Category Archives: Movie Analysis

La La Land (2016)

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Plot: Sebastian and Mia are drawn together by music and dance, which they both love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. In the end, Mia marries to another man, however she still loves Sebastian.

Camera Shots and Angles: There are so many different scenes to describe, herefore most of the scenes are long shots. Close up and mid shots are used to described objects, that very important for the scene and the movie itself, more clearly

Mise-en-Scene: There are a lot of scenes where the setting is a movie set. I loved how the directed inherted the set feeling. It made the movie more realistic, even though the movie is a musical. The lighting of the movie is using brightm however when their is a intent scene the lighting changes.

What I like: I really liked how the director made the movie, it was creative. There has been so many scenes where the director combines music, and scenes so well. Click here to see my favorite scene. Also,the most famous scene of the movie, where Mia and Sabestian dance during the sunset, is so classic and unique.

The Help (2011)

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Plot: In the 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter come back from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen, the housekeeper of Skeeter’s best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and skeeter finishes the book. Everybody in the town enjoys reading the book and becomes a best-selling.

Camera Shots: There are a lot of close ups in this movie, because most of the time the ladies (Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny) are always having a coversion, whether the black ladies were telling the story or in general. Also, the story has a lot of settings in the movie. So wide shots, long shots, and full shots are used mainly in the movie. There is a scene where Minny avenges her former boss, because of the way she has treated Minny. In the beginning of the scene, Minny is set in high angle while the boss (Hilly) is in low angle. This is used to see the relationship between them and why they are together. Obviously, it states that Hilly is the boss of Minny and she has more power that Minny. However, in the end the angles are the opposite because Minny has more power due to the revenge.

Mise-en-Scene: The story is based on central 1960s, there for the props are used old-fashioned. The story of the movie is based on racism. The director used bright lighting for scenes where the actors were mostly white. While there was dark scene where the actors were mostly black.

What I Like: I really liked the story, because it was creative and organized. The actors played their role, especially Emma Store who is Skeeter in the movie. She had a southern accent which made the store more effective.

Analysis on Short Stories (YOUTUBE)

The Most Beautiful Thing: The most interesting part was the communication between both main characters. I really liked how the girl and boy had big difference they comprised to connect with each other. The angle and shots were appropriate for each scene. For example, in the beginning there was a scene where the guy was in the classroom and he was alone. The director showed some other students with a mid shot with other classmates features (hand, face) and him all alone. It was smart way to describe the characteristic of an actor. I don’t think there was something to change. Only the beginning was slow and the director can eliminate some scenes.

Text Me: I liked the idea of the confidence the man had to ask a girl out, even he had less money. (shown in the beginning of the film.) The topics the director used to describe how the love came between them was unstable and it made the movie unrealistic. It wasn’t realistic. I would have changed the whole script after the girl rejected him. I think the director had a lot of ideas but in the end it didn’t work out. This made the movie, very boring.

The Translator: I really liked the movie, yet I still had the correct feeling what was going to happen in the end. It was a cliche, however they added more dialogue that made the movie a bit interesting. I don’t think this was good example of a comedy movie. It might have any funny dialogues, but it didn’t symbolize the genre.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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Plot: Soon to be married couple, Brad and Janet is stuck in mansion due to a flat tire during the storm. The mansion is not of an ordinary man, but Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. The couple meet weird and wild characters like a creepy butler, and rocking biker. Dr. Frank-N-Furter reveal her newest creation, a muscular man, “Rocky Horror”.

Rating (7.5/10): At first I was clueless of the movie. The story wasn’t clear. Also, I was confused why the movie was called The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when there was no horror. But when then the story become little bit clear. And when Dr. Frank-N-Furter revealed Rocky Horror, the story was crystal clear.

Shots and Angles: This is a movie, that they used crane shots independently. There would reason why the shot was take. Like when Janet and Brad entered Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s house, the camera was too close to them self. But five minutes later, the crane shots is adding when the followers of Dr. Frank-N-Furter were dancing.

Mise-en-Scene: The costumes were so weird, but it was perfect for this movie. Each costume represent the actor. I really liked that Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s outfit made people think. Like I feel the outfit is so good and weird that why this movie is so famous.

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.