Exam Preparation

The Cove (2009) – directed by Louie Psihoyos

  • Psihoyos’ documentary film was produced in 2009 and released on July 31st of the same year. 
  • Psihoyos is an American photographer and documentary film director known for his still photography and contributions to National Geographic. He is also a licensed scuba-diver who has become increasingly concerned with bringing awareness to underwater life.
  • In the Box Office, it made a total sum of $1,140,043 dollars.
  • The documentary received very positive reviews from critics. Roger Ebert gave the film four stars (out of four), calling the film “a certain Oscar nominee.” Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times called the film “an exceptionally well-made documentary that unfolds like a spy thriller,” going on to describe it as “one of the most audacious and perilous operations in the history of the conservation movement.” It undoubtedly is then apparent that the documentary was highly appraised by society around the world, and making an influence on the subject of dolphin hunting practices in Japan. 
  • The documentary had 26 wins and 8 nominations. On top of that, it also won an oscar.

The Elephant (2003) – directed by Gus Van Saint

  • Van Saint’s drama film was produced in 2003 and released on October 24th of the same year.
  • Van Saint is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician,  and author. He lives in Portland, Oregon. His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalised cultures.
  • The film had an estimated total budget of $3,000,000.
  • In the Box Office, the film made a total of $10,020,543 thus making a significant profit.
  • Roger Ebert reviewed this film as well, giving it the same total of four stars (out of four). Ebert stated that the film “simply looks at the day as it unfolds, and that is a brave and radical act; it refuses to supply reasons and assign cures, so that we can close the case and move on”. It can be assumed that this is simply one of many positive reviews made by critics.
  • The drama film received 7 wins and 6 nominations.

Blade Runner (1982) – directed by Ridley Scott

  • Scott’s American dystopian science fiction drama film was released on June 25th of 1982.
  • Scott is an English film director and producer. Scott is known for his atmospheric, highly concentrated visual style, which has influenced many directors. Though his films range widely in setting and period, they frequently showcase memorable imagery of urban environments.
  • The production had a total budget of $28,000,000.
  • In the Box Office, the film made a total of $33,770,893 (Lifetime Gross).
  • While not initially a success with North American audiences, the film was popular internationally and garnered a cult following. The film’s dark style and futuristic designs have served as a benchmark and its influence can be seen in many subsequent science fiction films and television programs.
  • Roger Ebert reviewed ‘Blade Runner’ the theatrical cut version, giving it a satisfactory three stars (out of four). Ebert gave two very intriguing points about the movie stating that, “the visual environments he creates (Scott) for this film are wonderful to behold, and there’s a sense of detail, too; we don’t just get the skyways and the monolithic skyscrapers and the sky-taxis, we also get notions about how restaurants, clothes and home furnishing will look in 2020”. However he also believes that the movie’s weakness “is that it allows the special effects technology to overwhelm its story”.
  • The film received made 10 wins and 15 nominations. It was also nominated for 2 oscars both of which it did not gain.




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