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Helloooo Binge Watchers,

I often see people writing TV show and movie "reviews", but most of the time these "reviews" are just summaries and/or thoughts.

There's a difference between summarizing, sharing thoughts, and reviewing.

Summary: A brief statement or account of the main points of something. A summary is recalling what happened.

Thoughts: Sometimes I see people sharing thoughts and opinions but sharing an opinion, without supporting your claim, is not reviewing.

Review: A critical evaluation. State your opinion and support your criticism.

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T I P S:

  • Provide an original opinion without giving away too much of the plot.
  • Avoid spoilers.
  • Support your opinion. Explain why you feel the way you do. Pull specific elements and examples from the film or show.
  • Consider your audience.
  • Assess the acting.

T E R M S:

*Challenge yourself. Try incorporating relevant terms into your review.

  • 🍿Shots: In filmmaking, and video production, a shot is a series of frames that run for an uninterrupted period of time. Film shots are an essential aspect of a movie where angles, transitions, and cuts are used to further express emotion, ideas, and movement.
(EX: Establishing Shot, One Shot, Long Shot)
Check out a list of shots and angles: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/video/tips-and-
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  • 🍿Plot: The main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence. (Storyline)
  • 🍿Dialogue: Conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie.
  • 🍿Tone: The general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.
  • 🍿Acting: The art or occupation of performing in plays, movies, or television productions.
  • 🍿Mis-en-scène: The arrangement of scenery and stage properties in a play.
  • 🍿Point of View: A particular attitude or way of considering a matter.
  • 🍿Symbol: Symbolism is the use of one object or action (a symbol) to represent or suggest something else.
  • 🍿Theme: The subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic.
  • 🍿Context: The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.
There are plenty of other things to consider. These are a few of the main ones. Check out this website for more terms: http://www.filmsite.org/filmterms2.html
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E X A M P L E S

  • Stranger Things Review (TV Show)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2016/08/20/5-reasons-why-stranger-things-is-the-best-netflix-original-so-far/#37054bf1797e
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Review (Movie)
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2001/11/19/nobody-beats-the-wizard

*Your reviews don't have to be as long as the ones above. Yours should be as long as it takes you to thoroughly communicate what you'd like to say.

I hope you found this article helpful. :D

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