Writing Response: “THEY’RE HERE” movie review, article, & questions

arrival_finalWriting Assignment Instructions:

  1. Read this movie review (“Arrival”) published in The New Yorker, here: CLICK ME
  2. Afterwards, read the assignment posted below. In a comment on this post, include your answers to the questions posed (numbered in order). 
  3. OPTIONAL – For extra credit (brief, 3-4 sentences):
    1. Choose one of your favorite movies and write a brief review of it. Following your review, write an explanation of the decisions you made about what plot information could be included and what information could not be revealed.
    2. Include the extra credit review in the same post as your other previous responses.
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18 thoughts on “Writing Response: “THEY’RE HERE” movie review, article, & questions

  1. The reader can tell Lane does not like Arrival because he refers to the movie in several negative connotations. Lane states “None of which, I hasten to add, is a reason to skip “Arrival.” It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup,” by him saying that their is weak parts of the movie you can tell he really doesn’t like it.

    2.Lane does provide enough additional information about unfamiliar references. When he says “the most accurate guide to such mysteries is Jóhann Jóhannsson’s music which is rife with choral chanting, swelling brass, skitterings, and booms” that describes what type of music it is. The unfamiliar references interfered with my understanding of his movie review but I’m not sure if my reasoning is because its not a traditional movie review. I do believe he could have written a more effective review by cutting out the references and giving more of his opinion. I’ve only grasped about three things from the review about what is actually in the movie.

    3.I think he gives a general plot of what goes on in the movie. He does not reveal too much details but the reader can kinda of tell how the movie will go. I feel that he revealed just enough to make you want to go see it to fill in the missing parts of the movie.

    Extra Credit:

    Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women mathematicians working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and excited the world. Hidden Figures doesn’t try to push many artistic boundaries, but it tells its story so well that it doesn’t really have to. The film also avoids the historical movies that deal with race: At no point does it try to give viewers the impression that racism has been “solved”. professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever. All three women rossed all gender, race, and accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
    I do not think that I revealed too much information about what goes on in the movie. I do beleve that it makes you want to watch the film. I praise the film and talk highly about it so you can tell that I really enjoyed the movie.

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  2. To me, Lane sums up his review appropriately with, “None of which, I hasten to add, is a reason to skip ‘Arrival’. It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup, but that is an inbuilt hazard of science fiction, and what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film”. I think Lane overall liked the movie and how it played with one’s emotions, but felt like the plot could have been thicker.
    If you have ever read a movie review, you would know that every one makes many, many references and doesn’t limit the effectiveness of the review. In this line, “Above all, Villeneuve attends to Adams, using her as our gauge of these momentous events; time and again, we see her face responding to something before we properly witness the thing itself”, Lane is very effective at getting his opinion across about the character Louise and her role in the movie. Lane believes that the movie almost moves through her character. Again he makes his review clear when he references “Neolithic Stones” describing the alien ships that have come down to earth. Lane uses effective references that although may be obscure to some readers, are most effective when describing his view of the movie.
    I feel that Lane does a good job of balancing out what happens in the film. He reveals minor plot points but doesn’t by any means blow the story. His description of the main character Louise and his mention of the emotional tug of the movie solicit the movie goer to go see what they’re in for.

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  3. After reading this article I felt like the author had mixed feelings about the movie but liked the movie overall. She stated that she felt connected to the main character which most of the time correlates to one liking a movie. “She stated this by saying Just for a minute, she looks like a moviegoer, waiting, with a thumping pulse, for the show, and all its wonders, to begin. I know how she feels.”
    I am not personally to familiar with most of the references Lane made in her review. I feel like that is just my fault and most of the movie watching public. Lane did a good job incorporating references to other movies such as, “The spry benevolence that carried her through a film like “Enchanted” (2007) has been cross-grained, in recent years, by the stern resolve of “The Master” (2012) and the snap of “American Hustle” (2013), and now, in “Arrival,” her gift for sorrow, her strength, and her instinctive sweetness of temper are rolled into one.” Using these references really helps the reading connect to what the movie is like.
    I feel like Lane did a good job with not giving up to much information. He referenced the opening scene a good bit but that is not giving away to much information. He managed to keep us in the dark about the end of the movie which makes us, as a reader, want to go purchase a ticket and see it.

