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A Comparison of For Whom the Bell Tolls & Hell’s Angels

It is impossible to have a war story where the characters are fighting for no cause. Whether the reason is for money, power, land, women, government, morals, ideas or fear, everyone within a war is driven by something. Their cause is usually the basis for the whole story and for the development of their character. Two war films, For Whom the Bell Tolls, directed by Sam Wood, and Hell’s Angels, directed by Howard Hughes, tell the stories of people fighting alongside each other in battle for very different reasons.

For Whom the Bell Tolls is truly the story of Robert Jordan, an American man fighting with a guerilla group during the Spanish Civil War. His assignment is to blow up a bridge to halt the progress of the enemy. He squabbles with members of the organization he is assigned to help, and falls in love with a woman, but remains faithful to them and his mission throughout. He maintains this perspective even when the leader of the guerillas says he will not help any longer. His personal motivations are strong as is his sense of duty. A comparison can be done to Buy Lvl 30 LoL Account at the search engines. The rakings should be checked through the player before the purchasing of the account. The guidelines should be complied through the players for winning against the opponent in the video game. 

At first sight, it seems curious that an American agent is concerned about progress in Spain. But, as things progress, it is evident that the first cause Jordan is fighting for is democracy in a land with poor government. He, as an idealistic American from a democratic society, wishes to aid the guerillas in their success to achieve the same type of government for Spain. The cause is directly related to his occupation and mission, and therefore makes sense as a linear reasoning for his action.

While Jordan is living with the guerilla band, he falls in love with a woman, Maria, who was rescued by the guerillas and offered protection. She becomes another thing that drives Jordan to succeed, as the idea of ‘getting the girl’ has always been a constant in filmmaking as a metaphoric job well done. Maria serves as a means for us to see his idealistic side and understand the character more deeply.

Howard Hughes spent years and millions of dollars to make 1930’s Hell’s Angels, a story of men during World War I. The first half of the film follows the stories of three men, and after the death of one by intermission, concentrates on the two remaining. All three men were college buddies, two of whom are brothers. Roy and Monty, the brothers, end up together in the same squadron while Karl, the third, is forced to fight against them on the side of the Germans.

Every man in this film, though fighting the same war with the same objectives, is there for a different reason. Our three main characters all entered in different fashions. Their personalities and lifestyles directly influence their causes, and determine what they are willing to live and die for.

Karl was drafted into the service, only to be ordered to bomb the very place Roy and Monty live; a mission he intentionally botched right before being betrayed by his own superior. Karl’s cause for entering the war was not his own, and his cause for fighting came from risking his own neck to protect his friends. He made a personal decision and his commitment to life and his friends is obvious.

Roy joined the service to impress a girl named Helen that he was under the illusion loved him. Roy is a strong, sophisticated person with sturdy morals and a solid backbone. He saw the service as prestigious, the thing that would make him an honorable man and therefore impressive to Helen.

Monty is a womanizer, wanting nothing more out of life than a good time, following the clichéd, sinless concept of ‘life is too short so do whatever you want.’ He joined the service because a woman outside a recruitment office was offering kisses for signing up. His cause was an accident, and once enlisted his cowardice shines through, which turns his platoon against him. He then has to adopt a new cause in his life, a new thing to fight and die for: losing his reputation of being yellow and showing he is not afraid.

During the course of the film, and thanks to Roy’s personality (and the fact he is clearly the older and wiser of the brothers), he establishes another cause for his goals, protecting Monty. Though he disapproves of his brother’s lifestyle and thinks he is a loose cannon, he realizes they are all each other have to fight for. This is especially true after he finds Helen with another man, shattering the cause for which he originally joined the fight.

Both in For Whom the Bell Tolls and especially in Hell’s Angels, the missions the characters are involved with become personal. They show their commitment to what is hand through loyalty and honor for their friends, loved ones and their own morals.

Clearly all the characters differ in their causes. Jordan fights not only for himself and Maria, but for his country and a concept and belief in democracy, which is generally the understood idea behind governmental wars. Roy, Monty and Karl never really present an interest in fighting for the textbook goals behind WWI, but for the protection and benefit of themselves and each other.

