Annotated Bibliography – the film “Moonlight”
- Als, Hilton. “Moonlight” Undoes Our Expectations.” https://www.newyorker.com/ (2016): 1-6.
The New Yorker is a well-known source of news articles and information on various topics. Hilton Als is a staff writer from 1994 and a theatre critic in 2002. He started participating in magazines in 1989. Has the writer “Moonlight” Undoes Our Expectations. This is about the black American life in which Barry Jenkins has delivered some achingly alive. He argues about the movie Moonlight as in his childhood he watched this anxious movie. In this movie, Barry Jenkins has interesting work about the black queerness. The issues that were discussed and focused in this movie is, “Did any gay man who came of age, as I did, in the era of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and AIDS, think he’d survive to see a version of his life told onscreen with such knowledge, unpredictability, and a grave?” In this story, Jenkins is not gay, the story has such a character that begins in 1918 Miami. “There are three parts of this film that are: Little, Chiron, and Black. In the second part, Chiron is a teenager, a child feeling lonely, spending his holiday with a song. Like other normal persons, Chiron wants to utilize his physical strengths now he feels some difference in his body. He feels like a type of fantasy when he spends his time with other children in the school. Kevin, a classmate, taunts Chiron because of having sex with a girl. But he doesn’t think so as he feels something different in his body, different from other children around him. I find this source valuable as it has credible details about the film, and the characters. There is sufficient information in the introductory lines about the film and its main theme.
- Pulver, Andrew. “Moonlight becomes him: Barry Jenkins’s journey from a Miami housing project to the Oscars.” https://www.theguardian.com/ (2017): 1-10.
This source is taken from The Guardian and the article is written by Andrew Pulver. Its main concept is about enslaved life. In August 2013, in an auditorium at the Telluride film festival, there was the first screening of 12 years enslaved. This film is about African-Americans experience by asking some emotional questions. The director Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt are involved in asking questions and getting answers. In this discussion, it appeared that “Moonlight is essentially a coming-of-age story.” It is about tentative sexual awareness of a type from Miami. This awakening is in three parts known as a grade-schooler, a teenager, and a gold-grill sporting adult. Jenkins is not gay, as he identified in his central character, Chiron treating himself as a managing person and want to involve his in a pervasive crime. “There was no way to avoid it. But in keeping to myself, I stayed out of it. I was never interested in the stuff; I didn’t care to be the alpha male.” He thinks that if he sports what his classmates say, he can get respect. During the discussion, the director said that his way to film-making is not random. He got a scholarship for disadvantaged children to a Florida State University, the main college for football skills. He was well trained as a teacher, and during the first year of his college, he started promoting a film course. He likes movies, he thought about movies, that is the reason he is a film-maker. This course provides a crucial context for the film as in this way the director Steve told about his intention and experience before making this film. He said that he has good experience in dealing with disadvantaged children, so he has the ability to feel the real thoughts behind the issues of African-American people.
- Setoodeh, Ramin. “Barry Jenkins Reads From the ‘Moonlight’ Oscar Speech He Couldn’t Deliver.” https://variety.com/ (2018): 1-7.
Ramin Setoodeh is the Bureau Chief at veriety.com in New York. He is well-known for his assessment on social and other diversity issues. He put his arguments about the film Moonlight. He started from a keynote relevant to Southwest, by the director Barry Jenkins during the Oscars speech delivered about Moonlight, to be the best picture of 2016. Alvin McCraney and Barry Jenkins were the co-writer of this film. Alvin argues as: “looking back at his prepared remarks, which referenced the protagonist of the film, we are that boy.” In the film Moonlight, a character grows up to gain an Oscar. He has placed certain limitations on himself, by denying that dream. Jenkins continues his own idea to sustain the film for higher businesses against the odds. At the night when he got Oscar, Jenkins said, “I have this thing I wanted to say about brick walls, I have run through a lot of brick walls to get to this stage.” He is looking back to find what he has done, he realized that he lost friends and on the other side, he lost walls. This is a very bittersweet thing. Jenkins has three kids, he lived in Miami with his family. He used creative writing during his college days. After that, he started a film school, where he studied movies by renting all the famous titles. In this way, he got all the tools necessary to become successful. This course is valuable for further research on the film, the film-maker, and his past struggle to learn how to be successful in the film industry.
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