Narrative: The film follows three stories after they connect because of a car crash. The film uses the dogs as a metaphor, dogs are generally thought of as loyal, whereas the relationships in the films deal with disloyalty. Octavio betrays his brother as he has an affair with his sister-in-law. Daniel leaves his wife for Valeria, and El Chivo leaves his wife and daughter for a life in crime. The dogfighting symbolises the cruel nature of humans. Each story deals with different classes; the first story deals with the working class and how the characters are struggles with money, both brothers resort to crime to get money. Octavio goes into dogfighting, Ramiro becomes an armed robber, which helps to lead to his death. The second story deals with upper class. Daniel has enough wealth to be able to support his family. as well as an expensive apartment for Valeria and himself.
Dog Day Afternoon and Inside Man
- DDA- Sonny is portrayed as personifies the New Hollywood era, as he is a character who would have been a villain in old Hollywood ideology. He is shown as damaged and unprepared, the audience sides with him, examples are when he describes himself as a ‘fuck-up’, as he so unprepared at he enters the bank for the first time.
- Spike Lee is a fan of DDA, made IM directly link to it, same setting in of New York and in banks. New York is important is both films as it is the financial capital of America, important to DDA as NY has a diverse community that were more open to deal with the issues and campaigns happening in the 70s, IM set closely after 9/11
- Both auteurs, Lumet deals with politics, Lee deals with social justice.
-Both talking deal with injustice, money creates power, struggle of the government trying to have power with the revolt of people.
-When the youths kill Len, to causes Harry to break
-The attitudes towards the police,- the youths being interviewed
-Alice and Terry against the police
-Alice and SI Childs/police-ignored when she says that there is more to the case, police focused on the bigger issue, at the end the police takes credit for Harry’s work, she walks away
-Alice and Terry: differences between the classes, Terry is from the area
-Len’s attitude toward the police
-Peer pressure at the start: forced to smoke drugs
-At of the start: The youths and the woman: conflict between the youths and the people living in the council estate, conflict at the start of the film shows how it will affect the rest of the entire film
-Harry cannot be with his wife when she’s dying in hospital because of the youths creating conflict, important element in the film as it becomes understandable to the audience why he wants to buy a gun as he is living in fear
-Alice, conflict with herself; has to make the decision between focusing on Harry or the case
-Len and the youths,- he goes to threaten them, but they end up killing him
-Drug dealers and Harry
- Noel and his mother- his disrespectful attitude towards her
Attack The Block:
-Sam and the gang at the start:- they mugged her, but even before when she sees them she becomes cautious. Giving expectations for the rest of the film.
-The way the police treat Moses, arresting straight away after Sam points him out and at the end, after he saves everyone.
-Hi-Hattz and the gang; threatening Moses as he worries that Moses is trying to take over the block.
-The aliens and the gang fighting, the aliens embody the image that people have of young people “fucking monsters”, see other side to the gang
- Cornish made the film after hearing why some youths become criminals
-Moses conflict with himself, sacrificing himself to do good
The marketing of Green Zone was misleading as it portrayed the film as a Borne sequel. As the film was mis-sold, it received negative comments as audiences ended up watching a film that they were not interested in, and because of this it lost out in the box office. Similarly, The Hurt Locker’s marketing campaign was slightly misleading as it looked like a film that was more about war, rather than how war affects the people among it, which meant it lost out on audiences. Although The Hurt Locker beat Avatar at the Oscars, by winning both Best Film and Director, Avatar beat it in the box office as there was such a hype about the film, as it was promoted on its visuals and the fact that James Cameron waited over 10 years to make the film, for the advancements in technology. The Hurt Locker was a lower budget film and didn’t have as much money for marketing and as it tackled current issues may have been another reason why audiences were attract to the film. The way a film is marketed sometimes helps attract an audience as it shows the audience what to expect from a film, reasons why a film like Saving Private Ryan was so successful was because it was marketed as a film about how soldiers are affected by war and how traumatising the experience is.
But it can be argued that film marketing isn’t that important because of the success of films like The King’s Speech. This was a low budget film that didn’t use a lot of marketing, but still was very successful as audiences were recommending the film.
Society - The hostages in Dog Day are almost all women. The blonde hostage is shown as quite strong, in one scene she tells Sonny to mind his language.
In Inside Man, there is one female bank robber unlike Dog Day. The character of Lizz White is a strong female character, shown in how she speaks to others of higher status, she is in control of conversations. The smarter characters are the black detectives, the relationship of the two characters show a sense of community and warmth.
Political - Dog Day: It deals with gay rights as the news report refers to Sonny as a “attempted homosexual.” and the support of the gay community for Sonny. The issues of civil rights and the prison Attacca.
Inside Man: The film refers to the racial discrimination, shown when the Sikh hostage is released to the police.
An auteur is a filmmaker whose personal creative style and influence are characterised into their films resulting in them having a recognisable and distinguishing method. Sidney Lumet’s style consists of having the cinematic elements of story and actors, with usually just one main set used, like in 12 Angry Men. Lumet tends to use a sense of realism.Spike Lee’s style uses the issues in black communities, like in Jungle Fever, which in about interracial dating. The themes of political messages and social issues, shown in Malcolm X.