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🧐 7 Steps to Watch Movies like a Film Critic

Published 9 months agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read

Hi Reader πŸ‘‹

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Have you ever watched a movie and found yourself yearning for more context and background information? Wouldn't it be great to delve deeper into the director's vision, the historical context, and the hidden symbolism that enriches the film?

Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's a handy checklist with top film suggestions to help you watch your next movie like a film critic!
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πŸ“– 1) Research the film

Before watching the film, learn about the director, actors, and the genre. This can help you to understand what to expect and what to look for as you watch.

Before watching "Inception," you can research Christopher Nolan's unique style of storytelling and his emphasis on complex narratives. This will help you appreciate the intricate plot and understand the director's intentions as you watch the film.

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πŸ’‘ 2) Know the context

Try to understand the cultural, historical, and social context in which the film was made. This can give you a deeper understanding of the film and help you to connect with it on a deeper level.

Understanding the historical context of World War II and the Holocaust will provide a deeper appreciation for "Schindler's List" directed by Steven Spielberg. It will allow you to grasp the significance of the events portrayed and empathize with the characters in their historical setting.

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πŸ”Ž 3) Pay attention to cinematography

Pay attention to the camera work, lighting, and visual effects. This can help you to understand the mood and tone of the film, as well as the filmmakers' intentions.

While watching "Blade Runner 2049" directed by Denis Villeneuve, observe the stunning visual effects, the masterful use of lighting, and the intricate camera movements. These elements contribute to the futuristic and immersive atmosphere of the film.

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πŸ”Š 4) Watch with sound in mind

Sound is just as important as visuals in a film. Pay attention to the soundtrack, sound effects, and dialogue, and how they help to tell the story.

Pay close attention to the innovative use of sound in "A Quiet Place" directed by John Krasinski. The minimal dialogue, intense sound effects, and carefully crafted score create a suspenseful atmosphere and enhance the storytelling experience.

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✨ 5) Take note of symbolism

Look for symbols and motifs that appear throughout the film. This can help you to understand the deeper meaning of the film and the messages it is trying to convey.

As you watch "Birdman" directed by Alejandro GonzΓ‘lez IΓ±Γ‘rritu, keep an eye out for recurring symbols, such as the bird motif and the theater setting. These symbols represent themes of freedom, identity, and the blurred line between reality and performance.

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🀲 6) Watch with an open mind

Try to avoid preconceptions and watch the film with an open mind. This can help you to appreciate the film on its own terms, rather than comparing it to others.

Approach "The Lobster" by Yorgos Lanthimos with an open mind, as it offers a unique and surreal experience. By avoiding preconceptions and embracing the film's unconventional storytelling, you can fully appreciate its dark humor and social commentary.

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πŸ” 7) Watch the film multiple times

To really get the most out of a film, consider watching it multiple times. This can help you to pick up on things that you missed the first time around and deepen your understanding of the film.

"Mulholland Drive" by David Lynch is known for its complex and mysterious narrative. Watching it multiple times allows you to unravel the layers of the story, interpret its symbolism, and form your own understanding of the film's enigmatic plot.


Do you agree that having more context behind a movie enhances the viewing experience? Are there any additional points you would like to add to the list? Also, we'd love to know which movie you've watched that you found particularly worth researching for a deeper understanding - just hit REPLY button to let me know!
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πŸ”΄ By the way, if you like great movies like we do, you might appreciate our YouTube playlist with short videos on how to watch some of your favourite classics, including 'Harry Potter' and 'The Lord of the Rings', check it out!

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Don't hesitate to tell us which other movie we should add to this list. Also if you enjoyed this newsletter and would like to share it with your friends we would be very grateful for your support!

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Stay curious and speak to you next time! πŸ’™

Artem & Curious Muse team
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