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Sneaker Economics October 29, 2007

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In 2001, Americans spent $15.42 billion on athletic shoes. About 107
million pairs of those were bought for teenagers.

1) In your books, rank these in importance to you: Brand, Comfort, Design, Durability, Endorsement (recommendation by a celebrity/sportsperson), Materials used, Peer pressure, Price, Store appearance (where you buy the shoes).

For each of these factors, explain why or why not they are important to you.

2) Read http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061002/southpaw

a) What is so special about the Starbury One and what are Maybury’s reasons for making them? What is “the movement”?
b) How can the cost be kept down?
c) Who are the Fair Labor Association?
d) Who are Educating for Justice and what are there concerns about the Starbury One?
e) Do some research and find a definition for ‘sweatshop’ in regards to the manufacture of shoes. What is a sweatshop and where do they tend to exist? Why do overseas companies use them?
f) Scott Nova says it’s admirable that Maybury is attempting to make sneakers cheaper, but what does he suggest needs to be taken into account when keeping products cheaper?
g) What would be the “slam dunk” in terms of producing the perfect sneaker, as for as Jim Keady is concerned?
h) Using the internet, research a specific anti-sweatshop campaign (not Educating for Justice) and explain the following:
* the goals of the campaign
* the target of the campaign
* how successful they have been so far
* what changes consumers (people like us who buy things) can make in their spending, if we wanted to support one of these campaigns

Recommended links:



Your play template October 8, 2007

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Right-click and save this template here to write your short plays


Climate Change Ad Campaigns October 8, 2007

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Here are the ads we looked at in class. For each, you should consider what the key “message” is and what techniques the ad uses to convince us of its message (eg. music, humour, visuals)

Climate Clever
(Australian Government ad)

Climate Cleverer (Independent ad)

Gas Guzzler
(Greenpeace ad)

The Astro Ferret Challenge! September 14, 2007

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Those of you who have completed your Action Plan grids can spend today conducting experiments at the NASA-funded site below:


Answer all questions and record your results. Good luck!

My Carbon Footprint: An Action Plan September 7, 2007

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The ways in which we produce carbon emissions (and make our footprint bigger) aren’t always obvious. The following link might help us start thinking about the various ways we can help tackle climate change:


As we can see, it’s not merely driving cars or flying planes that can produce carbon emissions. Buying a piece of fruit that was grown in a different state can also harm the environment. It’s always much better for the environment if you buy products that were made locally.


For example, buying a shoe that was made in another country might produce carbon emissions in the following way:

Production of raw materials (rubber, plastic etc)
Transport of raw materials to factory (road, air travel)
Electricity used in the factories in which shoes are assembled
Production of shoe packaging
Transport of shoe to another country
The plastic bag you use to bring the shoes home from the shops

1) Make a list of (at least) ten ways in which you are contributing to the size of your carbon footprint
2) Start constructing an action plan. How can you personally make changes in your lifestyle that will reduce the size of your carbon footprint? To do this your will need to look at the ways in which you are contributing carbon emissions and think about possible alternatives.

This link may help: Ten Reader’s Ways to cut your carbon footprint

Ways in which Mr Bartlett contributes to carbon emissions:
Air Travel. I travelled overseas in the last 12 months and fly interstate at least once a year.
Internet Shopping. I purchase a wide range of products over the internet, from a number of different countries. Not only does the production of these goods produce carbon emissions, but having the goods flown to my doorstep worsens the size of my footprint.
My Computer. I leave my computer on all the time, which is supposed to be better for the computer, but it does use a lot of energy.
My shoes. I wear shoes that were made in Vietnam in conditions that are known not to be particularly environmentally friendly. On the plus side, they have no leather components. Meat and leather products are a major cause of greenhouse emissions.

In coming up with an action plan, you should try to address each of the following categories:

# Transport
# Water heating
# Electronics
# Standby Power
# Other appliances
# Clothes washing & drying
# Home heating & cooling
# Building and renovating
# Cooking
# Refrigerators & freezers
# HFCs
# Lighting
# Food, Garden, Packaging and Materials

How can you deal with each of these points in your own life?

