The Hollywood Movie “Philadelphia” and the Law of Attraction

Philadelphia is a wonderful story showing the Law of Attraction in action. Two of my favorite actors, Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, play in this film. Tom Hanks plays Andy Beckett, a smart young homosexual lawyer who loves opera. And Denzel plays Joe Miller, a homophobic lawyer, who decides to represent Andy despite his homophobia.

Andy works for a prestigious law firm. He was hired because he was the best. Smart, quick, knowledgeable about the law and passionate about being a lawyer. He is working on one of the most important cases the law firm has had to date. He works day and night to get the final papers drafted and he leaves them on his desk, when he is finished late one night. He leaves instructions for his secretary, who will see them in the morning, to do what is appropriate with them.

All the while Andy is working on this case, he is just learning that he has AIDS. He begins to have lesions on his face and body and so he starts to work at home a lot. He is in and out of the hospital getting tests done and he is trying to hide that fact of his illness from his co-workers. One of his co-workers, another lawyer, recognizes one of the lesions for what it is, AIDS and he tells his boss about it. And at once Andy is let go from the firm, even though just a short time before he had been given a promotion.

Andy is upset, of course about losing his job and begins to seek counsel. He served his clients completely and competently all the time he was at the firm and he is WANTING justice. He knows that he was fired because he has AIDS and of course he will go about proving it.

He goes to 9 lawyers, all of whom have denied him service, when he finally gets to the desk of Joe Miller. Joe also turns him down and we begin to see and hear the depth of his fear of homosexuals.

Andy at one point, when the pressure seems unbearable says “for every problem there is a solution.”

Andy and Joe meet again at the library where they are both doing work and Joe asks if Andy has found a lawyer yet. Andy says “no, but he is a lawyer and will represent himself.’ Joe then decides to take the case. He starts getting to know Andy and his partner Migel as played by Antonio Banderas. He slowly sees them for who they really are, just two people who love each other. And bit by bit the viewers see how one who was in fear begins to let go of the fear and realize what is truth……..and how fear distorts everything and creates a climate of hatred and suspicion.

The transformation of Joe Miller is also seen when he begins to appreciate his wife and his daughter even more than before and truly realize the depths of his love for them.

At one point Andy is reading from a law book and it points out the the social death of AIDS precedes the physical death……a statement that clearly depicts what is happening to Andy at this point in his firm.

Throughout the movie, Andy has tremendous support from all of his family. One can really get the sense of how important this is to a person with this illness. It both informs and educate the viewers about AIDS and homosexuality and the fear attached to both in this culture.

The metaphor that seems to make the most sense for the people in the court room is when Joe Miller compares Andy’s case to one day being seen as caviar and roast duck and the next day a bologna sandwich. And he makes the case that Andy was given the most important case because they knew he was the best……namely roast duck and caviar. And now he is being described as a bologna sandwich.

At one point, on the stand, when Andy is being questioned, he is asked what he likes about being a lawyer and he replies “I love the law and what I love the most about the law is that every once in a while, occasionally, you get to be a part of justice being done.

Also, at one point the defense lawyer begins to feel sick about her role in this spreading of fear.

It is when Andy’s boss is on the stand and he is lying about the situation that Andy gets up to leave and he collapses and gets rushed to hospital.

And the jury knows and realizes that Andy was set up… He was the best and was fired because he had AIDS and the verdict is $243,000 in damages and $4,782,000 in punitive damages.

Andy dies at the end of the movie after everyone he loved, even Joe Miller has said goodbye to him. He last sees his lover Migel and says to him “now I am ready Migel.

Justice has been granted and he is ready……..he got what he had been WANTING. Ask and you shall be given!!

Take A Holiday To Malta, The Troy Of Hollywood Movies

That a country with only 17 miles in length and 9 miles across can be fascinating enough to pull in travelers all around the world may remain unintelligible to people who either have not visited Malta or not heard of its huge tourism industry. The fact that the country imports almost all its foods and other consumer goods and it depends on tourism to generate the required revenue is enough to realize what a holiday to Malta can be.

