Film Criticism=Critical Thinking in Action

So well look at us, we’ve made it to the end of the semester. That means my final blog post. So I’m going to talk about how film criticism techniques can be used in other types of arts (Like Video Games, Music, Books, ect.)

I think that one way that the Introduction to Film has really benefited me is that not only have I learned to review films, I also learned that I can use these techniques on other types of media. While being a film fan, I am also a huge fan of video games as well as being a music and literature nerd. For example, lets take some techniques in film reviewing I learned in the course and see how I can use those techniques if I was to review my favorite video game of all time: Pokemon Platinum. One thing I realized when taking this course for film is that not only can you split films in different genres, you can also split other forms of arts in different genres. But I’m going to give Platinum a Blake Snyder would involve two Snyder genres, those being ¨rites of passage¨ and ¨Dude with a problem¨.

Let’s start off with rites of passage. In every pokemon game, you take the role as a kid who gets their first pokemon and travels the region to go to every gym in order to challenge the gym leader and obtain every gym badge. Most games have your character set at 11 years old like in the original Red and Blue as well as Platinum. However, 11 is not always the age of your character because some regions and game are different. Take Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald as well as their remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Your character is 12 years old. This is to convey that the different regions in the pokemon world have different ages in which you have your specific rite of passage, much like the real world. Your rite of passage in Platinum is that you are now 11 years old and you can go on your own pokemon adventure. So you get to travel the region and collect all of the gym badges.

The other Snyder genre in Platinum is Dude with a problem. In every pokemon game while traveling the region and obtaining gym badges, you also are met by an evil organization who wants to achieve evil deeds that harm the lives of other people and pokemon, or the entire universe in Platinum. In Platinum you explore the region and obtain gym badges, but you also have to face an evil organization known as Team Galactic. Their goal is to use the legendary pokemon Dialga and Palkia to change the universe to where nothing exist. They consult these legendary pokemon because Dialga is the god of time and Palkia is the god of space. Your job is to stop the evil organization from achieving their goal while also collecting gym badges and challenging gym leaders.

But not just Pokemon can be reviewed like a film. Take my third favorite video games being Super Mario Galaxy. I’m not going to use my second favorite video game because my second favorite is Minecraft, and it has no story. But anyways, Super Mario Galaxy or SMG is a game in which Mario must save Peach after she is kidnapped by Bowser. Standard Mario game, right? Well it gets more advanced than that. Bowser not only kidnaps Peach, but he goes to the center of the universe where he attempts to start his universal empire, and Mario must work with the cosmic queen Rosalina to save Peach and stop Bowser from his evil deeds. See, video games have a story, just like films. Let’s take color theory for example. In SMG, you are obviously in space, so the starry sky represents space as well as its calming atmosphere. In SMG, you have to explore different galaxies in order to collect power stars, which are used to help you get to the center of the universe, basically Super Mario 64 in space. But one galaxy that I think masters the color theory would be the Toy Time Galaxy. This galaxy is made to be a child’s paradise made huge, from hopping off of popsicles to riding toy trains to even unscrewing a giant evil toy robot. It surely will be leading you right back to your toy box from many years ago. But what I really notice about it is its color. Throughout this galaxy, you see many childrens objects colored in light blue or yellow colors. This is to symbolize growth of the child as well as childhood. These colors are absolutely perfect because of what the galaxy is about.

Videos Games are not the only art that can be reviewed like a film. Music can as well. Many youtubers gain their fame from reviewing music. Music can even fit in a Blake Snyder genre. Take any rap battle for instance. The genre for each of these is Dude with a Problem because one rapper is trying to roast the other rapper in a series of freestyle rap. Although its a film, we can still look at ¨8 Mile¨ for instance. I’m going to shows the lyrics of B-Rabbit destroying Papa Doc.

Now everybody from the 313 put your motha f***** hands up and follow me
Now everybody from the 313 put your motha f***** hands up
Look look

Now while he stands tough
Notice that this man did not have his hands up
The Free World’s got you gassed up
Now who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

1, 2, 3 and to the 4
1 pac 2 pac 3 pac 4
4 pac 3 pac 2 pac 1
You’re pac he’s pac You’re pac none

This guy ain’t no motha f***** MC
I know everything he’s got to say against me
I am white I am a f***** bum
I do live in a trailer with my mom
My boy future is an Uncle Tom
I do got a dumb friend named Cheddar Bob
Who shoots himself in his leg with his own gun
I did get jumped by all six of you chumps
And Wink did f*** my girl
I’m still standing here screamin’ f*** the Free World

Don’t ever try to judge me dude
You don’t know what the f*** I’ve been through
But I know something about you
You went to Cranbrook
Thats a private school
What’s the matter dog?
You embarrassed?
This guy’s a gangster?
His real names’ Clarence
And Clarence lives at home with both parents
And Clarence’s parents have a real good marriage

