What did the reviews say about this movie?

What did the reviews say about this movie? Using the library sources and/or the Internet as a resource, tell me what the reviewers said about this film and how it was rated.

What did the reviews say about this movie?

RESEARCH PAPER ASSIGNMENT [Do not use Wikipedia as a source]

Time to leave your comfort zone.

For this assignment you will write a research paper, no less than five full pages. Do not use your textbook as a reference source.  Below are 6 highly recognized directors and 5 movies that they directed.  I want you to chose one of the directors and one of their films and answer the following three questions:
What did the reviews say about this movie? Using the library sources and/or the Internet as a resource, tell me what the reviewers said about this film and how it was rated.  I don’t want your opinion in this section.  I want you to interpret what others have said or written about the film.  You must have at least two different references and your textbook cannot be used as a source. I want you to paraphrase what was written about the movie and tell it to me in your own words. If you use the Internet make sure you give the full citation.  There is no need for a reference page.  Just put the citation in parentheses at the end of the section that uses the reference.


Who is the director?  Put a header here so I know this section has started.  Once again, do not tell me your opinion.  Explain to me who the director is and why film history thinks he or she is so worthy using at least two different references.  You may use each reference only once.  Paraphrase what is being said and tell it to me in your own words.  Again, put the full cite in parenthesis at the end of the section.  This section is extremely important and should be at least two full pages.

What do you think?

Put a header so I know this section has started.  Here’s your chance to sound off.  Tell me what you think of the director and his or her approach to the film.  I want your opinion even if you did not like the film or director.  This is your time to play Roger Ebert.  This section should be at least two pages long.  Do not use references in this section.  This section is your personal analysis of the film/director you have chosen.

Please DO NOT recap the plot or outline the film’s content.  I want a discussion of the film’s place in history, not a retelling of the story.

Here are the directors and the films I want you to choose from.
Kathryn Bigelow

1.    Near Dark, 1987
2.    Point Break, 1991
3.    Strange Days, 1995
4.    The Hurt Locker, 2008
5.    Detroit, 2017
Spike Lee

1.    Do the Right Thing, 1989
2.    Malcolm X, 1992
3.    25th Hour, 2002
4.    Inside Man, 2006
5.    BlacKkKlansman, 2018

Hayao Miyazaki

1.    Kiki’s Delivery Service, 1989
2.    Princess Mononoke, 1997
3.    Spirited Away, 2001
4.    Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004
5.    The Wind Rises, 2013

D.  Edgar Wright
1.    Shaun of the Dead, 2004
2.    Hot Fuzz, 2007
3.    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 2010
4.    The World’s End, 2013
5.    Baby Driver, 2017
Quentin Tarantino

1.     Pulp Fiction, 1994
2.    Kill Bill, 2003/4
3.    Inglourious Basterds, 2009
4.    Django Unchained, 2012
5.    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 2019

F.  John Carpenter
1.    Halloween, 1978
2.    Escape From New York, 1981
3.    The Thing, 1982
4.    Big Trouble in Little China, 1986
5.    They Live, 1988

G.  Orson Welles Bonus: for 10 extra points you can do a research paper on Citizen Kane, following the same format.
Please note: All pages must be typed, 12-point font and double-spaced.  Spelling and grammar count. The title of a movie must be in italics, bold, all caps or underlined: Citizen Kane, Citizen Kane, CITIZEN KANE or Citizen Kane.  Points will be taken off it this rule is not followed. Your choice of reference sources will be a factor in grading your paper.  For example, IMDB will carry less weight than Bright Lights Film Journal.  Hence, academic journals carry more weight than entertainment sources.  Papers that are less than four pages will be graded accordingly. I consider a “page” a piece of paper with at least 75% of it filled with text.

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