A Short Guide to Writing About Film. Chapter 1 Writing about Movies. Why Write About Movies? .
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“Analyzing our reactions to themes, characters, or images like these can be a way not only of understanding a movie better, but of understanding better how we view the world and the cultures we live in” (4).
“Writing about film is careful and more calculated step beyond this first impulse to discuss what we have seen” (4).
Proper use of “I” to “energize” your response (15)
“. . . Personal feelings, expectations, and reactions may be the beginning of an intelligent critique, but they must be balanced with rigorous reflection on where those feelings and expectations and reactions come from and how they relate to more objective factors concerning the movie in question: its place in film history, its cultural background, its formal strategies” (15).
“not pronouncing a film good or bad, but explaining why” (15).