This guy dont wanna battle hes shook
‘Cause there ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks
He’s scared to death
He’s scared to look at his f***** year book
F*** Cranbrooke

F*** a beat I’ll go a capella
F*** a Papa Doc
F*** a clock
F*** a trailer
F*** everybody
F*** ya’ll if you doubt me
I’m a piece of f***** white trash I say it proudly
And f*** this battle I don’t wanna win, I’m outtie
Here, tell these people somethin’ they don’t know about me

So looking at these lines, one thing that you may notice (other than all those f words I had to censor out) is that there is not only dialogue, but this rap battle is like a mental battle that B-rabbit is going up against Papa Doc at 8 mile rap battles. Papa Doc is that dude with a problem, and all these lines rapped by B-rabbit is him fighting against the dude with a problem. B-rabbit even goes so far to the point he basically not only tries to destroy Papa Dock, but also points the middle finger at other people with a problem, including the audience who doubts him, even if nobody should doubt B-rabbit since he’s played by Eminem. You can also notice some other songs with other problems too, not just this rap battle from a film.

Yer’ a critic, ‘Ary (Film Review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer‘s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK) is a film directed by Chris Columbus about a young boy named Harry Potter who goes to a school known as Hogwarts, a school to teach youth how to become wizards or witches. I felt that this film’s most memorable scene involved Harry with the Dursleys, a family who hates him because of his parents background. In this scene, they got sent thousands of invitations to Hogwarts for Harry. This shows how hilariously stubborn the Dursleys were and how they did not want Harry to go off to a wizardry school, but Hogwarts wanted Harry. They sent so many invites to Harry but the Dursleys would always rip the letter before Harry could read. This made the Dursleys so furious that they actually moved with Harry but even after this scene, they still got letters. I would say the character that gave the best performance and probably my favorite character overall in the series is definitely Hagrid. Hagrid most of the time can be known as a gentle giant, because he is huge and menacing but is not mean at all, though he can be if you try to make him mean. I feel that he is the character I relate to the most because I am quite tall for my age but I am most of the time a nice guy unless you get on my bad side.

Now if I was talking about the whole Harry Potter series, I would probably say that it would be my second favorite film series behind The Maze Runner. However, I am only taking the first film into account. But that does not mean the first film was terrible. It was a great and entertaining film and a great start off for the series, even if it is not my favorite Harry Potter film (my favorite Harry Potter film is the Goblet of Fire, the fourth film in the series). I think that as of right now, I feel that this film could earn itself maybe a 9.5/10, only because it really is an amazing film but maybe in my opinion very underwhelming with its sequels.

Now I have only seen two films directed by Columbus being this film and its sequel. Now to be fair, I really cannot compare these two films into major detail mainly because I haven’t watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets since fifth grade. However, I do remember loving the sequel much more than the first, so the Sorcerer’s Stone is probably the worst film I have seen by Columbus. Not saying I dislike the film, I’m just saying that its sequel is way better than the original.

Now throughout this film, the director had created some very interesting characters such as Hagrid as I mentioned earlier. I also felt that the dialogue throughout this film was real and really did make me feel like this was real. Now my only problem with the dialogue is Draco Malfoy. I get that he became basically a side antagonist because he was jealous of Harry. However, often times he might just randomly come up to Harry and just start talking Junk which I felt was not very realistic because even though these characters were both eleven years old, kids these age in real life would not just randomly go up to someone who is widely respected and just start talking junk to them. Now if I had not read the book before watching the film, I do not think I could really predict what was going to happen. When reading the book, I really could not try to inference what would happen next as many events in this film/book were very unpredictable. Like the giant in the girls bathroom was very unexpected. Sure with it being Halloween when it took place, that could have been predictable but you could have expected something else like a ghoul or a zombie. But overall, this film really was exciting and was a very fun film to watch.

Overall the acting in this film was great. And I am happy that the actors continued to act this way in the sequel because the acting in this film was great. The film despite being completely paranormal did add lots of everyday things that really kind of made this paranormal magic normal throughout the film. I think that because of the great acting, I was not really drawn into the movie actors as I was more drawn to the characters they played. I think that Harry really draws you in when you learn about how his parents died after Voldemort killed them and how his mother’s love is the reason he lived. But characters, actors, it does not matter. Whether Daniel Radcliffe is your favorite movie star, you still will probably get drawn more into what character he played rather than Radcliffe himself.

This film really is fun to watch. Everytime I watched this film, I always seemed more drawn into the film rather than my Mac and Cheese (Mac and Cheese is my favorite food, and I prefer to eat it over popcorn when I watch a film). I think that a universal message throughout this film really is the power of love. This is glaringly demonstrated in the first scene in which Voldemort comes and kills Harry’s parents back when he was only 1 year old. His father tried to fight Voldemort off but was defeated and when Voldemort reached Harry, his mother took the spell for him and she died. However, because of her love, Harry survived the spell that Voldemort tried to use on him, making Harry the only human to ever survive the death spell. This theme really tells you that love can be powerful.

