(Ch. 11) Final Response Post & Blog Post -Due. May 10

For this final week, your response post and your personal blog entry are both due on Friday, May 10. These will be your final assignments for the course.

(due May 10 by 11:59 pm)

RESPONSE/DIALOGUE: After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general. 

 

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 Final Personal Blog Post: As we wrap this semester I’d like you to reflect and think back on what we’ve covered together this semester. Address one (ONLY ONE) of the following questions/writing prompts and post this as your final personal movie blog assignment (on your own site) with the titles listed below. Make sure you add three photos and three links to your post to be consistent with your other original blog posts. This should be a 400-word minimum (no maximum) post. 

Option 1: Blog post title: “Exploring Film Criticism with a New Perspective” – questions to movie_theater_12consider when writing this: How has your perspective on film criticism changed? Do you approach film viewing differently? Are there elements of filmmaking that you are more in tune with now? Do you appreciate things about film now that you didn’t before? Was there one thing or several things that triggered new thoughts for you?

Option 2: Blog post title: “Film Criticism = Past-Perfect” – Have you found that the issues and topics we covered served as a reminder or reinforcement of what you already knew? If so, touch on those things.

Option 3: Blog post title: “Film Criticism = Critical Thinking in Action” – How can using the elements of film criticism we explored together help you (and others) examine other arts (music, TV, video games, literature, etc.)?

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Option4:  Blog post title: “Film: Why it Matters.”  In a world divided by politics, culture, gender, and societal choices – how can film criticism impact humanity in a positive way?

Option 5: Blog post title: “Why Understanding Film History Should Matter to Film Critics.”

Part 1 and Part 2 should be completed by Friday, May 10  at 11:59 pm.

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  1. sugarymango says:

    After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    I found two major things interesting. The first one was about film screening. I didn’t know that these things existed. Like at all. So I found it very interesting that these things can happen, even if it is in big cities. I did find it interesting that if you are new, you need to have at least 6 months of review experience to at least be invited. I just thought that was cool and if I ever did decide to have this as a career choice then I’d need to know about it or I wouldn’t understand why it wasn’t working out.

    Another thing I found interesting was about Westerns. My family loves watching westerns, especially John Wayne Westerns. I have watched “Magnificent Seven” but I didn’t know that some of these had come from the idea of Samurais. I thought this was really interesting and I can see some similarities now, knowing this information. This can help me see where origins may have come from instead of not really caring. The idea has to come from somewhere.

    ~Lucy~

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  2. noeltmanning says:

    Final Journal Entry – Here is my final blog post link.

    https://mangoreview.movie.blog/2019/05/05/film-criticism-critical-thinking-in-action/

    Thanks! ~Lucy Holland

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  3. RESPONSE/DIALOGUE: After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in
    general.

    One of the first things I found most interesting was the screening. I never realized that the date that films premiere play so much into their success. The fact that film critics are sent invitations to see films when the theater is packed, in hopes of having a positive influence on the critics review. Having the critic review in a sold out theater seems so obvious, but at the same time is a smart and interesting trick. These facts will help me when evaluating films films in general because I can remember to ask myself if the aspects of premiere date, and the amount of people in the theater is making an influence on my review of the film.
    Another detail I found interesting in chapter eleven is how often political views show up in various films, and mainly in comedies. I found this interesting because I noticed that the majority of entertainment that is able to get me laughing the most, are the ones that throw in political jokes, television shows like “Last Man Standing” always makes me laugh. This helps me once again with my baggage, knowing this I now know to watch myself in letting my political opinions dictate my overall outlook on the film. I now know to let my readers know in the beginning of my review, if my political opinions are tying into my overall review of the film.
    – Caitlyn Hamrick

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  4. After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    Something that I found interesting about this chapter was the history of western films. This is because I thought that the genre of movie has went from the very best to the worst in the matter of under a century. I also found it interesting that the western genre could have so many sub-genres and some movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, you would not even think would be a sub-genre of western. This can help me in the evaluation of genre or film in general by giving me a chance to understand the history of film and how it has changed. It is important to understand why and how the film industry has changed and how it used to be.

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  5. katiecstone says:

    RESPONSE/DIALOGUE: After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    Learning about political cinema was beneficial to me. I find it interesting that filmmakers are able to examine what in politics can make a certain group of people tick, and successfully make a film about it. I was unaware of all the genres that political cinema encompassed. Political films challenge us to think, or at least they should. Political cinema allows us to truly separate from reality in order to experience reality. I believe that if we start to really question our beliefs and political leanings in a film, the writers have done something right. Sometimes when you see a film and notice biased thoughts in it, you think it is just your own bias and not the filmmakers. However, the filmmaker can include just as much bias when creating their movie as you can when writing a review. Knowing these facts about political cinema encourages me to do some background research on the director in order to see his political leanings. This, in turn, will help me to figure out if he/she is being biased in their work. This chapter also reminded me to either tell the audience before I give a biased review, or to let go of my baggage completely.

