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Cloverfield and Philosophy

The upcoming movie Cloverfield might seem like a blockbuster, but does it have a philosophical angle to it?

Title

Clover field, many speculation has raised over the name of the movie. Some believe, that the meaning of Cloverfield is a code that a military gave to the tape they found. Some think J.J. named it Cloverfield since his Production company is on Cloverfield street! Some argue that Cloverfield means, that the tape was found in an area on Central Park which had clovers. Many see some connection to his long series, Lost.

In a more meaningful way, clover is a person and field is New York. Imagine yourself walking in a clover field, you can see how small and insignificant the clovers are. The clovers are like people to the monster that attacks the field (New York City).

New York

People love to see New York getting trashed. There is only one New York, it is one of the most amazing cities in the entire Universe. It is the most interesting city in the entire Universe.

The fact is, that people like to see rich and powerful people dying, because they always feel they patronize them. To see a rich person die, might make some people happy, simply because, they believe those rich and powerful people are like their bosses and employees.

The people of New York love to see their city getting destroyed in movies since they live in this city. They feel identifying with the characters. They know the city and love to see it on the big screen even if it’s totally crashed by the big monster or aliens or whatever it is that comes to blow the city.

Monsters

Monsters are creatures from our imagination. From Godzilla to Monster Inc and even the Muffits, the authors of those, shows, movies, books, imagined those creatures. Why? Mostly because people want to believe there is more into life then this.

People want aliens to come, because they need something more interesting in their lives. One of the reasons that kids create imaginary friends are because, they have too much imagination and want to see something new. They like older people, want something extrodenry to happen. That is why people are willing to go to the moon, that is way people jump a banji jumping.

Monsters in some way are more friendly. In most of American movies, there is a relationship between the gigantic creature and the main character. Some of it comes in order to infest some humanity into the monster but, in a psychological way it is simply because in a twisted way, the main character wanted this monster to be real. He probably was sort of his imaginary friend back in his school days.

God, where is he in all this Monster fliks? Is it possible that the authers of those movies or books do not believe in God? How can God let this happen they might ask? In some philosophy, people claim that we are Gods… is it possible that we brought this Monster upon us? Possible. Human being in those kind of hard situations seek answers from God. Hollywood loves people who are praying to save the Universe.

But what if God decided to kill some people in the Universe? Can we change his mind? Cloverfield is a movie where God might protect the people in the movie (so we could have a movie…). But in some way, it is too late to pray to God, he made his decision since the monster is already here. It is really possible that most of the personal’s death is already written (On script or in God’s mind).

Philosophy of thinking

Many people believe that we are along in the world. Hollywood tries to show us that we are wrong  But are we? Or maybe should be? People nowadays are so into themselves they can’t see anything that happens couple of inches from them. Is Cloverfield a movie that might change this? I doubt it, Cloverfield tries like every Hollywood movie to pure a perfect world that the characters had with love being saved thanks to running around the city from a huge Monster.

The people who saw National Treasure can see what I mean. Nicolas Cage’s character grows apart from his girlfriend, Diane Kruger. But thanks to their brave quest they return back together although they shouldn’t. Why should she take him back? Just because he found a treasure? Don’t worry it doesn’t sounds stupid only to you. It’s nice to see the hero get the girl, but we all know how their days after the great adventure will look like.

Experience - adventure

We live inside a box. Some boxes are bigger, some are smaller. But being inside our square, we have a lot of trouble to get out of it and experience something new. Those guys in Cloverfield, experience something beyond our wildest dreams  They have a huge monster in their back yard. What we you do? Run? Hide?

The answer to this question is in your head whether you know it or not. Instinctively people tend to run away from the danger, unless they need to save someone. But mostly it is lock in you subconsciences. People are afraid of small bugs but can run trough fire to save their love ones.

Author: Amir Ragporker

Posted in Blockbuster, Cinema, Cloverfield, Entertainment, Film, Films, Hollywood, Monster, Movie, Movies, New York, Philosophy by KeyserSoze : May 20, 2008 - 5:54pm


The Home Of Movies - Universal Studios

Universal studio was founded by Carl Laemmle, a German Jewish and is the second oldest studio in Hollywood. He realized the potential of the moving pictures and the success of Universal Studio has proved him right.

Hollywood has been credited with many successful and memorable movies over the years. The movie industry began in the early 1900s and as of now, there are many famous studios involved in the production of movies and their brand names and logos have become familiar among people.

Of these studios, Universal studio is credited with some of the biggest hits that Hollywood has seen. It goes to the credit of Universal studio that they have been successfully able to tide over the hard times that the movie industry had to face from time to time. It started with the switch from the era of silent movies to the talkies and Universal Studio was able to manage the transition successfully.

The next issue that faced the movie industry was the breaking away of movie stars from the production houses in an effort to be more independent. This happened in the 1950s and Universal Studio again managed to pull up act together by channeling its energy into making of TV shows and movies made especially for television.

In the initial years, Hollywood was churning out low budget westerns and serials. Over time, the standards of scripts and production also improved. In the 1930s, Universal Studio released All Quiet on the Western Front, a movie based on World War I. It went on to win the Academy Award for the Best picture.

Subsequently, Universal Studios became synonymous with horror movies after they produced successful movies like Frankenstein and The Mummy and Dracula. Some of their lighthearted movies have featured memorable performances from Mae West, Deanna Durbin and WC Fields. In the 1950s, many stars including the heartthrob Cary Grant were on contract with Universal Studio. Other stars like Doris Day and Rock Hudson helped create magic with the romantic comedy Pillow Talk whereas James Stewart helped create another sensation by talking to a giant rabbit in the movie Harvey.

Universal Studio has taken risks to produce movies that had difficult subjects. These movies like the depiction of Nazi Germany through the holocaust movie The Schindlers List was not supposed to appeal to a larger audience. But its success took everyone by surprise. Similarly, Twelve Monkeys, a movie dealing with the subject of mental illness also received critical acclaim. And who can forget the blockbusters like the Jurassic Park and ET. It is surprising to note that Universal Studio has had hits to its credit in every decade.

Author: Kenneth Scott

Posted in Blockbuster, Cinema, Entertainment, Film, Films, Hollywood, Movie, Movies, Universal Studios by KeyserSoze : May 14, 2008 - 6:31pm


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