Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Edward Scissoryhands

So I've finally I have watched Edward Scissorhands. A few people in the past have recommended I watch it, even if I never got to do so in the end. I rather enjoyed the film although I think I was one of the few who didn't sniffle at the end. However that didn't mean I wasn't moved by the ending. Edward reminded me greatly of Joseph Merrick- the Elephant Man. Both were people who were deformed and were rejected by society.

Burton I notice loves to mix up his time lines a bit. The majority of the film has technology which would have been popular in the 1960's or there abuts. But there is also the machinery in the mansion Edward lives which has a futuristic look about them. The same sort of clash occurs in the clothing. Whereas Edward is dressed in dark leather clothing, has messy black hair and a pale complexion- the rest of the characters have plain pastel colours. This sort of mix can be seen in the majority of his films, such as Mars Attacks, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.


  1. What did you think of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory? Personally, I thought it wasn't great... a bit plastic and charmless - and what about all the reviews that suggested that Depp's Willy Wonka was actually an impersonation of Michael Jackson?

  2. I thought it was ok. Some aspects were darker than the privious one with Gene Wilder was a lot better. Personaly I wasn't too keen on the Oompa-Loompas songs either in the oen with Depp in it. Plus the 1971 version had a more believable plot line.

  3. ... about the perception essay; as I haven't been involved, I can't necessarily appease all your (and others) confusion. However, I do have some very basic advice for you;

    Go back to the brief: below the essay question itself you will find the 'assessment criteria' - unfortunately, I couldn't get hold of an actual copy of the brief - otherwise I would copy/paste the exact requirements, but my point is simply this; use the 'assessment criteria' as cited in the brief to guide and formulate your response.

    So, if memory serves, the first criteria asks you to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles of perception; therefore, to begin your essay, you should reflect your understanding of the key ideas as covered in the lecture series - Gestalt theory, semiotics etc - a general statement regarding how our relationship to the world and meanings has been discussed in theoretical terms.

    The next criteria is all about APPLYING that understanding; so, what I therefore suggest is, out of the various theories/principles, you select one/some to develop further and apply them to something; if you were to select semiotics, before you could apply it, you would first have to demonstrate your knowledge of the subject itself - whose idea was it, where did it come from, and what does it 'do' - then, once you've defined Semiotics, apply it - my advice would be to apply it to something 'simple' first - because when you apply it to something simple, what is 'complex' about how our perceptions of it are formed is made very obvious; the example I've used is the traffic light - green = go/ red = stop. Of course, red and green don't equal anything - their significance is entirely cultural and created. Then, once you've applied it to something simple, you are in a position to move onto something more complex.

    The way to succeed in this essay is for you to define the limits of your own enquiry - don't let the whole weight of perceptual theory lead your essay, make the essay lead perceptual theory.

    The other assessment criteria is about 'academic style' in the writing of the essay itself, which is something we've all talked about before - that is, finding a formal 'voice' with which to express yourself and observing the Harvard Method for quotes and citations,

    I know what the essay question says (or doesn't say!), but basically you are being asked to use your knowledge of perceptual theory to 'unlock' an existing image, object or sign. If you're doing that, you're doing okay.

    Golden Rule - when in doubt, use the assessment criteria as your guide!