For more details on each, go to the site below:

Measuring Our Footprints September 3, 2007

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You’ll need to gather the information needed to complete this survey:


Carbon Footprints September 3, 2007

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Have a look at this site: www.babs2brisbane.blogspot.com

Why is she travelling overland from the UK to Australia?

Go to this site

What is a carbon footprint?

What are some basic ways in which a carbon footprint can be measured?

Why is it necessary for people to attempt to reduce their carbon footprints?

Which country’s citizens have the largest carbon footprints?

What is the meaning of the term “Carbon Neutral”?

What are Carbon Offsets?

In what specific ways can we measure the size of our individual footprints?

Global Warming: Can We Save Planet Earth? June 22, 2007

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Of the hottest years on record, nine out of ten have occurred since 1990. Thousands of plant and animal species are already on life support. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, heat waves and forest fires are happening with more regularity and intensity than ever before. And in a matter of decades, some coastal communities could be entirely under water. All because of global warming. All because of the choices we make every day.

Legendary UK broadcaster Sir David Attenborough says we’ve reached a tipping point and that we must act now to save our planet. Through sensible, manageable, and meaningful changes he says we can save planet earth without tossing out our air conditioners and returning to the days of horse and buggies.

Questions for Part One:

1. How are human activities believed to be changing the climate of the planet?
2. How did Global Warming lead to the devastating strength of Hurrican Katrina?
3. The climate of the Earth has always been changing – are the recent changes in climate the same as past changes? What are the differences between natural changes and human=related changes?
4. How is Global Warming affecting the Great Barrier Reef?

What do ancient rainforests have to do with the increase of CO2 in today’s atmosphere?

The Black Death – Assignment June 20, 2007

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You are to write (at least) 5 diary entries from a poor person in London in 1665. The plague has just come to the city. You live in a small house with 4 members of your family. One of them comes home ill one night. What will happen?

Include the following:
– What you would know about the Black Death (talk about its history)
– How you would feel, knowing people were dying of the Black Death
– What you would think was the cause
– Symptoms
– What would happen to anyone who became infected (including what would happen to their family)
– What happened to the bodies of the dead
– How many people were dying

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Lockie Leonard Assignment Part 2: Character Analysis June 14, 2007

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You need to do two analyses of Lockie, one arguing that the author wants us to see Lockie as being a good, likeable character and one arguing that Lockie is shown to be dislikeable. Both analyses need to follow the format below:


Reason 1

Reason 2

Reason 3


Here is an example of an analysis plan (with labels) suggesting he is a good character:

Introduction: Lockie Leonard is the lead character in the novel …. by Tim Winton, but are we meant to see him as the ‘hero’ of the story? By looking at evidence from the book, we can see that…

Reason 1: Lockie is a friendly, outgoing person who…
Evidence: (there should be at least two pieces of evidence per reason)
When Lockie first arrives in Angelus, he is keen to make friends…
Explanation: (this tells us what your evidence actually means)
This shows us that Lockie is a friendly, helpful person who… which are
characteristics that readers will find appealing and likeable.

Reason 2: Lockie is responsible…
Evidence: Helps his brother
Doesn’t take a cigarette from Vicki
Explanation: The sort of person who helps others and… is one that most people would admire.

Reason 3: (You’ll need to think of one for yourself)

Conclusion: Someone outgoing, responsible and … is displaying characteristics that most readers will see as being “good”. The fact that Lockie has been given these characteristics by the author shows us the author wants us to like Lockie.


Lockie Leonard Assignment May 31, 2007

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Here is a copy of the Lockie Leonard assignment. I’ll also put this up on Studywiz, when I can get it working on my computer. You can see an example of how to complete Part One of Part One below.
Lockie Leonard Assignment

Lockie Leonard Assignment Part One: Self Portrait May 31, 2007

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Here is my Self-Portrait, followed by a guide as to what the images are and why I chose them.

