many of the film’s characters, he concurrently illustrates their innermost animosity towards anyone who oppose their own convictions. Mookie is the central character in this dilemma of conflict that Lee has created. Mookie wrestles with the different obligations he has towards many different people: his white boss Sal, his Spanish girlfriend who is the mother to his child, his sister Jade who is one of the few voices of reason in the film, and his friend Vito who continually battles with his ultra-racist brother Pino.                                        do-the-right-thing-poster-crop
Spike Lee gives the audience the responsibility to resolve these conflicts of race. He urges the viewer to explore the differences between right and wrong, to control rage, and as Radio Raheem tells Mookie, have “love conquer hate”. Lee gives the characters different degrees of racism, both white and black, leaving the viewer to fend for themselves and reflect on our own culture, Do the Right Thing is not only an extremely entertaining film, full of humour and style, but it is also illustrates that there is the possibility of hope and understanding between different ethnic backgrounds.