I stated at the beginning of this review that my favorite scene from this film was when the Dursleys got thousands of invitation letters down their chimney. This would be the scene that I would easily most likely talk about to a friend because it really shows how hilariously stubborn the Dursleys are.

Now this film specifically has its sequence in its order because it describes Harry’s first year at Hogwarts along with his first 12 years of life. So of course the mail through the chimney scene was absolutely needed near the beginning, and Harry’s fight with Voldemort was at the end because it was the end of the school year at Hogwarts. The editing was spot on great because it was not messy at all and really helped organize the events of the film that took place.

One technical aspect that really stood out and I really praise this film for is its lighting. Lots of times throughout this film the brightness would be very low. However, that’s why I love praise this film so much. The lighting works out perfectly because for example, take the chess game that Ron, Hermione, and Harry have to play in order to get to the chamber the sorcerer’s stone is. The lighting was pretty dark because this is supposed to be an abandoned place that protects the sorcerer’s stone, meaning it will be dark because if it was very light, then that would make me question why Hogwarts is wasting power. Another lighting scene I praise is Harry’s cupboard. Harry live in a cupboard under the Dursley’s staircase because they all hate him. Every scene where Harry is in a cupboard shows a dark lighting in order to convey how dark the Dursleys treat Harry. I think that this small feature really makes me praise the film more.

Overall Harry Potter was a very fun and interesting paranormal film that I feel was a great launch to the successful series. I really enjoyed watching this film as the whole film itself was entertaining and there was no part that I felt that I should just take a break, as I wanted to watch the film. After reviewing this film, I can conclude myself giving it a higher grade than what I normally had it. Before I had it a 9.5/10 only because I liked its sequel more. However, I think that I’m appreciating this film more so I will give it a 97, only because I still think its sequels are better but still, an excellent film that I heavily recommend.

So Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone begins with the tragic scene where Harry’s parents are killed by Voldemort, but Harry lives. Hagrid comes to the scene with Professor Dumbledore and they both decide to leave him with the Dursleys, but only for 11 years until Harry goes to Hogwarts. When Harry goes to Hogwarts, he meets two other students with those being Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. They become best friends not just throughout this film but in the whole series. The three sit together on their train to Hogwarts. They then learn that Hogwarts has four houses that they can be part of, those being Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Slytherin. They are selected by a sorting hat who selects them based off their personality. All three of them got into Gryffindor. They then learn about the basics of magic throughout the school year and discover a secret known as the Sorcerer’s stone.

Film Review of Hux (2016)

Hux film

Hux is a film about an autistic isolated woman named Hux who has trouble connecting with others when a pandemic sweeps the world and very few people are still alive, but Hux is one of them. This film was directed and starred Mageina Tovah as Hux.

At the beginning of the film, Hux is driving to a store to buy some food continuing to tell herself “how are you, fine thank you” so that she wouldn’t have any trouble with telling the clerk at the counter what she needs to do. However, she gets the groceries but when she gets to the clerk, she has a freakout and screams “how are you”. The clerk is stunned and she lays the money and leaves. She then repeatedly calls herself stupid because she gets irritated with herself over her freakout. She then drives home and remembers all the memories she had with her grandpa. She also hen marks off groceries on her calendar and when looking at it, you can tell she puts some really weird stuff on their. One of the most common things on there that she put on for everyday was “call mom”. Being a woman with autism, she needs to write these things down in order for her to remember. The next day, she gets up and goes to the calendar again. For this day, she had to go to the shop again and get some treats for her dog. So she goes and when she arrives at the shop, she notices something strange. By that, I mean the clerk and a customer are dead, the TV is glitching out, and the electricity is off. So Hux just takes the dog treats and leaves. She then drives home and feeds her dog. However then she goes to her calendar and sees the “call mom”. So she tries to do that but when she does, she gets a strange noise that sounds like something you would hear on the weather channel. She then tries to call her mom again but she gets the same result. She tries once more, gets the same result, and throws her phone down and breaks it. Sometime later though, she is seen sitting with her dog outside her house when she is approached by a little girl. She then attempts to tell herself the same “how are you, fine thank you” to get ready to talk this little girl. She then says “how are you” to the little girl, and she states she wants her mom, whom I assumed died in the pandemic. The film finally then ends with Hux and the little girl sitting by her house with her dog.

