Format: 1-2 pages, double-spaced.

Submission Method: Once you have written and revised your film review, save it as either .doc or .pdf, then submit.

Point Value: Up to 25 points. You will only be able to view your grade by returning to your submission. Canvas doesn’t handle extra credit well, so this assignment will appear has having 0 value in under Grades. Rest assured that I *will* apply any points earned to your final grade in my spreadsheet outside of Canvas.


This is an OPTIONAL writing assignment. If you choose to complete it, you can earn up to 25pts. Using the guidelines below (adapted from Garbis and Adams), write a review of any film that you did not watch for this class. The movie can be foreign, old, or new, a classic, or a B moviethe film choice is up to you. Be sure to revise for grammar, correctness, and overall presentation. I recommend reading reviews by Manohla Dargis and/or A.O. Scott (both write for the NY Times).

Film Review Guidelines

Paragraph 1:  Offer your overall impression of the film while mentioning the movie’s title, director, and key actors.
Paragraph 2:  Briefly summarize the plot of the film.
Paragraphs 3 & 4:  Assess the film’s success in achieving its goal. This is where you should incorporate technical qualities such as those we’ve learned this semester: narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, and genre. There’s usually a stand-out technique or two that are integral to the delivery of the film’s themes/topics. Write about the use of techniques in that regard; do not “name drop” techniques for the purpose of showing me what you know. It’s more important that you integrate your knowledge into your review in a logical way. Read a few film reviews to see how the pros do it.
Paragraph 5: Ending paragraph–your last opportunity to guide the reader.  Offer a clincher that tells the reader to view the film or not. It is your job to make an assessment of the film when youre a critic embrace it!
Revise revise revise! Even though this is extra credit, you must turn in a polished piece of intelligent writing in order to earn full credit.

The above has been adapted from Guidelines by M. Garbis and C. Adams, Baltimore, 2001