Extra Credit Film Analysis – 20 pts.
What to do:
You will watch one of the movies I’ve listed at the end of this document. All of the films have some element of psychology. Choose one (1) film and watch it. Then you will give me a report on how the movie portrays the psychological elements it presents.
The paper should be about 3 pages (NO LESS than 500 words). Start by giving me a brief synopsis of the movie. PLEASE DON’T copy one from the Internet. If you’ve watched the movie, then you should be able to tell me what it’s about. Don’t spend more than 2 paragraphs on the synopsis. It’s not the important part of the paper.
Once you’ve provided your brief synopsis, you need to tell me WHY it’s on this list. How does it incorporate psychology? In its portrayal…is it accurate? How would you treat this person(s)? (Hint: look at Chapter 15 for therapies and ways to treat disorders). Use the knowledge you’ve learned throughout the semester to decide if it’s an accurate depiction or not. Give me reasons. Give examples. NOTE: not all films present mental illness, so the question about treatment may not be necessary for the film you choose.
YOU DO NEED CITATIONS. It can be your textbook. It can be some websites.. (NOTE: If you decide to talk about memory or cognition, then go back to that chapter and tie it into what you learned from that chapter. Look at those websites from that week and cite them.) You can find some new references if you want, but make sure they’re credible. You need to have THREE (3) references. You can use Wikipedia, but don’t use it for all 3 references.
If you have shown me that you have taken the time and effort to really analyze the film and used critical thinking to apply the information from the class, then you’ll get full credit. I want to see that you have a good understanding of the material from the class and can incorporate it outside of the class into your everyday life (such as watching movies). How accurate is Hollywood?
- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- A Beautiful Mind
- Lars and the Real Girl
- Rain Man
- 12 Angry Men
- As Good as it Gets
- Matchstick Men