    – Katherine Stone 5/7/19

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  6. jmcmullens2 says:

    After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.
    What I found interesting from this chapter would be the section on film screening. I found this interesting because this is how movie awards are determined that are not selected by the population. Because of this critic(s) that sometimes have the whole theatre rented out just for themselves just to see if the movie was worthy and what could be done to improve it. Publicity also plays a role in this because they will give sneak peaks almost to see the reaction of the people and that is also another way that critics can review the material if they were not invited to see the whole movie. This can help me when looking at why it got the reward it got and how it was worthy of being a popular movie if that does happen. A film in general it helps me evaluate more than just the movie itself but its background and also the key points in the movie to a deeper extend to see what all of the hype is about and why it is considered on of the best if it has that title.
    -Jada McMullens 05.07.19

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  7. After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    1. For me, the most informative topic in this chapter was the “three components in nearly every action film”. These components include a hero, exaggerated violence, and unlivable situations or characters. A hero, most of the time this is the protagonist, is fighting a possible life/world-ending force. Exaggerated violence, this includes explosions, stunt work, and visual effects used in the film. Unbelievable situation or characters, the characters in the action film could probably go up against fictional creatures or they may be a fictional creature themselves. This will help me determine what is a true action film.

    2. I also found universal elements of an adventure (and fantasy) films to be very informative. The universal elements include the following. Rebels Battling an evil king or tyrant for the common man. Characters searching for hidden or lost treasure (this can be physical or mental). Battles with pirates, warlocks, or characters with unique powers. This will help me determine which films are adventure/fantasy films, and which films are not adventure/fantasy. For example, Up is a fantasy/adventure film. Russell and Carl go on a crazy adventure to Paradise Falls. The characters are searching for their treasure, Paradise Falls. Some people would argue that Up is an action film due to the conflict, but that is not the main point of the film.
    ~Dylan Mistretta

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  8. zachbaynard says:

    After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    One major thing that really struck me out in chapter 11 was definitely about pre-release screenings. I think the descriptions about how they treat the critics made this part very interesting. The critics get to watch the film first, which I think is very useful so when the critics go to wherever they do they’re review, they can do the review before the film comes out so people can get a good taste of what they are about to watch. This gives ordinary people some pre baggage of how well the movie is. The film critics who watch these movies prerelease also are basically VIPs as they basically have to go through so much steps to be able to watch a movie before it comes out. The film critics can also give advice to the filmmakers and so they can add some final touches to the film to make it better, meaning this position is vital to the success of a film. I think that this information can help me because before I make a review I can read off of one of these top critics and get an idea of how my review should be like. I don’t have to have the same opinion as that critic, just that I should try to follow in their footsteps and see how well they’re review is and the structure of the review.

    -Zach Baynard

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  9. blakepow says:

    RESPONSE/DIALOGUE: After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    I thought that it was interesting that every action film is made up of three components. I found this interesting because some of the action films are so complex, but they actually follow this structure, which goes to show how talented some directors and story writers are to fit amazing stories into a three part structure. This will help me with reviewing genre because it gives me a list of which I can dissect films with to see if they are truly action films.

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  10. This is my blog post-
    dylanswoffordsreviews.home.blog/2019/05/10/exploring-film-criticism-with-a-new-perspective/

    -Dylan Swofford

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  11. After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    The topic in this chapter that gave me the most information was the three components in every action movie. These components can include exaggerated violence,hero’s, or an unlivable or impossible situation. The hero would most likely be fighting the impossible to defeat a threat or impossible situation. Stunts explosives and visual effects can be used in the film to demonstrate this and make it look interesting. The hero would usually be the protagonist. The hero might go up against a fictional character. Or in some cases the hero can be the fictional character
    Jahseim Merritt

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  12. petertuong says:

    RESPONSE/DIALOGUE: After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    Looking at chapter 11 I was particularly interested in the action and adventure section of the chapter and when it stated the three components of most action films, the hero, the action, and the situation. The information in that part of the chapter will help me analyze action movies and see if they are missing a key component that most action movies have. Another subject that got my attention was the screening information, especially the part that said that sometimes a full house was good for reviews and also how sometimes a single person would get a theater room to themselves. That just really goes to show how important reviews and feedback from other people can affect movies and movie goers.

