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A masked gunman walks right passed his hiding space. He has nowhere to run, no where to hide, and no one to help him. The sweat drips down his neck as he prepares to make a break for it- hey, why do I get the sudden feeling of deja vu?

When it comes to traditional action films I must admit that I am not a fan. Too often they seems that they use the same script over and over again, and the same is true for the new movie “State of Play.”

The film starts off with a thief running through the streets of Washington DC. The man is eventually caught and killed by another man, who proceeds to shoot a passing pizza delivery boy. The next day a woman is killed in a seemingly unrelated incident. Things wildly spin out of control as Cal McAfferty (Russel Crow) and Della Fry (Rachel McAdams)  attempts to figure out who is behind the murders even as they struggle to save thier own lives in a desperate race against time.

The trouble with this film isn’t the acting, or the soundtrack or even the quality of the movie itself. No, it’s the reliance on an overused genre of moviemaking, as well as stereotypes and cliches  of the newspaper industry. That being said the portrayal of the conflict between new media and old media is pulled off well, as is the acting (I especially enjoyed the part of the newspaper editor Cameron Lynn (Helen Mirran). There also were, I will admit, also a few supprises in the film as well (watch for the cameo appearance of Bob Woodward), and the twist conclusion will have you gripping the edges of your seat until the very end.

For as long as we have film I suppose we will alway have thrillers and action films and if I were to compare this film with others in it’s genre I suppose it is one of the better ones. But when it comes to judging the film in there of itself, it falls short. I would give it about seven out of ten. And in today’s intellectually starved filmaking environment, maybe I’d score it even better.

 

These are the standards by which professional photographers are judged in the competitions they enter. This
evaluation uses a four-step scale (4=excellent, 3=good, 2=fair, 1=poor). Rate each quality of the print by placing the
number on the line next to the item being evaluated. Divide the total score by 12 to determine the grade point average
for this assignment.

Impact: 3, It has significant importance in that it paints a pretty accurate picture of what Churchill was like and how his personallity affected the course of world war 2

Creativity: 2, not really creative, just a picture of his face

Style: 3 I liked the v-victory sign and the backdrop

Composition: 2 it was sufficient, but not the best

Color Balance/Tone Balance:2 Churchil seems too stark against the backround

Center of Interest: 4 excellent, Churchill is the only one in the picture

Lighting: 2, too stark

Subject Matter: 4, I think it illistrates wider socioeconomic attitudes in 40’s Brittain

Print Quality: 2, not the best

Technique: 3, I was intruiged by the gateway in the backround, it gave it a kind of industrial feel to it

Storytelling Quality: 4, As I said, it illistrates the attitude of the britons at the time of world war II (we will fight in the hills, never surrender, ect)

Print Presentation: 3 good, but nothing to write home about

Total Score: ÷ 12 = 2.6

Average Grade

These are the standards by which professional photographers are judged in the competitions they enter. This
evaluation uses a four-step scale (4=excellent, 3=good, 2=fair, 1=poor). Rate each quality of the print by placing the
number on the line next to the item being evaluated. Divide the total score by 12 to determine the grade point average
for this assignment.

Impact: 4, the impact of this photo was huge, especially in during the war as it must have had a huge emotional effect on the people back home.

Creativity: 3.5, The photo has some aspects that may be considered the calling cards of propaganda, but aside from that it was pretty good

Style: 4, excellent. I liked the use of black and white and think it was more effective that if the photo had been taken in color.

Composition: 4, Excellent porportions, really makes it pleasing to the eye.

Color Balance/Tone Balance: 4, As I said before, I like the use of black and white

Center of Interest: 4, The photo is totally focused on the people raising the flag, there’s nothing else to serve as a distraction

Lighting: 3.5, Considering the fact that there probably wasnt too much time to prepare the lighting for this photo, the lack of imagination can probably be excused. I suppose they did their best with what they could work with

Subject Matter: 4, Judging from the fact that this is a photo taken specifically for propaganda purposes, I think that it nailed it’s subject matter pretty well

Print Quality: 3, There was a sufficient number of pixels in the picture

Technique: 4, I really liked how he had the soldiers become almose part of each other and the flag

Storytelling Quality: 4, Sublime, you are totally engaged by the subjects of the photo, and you can really identify with the soldiers, its like your right there with them on the mountain, and that you had spent all day running on the beaches and climbing and dodging artillary shells

Print Presentation: 2, The picture quality was somewhat mediocre

Total Score: ÷ 12 =3 2/3

Average Grade