Hux poster

Although this film is only about 12 minutes long, Tovah still manages to capture the hearts of viewers and inspires them. It critically analyzes the struggle autistic people face. One thing for sure is that I can really relate to Hux to some extent. For one, I have autism and I struggle a lot of talking to people and asking them questions. I usually struggle with things that involve other people. For example, about 1 month ago me and my family was going to order pizza. My parents are trying to help me with being more social as I am extremely different than most people. Most people become more extroverted in later years of puberty. I actually became more introverted so much to the point I consider myself an extreme introvert. So they let me call up Dominoś and order a pizza. Before calling, I was just like Hux in the film ¨how are you, fine thank you¨, only that I thought those words rather than say them out loud knowing my parents and sister don’t know the struggle, since theyŕe actually extreme extroverts. I maybe have said the word um a lot, but I still managed to get the pizza. However, one major change from my experience with calling Dominoś and Hux getting groceries are that I did if off of the phone and Hux did it in person. Now one important fact about us introverts is that we tend to struggle with talking to others in general, but typically we so better when weŕe using technology to communicate rather than doing it in person. So Hux had it harder than I did. Secondly, she had her fear take the best of her and ultimately made the clerk think she was a psychopath. With me in the phone call, the only time I say the employee thought I was being a little weird was when I was so nervous I forgot my Dads phone number, so he told me it and I was good. Lastly, she was mad at herself for failing while I was quite happy and got pizza as a reward. However I will say, she had it a billion times harder than I did as I got many advantages over her. Plus I didn’t have to survive a pandemic like she did.

Although one major great thing about this film was my connections with Hux, I still have a couple problems being a science fiction. I get that the film about autism and isolation, but my main problem is the pandemic itself. What the heck was it? Was it the flu? Measles? Did everyone but her become anti-vaxxers? I need to know! Whatever pandemic it was, it also infected technology, hence the TV in the store and her cell phone. Also why wasn´t the clerk dead when Hux came in for the first time but in the second time, he was and so was the TV? Pandemics typically don’t happen overnight.

Overall I think this film was excellent. Itś a film that I relate to heavily. I never thought that anyone in the whole world understood my personality but somehow Tovah does. So Iĺl give this film a 95, only because of the questions I have for it weren’t answered.

“I volunteer as Critic!” (Film Review of The Hunger Games)

The Hunger Games is a film that takes place in the Panem region, which is North America 100 years from current modern time. It stares Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. The Panem region consist of 12 districts and the capital. Due to the districts rebelling against the capital 74 years prior to the film, each district must send out 2 teens, 1 boy and 1 girl to compete in the annual hunger games each year. The hunger games is an event in which 24 teens, 2 from each district, must fight to the death. Only 1 will become victorious and live.

During the film, a girl from district 12 known as Primrose everdeen was drafted into the hunger games, only for her older sister Katniss (also the main character) to volunteer as tribute. When she did this, Primrose will not have to fight to the death. Instead, Katniss will take her place along with male tribute Peeta Mellark.

Then the action takes place as the hunger games as now started. In the Hunger Games arena at the center, there are weapons. Katniss gets a bow and arrow and leaves. Only 11 are still alive during the first day of the hunger games, including Peeta and Katniss.

Later Katniss is on a tree and see’s 4 tributes, those being the tributes from districts 1 and 2. Districts 1 and 2 are the wealthy districts who have been preparing their whole life for the hunger games. Katniss notices a bee hive and she throws it over the group. It kills the girl from district 1 and the rest flee.

The next day, Katniss sees a girl known as Rue, who was a tribute from district 11. She decides to team up with her she Rue agrees. However a little bit later, th boy from district 1 throws a net over Rue. Katniss frees her but right when she does, the tribute from district 1 throws a spear and kills Rue. Katniss then shoots an arrow at the tribute and kills him.

Later an announcement comes on and states that there can be two victors if they are from the same district. Since Peeta is still alive, Katniss looks for him. When she does find him, he is found lying down in major pain. Katniss then knows that the center of the arena has medicine so she goes there to get some for Peeta. However on her way there, she is met by the girl from district 2, whose name is Clover, and attempts to kill Katniss. However before she does, she is brutally murdered by Thresh, the male tribute from district 11. Thresh allows Katniss to get the medicine safely and leave because how well she treated Rue.

As I’ve stated before, this movie takes place in the future, approximately 100 years from today. This allows for some very futuristic things to happen. One such is biotechnology on living things. We all know what biotechnology is, which is genetically mutating foods in order to make them more healthy. However in Panem, they genetically mutate animals, specifically hounds, to attack and kill tributes. Katniss and Peeta notice the barking so they run and then they notice Thresh who is being ate by the hounds. They run to the center where they’re slightly above the hounds and so they can’t reach them. However, they are approached by Cato, the guy from district 2. She tries to put Peeta in a chokehold and attempts to use him as a human shield. However, Katniss shoots Cato and doesn’t hit Peeta in which Cato falls into the hounds and is eaten up. So Katniss and Peeta have won the hunger games. Not yet. An announcement comes on that they’re now can only be 1 victor. Using some poisonous berries that if eaten, you will die, Katniss and Peeta to eat the berries at the same time. But right before that, an announcement comes on saying that they have won the hunger games and it can have 2 victors. However, what Katniss and Peeta did here will be very historical as in the movies “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”, this will be a prime topic as it enrages the capital.