With a history of more than a few thousand years, Malta boasts of home to some of the most attractive historical sights in the world. Together with this, there are the rich cultural heritage, nightlife and round the year festivities to make a holiday to Malta more than simply a travel tour. It is not for nothing that the Hollywood movies like Troy, Gladiator and Alexander were filmed on the sunny shore of the island!

The specialty about Malta is that though it is changing fast, the historical attractions of the country have not faded. Unlike any other countries where innovations are made at the cost of destroying history, this small island country could keep up its history somehow intact. But the historical sights have not reduced the country to a regular museum. Rather, a holiday to Malta will discover that along with its prehistoric mystery, a number of modern attractions are awaiting.

Life in Malta is lively and joyous. You will have a calendar of events fully packed with festivities and activities all the year round. Escape yourself in the solitude of the island or take part in the carnivals; take a suntan on the island shore or dip into some Maltese dishes. Holiday to Malta [] will be an ideal choice for those who are looking for place to spend their convalescence period. The country is fast growing as a medical tourism destination. That it ranks fifth in the list of WHO is a strong proof that it will succeed in its effort.

How Are 3D Animations Used In Hollywood Movies and Cartoons

At this point in time, it would be a safe bet to speculate that everyone age 4 to 85 has seen a 3D animation film of some sort. Yes, animation has made big changes since the days of the original Disney and Warner Brothers Cartoons. With the advent of the computer and the technological advances made in the last 10 years, the days of the drawing of cartoons on a flat board are becoming history.

In Hollywood today, some of the highest revenue producing movies have been 3D animation films. The latest of them to hit the box-office is the often touted movie “Avatar”. This movie is quickly becoming the staple that all other 3D movies are measured against. The use of 3D animation in this movie lets the moviemakers accomplish effects that many of us could only see in our imaginations until today.

There have been many other 3D movies that were embraced by the public in a very large way also. There is Toy Story I and II, The Adventures of Nemo, Shark Tale, and the popular superhero movie, the Incredibles. Each and every one of these movies did well at the box-office as well as when they were released on DVD.

To make one of the 3D animation movies is quite an incredible feat in itself. It took almost 3 years to get Avatar to the screen at your local theatre. The number of computer animation specialists and sketch artists alone was enough to cost payroll in the neighborhood of 10 Million Dollars. The price tag for the entire production from inception to completion was around 500 Million. No wonder the film has done so well.

The shift to 3D animation films is something that is not going to end soon, as the movies are enjoyed by youngsters as well as adults. This gives Hollywood a huge target audience to draw from at the ticket counter, and therefore, generates the REALLY big bucks. To add to the draw of the movie, the producers get popular stars to do the voice tracks for the characters.

With this new age of 3D animation comes many other uses besides the box office. This form of animation is used in commercials to make a very memorable and impressive commercial that the consumer cannot get out of his head. In drafting and architecture, it is used to make virtual plans that a person can literally walk through.

The new technology of 3D animation was, like with all things new and cutting edge, made popular in Hollywood and now we will begin to see it in many other ways throughout our day to day lives.

Hollywood Movies and American Identity Formation

“Identity” is a very vague term with different meanings. What is identity? “It refers to the cultural values or perspectives an individual most strongly relates to; such as an Asian identity”(SCP), “The distinguishing character or personality of an individual”(Arts Connected Organization), “It includes those qualities that distinguish one person from another” (Encarta Encyclopedia), “The distinguishing character or personality of an individual” (Britannica Encyclopedia). The very concise definition of “Identity” is realized in the question of “who Am I?” It refers to one’s specific and unique characteristics and features which differ it from others. It represents the real “self” of the person and the behaviors and desires due to that understood “self”. Like most human characteristics identity is formed through a very long and deep process.

The personal continuity and being unique are the most important factors of identity formation. It goes without saying that people, moreover to their personal identity that is formed mainly in families and schools in very young ages, acquire their social identity according to what group they belong to; membership in familial, ethnic, religious or even occupational groups. These group identities are necessary for people in order to define themselves in the eyes of both others and themselves.
Erik Erikson has extensively discussed “Identity Formation” under his theory of “developmental stages”, which believes identity formation extends from birth through adulthood. He states that this identity formation begins in childhood and goes along to adolescence and it also gains prominence in adolescence. Having had physical growth, sexual maturation, and various occupational opportunities, adults will start integrating their former experiences and characteristics, gained specifically through childhood, into a fixed and -perhaps- permanent identity. But basics of identity are constructed in childhood and teenage years. Thus, it can be said that the most significant period of identity construction is childhood.

