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lWL FILM REVIEW ANAYLIS FONT

IN CLASS WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING IN DEPTH INTO THE WHITE LITTLE LIARS FILM MAGAZINE, LOOKING AND ANALYSING VARIOUS FILM MAGAZINES. WE LOOKED AT PREVIOUS MAGAZINES AND CURRENT MAGAZINES SO SOME OF THE REVIEWS MAY BE DIFFERENT TO OTHERS. CURRENTLY, I AM NOT SURE AS TO WHETHER WE WILL HAVE TO PRODUCE OUR OWN FILM REVIEW BASED ON THE OLD OR CURRENT STLYE OF THE MAGAZINE. NEVERTHERLESS, I’M SURE IT WILL BE AN ENJOYABLE TASK. TRICKY! BUT ENJOYABLE TASK.

1. WHIP IT:

AS A CLASS WE HAD EXAMINED THE FILM REVIEW FOR ‘WHIP IT’. WITH A FEMALE DOMINATING CAST, INCLUDING DREW BARRYMORE WHO ALSO DIRECTED THE FILM, I WAS INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT JOSH WINNING (REVIEWER) THOUGHT ABOUT HER TAKE ON REAL LIFE EVENTS THAT WERE BASED AROUND A ROLLERSKATING GROUP. THERE ARE MANY THINGS ABOUT THIS FILM REVIEW THAT APPEALED TO ME. I WILL BE DISCUSSING THIS BELOW…

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LAYOUT:

WE HAD ANALYSED THE FILM REVIEW USING A PHOTOCOPY FROM THE MAGAZINE, SO IT IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TO THE ARTICLE THAT I HAVE COME ACROSS ONLINE. FIRSTLY, THE FILM IS A FUN PACKED CHICK FLICK SO I WOULD OF EXPECTED THE LAYOUT OF THE REVIEW TO MIRROR THE FUN APSECT OF THE FILM,WITH  IMAGES PLACED OVER THE ARTICLE AND THE TEXT POSITIONED IN A SLANTED FRAME. THIS HOWEVER, IS NOT THE TYPICAL FORMAT OF THEIR MAGAZINE REVIEWS. LITTLE WHITE LIES HAVE AN EDUCATED AUDIENCE SO THEY DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE THEIR FILM REVIEW APPEAR DRAMATIC WITH THE VISUALS. THE DRAMA IS WITHIN THE TEXT. THE TEXT IS DONE IN AN ORDERLY FASHION, WITH FOUR BLOCKS OF TEXTS. THERE IS A LARGE IMAGE (SCREENSHOT) FROM THE FILM PLACED RIGHT ABOVE THE TEXT. THE LAYOUT IS SIMPLE BUT NOT THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE REVIEW.

IMAGES:

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THIS IS A DIFFERENT IMAGE TO THE ONE USED IN THE ARTICLE IN THE MAGAZINE BUT I FEEL AS IF THEY BOTH REFLECT THE SAME THING: FEMALE EMPOWERMENT. I HIGHLIGHTED OR ‘ARROWED’ THE KEY FEATURES THAT I PICKED OUT FROM THE IMAGE.  WELL FIRSTLY, THE IMAGE IS PLACED AT THE TOP OF THE REVIEW ABOVE THE TEXT, MAKING IT THE FOCAL POINT FOR WHEN THE READERS FIRST GLANCE AT THE REVIEW.  WHAT THE IMAGE DOES CONVEY IS THAT THIS FILM WANTS TO GLORIFY THE DOMIANCE OF WOMEN IN THIS PATRIACHAL SOCIETY.  IN THIS SCREENSHOT, ALL YOU CAN SEE IS A CAST FULL OF FEMALE PEOPLE, IMMEDIATELY ALLOWING THE READERS TO KNOW THAT THIS FILM IS GOING TO BE BASED ON THE WOMENS SUPERIORITY. THE SCREENSHOT IS ALSO A MID SHOT. FILM REVIEW ARTICLES TEND TO USE EITHER MID SHOTS OR CLOSE UPS. CLOSE UPS ARE USED IF THE FILM REVIEW IS BASED ON ONE CHARACTER. MIDSHOTS AR USED BECAUSE IT CAN SHOWCASE SEVERAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM WITHOUT REVEALING TOO MUCH. THE LARGE NUMBER OF FEMALE CHARACTERS IN THE FRAME ALSO REFLECTS THE UNITY OF THE INDIVIDUALS, THUS MAKING A REFERENCE TO THE SPORT ROLLERSKATING.  THE CHARACTER ON THE LEFT APPEARS TO BE A VERY DOMINATING CHARACTER; THIS IS DISPLAYED THROUGH HER BODY POSTURE. THE IMAGE IS IN COLOUR, SO IT PORTRAYS A JOYOUS ELEMENT OF THE FILM. THE LIGHTING IS HOWEVER QUITE DIM, M,AYBE TO MAKE THE FILM APPEAR MORE REALISTIC AS IT IS BASED ON TRUE EVENTS.

