A Gun is as Good or as Bad as the Man using it

English: Lesson 145 "Compare and contrast the attitude of each movie regarding guns." Shane (1953) and High Noon (1952) are two of the best western movies ever created. Until this last week, westerns to me were just fun movies filled with drama, gun fighting, and simple sets and characters with not a lot of detail … Continue reading A Gun is as Good or as Bad as the Man using it

How can you create the sound, costumes, sets, and landscapes on a page?

English: Lesson 140 Is it easier for skilled authors to manipulate movie viewers or book readers? Good writers will never be out of work. If you can write effectively, you can think effectively, and thinking leads to the creation of good books, articles, speeches, and movies. Movies have taken off like wildfire in the last … Continue reading How can you create the sound, costumes, sets, and landscapes on a page?

The Winning Characteristics of a Cowboy and Politician

English: Lesson 135 Do you see any characteristic features of Stewart and Wayne in these films that rocketed them to permanent stardom? John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart had their breakthrough roles in two of the most influential and remembered films of all time; Stagecoach (1939) directed by John Ford, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) directed by Frank … Continue reading The Winning Characteristics of a Cowboy and Politician

The 1930’s Created the Modern “Movie Experience”

English: Lesson 30 Would You rather watch a movie alone in a theatre or online if they cost the same? The 1930s saw the beginning of "talkies", movies with sound and actors speaking lines, and they were revolutionary. The sound allowed for an entirely new experience, with emotions being conveyed in multiple ways: through the … Continue reading The 1930’s Created the Modern “Movie Experience”

D. W. Griffith’s first Blockbuster Movie

English: Lesson 125 Birth of a Nation (1915), Directed by D. W. Griffith  Why was this movie the first blockbuster? Blockbusters are those movies everyone goes to see and talks about for weeks in advance. They are epic, filled with drama, tension, special effects, an incredible score, and of course a star-studded cast. Hollywood and … Continue reading D. W. Griffith’s first Blockbuster Movie

Philip Dru: The Novel with no Plot and a Dictator

English: Lesson 120 Is this novel a defense of liberty? The book, Philip Dru: Administrator, A Story of Tomorrow, written by Edward M. House, seems to only have been written to describe what he would do if he was in power. House was the advisor to President Wilson from 1912 to 1919, and Wilson read the … Continue reading Philip Dru: The Novel with no Plot and a Dictator

A Reason Not to Vote for the Tax Amendment of 1912

English: Lesson 115 Would I have voted for the income tax amendment in 1912, based on the arguments in Philip Dru: Administrator, A Story of Tomorrow? Edward M. House wrote Philip Dru: Administrator, A Story of Tomorrow in 1912. The book was meant to be fiction, but from what we know of House now, the main character … Continue reading A Reason Not to Vote for the Tax Amendment of 1912

A Literary Masterpiece and it’s Biblical Language

English: Lesson 100 Did the Gettysburg Address use Christian language and imagery to support the Union cause? The Gettysburg Address is one of Abraham Lincoln's most famous speeches along with this second inauguration speech. It has been cited and quoted throughout the years and it used to be required for children to memorize it in … Continue reading A Literary Masterpiece and it’s Biblical Language