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Film Evaluation Examples

Several of you have asked about examples of movie evaluations. The purpose of a this assignment is to answer the question, “is this movie worth seeing?” If so, why? If not, why not? Be sure to include a Work Cited section with publication details of your film following MLA format. (Hint: if you don’t know all the publication information about your film, such as year and studio, the Internet Movie Database [IMDb] can probably help you out.) See sample Work Cited section at the bottom of this page. Don’t worry about putting your Work Cited entry on a separate page; just put it immediately after the end of your last paragraph.

For examples of published movie reviews, see Roger Ebert‘s reviews of Rango by Gore Verbinski and The Last Airbender by M. Night Shyamalan. In a slightly different vein, also check out Chris Sims’ review of the opening sequence from Batman: The Animated Series:

With all the episodes of Batman: The Animated Series that I was watching in order to put together ComicsAlliance’s list of the ten best episodes, I kept seeing that opening sequence over and over. And rather than getting bored with it or skipping ahead, I kept watching it and fixating on just how unbelievably good it is — not just in terms of beautiful animation, but in the sheer storytelling economy of being a perfect introduction to Batman. And when I say it’s the perfect introduction, that’s what I mean.

And here’s the opening sequence for your convenience:

Works Cited

Batman: The Animated Series. Warner Brothers, 1992. Television.

Ebert, Roger. “The Last Airbender Movie Review.” RogerEbert. n.p., 30 June 2010. Web. 9 December 2013.

Ebert, Roger. “Rango Movie Review.” RogerEbert. n.p., 2 March 2011. Web. 9 December 2013.

The Last Airbender. Dir. M. Night Shyamalan. Paramount, 2010. Film.

Rango. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Paramount, 2011. Film.

Sims, Chris. “Ask Chris #78: Why The ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Opening Is The Best Thing Ever.” ComicsAlliance. n.p., 4 November 2011. Web. 9 December 2013.

Intro to film

For your next assignment, you’ll be writing about a movie. We’ll discuss films and how to talk about them in class, but in the meantime, here are some resources to help get you started on developing a film vocabulary.

Annotated bibliography examples

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Here are two examples of annotated bibliography first drafts. Note that both require further editing and proofreading. The first covers Kudzu Bugs includes all the entries alphabetically in a single group, rather than subdividing them into topics. The second covers Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson and is divided into two category: works by Stefansson and works about Stefansson.

Zotero tutorials

Thanks to KellyAnn Griffiths of Shelton State Libraries, here are a series of tutorials on installing and using Zotero.

Installing Firefox Portable:

Installing the Zotero add-on to Firefox Portable:

Configuring Zotero:

Adding MLA Annotated Bibliography style to Zotero:

Using Zotero to organize and format sources:

You can find these tutorials and more on the Shelton State Library’s tutorial page.

Installing Zotero and portable Firefox

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To help make assembling your annotated bibliography easier, here are some resources for setting up and using Zotero:


ENG 101 reflection writing prompts

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Here are some suggestions to help come up with an idea for a reflection essay:

  • Write about the places you have lived. Think about what was unique about each and reflect upon your life at the time.
  • Why do you think some people take advantage of others?
  • Why do some people choose to dress differently?
  • Write about a characteristic you admire in others.

More memoir writing ideas

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More prompts to help get started on a memoir essay:

  • If you had 15 minutes to tell someone who you are, what would you tell them?
  • Write about a childhood family tradition. Write about your current traditions and the thoughts that you want to convey through them.
  • Write about how you felt the first time you were fired from a job or had to quit.