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The Great Escape Review

[Longhorn Review] The Great Escape Review

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: Ally, camp, dig, Escape, Great, history, McQueen, Nazi, POW, Steve, WWII — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:48 pm

By: John Sturgess

The film, The Great Escape, is a WWII movie centered on a group of Ally POWs that
are trying to break out of a Nazi prison camp in Germany. It is based on the true
story of the elaborate escape plans that the Ally soldiers came up with during the
years spent in the camps. Most of these soldiers are of the Royal Air Force with a
few Americans and various others. The Germans had moved all of the worst soldiers
and escape artists to Stalag Luft III.

Here the prisoners had an entire organization
set up to fool the Germans. Their objective was to aggravate the Germans and attempt
escape. Some soldiers were given the task of security, where they would use an
intelligent alert system to warn others of German patrols. Others were tasked with
making clothing and paperwork to use once out of the prison. Another job was the
digging--soldiers tunneled under ground and out of the camp. Their original plan was
to have 250 men escape through the tunnels in one night. Once out they would spread
out and try to flee the country using their forged documents. Only 76 were able to
escape through the tunnel before the escape attempt was discovered. 50 of the men
who had escaped and been recaptured were murdered. Only 3 men successfully escaped
Germany. All of the others were sent back to Stalag.

Throughout the movie there are
two characters that are especially memorable. Henley, AKA “the Scrounger”, played by
James Garner and Hilts, AKA “the Cooler King”, played by Steve McQueen. Both Henley
and Hilts are American and have an arrogant and rebellious attitude, although they
are fundamentally different. Henley is more of a sweet talker and con man, while
Hilts is sort of a prankster and troublemaker. Henley’s job is to “scrounge” up
items that everyone needs. He does this by bribing guards, picking pockets, and at
one point causing a distraction and stealing parts off of a German truck to use for
pick axes. Hilts has one of the most memorable motorcycle scenes of all time. Once
he escapes he steals a motorcycle and uniform from a German soldier and leads them
on a huge chase. Perhaps most memorable is when he jumps a barbwire fence and tries
to flee to safety. He is given the nickname “the Cooler King” because of his
frequent punishment of being sent to the cooler. The cooler is a solitary
confinement where Hilts spends much of his time throwing a baseball against the
wall. He is sent to the cooler many times for his escape attempts and disrespectful
behavior. Every time he goes, he is given a ball and glove from a friend and adds
humor as he is back in his cell, throwing his baseball to himself. Their comic
relief is very much welcomed after sad scenes of death and adds a much lighter tone
to the movie.

The Great Escape is an excellent film about the rebellious attitude
and enduring spirit of Ally POWs in WWII. The fact that it is based on a true story
makes the movie even better. Knowing that POWs gave the Germans a hard time and
tried until death to escape leaves the audience with a smile and a sense of
satisfaction and sympathy.

Reviewer: Blake Brown

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The Great Escape

[Longhorn Review] The Great Escape

Material Type: All, Books — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:47 pm

By: John Sturges

The Great Escape, in my opinion, is one of the greatest movies of all time. It
fit all the requirements, and had the perfect actors for the perfect roles. The
movie had action, humor, suspense, and the coolest part of all is the fact that it
was based on a true story. The best part of the movie though was how well
orchestrated the escape plots were. Whether it was a man making disguises for the
escapees, or another stealing “papers” from the guards so they could forge them,
they had their escape plan set up perfectly. Each passing day was a day closer to
their escape and they took advantage of nearly everything they had (spare wood from
beds, “gardening shovels,” ink, etc). It was absolutely brilliant.

The first time I
watched the movie I kept thinking to myself, “how many more ideas are they going to
come up with for the escape?”- and the movie never let me down. I also really
enjoyed seeing McQueen go back into the “cooler” on multiple occasions because it
reminded me of a little boy getting caught doing something naughty and being put in
timeout. McQueen (the lead role) had a certain swagger to him that made the audience
not only love him, but want to be him. With his cocky statements to the guards as
well as the British leaders (Roger Bartlett) he came across as a “badass.” In
regards to motorcycles (aside from the chase scene in the end) he even brings up
motorcycles in general in his first stint in the cooler, perhaps foreshadowing his
famous “last ride.”

