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The acting styles in “This is The End” is a great one for me because all the actors basically played themselves. This was a very funny R rated comedy of 6 friends trapped in James Franco’s house. The night start out as just a party and concluded with the end of the world. Nothing would test a friendship more than trying to survive an apocalypse. 3 of the stars made the movie wild which was Seth Rogen who also helped direct it, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson. I can say all of them are personality actors. In every movie they have played in they all seem to play the same kind of character. Seth Rogen always played a role of a immature person who enjoy smoking weed and partying. Like the movie “Knocked up”  he was definitely not ready to be a father, but it was real hard to hate him because his character meant well and eventually got himself together to be a father and man to the mother of the child. Jonah Hill is the same overweight, timid, and forgettable type of man that seems to be tooken advantage of in every film he has been in. In “This is The End” Jay hated him and yelled at him for no reason at all. In “Get Him to the Greek”, he played a low intern who was constantly overlooked and ignored by other characters in the movie. Craig Robinson is a massive black guy that always got pulled into drama because of the antics of his friends. He played roles like club bouncers, enforcers, etc. He was always the same guy in every film. Leaving those actors in their comfort zone of being themselves would most likely continue to be a great move for them and the director who choose to use them. Even though it might hint at their inability to be mature in their field and perform a different role, there is actually nothing wrong with sticking to roles they already established in.

 Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). Film: From Watching to Seeing. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

his Is the End. (2013). Retrieved May 15, 2014, from IMDb:




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There are 3 categories of sound in this film  and it’s dialogue, sound effects, and music. Dialogue is best described as talking, conversations between the actors of narrator. Sound effects are the sounds that are used to enhance a film. Some of the sound effects are used for enhancing a natural element like crickets in a outdoor scene. Walla is a popular “natural” sound effect, it is unintelligible background noises used to depict a crowd (Goodykoontz and Jacobs, 2011). There is also the sound effects of a explosion in this movie. Music is the third basic category of sound in films. This category contains the score which can be played during a action scene in film. The soundtrack also may contain some dialogue from the film too.

The film the Matrix uses all 3 of the sound categories very well. The characters converse with one another to create the dialogue. There is also music being played throughout the film mostly during the action or fight scenes. There also walla and other natural sound effects going on throughout the film to enhance it. The Sound Specialist Dane A. Davis was responsible for the never before heard special effects used during the fight scenes in the movie. With the help of animal sounds and the sounds generated from hitting large pieces of meat, Davis created unique body-hit and whoosh sounds during these scenes (Isaza, 2009). The sounds in this film were characteristic of both science fiction and action films.

The fight scene below makes use of the unique sound effects that Davis spoke of along with a score playing in the background. It also has real sounds like the newspaper being blown in the wind and the cement crumbling under the blows of the agent fists. The meat hitting sounds are prevalent as well as Neo and the agent exchange blows. While a lot of the sounds are unreal many are real but enhanced, like the knuckle cracking at the beginning of the scene. Without the sounds the scene and film would lose the excitement and suspense that makes it a great film.


The Matrix – Subway Fight. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). FILM: FROM WATCHING TO SEEING. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Isaza, M. (2009, August 6). Dane A. Davis Special: The Matrix [Part 1] | Designing Sound Designing Sound. Retrieved from

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scary movie 2



Scary Movie 2

WritersShawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans. Buddy Johnson Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer, Alyson Fouse, Greg Grabianski, Dave Polsky, Michael Snowden, Craig Wayans

Director: Keenan Ivory Wayans

Released 2001

Scary movie 2 was made up of several different movies The Haunting, The Exorcist, Charlie’s Angels, and Save the Last Dance, etc. This movie is what you can call a cross genre film mixed with horror and comedy.  The lighting that was used in this film was important and it helped transition views from the scary parts to the very funny scenes. The movie began with a dark and eerie shot of the house. The low-key lighting technique used here was easy to identify because of the overall dark look of the area and deep shadows (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2011).  The next scene took place inside the mansion. A high key lighting design was used to make the scene look joyful for the group of people singing at the piano. The mood switched from chipper to humorous once they started rapping about shaking their butts. But after watching the beginning of the film it was easy to predict the switch between horror and comedy. The room became dark and then shifted to the possessed girl the lighting became harsh and unflattering, forcing the demon inside her. Not long after that terrifying scene, the room brightens showing something funny was about to happen. The child pukes on the priest who then turns around and pukes back followed by more vomiting The scene was swapped back and forth between high and low key lighting throughout the movie.

Scary movie 2 Trailer

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). Film: From Watching to Seeing. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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For Colored Girls



Title For Colored Girls

Director Tyler Perry

Writers: Tyler Perry (screenplay), Ntozake Shange (play) Stars: Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg

Released 2010

Story The movie is based on Ntozake Shange’s play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” Unlike the original play which featured only 7 women known by colors performing the collection of 20 poems, the movie has given each of the 20 characters names. Each of the poems deal with intense issues that particularly impact women in a thought-provoking commentary on what it means to be a female of color in the world.

The film is presented chronologically and the  aesthetic choice allowed the viewers to go through a few events that everyday black women go through. How they have a hard times in life and are faced with. If the film had been different it wouldn’t have made sense or wouldn’t have been a good film.