    Extra Credit: Semi-Pro

    The untold story of the ABC basketball league and the inducting of new teams in the NBA is told in this hilarious comedy based in the 1970’s America. Actor Will Ferrell plays the owner, coach, and starting forward for the Flint Michigan Tropics. This story is about the battle the Tropics fought with the NBA to keep there Franchise. This movie is full of twists and tons of laughs and is a must see.
    I think I gave up just the right amount of plot information one can in a 3-4 sentence brief summary. Will Ferrell is in it so everyone is probably wanting to go see it already and for right reasons.

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  4. After reading this review, I feel like Lane had mixed feelings about it. I think he liked it for the most part, but wished there could have been more to the plot. He explains, “It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup, but that is an inbuilt hazard of science fiction, and what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.” Lane tells us that after the movie you are left with an emotional intensity, which I think he enjoyed. Overall, I think he liked the movie.
    I don’t think Lane provides enough additional information about the many references he makes in his article.He makes references to several movies that I was unfamiliar with, such as “Independence Day”, “Prisoners”, “Enemy”, “Sicario”, and more. He also references different people that I didn’t know as well. When he mentions, “David Lean would have approved.”, this has no meaning to be because I do not know who David Lean is. I think he could have written just as good of a review without all of the different references he makes throughout the article. If he wanted to make references he could have picked on or two well known people which could have possibly helped people better understand the message he was trying to say.
    I think Lane did a good job with his review. He went into a little bit of detail about the first part of the movie to help the readers understand what he was trying to say, but did not give away the rest of the movie. He revealed just enough to interest someone and make readers want to go see it.

    Extra Credit: The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club tells the story about five high school kids who spend one Saturday from 8:00-4:00 in detention at the school’s library. They all have nothing in common with each other which makes the day for them even worse. As the day goes on they begin to slowly talk and interact with each other. The writer creates a funny and interesting script to capture the audiences interest in each one of the characters.
    In this review I don’t think I gave too much away by just explaining the main background information of the story. I think I explained just enough to get a hold of the readers attention and get them to want to see it.

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  5. Anthony Lane, film critic for the New Yorker, does not seem to be the biggest fan of the movie Arrival. He portrays a negative tone towards the different scenes of the movie and tends to use harsh words when describing the overall review. For example, in the final paragraph, Lane starts out by saying “this uncertain mood extends to the secondary characters”, prematurely degrading the tone of the movie to be unclear and leaving the readers/viewers with a wandering mind. Overall, Lane does a good job of providing enough background information on the various references he makes in the review. For instance, he compares the dancing in the film to be “like Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding” and goes on the add a few words behind the concept of that reference. Lane goes on the refer to many other characters from different films that help make his viewpoint towards the Arrival, although the amount of references he uses might be excessive. I believe he could have made his argument just as effective without the use of so many of these add ins. It seems that Lane does not reveal too much of the movie in his review, and leaves a lot of important scenes and events out of the review to create further suspense. To me, he covers just enough to give the readers a clear overview and understand of the film but at the same time, keep them guessing and wanting more.

    Extra Credit: Remember the Titans

    Remember the Titans is a movie that mostly everyone is familiar with. It is based on a true story about a newly appointed African-American coach and his team of high school football players as they go into their first season as a racially integrated unit. Throughout the film these teammates go through blood, sweat, and tears as they experience different traumatic events and learn to handle all situations during this segregated time period. Just from these few sentences, I believe this makes you intrigued as to how this movie plays out but overall, I don’t think I gave too much information on the film. Just enough to grab the reader’s attention through this short summary.

