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Action Adventure - what films are you using?

Discussion in 'Media studies' started by kinvara, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. My classes are driving me demented as they are complaining about looking at Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean etc as they say they are 'old' films. I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time telling them the films they like are not Action films. Have you any more up to date suggestions that fit the exam criteria? Would you go with 'Mr and Mrs' as some of mine fancy that? Transformers? my gut reaction is no but them maybe...? Transporter definitely not. What about Batman as Superman is in the advice notes...etc etc To be honest I can't understand why they just can't listen to my pearls of wisdom, nobody ever says World War 2 was along time ago why should we study it. I know, I know - if they have enthusiasm for a film it will shine through and they'll get an A*!!!
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  2. My classes are driving me demented as they are complaining about looking at Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean etc as they say they are 'old' films. I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time telling them the films they like are not Action films. Have you any more up to date suggestions that fit the exam criteria? Would you go with 'Mr and Mrs' as some of mine fancy that? Transformers? my gut reaction is no but them maybe...? Transporter definitely not. What about Batman as Superman is in the advice notes...etc etc To be honest I can't understand why they just can't listen to my pearls of wisdom, nobody ever says World War 2 was along time ago why should we study it. I know, I know - if they have enthusiasm for a film it will shine through and they'll get an A*!!!
    i
     
  3. I feel your pain. My lot moan all the time about poor old Indiana. Jason Bourne went down well and so did the few clips of Gladiator, with a lot going can we watch the whole film. I think that was a rouse to get out of work though.

    Good luck.
     
  4. MrPuss

    MrPuss New commenter

    So far we've used The Mummy, North By Northwest and Casino Royale - they liked the first one, but saw its faults; put up with the second one because I told them it was a "classic" and enjoyed the Bond.
     
  5. lizgaskell

    lizgaskell Occasional commenter

    Poseidon and The Towering Inferno (but am now steering clear of the disaster sub-genre) Indiana, Pirates, The Mummy- done already
    Plan to 'do' new Robin Hood, perhaps National Treasure? One of the students has Avatar. Some of Gladiator maybe.
    Wondering whether things like Jurassic Park would count?
    Need more really so might set up an after school club shortly.

    Liz
     
  6. lizgaskell

    lizgaskell Occasional commenter

    Ooh, The Goonies! Love it.

    Liz
     
  7. voicelikemans

    voicelikemans New commenter

    Just make sure the films are at least as much adventure as action. So the Indiana Jones and Pirates series are excellent, despite the students' protestations. Love 'em. A friend put me onto Nim's Island, which is perfect.
     
  8. lizgaskell

    lizgaskell Occasional commenter

    If you take a look at the SOW on the AQA website they use Nim's Island. Nearly bought it in Asda for £3 - didn't and now regret it. Mind you, it looked a bit rubbish. Decided to do poster and trailer analysis instead.

    Running out of time though - April is pretty much written off isn't it? I want to fit a mock in really first week or so back after Easter too.

    Liz
     
  9. What about Harry Potter - is it Action Adventure enough? Re representation, am noticing that a lot of villains are bald (The Mummy, Robin Hood, Pirates 3, Harry Potter)....a word to use to describe discrimination against bald people? Baldist? Folliclist?!
     
  10. MrPuss

    MrPuss New commenter

    Don't worry - just make sure you've pulled them all together in some sort of over-view. Can your students see a coherent path through the fillums that you've used?
     
  11. The guidance from AQA on which films to use has been very inconsistent. First we're told to study genres and look at films like Lord of the Rings and the Poseidon Adventure (from the 'Teacher Guidance); then at the meetings we're told to stay away from disaster films and avoid films which don't conform to all the generic conventions (i.e. LOTR is too fantasy based to be suitable)...
    I've gone with Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, some James Bond for looking at overall generic features, and then looked at some others to explore films which keep some of the conventions of AA but not all (e.g. Harry Potter). To be honest, AQA's idea of Action Adventure is quite limited: their idea of what consistutes a villain included "character with an accent: often British" - yet in reality, few films actually feature this, along with everything else.
    Personally I wouldn't worry too much about films, so long as the students know some of the generic conventions that AQA are after and can use examples. If you haven't already, download the inset material from eAQA - there is a powerpoint pdf which shows the material discussed at inset meetings. Maybe do a grid for students to show the different features and which films they could use as examples.
     
  12. MrPuss

    MrPuss New commenter

    I'm going to have a play with the idea of the "High Concept" film - this should get the students thinking about quick and simple plots which can be explained within thetime constraints of the exam.
     
  13. lizgaskell

    lizgaskell Occasional commenter

    HC movies a great idea- did this once years ago so probably have some stuff.
    Did some Robin Hood today- they were bored to tears. Planned to let them see the rest next time but decided to pretend the dvd is broken and do an extract from Gladiator and maybe a question for them to ponder. Something like 'Typical AA movie heroes are funny, clever and have to endure extreme peril. Discuss how this is shown in the representation of Maximus and Robin...' You must use evidence from the films/extract to support your answer.
    Might change it to 'two characters of your choice...'
    Then, HCM.

    Liz
     

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