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Film: Does Music Matter More Than Dialogue?

November 6, 2020 — Alfred Hitchcock once said, “To make a great film, you need three things — the script, the script, and the script.” It is hard to argue with a filmmaker as legendary as Hitchcock, but there is one other thing the master of horror would have to agree with, and that is music can make or break a movie. After all, the sharp violins from his magnum opus, Psycho, are often considered the gold standard for original music in film. Music is rarely written into a script, but maybe the three things you need to make a great film are instead: the script, the script, and a soundtrack to pull it all together. Of course, dialogue is an essential part of most movies, but one could argue that without music supporting certain critical scenes, the dialogue within would fall flat.

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Mulan — A Chinese View on Disney’s Latest Interpretation

October 27, 2020 — Mulan is one of the most famous Chinese heroines in history — and she has entered the spotlight once again. Disney’s latest adaptation released in March 2020 and largely stood as a remake of their earlier 1998 animated film (though with some major differences). Despite her status as a legendary figure, what greeted the heroine was not widespread admiration and applause in her home country, but instead controversy and criticism.

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