How to Watch a Movie!

The Matrix: A Different View

OK, you know how to watch a movie, it is simple, right? You sit down with your snacks and beverages and you watch it. Let me tell you there is more to the movie than you may realize. Movies are very influential on us as a society and it is mostly unnoticed. People feel pressure to act like movie stars or dress like them. Women are often left feeling unattractive in comparison to movie actresses. Men constantly mimic and repeat things they have seen done by that certain actor. This is all fact and it has been covered before I am sure. This is not what I am talking about. I am also not talking about the huge following of certain features such as Star Wars and Star Trek.

I am talking about the messages we are given from the movie that may not be so clear. I may look into movies more than the next person. Movies shape public opinion on certain subjects ranging from science, politics, fashion and relationships. I have always enjoyed watching movies but at a point in time I began to get bored in just watching them for mere entertainment. I started analyzing them and determining what if any message the creator was trying to send to me.

Let me give you an example: The Matrix was a very successful movie, entertaining, full of special effects and action. It was the story of a group of humans trying to free the rest of us from the matrix a computerized world that only existed in our minds. We were all connected to this matrix as a battery or power source for the matrix. If you remember the movie we were kept in these huge rooms in a pod with all these …

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Notable Music Featured in Fox’s Hit Show, House

Music is an important aspect of television and movies as it clues in the viewer to certain feelings and helps to character build. One of my favorite television shows, Fox’s House MD, features a variety of musical numbers. Multi-talented thespian, Hugh Laurie, plays the arrogant and antisocial but brilliant diagnostician Gregory House. Music can help tell a story and the producers of House MD wisely choose numbers that evoke emotion.

The most notable piece of music associated with the series is the opening credits theme. It is a lovely piece and melds well with the opening montage. Titled “Teardrop,” it is performed by Massive Attack. Interesting, considering that House’s disability was caused by an infarction in his leg muscle. To state it more plainly, a “massive attack.”

In the very first episode of the series, simply known as “Pilot”, Dean of Medicine and hospital administrator, Lisa Cuddy, struggles to persuade Dr. House to comply with the terms of his contract with the hospital. Feeling flustered, she says, “I want you to do your job!” The quick-witted House refers to ‘philosopher Jagger’ and quotes him as saying, “you can’t always get what you want.” Later, Cuddy, who often matches wits with House, thinks of a number of ways to motivate House to take responsibility. She explains to him that she has researched the great ‘philosopher Jagger’ and found that although it is true that “you can’t always get what you want, if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” Therefore, I find it fitting that the closing scenes of the pilot episode were accompanied by the song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones. This particular music is used often in the series, usually being played during the ending credits.

The episode entitled “Damned if You Do” …

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