a critical analysis on the film Law Abiding Citizen (2009) Director: F. Gary Gar


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a critical analysis on the film Law Abiding Citizen (2009) Director: F. Gary Gary
using at least three of the topics we have covered in class (Narrative, Editing, Mis-en-scène, Cinematography)
The film Law Abiding Citizen(2009) will be the focus of the analysis but include films we have seen in class (Purple Noon 1960, The Lavender Hill Mob 1951, The League of Gentleman 1960, Charade 1963)
Include at least 5 outside sources (scholarly sources from the library databases like JSTOR, or substantial film reviews).
Things to consider when talking about the Narrative:
-describe how the non-verbal elements (acting, sound, mis-en-scene, etc) move the narrative forward. 
How do these non-verbal details tell the story? How do they convey information?
Things to consider when talking about Editing:
-Pick a scene analysis the effects of each edit and the overall effect of the scene in comparison to the scenes before an after it. Is the pace fast or slow? What kind of emotions does it provoke? What kind of information do the edits help us understand? Do they break any of the ‘rules’ of editing that we have learned? 
Things to consider when talking about Mis-en-scene:
-describe the elements present in the scene and its design, composition, lighting and the movement captured in the frame. Be as specific as you can be (i.e. don’t say ‘a suit’ but rather ‘a stylish tweed suit’ or ‘a shabby worn suit’) and the conclusions the audience are meant to draw (even if you know that first impression will be wrong). If they’re in a room, what kind of room? If there are items in addition to the actors, what kind are they? How do the actors convey emotions? Don’t just say they look happy or sad, tell us how we draw those conclusions. Notice how the actors — or the lack of them — are positioned within the frame. Do they fill the frame? Or are they very small or far away? Why?
Things to consider to include when talking about cinematography:
-break down the clip in terms of its cinematography: tell me about the quality of the film stock (don’t worry about the technical names, describe how it looks to you–bright, dark, neon, realistic), the sort of lighting used in the screen and its effects, what sort of lens they’re using (what’s in or out of focus, is it mimicking the human eye or does it look bizarre?), how the scene is framed, what sort of angles are used, whether the camera moves, and how long each shot within the scene is.
-For all of these, after you describe them be sure to spell out what the effect is.
Readings from class:
Film Narrative

13 Creative Editing Techniques Every Video Editor Should Know


“Thou Shalt Not”: A 1940 Photo Satirically Mocks Every Vice & Sin Censored by the Hays Movie Censorship Code

What Do Filmmakers Mean When They Refer to Composition?

Check List:
Do you have a thesis, i.e. a clear argument about how the film chosen for your final project embodies the international art of crime?
Have you addressed at least three of the topics we have examined in the course (Narrative, Editing, Mis-en-scène, Cinematography)
Have you included at least five sources that supplement the argument you’re making about the film you chose, which may be scholarly sources from the library databases like JSTOR, or substantial film reviews
Have you used specific detail to argue your points, including time signatures (e.g. 1h14m23s), screen caps (inserted into your Word document or video), etc. to indicate the scenes under discussion?
Have you cited your sources properly using MLA format?