    BLOG POST
    https://petertuongreviews.home.blog/2019/05/10/film-criticism-critical-thinking-in-action/

    Peter Tuong

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  13. RESPONSE/DIALOGUE: After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, I have found many things of intrigue such as the reading “Film Screenings, Junkets, & Getting Access” and the influence of politics in film, and the other way around.

    In the Film Screening reading, it was pointed out that film critics normally must obtain a portfolio of their work to gain access to a film screening, which normally promotes a film. Normally, a film screening promotes a film by allowing critics to review a film before it is released to the public, allowing the public to gain knowledge on whether or not they should watch the film, and by extension, allows the filmmakers to gain more influence, capital, or audience, and/or allows the filmmakers to make another film. Having knowledge of how to gain access to a film screening could indubitably help the critic to review a film by allowing them to release their reviews before the audience of the film has a chance to view the film and/or review it themselves, giving higher esteem to the original film review.

    The politics in a film is an extremely interesting aspect of a film because it could provide many things to the film and its audience. Whether or not the filmmakers intended to and whether or not the film is based around politics, sometimes they lead to political bias within their film which could lead to a liking or distaste towards a certain political candidate, idea, or action. Often, a film considered as political can often lead to a certain bias being pushed or the other way around, especially during the time of presidential elections or even in the more local elections. Either way, a political film can definitely provide bias for or against a film and to me, this is intriguing. Understanding the ideas present within a political film can and will allow critics to review any type of film with better understanding by knowing how a filmmaker can include their own political views within a film.
    -Nathanael Leclercq

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  14. Gluna0303 says:

    RESPONSE/DIALOGUE: After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    So, one thing that I found interesting is the way that one of the articles shows the way to correctly criticize a political based on the story behind it. There are four basic guidelines to watch for when looking at these movies. First that in most movies that have political opinions always show a bias to when it comes to two sides and that there is always a message behind the movie. The third thing is the historical reference behind such films. In most cases it is easy to research what was the historical context and the importance of the time period which makes a change depending on the event the movie is taken place.

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  15. Response Post:
    After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.
    After reading the posts of chapter 11 something that I found interesting was that there are many film creators that want some of the best film critics at their pre-release screenings and they will do anything to make the critic feel comfortable or to come even if means to give them the best seats or fly them to the place to watch the film. It was interesting because you can see that film creators really want their film to succeed which it depends on what the critics say about their film so they decide to sort of get on the good side of the critic. This will help me in film evaluation because if I want to have a great film review I know that those critics that are chosen to be at the pre-release screenings most have good reviews and if I read or watch/listen to their reviews I can find way to improve my reviews or learn something new that I can use.

    Blog Post:
    https://movieandfilmreviews.home.blog/2019/05/11/exposing-film-criticism-with-a-new-perspective/

    -Marleny Martinez

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  16. Here is my blog post:
    https://realizationsbehindthereel.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/film-why-it-matters/
    And honestly, I am kind of sad that this class is over, I actually enjoyed it!
    -Nathanael Leclercq

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  17. Josh Rubino says:

    RESPONSE/DIALOGUE: After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    What I learned and what I found after engaging in Chapter 11 that was interesting was, that there is way you review a movie that is on a DVD and Blu Ray. In your review you have to include when the movie was released into the theaters, if you saw this movie in the theaters will you have a different review from before when you saw it on a dvd or blu ray. This will help me with reviewing by telling me how I should think about how the movie would affect me differently in the movie theater rather than at home watching it on a dvd player. Also something else that I learned and found interesting was in political cinema they will ask you provoking questions and make you think about your own beliefs about what they are trying to portray. This will help me because I never knew that there were political things in every movie. This will help me evaluate and try to find the political views in movies.

    -Josh Rubino

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  18. noeltmanning says:

    After engaging in the elements of Chapter 11, dive into one or two things that you found interesting or engaging. Explain why, and how this may help you in the evaluation of genre or film in general.

    The topic in this chapter that gave me the most information was the three components in every action movie. These components can include exaggerated violence,hero’s, or an unlivable or impossible situation. The hero would most likely be fighting the impossible to defeat a threat or impossible situation. Stunts explosives and visual effects can be used in the film to demonstrate this and make it look interesting. The hero would usually be the protagonist. The hero might go up against a fictional character. Or in some cases the hero can be the fictional character

    Jahseim Merritt

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  19. mzod21 says:

    Let me start off by saying that western films were in the very bottom for me I just thought it was one genre that was plain flat and simple but into further research and reading i found that it has many sub genres it isn’t all just about cowboys and indians (ok i know that term is not politically correct, sue me) anyways even guardians of the galaxy falls into this said category this is a film that I love but never thought would be in this category well just goes to show that not everything is as simple as it seems either way this’ll help me to give films more of thought if not a chance who knows.

    melanie degree

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