martes, 17 de mayo de 2016

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy, and an equally troubled child psychologist (Bruce Willis) who tries to help him.
Released by Hollywood Pictures, the film was received well; critics highlighted the performances (especially by Osment and Willis), its atmosphere, and twist conclusion. The film was the second highest grossing film of 1999 (behind Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace).
The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best PictureBest Director for Shyamalan, Best Original ScreenplayBest Supporting Actor for Osment, and Best Supporting Actress for Toni Collette.

M Night Shyamalan  (/ˈʃɑːmələn/ born 6 August 1970 is an Indian-American screenwriter, film director, producer and occasional actor known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots. His major films include the supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense (1999), the science fiction thriller Signs (2002), the psychological thriller The Village (2004), the fantasy thriller Lady in the Water (2006), and the sci-fi action adventure film After Earth (2013). He is also known for filming and setting his movies in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised, and for including unexpected plot twists in most of his films.

M. Night Shyamalan by Gage Skidmore.jpg

martes, 26 de abril de 2016


Value: Serenity
Plan Nº 3
Date:  April 13th – May 11th

Generative Topics
Tribute to the Cinema

Unit-long Understanding Goals:

  • To become familiar with Martin Scorsese
  • To critically view and appreciate Hugo.
  • To analyze this film as a tribute to silent films.

Social SkillTasks:

·         To do your best at all times.
·         To search for values in films.

Essential Question:

·         Do we all have a role in this world?

Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese, based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It is about a boy who lives alone in the Gare Montparnasse railway station in Paris in the 1930s.
Hugo is Scorsese's first film shot in 3D, of which the filmmaker remarked: "I found 3D to be really interesting, because the actors were more upfront emotionally. Their slightest move, their slightest intention is picked up much more precisely."
 The film was received with critical acclaim, with many critics praising its visual design, acting and direction. However, it was financially unsuccessful.
Hugo received eleven 2011 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), more than any other film that year, and won five Oscars: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for eight BAFTAs, winning two, and was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, earning Scorsese his third Golden Globe for Best Director.
Hugo makes reference to another real film, A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la Lune)  a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès

Resultado de imagen para hugo movie moon

Ø      Read about Martin Scorsese. List the titles of his most famous films. Which ones have you seen?
Ø      Research about the technique 3D or 3-Dimensional.

Ø      Once again you will be watching a film starring a young actor, in this case Asa Butterfield. Pay special attention to him!.

Comment on the following quote from the film.

Hugo: "I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason."

Menu of Activities

Ø  Choose ONE option.

1)      Make a sketch of the automaton. Include an explanation of its relevance in the film.


2)      Hugo is quite an original film among Martin Scorsese’s filmography. Write a contrast – compare essay to justify this statement. You should compare Hugo to at least three other films.

3)      Justify why we can say that Hugo is is a tribute to the heritage of silent film.

4)      Look for at least ten quotes from the film and comment on them. You may illustrate these quotes with scenes from the film.

martes, 22 de marzo de 2016

Shakespeare in Love

Plan Nº 2
Date: March 30th to April 13th

Generative Topic:
Shakespeare in love

Unit-long Understanding Goals:
·         To further explore William Shakespeare’s life and work.
·         To distinguish reality from fiction.
·         To critically view and appreciate films.

Social Skill Tasks:
·         To do your best at all times.
·         To search for values in films.

Essential Question
·         Could Shakespeare have written all the work that is attributed to him?
·         Did he personal life influence his work so much?
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Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair involving Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) and playwright William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) while he was writing Romeo and Juliet. Several characters are based on historical people, and many of the characters, lines, and plot devices allude to Shakespeare's plays.
Shakespeare in Love won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench).
Shakespeare in Love’ is a romantic comedy about a year in Shakespeare’s life in London in 1593.  In reality we know very few facts about Shakespeare as a person and building a picture is rather like trying to create a jigsaw with many pieces missing.

 A story is brought into being which is not a true story of Shakespeare’s life, but which is fun because it plays with the facts and links them together through the idea of love, in life and on stage and screen.

Ø  List the names of all the characters who are based on historical people.
Ø  Describe what you have learnt about Shakespeare’s theatre in the film.
Ø  What impression did you get of life in London in 1953?
Ø  Did you expect the film to end in the way that it does?  Explain your reasons.
Ø  Look for quotes from the film which have been taken directly from ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Copy at least 5 quotes and comment on them.
Ø  Which play is Shakespeare writing at the end of the film? How do you know?