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    Use of Narration in Film

    Does a film require narration to reveal a character’s personality in a film? To what extent can visual details and dialogue override the necessity for a narrator? Director Terrence Malick specifically uses narration in his overall body of work (ex. Tree of Life and Knight Of Cups) in a unique and powerful way, but a movie such as Blade Runner (the original 1982 cut) featured narration that offered little insight that was not already obtained from the dialogue/visuals. What films use narration in a unique way that is integral to the film? What films implemented narration, but may not have required it? Offer a comparison between specific films, examining the extent to which narration contributes to each one.

    • When I thought of this I immediately thought of "The Princess Bride" and how the use of narration made it truly a fairy tale. I also thought of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and that style of almost audiobook level of narration. Other quality narrations I think of would be "A Clockwork Orange" and "Trainspotting". Maybe a look into movies based on books and their use of narration? I shudder to think of what someone has to say about the movie "Dune". – TheFoxBeard 7 years ago

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    I immediately drew a comparison between 2001:A Space Odyssey and this show because of the fact that both will always be set apart from the supposed genres they belong to, with the former being science fiction and the latter being mecha-anime. The End of Evangelion film in particular achieved existential levels of depth that few films have ever reached. The incredibly apocalyptic and surreal concludes with a very understated ending, which was perfect.

    The Endings of Evangelion: Exploring Shinji Ikari

    I really enjoyed reading this article, the points made were very well stated and it definitely spurs a lot of contemplation. However, I think that an important point to consider in favor of art being subjective moreso than objective would be that each individual person has their own preferences for what they really “like” in art. So for the individual there is sort of an idiosyncratic nature to the things they like even though there may be a claim to objective appreciation. An inidividual will always favor certain qualities of a work simply because it is something they find appealing based on cultural background, lifestyle, and many other factors. Therefore appreciation of a work is largely dependent on the assumed parameters that a person creates in their own mind.

    That's Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man: An Argument that Art is Objective

    Horror is very much a genre of film that goes through the most rigorous criticism by society. As the article discusses, it is very easy for a horror movie that might be terrifying at a specific period in time to be later regarded as very corny and goofy. That is why the “best of the best” horror films, which manage to appeal to so many generations and a variety of cultural differences, justify their high regard. They are able to withstand criticism, continuing to tap into our primal human fears.

    Horror Movies, Why We Love [Some of] Them