All jokes aside though, the movie was very strong due to the
fact that so many people lost their lives (50 men that were shot by the Gestapo,
Ives trying get over the fence, Colin the blind forger getting shot). It almost
seems surreal because of the leniency shown to the prisoners prior to them getting
shot. At one point its all laughs and the next- fifty people dead. While it was very
sad, I think it made the story more believable. Too many times directors try and
make the story have a “full out happy ending” where everyone meets up at the end and
everyone survived. While endings like this are nice, they make the story less.

Overall, this is a fantastic movie that tugs on the heartstrings of the
audience, appeals to the old laughing box, and even gets the blood boiling in a
couple instance- which churns out for wonderful viewing experience.

Reviewer: Sterling Ameel

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Timeless Shakespeare

[Longhorn Review] Timeless Shakespeare

Material Type: All, Books — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:45 pm

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The Taming of the Shrew is just one of Shakespeare’s many timeless works that
talks about issues still existing today. Several major issues he brings up in this
particular play are feminism, money, and marriage.

Although women have been given
more rights and have progressed greatly since the 1600’s, feminism has not gone
away. For that reason, we are able to relate to the quick-tongued, strong-willed
daughter of Minola Baptista, Katherine. She is the personification of women’s
inferiority to men and is a victim of the culture of her time. Katherine initially
repudiates the role of being wife because, during this time, wives are expected to
succumb to their husbands. It is considered disgraceful for a woman to not be
married because it appears that she is not desirable and no man would want to wed
her. Katherine eventually realizes that it is better for her to give in rather than
to continue her life as a shrew. Shakespeare reveals his position on male-female
relationships through the telling of this story. In The Taming of the Shrew,
Katherine finally recognizes her place in marriage by the end of the play. By
yielding to Petrucio’s commands, she faithfully marries him and becomes happy in
bondage because he is fortunately just as outspoken and strong-minded as she is.

Because this play is a romantic comedy, the idea of love is a bit skewed. It would
be expected that the shrew would never find love; however, her relationship with
Petrucio is more real than that of Lucentio and Katherine’s little sister, Bianca.
This is the case because Lucentio does not see Bianca as an equal. In contrast, he
sees her as a possession, and views his courtship as a game: “I burn, I pine, I
perish, Tranio/If I achieve not this young modest girl” (I.i. 149-150). Petrucio
similarly sees the courtship of Katherine to be a challenging game, in which the
prize is her dowry, but he has additional reasons for wooing her. At their wedding,
Petrucio appears in a ridiculous outfit. Petrucio makes it known during their
wedding that Kate is marrying him and not his attire. Although he humiliates
Katherine, in the process, he is communicating that their relationship is beyond
looks, while the attraction between Lucentio and Bianca is shallow.

Money is a key
factor that determines the fate of relationships in this play. Before Baptista would
consider Lucentio as his son-in-law, Lucentio was required to prove that he was
wealthy. Money was also the reason Petrucio wanted to marry Katherine. It is often
looked down upon if a marriage during the 21st century is based on money or status.
This does not, however, mean that marriage for money does not exist. Wealth is a
form of status as well as security, and it will continually be an issue for
centuries to come. Furthermore, its universal issues will allow The Taming of the
Shrew to persistently be read for centuries to come.

Reviewer: Darlene Nguyen

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A Breakdown of Roger Ebert's Review of the Movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon

[Longhorn Review] A Breakdown of Roger Ebert's Review of the Movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Material Type: All, Books — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:42 pm

By: Caroline Guerriere

Roger Ebert, the author of this movie review for The Twilight Saga: New Moon,
inserts his opinion that the second movie in the Twilight series is incredibly slow
and not worth seeing. He says, “You know you’re in trouble with a sequel when the
word of mouth advises you to see the first movie twice instead” (para 2). Here he is
not stating that the first move in the series was great, as he notes Twilight’s
“tepid achievement”, although he is saying that Twilight was indeed better than New
Moon (para 2).

Again and again throughout the review, Ebert notes how long the movie
dragged on and indicates that it was extremely boring. In the opening lines of the
essay Ebert says, “the characters in this movie should be arrested for loitering
with intent to moan” (para 1). The author is arguing that it is beyond ridiculous
how often the characters in New Moon just stand around and “moan” that it should be
a crime. Speaking of standing around, Ebert goes on to compare the characters’ charm
to the charisma of wax sculptures contained in the Madam Tussaud wax museum in
London. Ebert notes that there is one long pause after another and then states,
“Listen up, lads! You may be immortal, but we’ve got a train to catch” (para 5). At
the close of the review, Ebert argues that sitting through The Twilight Saga: New
Moon “is like driving a tractor in low gear through a sullen sea of Brylcreem” (para
12). Ebert is clearly reinforcing his view that watching New Moon was a painful
experience for him since he compares the experience to slowly driving a tractor
through Brylcreem, which is a hair gel product for men.