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  6. The writer of this review does not come out and openly say that he likes or dislikes the film “Arrival.” Instead he goes into detail with the movie and gives great examples and a vibe of excitement to make the reader want to see the movie. I believe the writer of this review, Anthony Lane, has mixed feelings about the movie, by saying things that he did and did not enjoy. For example he stated, “None of which, I hasten to add, is a reason to skip “Arrival.” It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup, but that is an inbuilt hazard of science fiction, and what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.” Before this statement he explains a part of the movie that was rather weak and confusing. Other than this confusing part of the movie, Lane gave a good review on the movie “Arrival.” I think if he made me personally want to see it, I am sure he convinced many others as well.
    In the beginning, Lane speaks of many actors and actresses that are seen in the movie, and other movies that they are in. The also refers to many other movies for comparison. If you have not seen those movie references then this can be confusing and not helpful when reading the review. I have not seen many of the movies that were mentioned, which was not helpful to me at all. Lane states, “Well, unless they are sly infiltrators of the flesh, they will probably go for the kind of boastful, get-a-load-of-us craft that was immortalized by Douglas Adams in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” He wrote, “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.” That was true of “Independence Day,” and it is doubly true of “Arrival,” in which a dozen mountainous ovoids—charcoal gray and rough to the touch, like a pumice stone….” The first paragraph, which includes the previous quote, went completely over my head and I had no clue what the writer was talking about or referring to. Other than being confused by names and movie I have never heard of, I enjoyed his review on the movie and was able to get a clear picture in my head later on in the review. I think he could have done without the references, and I would have been a little clearer to readers who are unfamiliar with the movies mentioned. As for people who are movie and review fanatics, I am sure this review was enjoyable because they were able to put faces to actors/actresses and understood the comparison of movies.
    I think Lane revealed just enough information in his review to make readers who have seen it enjoy it, and people who have not seen it, want to see it. He hit on important parts of the movie, but did not actually reveal what happens or what the outcome was. I think it is important to not reveal too much information and leave the reader up to finding out exactly what happens

    Extra Credit:

    The movie “Sully,” staring Tom Hanks, is a drama film based on the 2009 landing of a passenger full plane in the Hudson River. It is very suspenseful and will keep you on your toes the entire time. What is so great about “Sully” is that it is based on a true story and a glimpse of what the pilot and passengers actually endured. After the loosing of both engines and the landing of the plane, it is suspected that Pilot Sully possibly could have turned the plane around and made it all the way back to base for safe landing. This is where things get sticky and what exactly was the pilot thinking when he landed in the river? The movie proceeds with many different interviews and a court case interview with Pilot Sully to figure out exactly what happened on that day.

    For my movie review, I chose to reveal the main idea of the movie and what you would conclude if you watched the trailer. I did not include the ending of the movie and what was decided in the court interview, because that would have ruined the movie for anybody that read that review. I think it I important to not reveal too much information, but rather get the reader excited to see the movie.

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    • It is apparent after reading the review that Lane does like the movie “Arrival”. There are things that he does not like about the movie that he explains but that is part of being a professional movie critic. He comes right out and states “The first forty minutes of ‘Arrival’ had me utterly consumed”. This is a clear indication that Lane enjoyed the movie.
      It does make sense to reference other movies within a movie critique however Lane overuses this technique. He brings up more movie references within the article than I could count. This made the review a lot less effective. My attention was switched to other movies constantly as he brought up more movie references. He could have written a much more effective article if he would have cut out some of the references and focused more on “Arrival”.
      Lane did a good job of balancing releasing information about the movie to make the review effect while not releasing too much information. He references specific scenes in the movie but this is just to capture the readers attention and help paint a picture in the readers mind. He gives helpful information about how the ending is not what certain viewers would hope for in an alien invasion movie. But, he also explains that a person should not skip out on the movie because it is more about the emotions that are stirred about while watching the movie than the actual conclusion of the movie.

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  7. In this passage Lane doesn’t say he dislikes or likes the movie “Arrival” but gives feedback and shows examples about the certain vibe he encountered. One piece of evidence i found was when he said, “It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup, but that is an inbuilt hazard of science fiction, and what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.” This quote shows that he has mixed emotions about the movie as a whole.
    In my opinion i think Lane does give detailed evidence to the reader to help them understand a little more in depth. For example when he said, “the most accurate guide to such mysteries is Jóhann Jóhannsson’s music which is rife with choral chanting, swelling brass, skitterings, and booms” it gives specific explanation of what music was portrayed for the setting. I feel that he made a good biased review and could have done without some of the references he made because many readers are unfamiliar with them but he also did a good job in explaining them.
    I think that Lane does a very good job with this movie review because he gave general ideas that he thought and didn’t give away any main points of the movie. This is good for people who haven’t yet seen the movie. I felt like he did give the vibe and tone of the movie to some extent but also talks about not skipping out to see it because of the different emotions people can get from this.

