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Film, Contemporary Actors & Literature Research

Potential topics

When searching the library catalog and databases, try using a combination of the terms listed below:
 

  • "motion pictures"
  • "film adaptations" OR "movie adaptations"
    • The Revenant; The Martian; Carol; The Big Short; The Danish Girl; Steve Jobs; 45 Years - from David Constantine's In Another Country: Selected Stories
    • See also James Donovan's memoir Strangers on a Bridge which has been made into Bridge of Spies.

 

  • "movie industry" OR "motion picture industry"
  • "motion pictures - history"
  • “film history”
  • "historical films" OR "historical movies"

 

  • "film criticism" OR "movie criticism"
  • reviews
  • "motion picture criticism"

 

  • "science in motion pictures"

 

  • "animated films'" OR animation

 

  • "motion pictures" AND setting
  • "motion pictures" AND scenery
  • "setting and scenery"

 

  • "art in motion pictures"

 

  • couples AND "motion pictures"
  • "man woman relationships"
  • "man woman relationships in motion pictures"
  • "sex role in motion pictures"

 

  • "love in motion pictures"

 

  • "motion pictures" AND "political aspects"
  • "race relations"

 

  • animals AND "motion pictures"
  • animals AND movies
    "motion pictures" AND literature
  • "silent films"
  • "film noir"
  • parodies
  • "film genres"

 

  • drones AND movies [Batman, Iron Man, Transformers, Crank: High Voltage, The Hurt Locker, Jupiter Ascending, Avatar, Battle: Los Angeles]

 

  • cinematography
  • "motion pictures" AND music
  • ("motion pictures" OR movies) AND music AND (mood OR emotions)
  • "film history"

 

  • "Leonardo DiCaprio"
  • "Martin Scorsese"  [etc.]

 

Critics/moviegoers questioned the facts as presented in the following nominated movies:

  • American Sniper (2015)
  • Argo (2013)
  • Bridge of Spies (based on James Donovan's memoir Strangers on a Bridge) (2016)
  • Captain Phillips (2014)
  • Hacksaw Ridge (2017 nomination)
  • Hidden Figures (2017)
  • Imitation Game (2015)
  • The King's Speech (2011)
  • Lincoln (2013)
  • Loving (released 2016)
  • Selma (2015)
  • Southside With You (2016 release. Available on Netflix)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

Search terms:

  • "historical accuracy"
  • "historical accuracy" AND (movies OR films OR "motion pictures")
  • "fact checking"

Keywords:

  • diversity AND (movies OR "motion pictures)
  • racism
  • sexism

 

LGBT movies

  • Moonlight (2017)
  • Imitation Game (2014)
  • Whiplash (2014)
  • Birdcage (1996)
  • A Beautiful Thing (1996)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Fact-checking in the movies

Critics/moviegoers questioned the facts as presented in the following nominated movies:

  • American Sniper
  • Argo
  • Captain Phillips
  • Imitation Game
  • The King's Speech
  • Lincoln
  • Selma
  • Zero Dark Thirty

See also:

Bridge of Spies based on James Donovan's memoir Strangers on a Bridge

 


Search terms:

  • "historical accuracy"
  • "historical accuracy" AND (movies OR films OR "motion pictures")
  • "fact checking"

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Arrival

Suggested keywords:

  • "science fiction"
  • "linguistic relativity"

Based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang.

Fences

Suggested keywords:

  • diversity AND movies [compare to Selma (2015) Hidden Figures (2017) Help (2011)]
  • "minorities in motion pictures"

Available on DVD March 2017

Based on 1983 play by August Wilson.

Available in SC4 Library.

Fire at Sea - Documentary (feature) nomination

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Potential topics

Working class white men

  • Manchester by the Sea (2017 nomination)
  • Hell or High Water (2017 nomination)
  • Loving (2016)
  • Deepwater Horizon

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Working class white men

  • Manchester by the Sea (2017 nomination)
  • Hell or High Water (2017 nomination)
  • Loving (2016)
  • Deepwater Horizon

Hidden Figures

Suggested keywords:

  • "women mathematicians"
  • "African American women"
  • "African American mathematicians"
  • "space race"
  • racism
  • "science in motion pictures" [compare to Imitation Game (2015) Theory of Everything (2015)]
  • diversity AND movies [compare to Selma (2015) Hidden Figures (2017) Help (2011)]\

See Fact Checking in the movies in the left hand column

  • "historical accuracy"
  • "historical accuracy" AND (movies OR films OR "motion pictures")
  • "fact checking"

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Potential keywords:

  • "single fathers"
  • grief AND ("motion pictures" OR movies)
  • "death in motion pictures"
  • "working class white men" OR "white working class men"

 

Available on DVD late spring 2017.

The Confirmation (2016 release) - divorced father

Working class white men

  • Hell or High Water (2017 nomination)
  • Loving (2016 release)
  • Deepwater Horizon (2016 release)
  • Manchester By the Sea (2017 nomination)

Moonlight

Themes:

  • LGBT movies
    • Moonlight (2017)
    • Imitation Game (2014)
    • Whiplash (2014)
    • Birdcage (1996)
    • A Beautiful Thing (1996)
    • Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Keywords / search strings

  • diversity AND ("motion pictures" OR movies)
  • "minorities in motion pictures"
  • bullying
  • poverty
  • "coming of age"
  • masculinity
  • "challenging stereotypes" AND "black men"

Available on DVD in late spring.

Based on the never published piece "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue" by Tarell Alvin McCraney/

Silence (Best Cinematography nomination)