This film is a both an action and science fiction film. There’s a lot of action with brutally murdering each other throughout the hunger games event. But there are also some major science fiction points throughout the movie that the movie tries to answer. For example, where will the united states be 100 years from now? Another includes “what if nobody let any problems go” because when the districts enrage the capital, the capital forces them to compete in the hunger games even 74 years later.

This film is based off of Suzanne Collins trilogy of the hunger games which includes the hunger games, catching fire, and mockingjay.

One important aspect of the movie is the technology behind it. Taking place in the future of North America, they’re going to need some futuristic machines. One such involves monograms of the announcer showing his face when he gives the announcement. Another is when the hounds are genetically mutated using a table with futuristic capabilities. Also one interesting aspect is that in the hunger games when a tribute dies, the arena shoots a cannon to inform fellow tributes 1 is dead. Although it’s a movie so they know when to fire, but if this wasn’t a movie and real, how did they know somebody died and when to fire the cannon?

This movie was very successful because of its budget compared to the box office. It’s budget was $78 million and ended up earning $694.4 million. Also Taylor Swift was featured for the music in this film and she won a grammy for the golden globe award for best original song for her “safe & sound” song.

One major topic of most science fiction is asking a major question that usually starts with “what if” and the hunger games is no exception. The hunger games biggest theme is answering the question “what if people never let go of their anger and killed many innocent people in the process?”. I got this theme because of the capital’s rage at the districts 74 years prior to the film and forced innocent teens aged 12-18 to fight to the death in the annual hunger games. The capital never seemed to let go of their rage and hated on all of the districts. This shows how far anger can really go and why you should forgive.

This audience is purposely for young adults simply because it’s a young adult theme but I think another intentional audience are our leaders. With the theme that you should forgive and let go of your anger, this is important for our leaders because if they get mad at different states, they should try to resolve things rather than do something so bad they have to have innocent teens killed.

This movie is one of my favorite movies of all time as I enjoyed the concept and the execution of the film. The futuristic technology and what will happen to our country in a century really mindblows me. I also have many fond memories of reading the books when I was in 6th grade as I loved them. So for all of this, I give this film a perfect score of 100.

Best Comedy Film I ever saw

As I stated in my first blog post, comedy is personally my favorite genre of film. I love movies that give me a good laugh. One film I absolutely want to point out as I’ve stated before is Paul Blart Mall Cop. This 2009 film was easily the funniest movie I ever saw in my life. The film stares Kevin James as both the director and Paul Blart. Blart wants to be a state cop. However in his exam for becoming one due a hypoglycemic medical condition (which is also known as low blood sugar), he collapses and fails the exam. To try to make up, he works as a mall cop. This scene was hilarious as he was about to become in high authority if he just passed this test and then boom, he collapsed and failed the test. Dark humor, really dark.

Another funny scene I want to point out is actually at the end of the movie. This scene took place when Blart was near a horse. Everyone knows the number one rule about horses though: Don’t stand behind them. And Blart being someone who appears to have a lower intelligence level, gets behind one and his kicked right in the stomach and right into another car. This fail was funny as watching people fail at something is always funny to watch.

Blart gets kicked by a horse scene

However, although I might love this movie, I’ve read some film reviews and many film critics say they love it for the comedy, but the movie is “flimsy and lacking any sustained momentum” as spoken on Rotten Tomatoes.

I really like to compare this film to Justin Bieber. Most people hate him, both he’s still very successful. Same way with Paul Blart Mall Cop. This movie didn’t really get many good critic reviews, however, it still was very successful. The movie’s budget was about $26 million and at the box office they earned around $183 million. That’s almost $160 million in profit. I don’t know about you but that’s a lot of money! Now this film does have a sequel being Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 which was released in 2015. It was absolutely hilarious and just as good as the original.

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A Film Talent Worth Honoring

So I am going to talk about an actor whom I feel does an excellent job acting, and that would be Kevin James. Kevin James played as Paul Blart in Paul Blart Mall Cop and it’s sequel, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2. Personally these are my all time favorite comedies, which is also my favorite genre. Although The Maze Runner is my favorite book/film, the best acting for me is Kevin James. He also wrote the story, so he wrote out his own lines.

Burlington Mall: Where Paul Blart Mall Cop was shot

Kevin James is personally my favorite actor. Although he may not seem confident in the movie, this is actually part of his acting as he needs to be nervous since he’s a police officer at a mall, which can be a stressful job knowing he could lose his life. This made the film seem real as it made me feel like this was a true story.

This is also the movie that probably made me laugh the most. What James does and lots of scenes make me laugh so hard. To start off, he wanted to join the New Jersey State Police. However at the exam, he failed by simply falling. He literally “failed” the exam!