    Extra Credit
    The movie “13 Hours” is a action packed movie based on a true story about an attack on one of our military bases in Benghazi. It is based on a true story so this shows you in detail on what really happened on that event. There are many rumors and lies that lead to this attack but while watching this, it for sure keeps you suspenseful and engaged throughout the movie. The base went under attack and the “secret soldiers” had specific orders not to go in and save the authorities that were about to die. They took it upon themselves and agreed to all go in and save the men before dying. Throughout the movie it then shows them trying everything they can to save and protect the leaders that are with them and fight for their lives to keep them safe. I would definitely recommend seeing this movie if you havent already seen it because it portrays what really happened and not what the media said and tried to cover up.

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  8. I think Lane had mixed feelings about “Arrival.” I believe this because he says“None of which, I hasten to add, is a reason to skip ‘Arrival’. It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup, but that is an inbuilt hazard of science fiction, and what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.” He is basically saying that you shouldn’t skip this film, but it does have some weaknesses that is typical of science fiction films.
    I believe Lane provided enough information to help us understand unfamiliar references for the most part, but I didn’t understand some of the references because he didn’t elaborate on them. For example, whenever he talks about the spaceship and says “David Lean would approve.” I have no idea who David Lean is, so I was not able to understand this reference. He references a lot of other movies too that I have not seen, but he can’t know what movies everyone has seen or has not seen. I think the review was fine, but not everyone is going to understand his references.
    I believe this review did a great job describing the plot of the film without giving away too much because he didn’t spoil any of the key parts of the film.

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  9. Anthony Lane does not seem to be the biggest fan of the movie Arrival. He has a negative tone towards the different scenes of the movie and uses harsh words often when describing the overall review. For example, in the last paragraph, Lane starts out by saying “this uncertain mood extends to the secondary characters”, prematurely degrading the tone of the movie to be unclear and leaving the readers/viewers with a wandering mind. Overall, Lane does a good job of providing enough background information on the different references he makes in the review. For instance, he compares the dancing in the film to be “like Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding” and goes on the add a few words behind the concept of that reference. Lane goes on the refer to many other characters from different films that help make his viewpoint towards the Arrival, although the amount of references he uses might be excessive. I believe he could have made his argument just as effective without the use of so many of these add ins. It seems that Lane does not reveal too much of the movie in his review, and leaves a lot of important scenes and events out of the review to create further suspense. To me, he covers just enough to give the readers a clear overview and understand of the film but at the same time, keep them guessing and wanting more.

    Extra Credit: Beyond the Lights.

    This movie was overall a great love story. Noni Jean was a singer/pop star who was not happy with her life that was always controlled by her Mother/manager. Her mother Macy jean was a single mother and always had to be in control of her daughters person life and also her professional life. Noni had enough at was not happy so one night she decided to do something that would change her life forever. But before that could happen her security guard Kaz Nicol came in and made sure she knew that what she was a bout to do was a bad decision and saved her. This lead to a relationship for them. Kaz was the only one that seen Noni for the person she is and for the person she wanted to be. They decided to run away together to Mexico and live happily ever after without anyone knowing. But they were found and Noni decided to go back to her pop star lifestyle which ended their relationship. Kaz soon realized he couldnt live without Noni and he found her and they got back together. the director of this movie deserves an award because this movie was just that good and he hired te perfect people to play these characters in the movie. I recommend everyone to go see it.

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  10. After reading the review it can be said that Lane has mixed feelings about the movie “Arrival”. He states that the film had him “utterly consumed”, which shows it caught his attention.By including that he begin “scrawling sketches in the dark” shows that the attention he once had was now taken away due to the prodigious or massive images.
    At the end of the review lane tell’s us that the it could be stronger in resolution and that the emotional intensity blows through the film, but this is still no reason to not see the movie.
    The reference’s did provide a more understanding but was some what overwhelming if you didn’t see the movies. For example when lane say’s “maybe they could dance there, like Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding.” I personally have no clue who Fred Astaire or what Royal wedding is. This then makes the process of comparing the two films difficult. The overall review was very detailed and gave us great inside on what to expect if we haven’t seen the movie. He gives a great deal of information about how the ending is not how most people would want it but it was still worth watching. I also feel that he did a excellent job at not giving us too much information, leaving us in suspense to see what actually happens.