Ebert also points out how
New Moon contains clichés, also noting confusion in the plot, especially if one was
not previously familiar with the Twilight series. The author points out that the
tragic love story genre, extremely similar to “Romeo and Juliet”, is hit upon
perfectly by New Moon, making it cliché in it’s obvious similarities to the classic
by William Shakespeare. Also, the author notes that characters are stereotypical,
quoting Bella’s friend Jacob in the movie as “that nice American Indian boy” (para
7). As far as plot confusion goes, Ebert states, “long opening stretches of this
film make utterly no sense unless you walk in knowing the first film, and hopefully
both Stephenie Meyer novels, by heart” (para 2). Also, Ebert points out that Bella’s
father in the movie is always grounding her, yet Bella is able to “jump from cliffs,
haunt menacing forests, and fly to Italy” all at the same time, which makes no sense
at all, serving to further confuse viewers altogether (para 3).

The target audience for New Moon is clearly teens, argued by Ebert, as he seems to have his own opinions
about this audience and the message that is being sent out to them. First of all,
Ebert makes the assumption that pretty much all but 5% of the teenage target
audience already knows the entire story, including the fact that Jacob is a
werewolf, making for a very predictable movie. Ebert then goes on to say that “The
Twilight Saga is an extended metaphor for teen chastity…” (para 11). In this
metaphor, the author is arguing that the entire “Twilight” series is based off the
idea that teens should remain celibate.

Throughout the entirety of his review of The
Twilight Saga: New Moon, although contrary to the views of many teenage girls around
the globe, Roger Ebert’s overall opinion of the movie seems to be a very negative
one, induced by feelings that the movie was too long, boring, cliché, and sometimes
confusing.

Works Cited:

Ebert, Roger. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." Rev. of The
Twilight Saga: New Moon, by Chris Weitz. RogerEbert.com. Chicago Sun Times, 18 Nov.
2009. Web. 16 Nov. 2010. article?AID=/20091118/REVIEWS/911199998>.

Reviewer: Caroline Guerriere

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First Blood Movie Review

[Longhorn Review] First Blood Movie Review

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: First Blood, Movie, Rambo, Stallone — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:37 pm

By: Ted Kotcheff

When I started watching First Blood I was ready for cheesy one-liners and
horrible 80’s special effects. One of the attributes that sets this movie apart from
most action flicks from the 80’s and 90’s is that it lacked those stupid one-liners
that movie directors think are the cherry on top and the action was believable.
Rambo was very reticent and let his training and guerilla warfare do the talking.
When Rambo did speak, he spoke in a reserved manner and never used more words than
necessary. A prime example is when Rambo has his hunting knife to Sheriff Teasle’s
throat, “I could have killed 'em all, I could kill you. In town you're the law, out
here it's me. Don't push it. Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe.
Let it go. Let it go.”

For a movie where only one man dies there was a lot of action
throughout the entire movie. In the beginning, Rambo punches his way through an
entire police station and steals a dirt bike to escape town. The chase scene in this
movie was really intense. The jumps Rambo did on the bike actually looked believable
and he popped wheelies all the time. I also think it is worthy to note that the
editors forgot to crop out a ramp used to create one of the jumps and you can see it
as Rambo goes over some railroad tracks. He then sets brilliant and painful traps
throughout the forest and disables the police force that he fought through earlier,
this time one dies. At the end of the movie he wreaks havoc upon the hostile town by
blowing up buildings and setting everything on fire.

Like all movies though, this
one did have a few drawbacks. One of my major problems with the movie was the
portrayal of the police officers and National Guard. While they are portrayed as
nasty individuals in the book, the movie took the hostile nature of them to an
extreme level. They all show a blatant disregard for any protocol, which in the
police or military would not be tolerated at all. They show a disregard for human
life in that they all seem to want to just kill Rambo and be done with him quickly.
Furthermore, in the book, we are told that Sheriff Teasle is a Korean War vet and
this explains his ego and persistence in capturing Rambo. In the movie, we just see
Brian Dennehy and his uncanny ability to be a self-righteous jerk without any
explanation. The other major problem I had with the movie was Rambo’s rant at the
end about how unfair life has been to him and how he is treated like scum back at
home. The dialogue I thought was pretty poor and Stallone really cannot create a
character for which I can feel pity or empathy.