Kicked by a horse scene

Probably the scene that made me laugh the most was the very end of the movie. Paul Blart accidentally stands at the back of a horse and we all know the number 1 rule about horses: Never get behind one. Well Blart proved it as the horse kicked him so hard he flew right into a car. Getting kicked by a horse is one thing but the fact that he hit a car in the process makes it all the more funnier. And remember, James wrote the script, so he got to plan what he wanted to do as well as the other characters.

Sights and Sound Evaluation: “The Han Solo Movie”

The Han Solo Movie is a Star Wars film that gives background information on the famous character Han Solo. It takes place 10 years before Star Wars: A New Hope takes place. This movie is known for describing how Solo became who and what he up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This movie is known for revealing many questions that viewers may have had throughout the Star Wars films. One revelation that really jumped me the most was how Solo and his trusty 200 year old wookie Chewbacca (Chewy) actually met on accident. Solo was expelled from the Imperial Flight Academy because he didn’t obey the rules. And as punishment, he had to serve as an Infantryman on Mimban. He then sees some criminals and tries to blackmail them into taking him with them. However, this fails and Solo is thrown into a pit, where he is to be ate by Chewy. However, Solo understands wookie so he communicates to Chewy and both escape. Then the criminals leader Tobias Beckett recruits them because he knows how strong Chewy is. They then try to steal some coaxium, but the plan goes askew when the Cloud Riders come, which resulted in two crew member’s death, one of those being Beckett’s wife.

Another revelation that really shocked me was how Solo got his hands on his world famous Millennial Falcon. After the failed attempt on trying to get the coaxium, Solo and the gang went to Lando Calrissian, who lends them his ship, the Millennial Falcon.

The the genre for this film would be both an action and science fiction film because of the many heroic escapes of Solo and the gang trying to steal coaxium and also science fiction because this takes place many galaxies away in the future with rockets, robots, and other futuristic technological instruments.

The conflict throughout the movie mostly pertains to person vs. person, as Solo has to deal with many problems facing people who see him as useless and weak.

The best theme for this movie would be “Don’t let others judge you” as that’s what many people throughout the movie did to Solo. However as seen in the Star Wars series, Solo becomes an important character and has a huge role in besting the dark side.

The camera aiming throughout the film made it so much better. For example, the darkening in the pit where Solo met Chewy, that made the experience scarier as there wasn’t much light from where they were. Also the backgrounds and color made the film because this made you really think they were in space and were entering a new galaxy or an unknown nebula.

The Han Solo movie was not awarded any awards or Oscars, as it is actually considered to be the most unsuccessful Star Wars movie yet earning a profit of only about $92 million. Although I may love Star Wars and all, I think this film failed because it really was not successful at all being the most unsuccessful Star Wars movie ever. It may have earned a profit of $92 million, but that’s not that much in terms of cinema. I think that we were all hyped for another movie that would take place after The Last Jedi, so was I. However when we were announced it wasn’t part of the main series, we all just got disappointed. It really wasn’t what I expected. I’d say my final grade for this movie would probably be a 75 since it really disappointed me on announcement and due it not being successful.

The Devil went down to Georgia story song analysis

The Devil went down to Georgia lyrics, by Steve Ouimette

The devil went down to Georgia
He was lookin’ for a soul to steal
He was in a bind
‘Cause he was way behind
And he was willin’ to make a deal


When he came upon this young man
Sawin’ on a fiddle and playin’ it hot
And the devil jumped
Up on a hickory stump
And said, “boy, let me tell you what

I guess you didn’t know it 
But I’m a fiddle player too 
And if you’d care to take a dare, I’ll make a bet with you

The Devil’s Fiddle

Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy
But give the devil his due
I’ll bet a fiddle of gold
Against your soul
‘Cause I think I’m better than you”

The boy said, “my name’s Johnny
And it might be a sin
But I’ll take your bet
And you’re gonna regret
‘Cause I’m the best there’s ever been”

Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard 
‘Cause hell’s broke loose in Georgia, and the devil deals the cards 
And if you win, you get this shiny fiddle made of gold 
But if you lose, the devil gets your soul

The devil opened up his case
And he said, “I’ll start this show”
And fire flew from his fingertips
As he rosined up his bow

Then he pulled the bow across the strings
And it made an evil hiss
And a band of demons joined in
And it sounded something like this

When the devil finished
Johnny said, “well, you’re pretty good, old son
But sit down in that chair right there
And let me show you how it’s done”

He played Fire on the Mountain run boys, run
The devil’s in the House of the Rising Sun
Chicken in a bread pan pickin’ out dough
Granny, does your dog bite? No child, no

The devil bowed his head
Because he knew that he’d been beat
And he laid that golden fiddle
On the ground at Johnny’s feet

Devil’s golden fiddle

Johnny said, “Devil, just come on back
If you ever want to try again
I done told you once you son of a b****
I’m the best that’s ever been”

He played Fire on the Mountain run boys, run
The devil’s in the House of the Rising Sun
Chicken in a bread pan pickin’ out dough
Granny, does your dog bite? No child, no

This story involves a fiddle contest between the devil and a boy named Johnny. The devil comes by Johnny and thinks he’s better at fiddle than he is and challenges Johnny to a bet. If Johnny wins, he gets the devil’s gold fiddle. If he loses, the devil wins his soul. So they bet, but the devil underestimated Johnny and Johnny won, so he got the golden fiddle. I think that if this story song was turned into a movie, I think it would fit in the drama category because drama typically consist of lines as if they were in a song. Also they bet by playing the fiddle, so they aren’t doing something that requires a whole lot of action.

