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FILM LINGO (terms to describe movies). VOCABULARY LIST 8 CRITICAL VIEWING. “B” MOVIE. a low-budget production, originally screened to support a more important film in a double feature . SWORD & SANDAL. a gladiator, Biblical, or Greco-Roman mythology film. CHOP SOCKY.

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Film lingo terms to describe movies

FILM LINGO(terms to describe movies)

VOCABULARY LIST 8

CRITICAL VIEWING


B movie

“B” MOVIE

  • a low-budget production, originally screened to support a more important film in a double feature


Sword sandal

SWORD & SANDAL

  • a gladiator, Biblical, or Greco-Roman mythology film


Chop socky

CHOP SOCKY

  • a martial arts film


Formula

FORMULA

  • a blockbuster production with a predictable, overused scheme or plot

  • e.g. family is killed, father kills everybody (Punisher, Man on Fire, Collateral Damage, etc.)


Prequel

PREQUEL

  • the opposite of a sequel, depicts action that happened before the original film.


Sequel

SEQUEL

  • a film which continues the action and characters of an earlier film.


Turkey

TURKEY

  • a film that flops in the box office.


Sleeper

SLEEPER

  • a movie that is released with little publicity, often directed by and starring relatively unknown people, that by positive word-of-mouth eventually becomes popular or financially successful beyond expectations.


Horse opera

HORSE OPERA

  • a Western film.


Space opera

SPACE OPERA

  • a science fiction film.


Cinema verite

CINEMA VERITE

  • a French word that literally means "true cinema"; a method or style ofdocumentary movie-making with long takes, no narration, impromptu interview techniques, a hand-held camera, and little or no editing of the finished product; usually made without actors and with a minimal crew. E.g. Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project


Film noir

FILM NOIR

  • a French phrase literally meaning "black film"; a genre of mostly black-and-white films that blossomed in post-war American cinema, with a somber, downbeat tone: the plot is often a quest, low-key lighting features night scenes, camera angles are often canted or high, the setting and symbols feature the gloomy underworld of crime and corruption, and voice-overs and flashbacks combine to present a dark atmosphere of pessimism, or cynicism; characters frequently include the private detectives and the treacherous femme fatale. e.g. Sin City


Cult or underground film

CULT OR UNDERGROUND FILM

  • underfinanced and often experimental films produced on a director’s whim, sometimes resulting in a non-mainstream “cult classic”


Independent or indie

INDEPENDENT OR “INDIE”

  • film small, low-budget companies producing and distributing films made outside of the major Hollywood studio system; also refers to a movie, director, distributor, or producer whose groundbreaking subject matter is designed for sophisticated audiences and is not necessarily produced with commercial success as the goal.


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