Overall this was a fantastic movie,
I enjoyed as much as, if not more than, the Schwarzenegger movies I grew up watching
as a kid. The movie had memorable moments and memorable (not cheesy) lines.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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New Moon, New Love

[Longhorn Review] New Moon, New Love

Material Type: All, Books — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:35 pm

By: Stephenie Meyer

New Moon is the second book in the Twilight Saga. The book begins with Bella
celebrating her 18th birthday with the entire Cullen family. An incident occurs
where Bella accidentally cuts her hand and Jasper immediately attacks her forcing
Edward to protect Bella. Edward comes to the realization that having Bella around
his family is quite dangerous and chooses to leave Forks to reduce this risk. Bella
is devastated and four months pass where Bella is in a zombie like state. Bella
begins to find ways to trigger Edward’s voice in her mind. The story comes to a
turning point when Bella and Jacob begin working on a pair of motorbikes and grow
closer. Jacob develops more feelings for Bella, but Bella on the other hand still
sees him as just a good friend. As the story continues there is almost animosity
between Edward and Jacob because they both deeply love Bella and thus the rivalry
begins, on top of the fact, vampires and werewolves already hate each other. In the
end, Bella jumps off a cliff causing Edward to believe she committed suicide. Edward
almost reveals himself in order to be killed as well but Bella is able to stop him.
The novel ends with the decision made to turn Bella into a vampire but only after
Edward and Bella get married first.

Even though Edward is absent most of the novel,
Bella is still able to form a connection with Jacob. The motorcycles Bella finds on
the side of the road serve as a symbol of Bella and Jacob’s growing relationship as
they fix the bikes together. The motorcycles represent the connection between Bella
and Jacob. The bikes also represent Jacob’s coming of age. Jacob is the main
character working on the bike, which falls into the typical stereotype of
motorcycles being associated with males. As the story progresses and the bikes are
improving, Jacob begins to grow into his own skin and it is like he is maturing
right before the audience’s eyes.

The flower on the cover of the book represents
Bella being Edward’s fragile flower. Just like on the cover, Bella falls apart
emotionally when Edward leaves her in the beginning of the story. The flower is also
upside down representing Bella’s life being turned upside down when Edward leaves
her. Throughout the novel, Jacob acts as a security blanket or symbol of comfort for
Bella. With Jacob around, Bella is able to function and try to return back to
normal. Jacob provides the strength and support Bella needs with Edward gone.

The novel really has the feel of the all time classic Romeo and Juliet. When Edward
receives false information that Bella had committed suicide, Edward immediately
turns to revealing himself in order to be killed. Staying true to the idea that he
could not live without Bella in his life. Also, Bella falls in love with a vampire
representing the idea of “star crossed lovers”. This novel continues to show the
passion, Edward and Bella have for each other but with an added twist of Jacob’s
newly surfaced love for Bella, causing there to be a love triangle.

Reviewer: Samantha Martinez

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New Moon Book Review

[Longhorn Review] New Moon Book Review

Material Type: All, Books — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:34 pm

By: Stephenie Meyer

The novel New Moon by Stephenie Meyer picks up where Twilight last left off. The
last time we saw Bella Swan, she was narrowly escaping the clutches of a
“non-vegetarian” vampire, James. After recovering from the near fatal vampire
attack, Bella celebrates her eighteenth birthday with Edward and the whole Cullen
family. The joyous day suddenly takes a turn for the worse when Bella gives herself
a paper-cut while opening one of the cards. With blood shed, Edward’s brother,
Jasper, cannot contain himself and nearly attacks Bella. “Every second that I’m with
you is about restraint…and you’re too fragile,” Edward tells Bells (143). Proving
too intense for the Cullen family, the family, along with Edward, abruptly leaves
Forks, Washington for the safety of Bella. Heartbroken over the sudden disappearance
of Edward, Bella finds comfort in reckless living in which she can hear Edward’s
voice telling her to be careful. Realizing that she can hear Edward’s voice in times
of danger, Bella begins to live as an “adrenalin junkie,” including restoring bikes
with Jacob Black, one of Edward’s archenemies (129). Through time and distance from
Edward, Bella’s friendship with Jacob begins to flourish.