Film Review 1 “Annie Hall” (1977)

Annie Hall is a 1977 romantic comedy about the relationship rising and falling with Comedian Alvy Singer and Nightclub Singer Annie Hall. The movie starts off with Alvy speaking in front of the camera giving background information about his childhood. He also questions his rise and fall with his relationship with Annie. They first met at the tennis court and played tennis with each other. Annie offered him a ride to her apartment with a wine where they talk about her family and books. Alvy then ask her out and they go to her audition at the nightclub. Afterwards on their way to dinner, Alvy compliments her singing and they kiss. However, later Alvy is walking down the street and see’s Annie. Annie see’s him and accuses him of spying on her. They then broke up. However, they got back together again when Annie called saying there was a spider in her bathroom. Alvy went to her apartment and not only killed it but also kissed Annie and they got back together when they swore to never broke up. However, later they compared their relationship to a “dead shark” as it doesn’t move farther when they split up for the last time.

This movie is a mixture of romance and comedy (not just because Netflix said). The overall plot of the movie was about Alvy and his relationship with Annie. It also showed many romantic scenes throughout the movie such as hugging, kissing, and sex. However, the comedy part plays in with many incidents Alvy faces throughout the film. He also describes a pretty weird childhood he had when he was a child, living under a roller coaster. Another scene shows his inability to drive. He had just broke up with Annie for the last time when he was about to exit to restaurant, only to put his car in drive rather than reverse, which lead to him not only wrecking his car into the restaurant but also a huge laugh from me. Afterwards he switched back to reverse only to bump into 2 other cars. He first hit a lady and when she got out of her car, he almost ran her over wrecking a second car. Although comedy may be my favorite genre, it’s still very rare for me to laugh at some scenes. I have not laughed at any scene since I watched “Paul Blart Mall Cop”.

“Annie Hall” got an award in 1978 for the Academy Award for best Director, being Woody Allen. Not only was Allen director, he also played Alvy, which requires lots of work to do 2 movie jobs at the same time. Allen could have easily just got somebody else to play Alvy, but he went above and beyond and took that position as one of the main characters and direct the movie at the same time.

Annie Hall is an example of a movie that does fit the Freytag experiment. Alvy starts off by explaining his childhood, which is the exposition. Then he meets Annie at the tennis court, which began the rising action. It then hit the climax with Alvy’s last date with Annie. The falling action took place when Alvy left the date and hit all of those cars. Then the story ends at the resolution with him talking about where he was now.

I believe the best Blake Snyder genre that would fit “Annie Hall” would be “Test of Survival” as Alvy is going through a major point in his life. He is trying to find the right girl, and is trying to determine if Annie is the right matchup.

Throughout the movie, Alvy and Annie learn a lot about each other. For example, Alvy learns he needs to be around Annie. When she moves to Los Angeles, Alvy takes a plane all the way from New York to see her, only for her to not want to date him again. Alsy also learns about his love for Annie. When they broke up for the first time, Alvy found another girl. While in bed together, Alvy got a call from Annie saying there was a spider in her apartment and she needed him. Alvy went straight to her apartment and killed the spider. They then kissed and got back together.

I would identify Alvy as a romantic hero with his goal of being with Annie. For example, he goes all the way from New York to Los Angeles just to see her. He’s willing to kill a spider for her while in the middle of sex with another woman. He tries to do anything he can for Annie in order to make her feel that she’s super lucky to know him.

I feel like the most important part focus for this movie was the focus on character. Alvy changes so much since he meets Annie at the tennis court to there last date together. He realizes how much he cares for this woman and feels that his life would be complete whenever he was with her.

The main problem throughout the movie is when Alvy and Annie breakup and get back together. They are together sometimes, and sometimes they breakup. So I would consider this movie problem to be a Person vs. Person type conflict.

Some strong points noticed throughout the story were Alvy and Annie’s love for eachother at times. Annie was nervous when asking Alvy out at the tennis court, but he agreed. There love was very obvious throughout the movie with many scenes of kissing, dating, sex, and more. These scenes made it clear that they’re love was real. Another strong point I noticed was the comedy implemented into the movie. Never have I laughed so hard watching a movie since watching Paul Blart Mall Cop. Making Alvy’s occupation of being a comedian was a smart way to initiate the comedy part of the movie. Also the scene where he tries to drive after his last date just makes the movie much more hilarious.