All four of the characters in both stories also complement the idea that change occurs during a struggle. None of the four men had entirely the same reasons for fighting at the end of the films as they did when they entered in the beginning. They all experienced some sort of change, whether mental, moral, personal or love-related that brought them a different or additional reason to continue fighting. The characters are all very three dimensional, and that human quality is identifiable and understandable. It is clear that people are willing to fight and die for a million different reasons, even when fighting alongside each other in the same battle for the same overall goal.

Both filmmakers, Sam Wood and Howard Hughes, are very good at capturing the image of the film. The two films both work very well for what they are, and for the time periods they were made, but are different from each other.

For Whom the Bell Tolls is shot in a wonderful Technicolor presentation. The lighting is fantastic, always working with the tone and mood of the content. Shadowing is important and well designed as the chiaroscuro (balance of light and dark) lighting adds to the drama of the scenes. The lighting and shadows help to exemplify importance and control from the characters, or is used to belittle and show who is really in power. The devotion of Jordan is always reinforced by the illuminating lighting design. The fact that the film is shot in color also helps to give the landscape and special effects of the film more depth.

Hell’s Angels is a black and white film, but is often tinted in shades of blue or sepia depending on the scene at hand. Releasing in 1930, there was not capability for full color, especially since production began several years before that. Regardless, having the richest man in the world at the time in the director’s chair brings about good effects and visual quality. The lighting is also brilliantly controlled, and the tints of the different scenes make the viewer forget they are watching a technically black and white movie. Sky scenes are blue colored, ballroom scenes are sepia, barracks scenes are straight black and white. There are occasional moments of color, such as humongous explosions, that were colored to look like real fire for added intensity. These little tricks help establish the image quality and visual significances of the film just like For Whom The Bell Toll’s elements do to it.

Clearly Sam Wood and Howard Hughes have created two masterpiece war stories with very interesting characters. Ernest Hemmingway, the creator of Robert Jordan, and Harry Behn, writer of Hell’s Angels, helped display the fact that people involved with wars can fight along side each other with different beliefs and for a myriad of different causes. People get through wars in very human ways, and whatever is most important to them in their lives seems to be what drives them to survival (or death) during battle. All of the main characters in the two films emphasize this idea and create two compelling films.

A Guy’s Guide To Romantic Movies You’ll Both Enjoy

Since February is approaching, it’s only natural to be thinking about Valentine’s Day and what romantic things you plan to do with your significant other.

One of those plans might be cuddling up on the couch and watching a romantic movie, a proposition that may be a big sacrifice for many men. After all, who wants to watch something that’ll bring tears to your eyes when you can be watching the latest Die Hard film?

While valentine’s day provides a nice excuse for couples to make it out together, it also gets them to view some immortal romantic classics of the bygone era which they have never viewed in their lifetime and it would help in providing the required fuel to the fire by turning them on for this occasion. Both romantic films and valentines are interrelated as the basic core of love stories are not the regular boy meets girl tales but one that through which love emanates not just from the heart but soul as well and cyberflix has such movies galore.

After years of marriage, I have come to discover that it is possible to find romantic movies that aren’t necessarily your traditional “chick flick.” It just takes a little bit of creativity and maybe a bit of explanation.

 

Here are some films you should consider watching with your sweetie because they offer something both of you will enjoy.

The Princess Bride – My wife and I used to rent this movie every Valentine’s Day. Now we own it. I love this film because it offers something for everyone. It’s a traditional love story based on the fact true love conquers all, including death. Yet, it has plenty of action and comedy mixed in to keep it from becoming too sappy.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula – At this point, you’re asking yourself “Is this guy insane?” But, if you are, it’s because you’ve never seen this movie, which is essentially a love story that just happens to feature a vampire in it. It’s a good mix of romance and horror and, even though it does take liberties, is one of the better interpretations of the book (which is also viewed by many as a love story).

Jerry Maguire – My wife absolutely refused to watch this movie with me at first because she thought it was another sports movie. And, it is. But, it’s also the same movie that reportedly inspired country singer Kenny Chesney to write his hit song “You had me From Hello,” because it focuses more Maguire’s relationship with his girlfriend than on the football end of things. Want to impress your wife or girlfriend? Pay attention and learn the sign language for “You Complete Me.”

