GUIDELINES FOR WRITING FILM RESPONSE PAPERS:
Decide on which topic (issues) to write for your response paper. In this paper, you should discuss the issues (topic) raised in the readings (See uploaded Reading-1,2). This paper should be a comparison of two films we have seen in the course. I have chosen two films for you and uploaded the related links about them as follows
Robocop [ https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1gutp9 ]
Terminator part 1 [ https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6og4i0 ]
Terminator part 2 [ https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6og4ff ]
You need to use two provided readings as your sources and cite them all in MLA style
I also uploaded a MLA_Requirement.pdf and you must refer to it and write 100% correct in-text citation and Works Cited Page. Failure to use the correct citations will fail me in the essay since my professor was extremely picky. After receiving your paper, I will check every in-text citations and make sure they are from the right page, NOT fake citation.
Meanwhile you need to follow all instructions below in your writing.
(1) Do not retell the story. That is not what you should try to do in these response papers. You don’t even need to write a synopsis—in fact, it is better if you don’t. What you should try to do is to write an essay about the major theme or themes in the movie.
If you merely retell the story, it would be impossible for a reader to tell what the movie is about, even though they might be able to figure out what “happened.” The point of any good movie is not the action. It is the message.
Your first paragraph should be an introduction to your topic—that is, the issue or issues on which you are going to focus. It should be a brief paragraph—maybe four or five sentences. Be sure to say that you intend to discuss your issue as it is revealed in a particular film.
The main body of your essay should be your exploration of your theme or themes, using characters, scenes, symbols, and situations in the movie to show how the movie addresses basic points. Be thorough! Use all of the relevant elements of the film, and describe characters and scenes briefly but adequately.
You should weave the relevant articles into your text. You can use the articles to substantiate your argument, or you can use them as counterpoint—that is, you can argue your point against them.
(2) You need to use the MLA format in citing your sources. The bibliographic reference is all you need. If you get your references from the web, be sure to note that and provide a URL.
(3) You should cite references in the body of your essay, also using a standard format.
(4) Use paragraphs. If you don’t, your paper will be very disorganized, even though you follow the story line, because you will simply run your ideas together in a jumble. Use headings if they would be useful to demarcate separate sections of your essay or emphasize your basic points.
(5) Pay close attention to basics like grammar and punctuation. Proofread your essays.
(6) Although you may want to emphasize and discuss issues that are only secondary in the movie, be sure, at least, to note the movie’s central theme or themes.
(7) Do not try to be a film critic. Do not worry about the actors’ performances (except insofar as they might be relevant in evaluating the film’s success in making its point) or the subtleties of direction and editing. The issues are what count.