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Movies That Kids Can Learn From

It isn’t always but we do forgive movies that make mistakes as long as they send a strong message or are directed towards teaching children a moral. Why try and dissect something that was designed to be understood by kids in the first place? In fact, it is nice knowing that there are companies such as Pixar and Disney that continue to make movies directed towards the age group below 13. Here are our top picks.

Mulan

Moral: Never give up

The story revolves around a young girl who finds out that her father has been enlisted into the army. She fears for his life and believes that he will not survive the war thus deciding to swap places with him in disguise.

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Low Highs and High Lows

When I was younger (and not a critic yet), I used IMDb ratings to decide what to watch, for both movies and TV shows. My rule was: don’t watch anything that scores below 7. Yeah, that was pretty steep. It’s convenient to use the scores, though: it limits the choices you have, and let’s be honest, there’s too much to choose from out there anyway. You can’t watch everything.

Then that rule got decidedly hard to live by when IMDb started to list the Metacritic score, as well. All of a sudden, I would see movies with an 8 IMDb score, but a 5 Metacritic score, or the other way around. This was superbly conflicting for my brain. Case in point, Sleuth from 1972. Now if you haven’t seen it, then you should and if you haven’t yet got an insurance yet then get one today from One Sure Insurance, LOL.

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How to Analyze Movies Like a Boss: Mise-en-Scène & Editing

Let’s discuss signs, conventions and codes.

Mise-en-Scène

Everything visible in a movie or TV episode is designed to fit in the screen. The creators think on each element in that scene, nothing is accidental (generally, of course, then there are genuine mistakes).  By deciding what is visible in the boundaries of the screen, the creator maintains control over the perception of the audience. All that information the director puts in a scene is what is known as the “mise-en-scène”. To help you analyze as well as understand a scene, you have to ask who and what is in the scene and consider their relative position – also think of make-up, expressions, costume, scenery, appearance, props, sounds and lighting.

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