Film Criticism Analysis ARTH334 Section 6120
No late submissions; no excuses.
Concept: Select a live-action movie, whose review was published by any of the following periodicals:
The New York Times, The Daily News (NY), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Herald, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine. You will choose a review/film (subject to the restrictions below) from any year since 1980; however you may not use a film that you have used for a blog. Before submitting your film choice for approval, make sure the review serves the assignment. Submit your film selection for approval via email only. Papers submitted without approval will receive a zero for the assignment. Once it is approved, the film will no longer be available to another student. I will post a list of films selected, which means they are no longer available to use for this assignment. Read some reviews and select one that includes commentary on filmmaking aspects. Watch the movie. You must identify the reviewer’s published full name. You will write a response to that review. You may not use a secondary review or reviewer from another media source. You may not use another source or commentary about the film. You may not discuss any other film or book in relationship to this film. You may quote from the review, but your mass of quoted material from the review may not exceed 20% of the paper. Your paper will be reviewed by Turnitin.com. You may agree or disagree with the reviewer as long as you support your opinion with specifics (screen evidence) from the film. Your focus must be the same focus used by the reviewer. For instance, if the reviewer emphasizes the cinematography, you must respond with your own analysis of the cinematography. If the reviewer covers several film aspects, you must do the same. Essentially you are to compare and contrast the film reviewer’s coverage of the filmmaking aspects with your own opinions as supported by screen evidence. You may not discuss plot. If the reviewer focuses predominantly on the plot, you may not use that review. Select another film. You must not reveal the ending.
Movie: Any new live-action film (no re-releases or newly edited versions) theatrically released in the U.S. (not straight to DVD) since January 1, 1980 with a U.S. box office of at least $25 million. Use www.boxofficemojo to verify the release year and box office.
Length: At least 3 full pages, but no more than 4 pages. Citations do not contribute to the total.
Citation: You must cite the film and the review per the MLA guidelines posted under Content. You must do this manually and not employ services to automatically format the citation. You won’t use any other sources except for the film and review. Citations copied and pasted that prevent comment isolation will be disallowed and penalized.
Submission: Please post in your assignment folder. If LEO is problematic, you may email it, provided it is date stamped by the due date. Be aware that date stamps are assigned when processed and not when submitted, so do not wait until the last minute. Make sure you submit something on time. If you email, make sure that you look for a reply email from me acknowledging receipt. The fact that you emailed it does not mean it transmitted successfully. Any assignment not submitted by the due date or one date stamped after the due date will receive a zero for the assignment. No excuses.
Grade Value: 140 pts. 14% of final grade
- 1” margins top, bottom, left and right.
- Number your pages in the lower right corner
- 12 pt. Times New Roman font (normal, not expanded or condensed).
- Upper right corner – Your name, course & date single-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word) (not in the header)
- Skip one line
- Film Name (italicized) and Year of theatrical release, centered
- Skip one line
- Begin your Film Criticism Analysis – double-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word)
- Indent paragraphs ½ inch.
- No additional spaces between paragraphs
- No interior headings
- No internal blocks of copy.
- Cite the movie and the published review at the end of the paper per MLA standards as manual entries.
- Designate quotations with a parenthetical notation at the end of the quote with either the film reviewer’s last name or the film title, e.g. (Canby).
- Spelling checked with m-w.com
- Proof your work aloud. You will catch grammar issues that a silent read will miss.
- Spell-check will not catch misused words that are spelled correctly (e.g. then v. than).
- Double-check the formatting requirements before submitting your paper for grading.
- Film titles are italicized.
- Film references are written in the present tense.
- Employ active voice rather than passive voice.
- Maintain subject-verb agreement.
- Keep your sentences to the point. Communicate. At these margins settings, if your sentence extends to three lines, think about revising it. If it extends to four lines, revise it.
- Support your opinions with screen evidence and explain in detail how the choice functions to evoke the feeling or communicate the message.
Ask Questions – If you are unsure of any element, do not assume.