For this assignment, you will watch TWO of the movies from the list on this page. There are two parts to this assignment. Part ONE: (worth 60 points 30 for each movie) For each movie, you will answer the questions below in paragraph form! Each question should be at least one paragraph. Read the questions before you watch the film so that you will know what to look for while you watch. If you make notes while the film is playing, make sure that your note taking doesn’t interfere with carefully watching the film. Answers need to be complete and comprehensive, demonstrating that you paid attention to the film and thought about what was shown on the screen. You may use more than one paragraph if necessary. Be sure that the topic sentence of your first paragraph uses keywords from the question. All responses should be in complete sentences using proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. Questions: 1.Identify the movie by stating its title, the year it was released, the name of the director, where the story is set, and the time period in which the story takes place. 2.Who is the protagonist and what is he or she like? 3.Who or what is the antagonist and what is he, she, or it like? 4.What is the conflict that is driving the protagonist to act? 5.Is there another less important conflict, often referred to as a subplot, which helps drive the story? If so, describe that conflict and who is involved in it. 6.Describe three actions that the protagonist takes in order to try to resolve the conflict. 7.What is the climax or moment of highest tension? 8.How is the conflict resolved? 9.What aspects of the protagonists character lead to the resolution of the conflict? Support your conclusion. 10. What lessons from this film can viewers apply to their own lives? Name three and, for each, describe the lesson. If you can recall some dialogue that relates to any of the lessons, describe what was said. For each lesson, describe how the personality traits of the characters and the events of the story teach the lesson. There may be fewer than three lessons in the movie but try to find three. 11. Identify two devices of fiction, such as a motif, symbol, foreshadowing, flashback, foil, opposition, irony, or language choice (diction) that are used in the story and describe how they affect plot progression, assist in character development, or convey meaning. 12. Music and lighting are part of the way that the moviemakers communicate their message. Go deeper than that. Give two specific examples of how other elements of the cinematic art, such as shot framing, camera angles, camera movement, color, editing choice or length of taking was used by the filmmakers to get their point across.
Part TWO: (worth 100 points) After you have completed the paragraphs, you will write a 500 word comparison of the two movies you have chosen in which you discuss many of the elements you answered in your questions.
Movie Choices You MUST watch the version listed. Choose Two Boyz In The HoodThe SearchersHigh Noon The Shining (Kubric version)Manchurian Candidate (1962)Hidden Figures The LoraxDo the Right ThingDr. Stangelove PhiladelphiaFrankensteinFrida DesperadoLike Water for ChocolateRemember the Titans All the Presidents MenStar Wars: A New HopeThe Truman Show Wall-EThe TerminatorLife is Beautiful NOTE: Be creative in your search for these films, as there are so many ways to see films these days! Check Netflix, Hulu, Redbox, or your TV/cable movie channels if you subscribe to them. Check YouTube (although copyrights likely make it unlikely youll see a movie there). Also, consider friends or family who have more extensive film-watching capabilities than you may have at home. If none of the above options work for you, there is always Amazon whereby you can purchase the film(s)most are either around 10 dollars or less (and you have a good movie to keep or pass along).