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  11. Arrival:

    After reading this article, I do not think that Lane liked Arrival. I feel as is Lane feels empty after watching the movie. He gives off negative remarks and wishes there could have been more to the plot. He states that the overall feeling of this movie is sadness. He also says, “It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup, but that is an inbuilt hazard of science fiction, and what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.” This makes me feel as is Lane left the movie with nothing to say about it.
    I think Lane was very effective in providing information on his references. I was unfamiliar with them but he made them understandable and more clear. When he says, ““the most accurate guide to such mysteries is Jóhann Jóhannsson’s music which is rife with choral chanting, swelling brass, skitterings, and booms.” This gives us context clues where we are able to figure out what kind of music it is. I think Lane provides references giving us a greater idea about the movie.
    I think that Lane reveals the perfect amount of information to us. He gives us a brief understanding of the movie without giving away the big parts. He goes into a little bit of greater detail about the beginning but this gets the reader intrigued and wanting more.

    Extra Credit: The Help
    The Help takes place during the 1960’s and is set in the south. The main character of Skeeter is a southern girl who comes home from college looking to be a writer but things change when she decides to interviews black women who have spent their lives taking care of wealthy white families. I think I provided very bare details about the help but it will want the viewers to know what changes occur and the results of the changes.

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  12. 1.) After reading the movie review by Anthony Lane on “Arrival”, I do not believe that Lane liked the movie. For instance in the second paragraph he starts it with “But what do they want?”. The movie constantly makes him have questions. In the third paragraph he talks about how the director of the movie is a tease. In the fourth paragraph Lane talks about how the first 40 minutes are interesting, but the rest of the movie was not so interesting.
    2.) When reviewing the movie “Arrival”, Lane uses way too many references to other movies. In the fourth movie he talks about how the director of the “Arrival” is both a brooder and a tease, and compares this to three other movies. I myself have not seen any of those movies and he could have better described this by explaining why Lane is both a brooder and a tease in these other three movies. Although Lane does use other movies to explain how he does not like this movie, his review is still successful. Even with these other movies, you can focus on Lane describing the actual movie compared to his references. Lane’s movie review could have gone without adding other movies to compare to, because you can not assume that ever reader will have seen the movie you are referencing to.
    3.) I feel that Lane does accomplish the balance on his movie review. Lane uses other movies to try and explain why he does not like this movie without giving away why he does not actually like the movie “Arrival”. I believe that he does not give away too much because he does not like the movie in itself. If a reviewer likes a movie it is going to be a lot harder to try and explain why he likes the movie.

    The movie I choose to review is “The Sandlot”. This is a great movie not just for the past, but also for kids growing up in today’s generation. This movie shows how it was back in the day when kids were outside everyday and playing baseball. This is a great movie for todays’ generation because it will show kids that they can go out and have a great time and play outside. Too many kids today are stuck inside with electronics and do not know what it is like to not have electronics and having to play outside everyday.

    My movie review explains “The Sandlot” very well in not giving away information. If a kid in todays’ day and age was to read it, they would be curious as to what it was like back in the day. After watching this movie for the first time it made me love the game of baseball. If a kid today read this review I would hope it would make them curious of how baseball was back in the day, and would hopefully make them gain a love and a passion for the game of baseball.

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  13. 1) I think Lane liked the movie but I also believe he thought it could have been done better. He says, ” It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup,” which I believe he was saying that he enjoyed the beginning but thinks the end could have been better. Overall, Lane had some critiques of the movie but I think he did like it.

    2) I think Lane does provide enough additional information about unfamiliar references throughout the review. He references the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and does a good job of explaining the reference by saying “Richard Dreyfuss goggling inside the mother ship” to help build the picture in the readers mind. I don’t think he could have written an as effective review without all the references because they provide examples of the points he is trying to make.

    3) I think Lane does a good job of balancing the amount of information from the plot he reveals. As the reader he has given me enough information to understand the general plot of the movie and enough to make me want to see it but he also doesn’t give enough to where the movie is ruined.

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  14. 1.I think that the writer of this article, Anthony Lane, has mixed opinions on the movie. For the most part I really think he disliked it because he put in the article “It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup, but that is an inbuilt hazard of science fiction, and what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.”