However, every movie has some weak points to it. That also includes Annie Hall. One major weak point that I noticed was Alvy constantly looking at the camera and not always making direct eye contact when in a dialogue with another character. This is extremely glaring in the introduction, but he doesn’t do this much later. Allen played Alvy and was director, so I can only assume he was also trying to make sure the movie was going how he wanted it.

I can honestly say that this movie not only exceeded my expectations but also was a very sensational movie and I believe it should be successful. I thought this would be another dumb romance movie that would just be filled with the two main characters making out the whole time, but boy did I underestimate it. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover is a phrase I would use when describing this. The implementing of Comedy makes bad romance a whole lot better, and even made me more interested into romantic films.

I do have to say however, that this movie is not kid friendly, meaning another movie would be better for family movie night. With the constant sexual scenes and making out, I think this movie is directed towards college men. Men constantly are looking for sex in college. Although Alvy is a grown adult, it still matches up for college men. He’s trying to find the perfect love and believes Annie is the one. Many college men try to find their future wife in college and that’s what’s on their mind the most.

Overall if I was to give this movie a grade, I would easily go with a 100. I used to hate romance movies, but this movie made romance better, mainly adding comedy. Although I still don’t exactly like romance by itself, it made romantic comedy a genre I would easily pick out.

Interview with someone 50+

In this assignment, I will be interviewing my 73 year old grandmother, Regena Baynard.  She grew up in Ohio and moved her and her family to North Carolina in 1969 after the civil rights movement ended.  Although being white, she did not like the violence but wanted to move down south.  So a year after the civil rights movement ended, she moved to Cherryville.  Being born right when World War 2 ended, she got to see some of the most best selling films of all time.  Now 50 years later being her grandson, I get to interview her and learn some about her movie experience that I didn’t know before.  Interview took place Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Me: What is your favorite film to this date?

Regena: Personally my favorite film is Star Wars, mainly the aspect of just being able to discuss it with you since you also love the series. I love being able to talk about it, making theories, and trying to discuss what all happens.

Me: Do you watch much films at home or at theatre?

Regena: Well I really go to the theater more mainly to take you to see some movies we both want to see. I watched some of my favorite movies in theatre like Star Wars as I was talking about earlier. I loved watching it and then discussing it with you. I loved being able to watch something and just discussing it with someone else who also liked it. Like how we watched The Last Jedi back in 2017, we were constantly talking about it and talking about all that happened and what all excited us. Also with The Hans Solo story, I loved seeing a lot of theory’s unraveling. I loved learning all the backstory of not just Hans, but other characters too.

Me: How did you feel when Blockbuster ran out of business?

Regena: I really didn’t care. I really prefer Netflix as you just pay a membership fee and get all the movies you want. Also I don’t have to walk to a store to buy a movie, I can just put it up on Netflix and I can watch the movie. I feel like Netflix gain a lot of its popularity mainly because of the convenience.

Me: What if your favorite genre of movies?

Regena: I really like action. I was born in 1945 and I was a tomboy, so I always liked all what the guys liked. Like Zoie (my sister) was into Marvel and Avengers, I was like her when I grew up. I constantly played outside and I guess because of me just simply being a Tomboy as I grew up, I loved a lot of action movies and eventually loved Star Wars so much it became my favorite.

Me: How often do you go to the movies?

Regena: I go there quite a lot, not just for you or the popcorn but to watch movies like it was intended. We’ve done it for a long time now, but we always have seen the new Star Wars movie whenever one comes out ever since we watched The Return of the Jedi together.

Me: What was the last film you watched in theaters?

Regena: The last movie I watched was Mary Poppins Returns. I know you hate musicals ever since your parents tortured you into watching The Greatest Showman on Earth and believe, I didn’t like it either. But I watched Mary Poppins Returns with your mother and we both loved it. She grew up when the original movie was published in the 80’s and she was able to compare it to that. It’s also the movie that you’re mother and father watched together. I can tell you one thing, raising your dad was hard. I thought he wasn’t going to get married but he did, found your mother and when he said he was taking her out to the movies to watch this movie, I had confidence that she was the match.

Me: How do you feel about 3D movies?

Regena: I love them. I may be 73 years old and it may be a little bad for my eyes seeing movies in 3D, but they give me a thrill. I love watching them. I remember watching Monster University in 3D, now that was a thrill.

Me: Anything else you would like to share?

Regena: I can probably say I’m not like most people my age. I prefer today’s movies and ways to get them. I like the better quality and the color. I remember watching To Kill a Mockingbird, being in black and white made it pretty hard to tell who was Atticus. Now obviously it was easy to to tell who he was when he was talking to Jem or Scout, but in the trial it was hard. Now with movies in color, it’s easier to watch.