Monday, 29 March 2010

Day One Of My Blog

I have been studying Media at university now for 2 years and all I here from my lecturers is "you should be Blogging". WHY?

So here I am trying to understand why people blog, so from time to time I will write something about something every day related to my course until I understand.

For a starter I am going to do a short review of the most recent movie I have seen. Don't worry I don't go into any media jargon so i'll save the Genre, Semiotic, Philosophical and Content analysis for the future of Sean Duffy's blog.

So for now lets call this 'Film review for Dummies'

Today's Topic - 'The Fourth Kind'

Okay, so last night I watched The Fourth Kind and it was straaaaaaange. What is it about Milla Jovovich that makes her want to make the weirdest movies ever (Ultraviolet 2006)? The Fourth Kind is eerie to say the least, who would have thought that an owl could be so scary. This film must have had a range of disturbed minds behind the scenes or maybe just one. Yes Olatunde Osunsanmi insisted on doing the story, screenplay, directing and yes he was also in the film which may been one of it's biggest downfalls, after all two heads are better than one! Maybe you should remember that for next time Olatunde.
The Fourth Kind is based on a true story and actually shows evidence of regularly mimicking actual events which is fascinating at times. The plot follows Abbey Tyler a psychologist living in Alaska who suffers from an ordeal that involves the murder of her husband and the disabling of her daughters vision. Abbey begins to see a pattern in the interviews with her patients, they are all having troubles sleeping and are all seeing a white owl, or are they? Without giving away to much the audience witnesses the events of alien contact within the community and it's up to you to decide what is authentic.
The real life footage will scare the crap out of you, if it really is real. As Olatunde and Milla make it clear to it's audience that it's up to you to believe what is real and what is not. The constant flickering between real footage to acted film is done to perfection, at times the script even overlaps one another which is quite creepy but effective. It has to be said that the real footage is somewhat disturbing but the part of your mind that is actually sane screams HOAX! but all the same it does get you thinking.
Forgetting the ideologies for a moment and thinking about the production values. It is very well structured and formatted although sometimes the sound quality lets it down, subtitles will sort that out for you. The filming is original and keeps you interested throughout the duration of the film but the similarity between Will Patton and Elias Koteas may confuse you to who is who?
Overall the movie kept me interested but Milla Jovovich I feel needs to go back a year or two when she was making great movies like The Fifth Element (1998) we all know she's got it in her.

Sean's Movie Rating 6/10


  1. well done seanie brilliant blog ma xx

  2. Sean! This is awesome :) Remember the discussion we had in class and you were like 'what would I write about'? Well you've got it!

  3. Blogging is a great way to write for an audience (both known and unknown) in a disciplined way. In order to keep your regular readers coming back (and even commenting), you need to force yourself to blog regularly and keep things fresh.

    When your lecturer says, "You should be blogging", it's because of this enforced discipline, which improves your writing style, keeps you setting new deadlines, and helps you sharpen your analytical abilities.

    Good luck!