The predictable obstacle through the identity formation can be identity crisis caused by various reasons and circumstances. According to Erikson, the crisis can be resolved by one’s progress through previous developmental stages, orienting on basic issues of life such as trust, autonomy, and motives. “J. E. Marcia illustrates four common ways in which adults deal with the challenge of identity formation. Those who successfully resolved and passed identity crisis are referred as “identity-achieved.” Others who are trying to make commitments without questioning or investigating alternatives are named “identity-foreclosed,” those who are “identity-diffused” flee from making decisions about their futures who are unable to make total heartily commitments to careers, values, or other people. In contrary, those in the “moratorium” group are struggling and experiencing an ongoing crisis as they try to “find themselves.”(Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology)

Undoubtedly, societies are in search for “identity-achieved” generations. Hence, the young generation or even adults will not be struggling with their “selves” or the society to find out moralities and values when they are mature enough to work and produce labor for their society. To be able to lead generations to this level of identity, societies must have regulated plans to educate and treat children from the very young ages; so that these learned values and moralities will be strengthened through ages. Cultural means can best aid and instruct children. This process of identity formation has always been very dominant through years by Hollywood.

Hollywood as the most influential media in America, and also in other countries, has had a great role in identity formation of Americans since childhood. American values and morale are being conducted in different ways in Hollywood movies; religious, national, political, moral and even economic values. There has always been a great emphasis upon religious believes-attending church or celebrating religious holidays like Christmas- and national values; American has always been stressing upon. Equality, liberty, love for the nation, freedom of expression, human right have been demonstrated repeatedly in movies in order to imply meanings and values.

American cinema has also established the “rating system” in Hollywood so that it could have the cinema under its own control and it could present what ever was to the benefit of the society. Rating was considered as a way to set force limitations. Hollywood movies were being rated when bearing sexual affairs, violence, drug abuse and crimes. Thus, they would have restricted sexual openness in the society, they would have abandoned violence and drug abuse presented widely to people, more specifically to children for whose sake rating system has developed in the United States in 1930s by Motion Picture Association of America. Rating system has been categorized considering age limits. American movies have been divided into 5 categories as follows; G category- General Audiences- that all ages are admitted and is surely pure of any immorality, PG that means some materials may not be very appropriate for children, PG-13 implies that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13, R that children under 17 must be accompanied by parents or adult guardian and the last one is NC-17 that no one 17 or under is permitted.

Another approach to teaching morality is through movies conveying moral values, expressing national and religious connotations, showing the way of life; the life which is desirable to public and government. The very good examples of these moral films made before and after World War II are “It’s a wonderful life” and “You can’t take it with you” directed by Frank Capra; former made in 1946 and latter made in 1938. Both films were great messengers of American identity.

In “It’s a wonderful life” we can see “George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking to end them all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years”. The emphasis on Christmas, friendship, helping others, benignity of politicians and private organizations are all subjects that need a great stress and emphasis to be learned.

The same subjects also exist in “You can’t take it with you” in another way. Portrait of a love relation between a rich boy and a poor girl signifies the importance of ethics in life;” Alice Sycamore has to introduce the family of her fiancĂ©, Tony Kirby, to her own family. The Kirby’s are wealthy, stuffy family of great self- importance, while the Sycamore’s are a collection of good-hearted lunatics. When the two families come together, lifestyle and philosophy collide head-on. The financial level of people is static, changing easily and it also remains very short. Poor people feel happy and supportive to each other and never feel alone. The important feature of both is that there is no sexuality in these two films.

To finish the discussion it is important to emphasize on the influence Hollywood has in every aspect of Americans. But the very real objective it looks for is identity formation which is most influential in children and youth; help them know their society’s values and even their government’s policies and plans.


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