When Victoria returns to Forks to avenge her mate, James, death, Bella does not seem to care. Fed up, Bella
decides to go cliff jumping, something so dangerous and reckless that she should
hear Edward’s voice for days. After hitting the water, something goes terribly
wrong. Bella realizes that Victoria is in the water with her and she is pulling her
under. Almost drowning, Bella is pulled from the water by Jacob. Edward’s sister,
Alice, who has visions of people’s decisions, sees Bella jumping off the cliff and
informs Edward that Bella has taken her own life. Heartbroken and feeling as though
her death was his fault, Edward rushes to Italy, where the Volturi live, in order to
be killed. However, upon realizing that her vision was wrong, Alice contacts Bella
and tells her that Edward “is going to the Volturi! He wants to die too!” both begin
their trip to Italy in order to save Edward (386).

Along with saving Edward, Bella
runs into the Volturi. Because it is against the rules for humans to know that
vampires exist, the Volturi tries to punish Edward by using their minds to induce
pain onto Bella. When the Volturi realizes that Bella is immune to vampire tactics
and would make a strong vampire, the Volturi agrees that Bella can live but only
under the condition that she be turned into a vampire in the near future.

Having survived yet another set of vampire attacks, Edward promises to never leave Bella
again, especially since it is known that Victoria is out there and wants revenge.
The novel ends with the Cullen family moving back to Forks and restoring
order.

Reviewer: Sidney Krawczyk

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Why Motorcyclists are dangerous

[Longhorn Review] Why Motorcyclists are dangerous

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: 1950s, brando, counter culture, Motorcycle — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:31 pm

By: Laslo Benedek

Laslo Benedek’s The Wild One set the stage for rebel films and the motorcycle
culture that has been projected throughout history. It is the first movie of its
kind, based on real events, and even claims in the opening credits that “it is a
public challenge not to let it happen again.” The challenge may egg on rebels more
but also sets the stage for the heavy stigma and intolerance of biker gangs. Without
this opening statement the film is actually geared for sympathy with the individuals
in the motorcycle counter culture.

Johnny, played by Marlon Brando, leads a gang of
bikers to a motorcycle race where they bombard the scene, simply to display their
general attitude of anti-authoritarianism, crossing the track as a critical mass,
regardless of motorcycles racing, and taking over the pit lane with their bikes. One
of the gang-members snags a trophy for Johnny, and it becomes a symbol of power that
he holds with a loose yet meaningful grip.

The gang rolls on to a small town where
they find themselves to be a dominant force over a compassionate deputy. Here the
wild biker ethos takes off, drag racing for beer and doing stunts like donuts and
wheelies while the town’s people stare in awe. The owner of Bleeker’s Café and bar
gladly brings them in knowing they want to drink, but everyone else seems slightly
taken aback. The personal feel of the bar is a great place for the rebel character
to be displayed in conversation and action. When Johnny walks into the café alone
there are stools orderly lined up and he pokes each one swiveling them to chaos for
no reason. He asks for a beer on the café side needs to go to the bar to get it, and
brings it right back; a blatant breaking of norms. The boys mess with the old bar
tender for their own entertainment with young slang and gibberish.

The plot thickens
when a rival group shows up and there is a somewhat friendly brawl between the
leaders. They display aggression even toward those they are amiable with. The deputy
starts to put his foot down after this. At this point the Biker ethos is displayed
simply as, rule breakers, thieves, womanizers, and promoters of chaos and violence.
Late in the night these themes are pushed to extremes and it turns into quite an
episode.

I cannot be sure if the films purpose is to idolize and promote the biker
culture (regardless of its consequences throughout), promote harsh treatment to
bikers, or reach an understanding of both groups and live with tolerance of
lifestyles. These are questions it seems the writer wants to ask the viewer as he
sets the stage for public awareness and opinion of the motorcycle counter
culture.

Reviewer: Martín La Rocca

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Symbolism within Children of Men

[Longhorn Review] Symbolism within Children of Men

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: Apocalypse, infertility, united kingdom — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:30 pm

By: Alfonso Cuaron

Loosely based on the novel of the same name, Children of Men, directed by Alfonso
Cuaron, is an apocalyptic film where mass infertility has plagued the world and
threatened to end humanity. The film, while not a box office hit, received two
Academy Award nominations because of its visually stunning cinematography and
creative direction. Cuaron utilizes different aspects within the film, including the
use of motorcycles, characters, and lighting & color to symbolize resiliency,
life, and death. While subtle, this symbolism helps develop the plot, while playing
to the apocalyptic genre.

