First rule of fight club…. um, film review…do not write about the story of the film.
Second rule of film review…you get the picture.
When viewing the film, turn off all distractions, watch with high quality audio, or headphones. Do not try to work on other homework while watching your selected film. How will I know if you did these things? I won’t know, but you will have wasted your time partially paying attention to a film, possibly a great film, possibly a terrible film, but you will not know if you don’t fully give the film and filmmakers your undivided attention.
Please read the following review of “Black Swan” from the New York Times. This is an example of a professionally written review; it does give some detail to the reader with the perspective that the reader has not seen the film, but it is not simply a retelling of the story. The paragraph below is a series of questions and answers provoked from the reviewer after watching the film. Each viewer walks away with something, answers, questions, but generally not left empty.
“Black Swan” — a leading candidate for the most misunderstood film of 2010 — is the relationship, in art, between technique and emotion. Ballet, the specific art form in question, is shown to require endless practice and grueling physical discipline. Bodies, in particular the bodies of young women, are stretched and twisted into unnatural postures, and the cost of the fleeting, breathtaking grace they attain is reckoned in close-ups of battered, bloody feet and tendons pulled almost to the snapping point. The toe shoes that are among the principal tools of this torment also seem to be surrogates and scapegoats; they are scraped, mutilated and disfigured by the dancers in a symbolic re-enactment of the violence they perform upon themselves in their ruthless pursuit of perfection.
Your written response to the film needs to be a response to the film, not a retelling of the film. Items to respond to could include the use of editing, cinematography, complexity or simplicity of the story/plot, visual styling, audio, soundtrack, effects, acting, and subject matter. Write as if the person reading your review just watched the film with you. What questions or answers were raised after viewing, did you enjoy the film, dislike the film, indifferent…why? It is expected that all grammar and spelling errors be corrected before posting. Write the response in Word then read and re-read the response out loud to hear the flow and pacing of the writing. Response should be at minimum three detailed paragraphs.
Due 11/10/2011 @ 10:00 p.m. pacific time