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Jimmy Stav
(11-21-2008, 03:12 PM)
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My assignment is to use examples to show one aspect of society that films have influenced for a Media class. Actually writing the paper won't be difficult, but I'm having trouble finding examples of movies that have influenced rather than just reflected society.

Am I missing anything obvious? Once I get some examples I'll probably decide which aspect of society I'd like to focus on.

Thanks GAF.
(11-21-2008, 03:14 PM)
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Philadelphia comes to mind, although that might be a stretch.
(11-21-2008, 03:17 PM)
Fight Club?

(11-21-2008, 03:19 PM)
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scared generations shitless of the ocean
Jimmy Stav
(11-21-2008, 03:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nore

Fight Club?


I completely forgot about that. Makes me think I should probably lean toward something to do with gender roles.
(11-21-2008, 03:20 PM)
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Battleship Potemkin. technically good, but I don't want to watch it again.
he got what he thought he wanted, but lost that which was most important
(11-21-2008, 03:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nore

Fight Club?

If by society you mean angry, confused late teens/early 20-somethings, then yes.
(11-21-2008, 03:21 PM)
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If you want a recent example; all the losers on 4chan took 'V for Vendetta' way too seriously.
Gas Guzzler
(11-21-2008, 03:23 PM)

Originally Posted by SuperAngelo64

If you want a recent example; all the losers on 4chan took 'V for Vendetta' way too seriously.

Scienotards :lol
(11-21-2008, 03:26 PM)
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What about all the nerdlings that dress up as their favorite movie characters? That counts right?
(11-21-2008, 03:27 PM)
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Indigènes/Days of Glory was a bit hit in France and the then President Jaques Chirac cited it when he restored war pensions to surviving North African veterans of WWII.
I am Wayne Brady.
(11-21-2008, 03:32 PM)
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I guess Rebel without a Cause goes without sayin' eh?

lol I was watching the movie planet B-Boy the other day and at the end, one of the breakdancers from the Japanese squad had a rockabilly like haircut and when some girl was laughing at it he blurts out "jamesa deena" (THATS WAICIST) and it hit me like DYAM..that movie's influence never fucking stops. It just keeps going from culture to culture leaving and coming back over and over and over again. Is there really any other movie that can claim that?

The best part...you could see it in his breakdancing. The guy was mad emo the whole damn flick, but when it counted you could see how it affected his dancing.
(11-21-2008, 03:35 PM)
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Inconvenient Truth should work well for your paper.

(11-21-2008, 03:35 PM)
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Nazi propaganda film were quite influential on German society.
Obvious examples are The Triumph of Will, The Eternal Jew and The Jew Suss.
For a more lighthearted and recent approach, Sideways pretty much killed Merlot in the US.
(11-21-2008, 03:36 PM)
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movies have been influencing society the same way as literature, by giving rise to awareness and discussion on issues ignored or foreign to the viewers.

alot of foreign films that are made with an international audience in mind, such as raise the red lantern or bus 178, would be a great place to start.

and for a specific example, birth of a nation re-energized the then dying ku klux klan.
Ring a Bell for me
(11-21-2008, 03:38 PM)
"The Birth of a Nation" all made us hate the KKK more than we already did.
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(11-21-2008, 03:40 PM)
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star wars/trek.

in a BAD WAY.

Titanic turned the world into a bunch of screaming teenage girls for a while as well.
kind of like a pixel,
made of wax
(11-21-2008, 03:41 PM)
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Clearly Red Dawn ended the Cold War.
Mr. Pointy
(11-21-2008, 03:43 PM)
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Terminator 2 will probably push Congress to allow non-US born citizens to run for President.
(11-21-2008, 03:48 PM)
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The Jaws one nailed it.

I'm going to say Clueless influenced an entire new lingo. =X
(11-21-2008, 03:51 PM)
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The Matrix?
(11-21-2008, 03:52 PM)
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Full Metal Jacket
(11-21-2008, 03:56 PM)
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Judgment at Nuremberg forced its audiences to question morality and the will of those subordinated by governmental decree.

Apocalypse Now forced a society to question its conquest-like intentions in Vietnam and also presented a graphic depiction of guerrilla warfare.

