Personal Film Evaluation Criteria
Week 5 Paper
University of Phoenix HUM/150
Dr. Phil Orlando
March 1, 2010
My criterion for evaluating a film’s quality has changed since the beginning of the University of Phoenix Course HUM/150 Introduction to Film Studies. Before this course started the way I evaluated films was totally different than the way I view a film now. Throughout this course I have learned many different styles and techniques to evaluating films. Before I started this course I never had any need to evaluate a film. The only thing that was important to me was that the films I watched were realistic. I have always enjoyed films that where about struggles and how the main characters persevere and succeed. I have always enjoyed watching films that are positive in one way or another. As long as the film leads to a good ending I would have considered it to be good. Some of the films I selected for this course are my favorite type of films. I have chosen films such as “8 Mile” and “Cinderella Man” just to see if my view of the films changes as a result of this class. Now after taking this class watching films is a whole other ball game. When I watch a film now I look beyond the basic realisms and struggle to succeed in a film. The same human nature type films are no longer just about struggles and realisms. Suddenly 8 Mile and Cinderella Man do not seem to be the same with my new aspect of films. Now “8 Mile” is about a young man named Jimmy that has hit rock bottom and moved in with his mother. He struggles to hold a decent job and works on saving money for a demo for his rap artist career. Jimmy is a man that dreams of making it big in the rap game but feels some doubt from the negativity that flows in his life. As for Cinderella man the film is about a boxing fighter at the top of his career until it all turned for the worse. During the United States’ Great Depression James...