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  15. 1.I think that the writer of this article, Anthony Lane, has mixed opinions on the movie. For the most part I really think he disliked it because he put in the article “It may be weaker in the resolution than in the setup, but that is an inbuilt hazard of science fiction, and what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.”
    2. Lane does point out a lot of movies in his examples on his movie review. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” tacked on a scene of Richard Dreyfuss goggling inside the mother ship, to no avail’,” Anthony wrote in the article. He uses movies like this to try and get his point across and I think he does it very poorly. not enough information was portrayed about the movies when he wrote about them.
    3. Lane does and excellent job in keeping the balance of not giving enough information but keeping the reader still informed. “Halfway through the film, as Louise is preparing to solve the circular codes, we get a lumpy voice-over, explaining that she has cracked them and updating us on her progress. Suddenly, she is scrolling through extraterrestrial symbols on her tablet and matching them to English nouns and verbs,” Lane wrote. I think this is the perfect example of the balancing act by the way it reads that the reader can understand what he is writing and not give to much information. It is like the perfect trailer.
    Extra: Forrest Gump is a beautiful movie that every time I watch it, I catch a new life lesson. The movie is about a simple man who goes through a crazy life that nobody would have guessed would have happened. I decided not to put a lot of plot information in the review only because it is so good people should watch it themselves.

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  16. 1) I’m pretty sure that Lane enjoyed the movie. He made it clear that the movie had his undivided attention. He wrote, “The first forty minutes of “Arrival” consumed [him] utterly.” Although he feels like some aspects of the movie may leave the audience needing to ask questions, he does recommend the film.
    2) The only names that I was not familiar with were director and the screenwriter. I am familiar with all of the actors that the author mentioned. He does tell the reader a bit about the director’s style. This helped me to understand the ambiguous nature of some aspects of the film. Lane wrote that the director, Denis Villeneuve, is “both a brooder and a tease.” I do think that he could have written an effective review without the use of so many references. However, I do think that referencing the well-known actors helped the reader get an idea of the quality and status of the film.
    3) I think that Lane gave entirely too many details on the movie. I can almost picture each scene that he describes. This makes me feel like there is no need to see the film. I pretty much already know what happens. I already know what the aliens’ spaceships look like and I have an idea of what the aliens themselves look like. I know exactly where they travel to meet the aliens. I believe that Lane could have definitely left off some of the details.

    Extra Credit: My favorite movie is ATL, starring T.I. and Lauren London. I love this movie because, being from Atlanta, I can relate to everything that is happening. The movie is about a group of friends from the Southwest side of Atlanta that enjoy going to a skating rink called Cascade every Sunday night. One of the boys, Rashad, meets a girl named New New who he starts to really like. Unfortunately, she has been keeping a secret from all of her friends and living a double life. Once Rashad and all the others find out the truth, they don’t know how to feel about her anymore. When this movie first came out in 2006, I remember seeing it with my family at a drive in. I watch this movie every time it comes on TV. I recommend it to everyone.

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  17. It was hard to decipher, but I do think that Lane does like Arrival. I think he likes the movie because of many different reasons, for an example “The first forty minutes of “Arrival” consumed me utterly. I gave up taking notes and resorted to scrawling sketches in the dark, as one prodigious image followed another. So sure is the stride of the narrative, and so bracing the air of expectation, that you feel yourself, like Louise, beginning to spin, and barely able to catch your breath. She is borne away, by night, in a military helicopter, introduced on board to Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), a scientist from Los Alamos, and flown to Montana, where one of the spaceships has come to rest.” I think since the movie left him speechless is a good thing since he is a movie critic. No Lane doesn’t give good enough backstory for his other references, on the contrary I did get a few mentions but that was off of prior knowledge. Yes I think Lane could’ve written an effective movie response without the outside references. If you are outsourcing information to aid your topic then I believe that the information should 100% help not go over readers’ heads. I personally had a hard time maintaining concentration through out the response. Through all of my critiques, I think accomplishes some balance. While I personally wanted more information, he didn’t ruin the movie which is foremost. He could reveal more but his review sufficed. For my extra credit, I will be writing a response for a Cinderella Story. The movie begins with following Sam, Hillary Duff, in her “hard not life”. She had a loving father who died in an earthquake. Before he died he married her evil step mother. It then fast forwards to her life in high school. Her stepmom wants her to continue working at the family diner but Sam wants to pursue a college career like her father supported. The movie goes into her battle with her stepmom into what her post high school life would entail.

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