It's a Wonderful Life has become a staple of the Christmas season, yet is for a large part overwhelmingly depressing. Despite clearing the Great Depression, the film still holds great relevance to modern society, or else it wouldn't be shown year after year. Explain what this relevance is and how it has "transcended" periods, thus implying a sense of effect rather than reflection.
we all knew her
(11-21-2008, 03:58 PM)
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I think Super-Size me had a fair amount of influence. I can't get super-size fries anymore!
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(11-21-2008, 04:00 PM)
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American Graffiti set off a decade-long love affair with nostalgia for the 1950's. Happy Days, revival of 50's rock-and-roll, and to some degree, even Punk music were kicked off in the wave that followed.
Has problems recognising girls
(11-21-2008, 04:04 PM)
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Strictly Ballroom revived a sense of dance. For better or worse, that is up to personal opinion.
(11-21-2008, 04:06 PM)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas spawned a sub-generation of douchebags. I think you should write your paper on this annoying social phenomena. That and the kids who just wait to become morally outraged so they can whip out their V for Vendetta masks.
(11-21-2008, 04:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by MrHicks

scared generations shitless of the ocean

this is the best, and truest, response so far.
Dark Octave
(11-21-2008, 04:10 PM)
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Originally Posted by WrikaWrek

The Matrix?

Well it influenced an uproar of trench coated geeks with shades, which influenced the fasion wear for the Colombine shooters, which has helped influence my fear of young white males.
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(11-21-2008, 04:11 PM)
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Do The Right Thing

The Ending of the film....The reason why its awesome
HamPster PamPster
(11-21-2008, 04:13 PM)
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Toy Story

Remember when every childrens movie wasn't CG
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In favor of setting Muslim women on fire
(11-21-2008, 04:17 PM)
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"GREED IS GOOD" amirite....

(11-21-2008, 04:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by MrHicks

scared generations shitless of the ocean

Yup and lots of shark killings to boot.
Jill Sandwich
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(11-21-2008, 04:30 PM)
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Akira. We wouldn't have so many douchebag haircuts and weeaboos without the Japanese animation explosion.
Last edited by Jill Sandwich; 11-21-2008 at 04:33 PM.
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(11-21-2008, 04:33 PM)
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The Graduate?

Or was that reflecting... I wasn't alive back then.
(11-21-2008, 04:52 PM)
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Originally Posted by NintendosBooger


Ebert is one of the only critics that has it right. It's a great film, even if it's insanely over-the-top.
Dark Octave
(11-21-2008, 04:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by HamPster PamPster

Toy Story

Remember when every childrens movie wasn't CG

This is a good one.

Very true.
(11-21-2008, 05:00 PM)
A Clockwork Orange

A movie that inspired many sub-cultures (Hooligans, Skinheads, Punks for example) and still does.
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(11-21-2008, 05:04 PM)
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Bambi.

There was a measurable decrease in hunting after the release of the movie.
Count Dookkake
(11-21-2008, 05:07 PM)
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Deep Throat

Oral sex used to be a taboo, something married men dreamed of. Now it is like the training-wheels version of sex.
(11-21-2008, 05:18 PM)
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(11-21-2008, 05:20 PM)
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Minority Report.

Tech-geeks the world over are trying their damndest to recreate that interface for the mainstream.

I love watching tech the simulates that behavior.
I am Wayne Brady.
(11-21-2008, 05:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by Jill Sandwich

Akira. We wouldn't have so many douchebag haircuts and weeaboos without the Japanese animation explosion.

You can trip sets, real players trip light years
(11-21-2008, 05:32 PM)
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(11-21-2008, 05:34 PM)
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I don't remember which movie started it, but the emergence of documentaries as viable theater money makers. I'd thi nk it was a Michael Moore film, but I dunno which one.
(11-21-2008, 05:49 PM)
Has it really taken this long to bring up the Godfather movies?

It's not like people don't go a day without using "I'll make him an offer you won't refuse", or "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer".

You can't tell me that a lot of guys out there are influenced by that movie in the way they do business or treat their family.
(11-21-2008, 05:52 PM)
I'm sure it's not the first to experience it, but what about Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

It was part of the horror genre that went from being rated PG to "Oh my god what about the children BAN IT!"
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Damn you GAF. Jurassic Park ignited an unbelievably big dinosaur hype.
(11-21-2008, 06:02 PM)
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Originally Posted by Skittleguy

"The Birth of a Nation" all made us hate the KKK more than we already did.

more factually, it lead to an increase in KKK activity.

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