Monthly Archives: November 2016

Insidious 3 (2015)

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Plot: Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) asks psychic Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye), to help her contact her late mother, because she senses that she is trying to contact her. Elise Rainer denies, but Quinn is attacked by malevolent entity. Quinn’s father asks Elise Rainer. With the help of two other parapsychologists, they find a powerful demon who is craving for human souls.

Rating (7/10): When someone watches a scary movie, the question comes on mind. Was the movie scary? Insidious 3 was a scary movie with demons coming out of no where. The movie has a logical plot so the people watching the movie can follow. 

Mise-en-scene: The characters are engaged with their role. Quinn is dressed as a normal teenager. When she is cursed by demon, her looks becomes little bit scary. Her under eyes are darker to show lack of sleep. The demon is shown few times, but Quinn describes the demon as wearing a breathing mask.

Camera Work: There are many high and low angles in the film. When character hears something from roof, always the angle is high. Like the camera is looking from upwards. There are short shots. A shot isn’t long unless it’s a crane shot.

 

 

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Plot: The sequel is starts with an attack by the Imperial forces on Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). While Han and Leilaa escapes, Luke travels to Dagobah to find Yoda. With the help of Jedi, he survives to fight with Darth Vader (David Prowse).

Rating: (8/10) I haven’t watched all of the movies, and in fact this was the first time watching a Star Wars movie. But I am not clueless of whats happening. Its easy to understand after the beginning.

Mise-en-Scene: The movie is old, so I can understand why the props and editting isn’t really “modern.” The setting is the best thing of the movie I think because it doesn’t look fake at all.

Camera Work: The movie is shot in high and low angles since there is always two or more characters in each scene. It so the characters are shown. And few characters are extremely tall.

Ride Along 2 (2016)

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Plot: Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) wants to become a detective like James Payton (Ice Cube) who is soon going to be his brother-in-law. James is needed in Miami to catch the leader of a drug ring. He takes Ben as well. In their journey, they find a computer hacker (Ken Jeong) who helps them find the connections in the drug ring, to lead the leader.

Rating: (7/10) The movie is quite funny however, I enjoyed the Ride Along better then Ride Along 2. I didn’t like the story at all. It wasn’t really original. There are others movies like the same storyline.

Mise-en-Scene: Most of the movie was filmed in Miami, because it was followed by the script. The costumes are realistic, the men acting as cops look like cops.

Camera Work: The camera shot and angles are very interesting in the movie. Kevin Hart, one of the main characters, is short while other main characters like Ice Cube are quite tall. When the camera is directed to Kevin Hart, its on him indicating the how short he is. Remember the movie is Comedy, so they need to use techniques like this to keep the movie entertaining.

Sounds and Music: The music is reasonable in some points. The bullets are loud and sharp which is good. The sound was good, as their were not a lot sounds in the same time.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

9565e19a-1e12-4ed3-b916-bca8622c2d59-1335-0000020cdaf01d45_tmpSynopsis: Bruno, a playful boy who dreams to be an explorer in the future, lives with his family in Berlin, Nazi Germany. He is forced to move out Berlin with his family, as his father, a Nazi official, is promoted to countryside Poland. Out of curiosity and boredom, he sneaks out of his house. He finds himself in front of a wired camp, which he calls a farm. He befriends Shmuel, who is a young Jew and on the other side of the fence of the camp.

The rationale: Herman’s goal wasn’t to just direct story about the Holocaust, but to direct a heartbreaking story. He used different film techniques, to help effectiveness of the story. Some techniques were clever, and adapted the story well. He used different stairs, with different houses. The stairs in the Poland house are threatening, like prison bars, then the house in Berlin.

Director: Mark Herman is a British film director who was best known for writing and directing The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (British Title). He was late when he starts studying film. He was 27 when he was studying, animation.

His work: He has directed few of more films, such as Blame it on the Bellboy (1992), Brassed Off (1996), and Hope Springs (2003).

His style: Herman’s style in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is clever. He used British actors in the movie, who had tint of German accent. The story’s setting is based on German and Poland.

Angles and Shots: The movie has many low angle, high angle, and crane shots. All the meetings of Shmuel and Bruno were taken with close-ups or mid shots. When Shmuel was shown, the wire surrounding the camp was shown as well.

Mise-en-scene:
–   Costume – The movie is adapted from the 1940s World War II. All of the ‘Germans’ in the movie were light-skinned and had blue eyes. Their clothes were decent. The Jews’ or prisoner’s clothes were dark and light blue striped prison pajamas. The costumes effected the characters. It indicated that in the story, there were two different types of people; Jews and Germans.
–   Lighting – The lighting in the movie is very dull and low-contrast. It indicates a strong event was going to occur or the story is sad.
–   Setting – The story’s setting was in Germany in the beginning, but the most scenes of the movie were based on Poland.

Concepts of editing: In the movie, the most of the editing was taken in Graphic Relationships, Rhythmic Relationships, and Spatial relationships. For example, the conversations of Shmuel and Bruno are Shot/Reverse Shots which is a example of a Spatial Relationships.

“I’m a Jew” Scene Analysis:
–   Sound – Insects sounds indicated that there outside. – Editing – Spatial Relationships – The scene was taken and edited as a Shot/Reverse Shot. It showed the conversation between Bruno and Shmuel.
–   Shots and Angles –
Mid Shot(Shmuel): Shmuel is shown with usual emotion. The background is shown with men working. In front of Shmuel, the wire that is surrounding the camp is shown.

Mid Shot(Bruno): Bruno is talking with Shmuel, and inviting him to his house. He doesn’t know that the World War II is occurring during the movie. The wire isn’t shown to indicating, Bruno isn’t trapped.

Mid Shot(Shmuel): Shmuel denies. The camera focuses on the wire, rather than Shmuel’s face.

… The conversation is continued.

Mid Shot(Bruno): Confusion crosses his face. He wonders why the wired fence is covered the camp.

Mid Shot(Shmuel): Shmuel states that he is a Jew. He looks down, wondering if Bruno will judge him.

Mid Shot(Bruno): Bruno cringes, and rethink that he should stay or not.

Mid Shot(Shmuel): The camera shows Shmuel looking down. The silence is lacking.

The camera is switched to low angle to high angle, when Bruno is leaving.