Mr B’s Self Portrait

Mr B’s Self Portrait Key

1. This is a “collage portrait” of myself, put together from a few different images. The head is from an actor called Paul McGann who looks a bit like me, with some glasses superimposed from another picture. I wasn’t going to put the glasses on at first as I prefer to think of myself without them but I suppose I am wearing them more and more as I get older. I added the body of another actor wearing a leather jacket as I have worn leather jackets since I was about 18 and don’t seem to be recovering from that obsession. The lower half consist of jeans and some Converse All Stars, which I also tend to wear a lot.

I also quite liked the pose I managed to put together as I feel it’s quite a playful pose, but also quite a strong one. These are two words I would probably use to describe myself.

2. Music has always been very important to me. I worked in a record shop for years and still write as a music journalist for an international magazine. Although I mostly listen to music on my ipod, I still prefer to buy albums on vinyl. This is because I’m very old.

3. This is a picture of my girlfriend pretending to be a lioness at a zoo in Washington. I included it because we’ve been together for years and years and she’s obviously very important to me. Also, I think it’s a good picture of her as it’s silly and fierce at the same time – two adjectives I would use when describing her!

4. Converse All Stars (see my description for Point 1)

5. Friends. These are two of my friends I’ve known for years. I’m very grateful to have such wonderful friends and feel they are a very important part of my life.

6. These are two paintings by artists I really like. The one on the left is by a street artist called Banksy and it’s actually painted on the wall that seperates Palestine from Israel. It has a wonderful contrast between ugliness and beauty, which appeals to me. The painting on the left is by an American Artist called Edward Hopper and is called Nighthawks. I find his work very moody.

7. There are three pictures here from some of my favourite TV shows. I think the TV shows people choose to watch tells us a lot about them. The three I’ve picked are Doctor Who (which is very imaginative), The Mighty Boosh (which is also imaginative and silly) and Black Books. I sometimes worry I am more like the (rather rude) lead character in Black Books than I should be.

8. These are pictures from two of my favourite films, Withnail & I and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I think the theme that links both films and appeals to me is that of friendship in difficult circumstances.

9. This is Battersea Power Station in London. I used to live very close to it and have always found it a magnificent building.

10. This is a sculpture on Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia. I grew up here.

11. These are two of my favourite pieces of clothing, my long leather coat and and argyle vest.

12. This is a picture of an albino wombat. I think I like this picture because it’s one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen.

13. Books. I put these in to represent the fact that I’m an English teacher.

The Game of Your (Feudal) Life May 23, 2007

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We’re going to be creating board games based on life during the Middle Ages, under the Feudal System. The game is going to be based on an old board game called The Game of Life. At the beginning of the game each player will need to be given a role, for example:
Noble, Knight or Peasant

Each player will have to move along a set path from birth to death, enduring a number of life events along the way. These events will be defined by squares that players land on and cards they are given.


There are two goals:
1) To survive to the end without dying from disease or being killed by barbarians
2) To have more Faith Points than Sin Points to make sure you go to Heaven and not Hell.

Each player needs to be given their role. You decide how. The player then moves along a set path, each square of which either rewards or penalises the player.
There are different points that can be earned. Faith or Sin Points, which will determine if you go to Hell; and Wealth or Food Points which will determine if you starve or live well.
Your players should also be able to choose if they want to get children. More children will mean that the player will have more workers but they will also cost them Food/Wealth points.
You will need to decide how these points will be awarded or deducted.

The Cards:
When a player lands on a certain square, they have to take a card from a number of piles. These cards need to reflect events or problems that people in the Middle Ages would have to deal with. For this reason, your cards should be in the following categories.
FAITH (These should be how you earn Faith or Sin Points)
WEALTH (These should be how your earn Wealth Points that will allow you to survive hardships)
HARDSHIPS (These are like CHANCE cards in Monopoly)

The Tricky Bit:
Each card must have options for whatever position the player holds in society. For example:


You might find that some cards will cause Nobles to benefit but will provide hardship for Knights and Peasants (Or Vice Versa.)

What the game will look like:
Is up to you. Make it as colourful and interesting as you can. You will also need to decide what events you can include that will affect your players and how points are awarded. HAVE FUN!