 

50 First Dates – I originally was going to put another Adam Sandler movie here; The Wedding Singer. But, after some thought, I realized this movie (which, like the Wedding Singer, has Drew Barrymore) is much better. Most romantic stories involve a guy trying to make a girl fall in love with him. This one has a guy trying to make the girl fall in love with him on a daily basis because, once she falls asleep, she completely forgets he exists. And, Sandler’s crude but funny performance keeps it entertaining for both of you.

Titanic – OK, I confess, this is more or less a 193-minute-long chick flick. But, there’s plenty to keep us guys interested too. I personally watch it with the same attitude I would use when watching a documentary because it is a nice re-telling of a real-life tragedy. Besides, can you think of something better to do than spending three hours on the couch cuddling with the person you love?

7 Reasons Why There Should Be Another Edition to the Chronicles of Riddick

The Riddick movies, while not well received at the theaters it will be launched on movie2k for a special premiering with enhanced quality of picture almost comparable to ultra high defination, which have become a staple of most cable network rosters. These two movie editions have been played countless times over the years since they were released and continue to sell dvd copies. Reports that there was to be a third edition in 2010 were proven false and the fans are still waiting. This is the trailer that was leaked . Will there ever be another Riddick movie? Here are the top 7 reasons why there should be.

  1. To really be a Chronicle, there has to be another edition. Between the three movies, there’s only a week of Riddick’s life. Telling us there was five years between isn’t enough. Riddick’s history is a few short sentences. There needs to be more for a chronicle. (The third film is an animation called Dark Fury.)
  2. Cable companies play some movies again and again at certain times, knowing some of them are guaranteed to draw in a decent amount of viewers. From June ’07 To March ’08, Pitch black and the Chronicles were played on at least 25 different days and were often placed back to back, though out of order. There were a few weekends it seemed like one or the other was airing every time you turned on the t.v. and it wasn’t just on one channel. Considering the number of movies they have to choose from and how often the list is added to, I call that a significant number. If The Cable Co.’s think that highly of Riddick’s continued popularity, then the chance for another sequel doing well is still very good.
  3. All of the main actors from CoR are still very much in public view, are still watched and sought after and the fans would love to see them together again. Check out the Fanfiction websites. Over 1,000 stories on the Chronicles alone and over 500 on Pitch Black, people writing their own sequels in place of the ones they know may never come and most of them,(Absolute garbage) are based around only the existing characters. This one is really good .
  4. Sequels seem to be all the rage and most have survived. I won’t bore us by naming them. They’re never huge hits but they pay the bills, right? Super heros rescuing the world or psychotic slashers ruining the party, the remakes, re-do’s, and spin offs are everywhere. Why shouldn’t the CoR be revived too? If it was time for Freddy and Jason or Alien and Predator, surely there’s a place for another Riddick, who makes a lot more sense than any of the above mentioned American Icons.
  5. The Riddick character is unique right now. The strong and silent type has mostly disappeared and we,(women, a market the film makers haven’t really tapped yet.) miss him. I have to tell you, if I see another film with a ‘sensitive’ man in the lead roll, I may hurl.
  6. Not to make another edition to the tale is admitting defeat, failure.
  7. There needs to be a gap filler to get from them kneeling at his feet, to him reaching Furya if they ever hope to explore his home world and the story mentioned above has it. Shadows of Fate begins with Riddick and Aereon in the Necromonger thrown room and ends with him in the cockpit of a ship and home is where his passengers ask to be taken. In the CoR, Vakko states that Furya is a ruined world with no life to speak of. So shouldn’t he take people with him? But who? Other Furyan’s, of course. He finds them waiting for him on Tanaka Major, learns of a second half to the prophesy that says a great Furyan Warrior will find and lead his people home and true to his nature, Riddick is furious, realizing Aereon didn’t tell him. Riddick refuses to claim leadership of the group he’s found, denies being the great warrior but does agree to give them the ride to Furya in exchange for information and keeping the ship they say they have hidden. It ends up being a well laid trap by an assassin who was hired by the previous Lord Marshall over 30 years before.

Hopefully, the next edition will come out soon but if not, there’s always Fanfiction.