Death and Dying Reflection

The reflection paper will be an analysis of the one of the films being viewed in the course. The paper should analyze the death and dying situations of the characters. You should reference the text material and any additional information deemed important when writing the paper and include any personal experiences and opinions concerning the films. The paper should NOT simply retell the story or be a film critique. The goal is to analyze and reflect upon the issues presented.

Instructions: Your paper should be a minimum of two pages in length, 12 point font, 1” margins, double-spaced, in APA format with a title page, page numbers, page headers, cite/quote your sources throughout it, and have a reference page. Please see the Website tab for APA formatting.

As you may have noted the videos offered free online are no longer available; however, often you can find them free at your local public library, our MATC library, Netflix, or for a cost at your local video store such as Family video. For the Reflection Paper Assignment you may choose from one of the films on the following list: however, if you find it difficult to obtain one of those films or you are able to find a film you are interested in viewing and writing about, please contact me for further instructions. Thank you:)

List:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) – available via Netflix streaming

During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father (David Thewlis) has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.

Sanctum (2011) – available via Netflix streaming and is based on a true story

Though the South Pacific’s Esa-ala Caves are some of the least-accessible on Earth, expert diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) has explored them for months. On one such expedition, Frank is joined by his teenage son, Josh (Rhys Wakefield), and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd). When a flash flood cuts off their exit, they are caught in a life-or-death situation. With supplies dwindling, the divers must navigate a treacherous labyrinth to find a new escape route or die in the process.

Moonlight Mile (2002) – Starring Dustin Hoffman

When Joe Nast’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) plans for marriage change due to an unexpected loss, he wants to be the man he believes everyone wants him to be – dutifully bereaved husband-to-be, and perfect would-be son-in-law to Ben (Dustin Hoffman) and JoJo (Susan Sarandon). But when another woman unexpectedly enters his life, he’s quickly torn between fulfilling his new role and following his heart.

The Doctor (1991) – Starring William Hurt

Ace surgeon Jack McKee (William Hurt) is emotionally disconnected from his wife (Christine Lahti), his son (Charlie Korsmo) and the people he operates on. After Jack develops a life-threatening tumor, he sees life from a patient’s perspective. He then meets a courageous, fatally ill woman named June (Elizabeth Perkins) and begins to realize the necessity of showing kindness in the medical profession. Jack vows to treat his family and patients with more compassion if he survives.

American Sniper (2014) – Netflix DVD only

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission — protect his comrades — to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.

My Sister’s Keeper (2009) – Netflix DVD only

Conceived as a marrow donor for her gravely ill sister, Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) has undergone countless surgeries and medical procedures in her short life. Though their older daughter’s life has no doubt been prolonged, the unorthodox decision of Anna’s parents has cracked the entire family’s foundation. When Anna sues her parents for emancipation, it sets off a court case that threatens to destroy the family for good.

Remember Me (2010) – Netflix Streaming

Tyler (Robert Pattinson) has had a strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) since a family tragedy. Rebellious and troubled, he thinks no one can understand his pain, then he meets Ally (Emilie de Ravin). Her warmth and spirit soon begin to heal him, and they fall in love. But just when Tyler begins to rediscover happiness and meaning in his life, emerging secrets threaten their romance.

The Savages (2007) – Netflix DVD only

Wendy Savage (Laura Linney), a struggling playwright, has little to do with her brother, Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a college professor and author. However, the siblings must find a way to work together when their father, Lenny (Philip Bosco), slides into senility and must be placed in a nursing home.

Collateral Beauty (2016) – Netflix DVD only

Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man (Will Smith) questions the universe by writing to Love, Time, and Death. Receiving unexpected answers as Love, Time, and Death visit him, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

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