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^ THE FONT OF THE TEXT IS USUALLY THE SAME ACROSS MOST OF THE FILM REVIEW ARTICLES IN THE MAGAZINE; THEY ARE SIMPLE, FORMAL, AND WELL VERY SMALL (STRESS FOR THOSE WITH POOR EYESIGHT). AGAIN, THE FONT OF THE TEXT REINFORCES THE SOPHISTICATION OF THE MAGAZINE. IF THE TEXT HAD A VERY LARGE AND INFORMAT FONT, IT WOULD ONLY DETRACT FROM THE PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW, WHICH IS TO TELL THE READERS WETHER THE FILM IS GOOD OR NOT.

RATING SYSTEM:

THE RATING SYSTEM OF LITTLE WHITLE LIES FILM REVIEWS IS DONE IN A VERY AMUSINGG MANNER. IT IS SPLIT INTO THREE PARTS: ANTICIPATION, ENJOYMENT AND RETROSPECT (ALMOST LIKE A BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END). THE ANTICIPATION REFERS TO THEIR FEELINGS OF THE FILM PRIOR AND TO WHEN IT BEGINS. ITS WHAT THE REVIEWERS THINK THE FILM MAY BE ABOUT OR IN SOME SENSE THE AMOUNT OF PLEASURE IT WILL GIVE THEM IN WATCHING IT. ENJOYMENT OBVIOUSLY IS ENJOYMENT. WELL IF I WAS BEING SPECIFIC, IN THE ENJOYMENT SECTION, THEY MAY NOTE DOWN THEIR FAVOURITE FEATURES OF THE FILM. RETROSPECT REFERS TO THE OVERALL THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FILM, PROPOSED FOR THE AUDIENCE. THE RATINGS ALSO TEND ME QUITE TONED DOWN IN COMPARISON TO THE ACTUALL REVIEW.

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IN THE ANTICIPATION COLUMN, THE REVIEWER POINTS OUT WHAT THE FILM IS ABOUT BUT HE DOES IN A HUMOROUS MANNER. THE ENJOYMENT COLUMN WAS INFECTED BY THE ALLITERATION BUG (TRYING TO BE ENTERTAINING I GUESS). I REALLY LIKE WHAT HE WROTE IN THE RETROSPECT COLUMN. HE MADE COMMENTARY ABOUT BARRYMORE’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT WHILST MAKING A REFERENCE TO THE FILM.

LANGUAGE:

THE BEST ABOUT THIS FILM REVIEW IN MY OPINION IS THE LANGUAGE STYLE. THE LANGUAGE APPEARS TO VERY FORMAL WITH NO COLLOQIAL WORDS EVIDENT, YET WINNING STILL MAKES IT FUN AND PLEASANT TO READ (NOT THAT SLANG IS AMUSING TO READ). THE FORMAT OF THE TEXT ALSO LINKS IN TO THE LANGUAGE STYLE. FOR EXAMPLE, IT WILL START OF WITH A BRIEF OPENING (VERY RELAXED), THEN POSSIBLY START TALKING ABOUT THE CHARACTER. THE MIDDLE USUALLY REFERS TO THE ACTUAL FILM AND MAY BE MORE DESCRIPTIVE, THUS THE LANGUAGE WILL BE EXPECTED TO BE A BIT MORE FORMAL . IN ONE OF THE OPENING SENTENCES, WINNING WRITES “IF YOU’RE FEELING REALLY SAUCY YOU COULD ALWAYS WHIP IT”. THIS SENTENCE IS PERFECT FOR THE FIRST PARAGRAPH, IT’S PLAYFUL, CHEEKY(SAME THING), AND IT REINFORCES THE FILM. WINNING THEN ALSO GOES ONTO TO MAKE A REFERENCE TO FEMALES, KNOWING THAT THEY WILL APPRECIATE HIS SENSE OF HUMOUR. WINNINGS CLEARLY KNOWS WHO IS AUDIENCE IS AND HE HAS ENGAGED THEM WITH ONE OF THE VERY FIRST LINES. HE USES RHYTHM , “PLEDGING THRILLS, SPILLS AND FRILLS” TO MAKE THE REVIEW SEEM MORE ENGAGING. AFTER A BUILD UP WITHIN THE FIRST TWO PARGRAPHS, WINNING BEGINS TO USE FACTUAL LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE THE FILM AND IT’S HISTORY. WINNING THEN ALSO USES IMAGERY WHEN HE DESCRIBES THE CHARACTERS AS “AMAZONIAN ACTION HEROINES”. THIS ALLOWS US TO PICTURE WHAT KIND OF CHARACTERS THEY ARE. WHEN DESCRIBING THE SOUNDTRACK HE MAKES A REFERENCES TO QUITE NICHE, INIDIE MUSIC, SUBSEQUENTLY SUGGESTING THAT THAT THE READERS ALREADY HAVE PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF THE MUSIC. OVERALL, I FOUND THE REVIEW TO VERY FUN AND ENTICING WITH ENOUGH FACTUAL INFORMATION FOR THE READERS TO CATEGORISE IT AS A GOOD REVIEW.

2. SHANK:

WE ALSO LOOKED AT ANOTHER REVIEW WITHIN OUR SMALL GROUPS. THE FILM REVIEW ME AND MY GROUP CHOSE WAS FOR THE FILM ‘SHANK’. I HAD PREVIOUSLY HEARD OF THIS FILM AND I WAS AWARE THAT IT WAS ABOUT UNDERGROUND, LONDON, YOUTH CULTURE. I WAS INTERESTED TO  READ THE REVIEW BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE HOW THEY COULD CRITIQUE A FILM THAT DOESN’T REALLY FIT IN WITH THEIR MAGAZINE.

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LAYOUT:

THE ARTICLE IN THE MAGAZINE WAS VERY SHORT. PERHAPS BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT TOO FOND OF THE FILM BUT WHEN I LOOKED AT DOUBLE PAGE, I HAD NOTICED THAT THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHER ARTICLES THAT REFLECTED IT’S LAYOUT. THE ARTICLE WAS ABOUT HALF THE PAGE. RATHER THAN PLACING AN IMAGE ON THE TOP OF THE ARTICLE (IN THE CENTRE), THIS REVIEW HAD THE IMAGE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE. PERHAPS THEY DIDN’T WANT THE READER TO FOCUS ON THE ARTICLE AND INSTEAD STRAIGHT AWAY READ THE SHORT REVIEW AND THEIR POOR JUDGEMENT OF THE FILM. HOWEVER, ALSO ARTICLES HAD THE SAME LAYOUT, WITH THE IMAGE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE, SO PERHAPS THEY WERE TRYING TO MAINTAIN A SENSE OF NEATNESS.

IMAGES:

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THE FIRST THING THAT I NOTICED ABOUT THIS IMAGE IS THE LOCATION; THE LOCATION IS A FILTHY, UNCIVILISED AREA. WHERE THE JUXTAPOSITION STARTED ROLLING IN ,IS THESE YOUNGSTERS SEEM AS IF THEY ARE TRYING TO BE CIVILISED.  THEY ARE ALL LAYING ON A BED, USING PLATES TO HOLD THEIR CANDLES. I ACTUALLY THOUGHT THEY WERE DRUGS. THE LIGHTING APPEARS TO BE SLIGHTLY DIM, BUT THEN THERE IS A LIGHT SHINING ONTO THEM. THIS COULD INSINUATE THEIR GOODNESS OR MORALITY. THE FILM IS ABOUT LONDON GANG CULTURE, SO IF THE TWO CHARACTERS WEARING THE HOODIES AND CAP WERE NOT PRESENT, I AND THE OTHER READERS  WOULDN’T HAVE GUESSED WHAT THE FILM WAS ABOUT. I WOULD OF THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ABOUT HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE.

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