“In great apocalyptic myths we see that not only death,
but resurrection is usually involved in the story” (Silverberg, 2010, p. 2). This
idea of hope and resiliency is found throughout Children of Men and subtly
symbolized by the scattered use of Honda Cub motorcycles. Within the first three
minutes of the film, in the busy, chaotic streets of the United Kingdom, seven
three-wheeled Honda Cubs are shown. The motorcycles are always seen as a means of
transportation, whether transporting goods or people, including two of the movie’s
main characters, Kee and Theo. Kee, the world’s last remaining pregnant woman, is
shown going into labor while being transported through a ghetto on a Cub. This
symbolizes hope within the motorcycle, itself. Although the Cub is subtle
throughout, it plays a prevalent role and illustrates the theme of resiliency. The
motorcycles seem to be some of the only positive constants amongst the chaos that
has overtaken the world.

Cuaron’s uses of characters symbolize both life and death
in Children of Men. The last generation of newborns, referred to as the “Omegas,” is
depicted as a hostile, violent group of society in the film. The term, “Omegas,” of
biblical origin, is both ironic and fitting for the movie. While they are the
youngest generation, they symbolize the end of the human race. To counteract this
apocalyptic theme, Cuaron also symbolizes life and hope within several of the main
characters. Kee, the only pregnant woman in the world, symbolizes a new day and a
future for the human race. Cuaron successfully portrays these themes through his
depiction of characters.

Emmanuel Lubezki, the cinematographer of Children of Men,
utilized lighting and color throughout the film to create a genuine feeling and a
sense of reality for the apocalyptic narrative. From the beginning, the viewer is
shown a society where over pollution has created a smog filled, dreary environment,
symbolizing death, which fits the apocalyptic theme. While minimal, there are
several scenes where sunshine is utilized, symbolizing life and hope. This plays to
the aforementioned idea that in these apocalyptic narratives, “not only death but
resurrection” can be found, and in this film, the sunshine symbolizes the
“resurrection” of life.

Children of Men creates a frightening reality that our world
could face in the near future. This sense of kairos is created and successfully
portrayed by Cuaron’s use of characters, motorcycles, and cinematography. The theme
of life and death play a dominant role in the apocalyptic genre, and this film
utilizes these themes to create not only a visually stunning film, but a very
thrilling, critically acclaimed piece of art.

Silverberg, Robert. "Dancing Through
The Apocalypse ." Introduction. The End of The World. By Silverberg. Ed. Martin H.
Greenberg. New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2010. 1-5. Print.

Reviewer: Britton Byfield

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Individual vs. Society

[Longhorn Review] Individual vs. Society

Material Type: All, Books — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:29 pm

By: J.J. Abrams

Star Trek is an action packed sci-fi film about two individuals who undergo a
major change from their youth to adulthood. James Kirk and Spock, the two main
protagonists of this film, have a hard time while they are growing up. This film
depicts how these two troubled youngsters undergo psychological and moral growth to
become esteemed individuals in Starfleet. Starfleet is a deep exploratory,
peacekeeping military service maintained by the United Federation of Planets. The
film takes place in the futuristic universe of the 24th century; a universe composed
of hundreds of alien species civilizations living on earth and other planets.

James Kirk is very intelligent but yet a rebellious character. He is constantly in bar
brawls or defying the law. He chooses to follow in the footsteps of his deceased
father, who was once a part of Starfleet and had become a hero and well-respected
man, in order to escape an unpromising life. On the other hand, Spock, who is also
very intelligent and a logical thinker, is fighting for acceptance because he was
born into the universe as a mixed species--half human and half Vulcan.

These individuals, although they have completely different and unyielding personalities,
are both faced with the external conflict of society portraying them as outcasts.
However, in the film James Kirk is depicted a much greater outcast than Spock
because he is constantly being cast out from participation aboard the ship, USS
Enterprise. James has to work harder at proving himself. Moreover, Spock quickly
acquires a high rank in Starfleet and is highly accepted y his peers but must
overcome his inability to recognize his feelings and how that affects his composure.
James Kirk and Spock are depicted as outcasts by their societies because of their
situations and because of their actions. Society is quick to judge them and forms
both true and false conclusions about them. James and Spock both become aware of
this and struggle to change the way their societies feel about them.

Reviewer: Oscar Meneses

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