The Teams:

1. Design: Alex, John, Sam
2. Cards: Billy and Glen
3. Instructions and Obstacles: Damien and Randal

1. Design: Stephanie and Amy
2. Cards: Matt, Alan, Jodie and Kristin
3. Instructions and Obstacles: Brad, Zoe and Belinda

Book Review May 22, 2007

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You’ve all had plenty of time to read a few books now, so it’s time for you to choose one of them to review. You can write on any book you’ve read, including Lockie Leonard.
We’ve already written film reviews, so you should have a good idea of what you’ll need to do. Like last time, we’ll start by answering some questions:

• What are you reviewing? What is it about? What’s the plot?

• What genre does it fit?

• What is the tone? (Is it funny or scary or sad or exciting?)

When and Where questions

• When does the action take place?

• Where does the action take place?

Who questions

• Who wrote it? What else have they done?

• Who are the main characters?

• Who’s the intended audience? (Is the book written for children, Young Adults etc.)

• Who has said what about this? Why? (You’ll need to research some reviews on the internet)

How questions

• How does it convey its tone? Is it successful in making the reader feel a certain way? (eg. Which events are exciting or sad or funny? Does the way things are written about make the audience feel a particular emotion?)

Evaluation questions

• Did I like this in general? Why?

• What specifically did I like/dislike? Why?

• How could it be improved? Why would particular changes help?

The Time of Your (Feudal) Life May 15, 2007

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Write a 1 Page Description of life as a peasant, noble or knight from birth to death. You should describe the hardship or events they have to go through.

Some Useful Google Search terms:
life of a medieval knight, life of a medieval peasant, middle ages, feudal society

Some helpful links:
Life in the Middle Ages
Knight Life
Feudalism at Wikipedia
Knighthood and Feudalism

A Disastrous Week in the Life of a High School Student April 30, 2007

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As you know, you’re expected to complete 5-7 entries in a diary talking about a disastrous week in the life of a high school teacher. To give you an idea of what is expected of you, I’ve written my version of a day in the life of a High School Student:


Day 1:
I woke up at 7.50am, after staying up late chatting to my mates on MySpace. I watched TV for half an hour while eating three bowls of “Sugar Pops” and txting more of my mates. Then I went down to Croydon Station and hung out with all the other station rats. While I was there, I got in a punch on, which made me late to school. My English teacher, who is AWESOME, was very understanding and gave me a redemption for being late. He asked me to use my imagination, which I found very very hard. It turns out I don’t have one. Weird. In the next class, I got in trouble with my maths teacher for chatting to my mates (not homies.) He sucks, like, totally.
After school, I went back to the station and got rolled by this massive dude from Ringwood. He took my English teacher’s keys, which I had stolen. Serves me right, because I am evil.
Then I went down to Eastie (the land of East) and hung out at Macca’s. I ate four big macs and then went home for dinner.
As soon as I got home, I checked my MySpace. I found I had become friends with a 45 year old man from Mexico. AWESOME! Then I chatted on MSN for, like, hours. Then I had a Nanna Nap. When I woke up I played Mario Kart on the N64. I listened to Emo music very loud and made my family angry. But I didn’t care.
It was the best day ever.

Vietnam War April 23, 2007

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Here is the presentation Chris and Nicole gave:

The Vietnam War by Chris and Nicole

Here are the questions:

1) Why did the USA want to stop the North Vietnamese from taking over the whole country?
2) Why were the USA worried about what might happen if they invaded Vietnam?
3) Why did the Americans want to make the South Vietnamese “the Good Guys”?
4) What was difficult and different about warfare in Vietnam, compared to earlier conflicts?

Here are some extra details:


1962 – Australia are expected to take part in the conflict because of the ANZUS treaty, which says that if Australian New Zealand or the US are involved in any conflict, the others will also take part.
– the first Australian troops are sent

1964 – Kevin Conway becomes the first Australian casualty
– conscription is reintroduced in Australia. This is quite controversial and fiercely opposed by the ALP

ANTI-WAR Sentiment increases throughout the 1960s. By 1970, hundreds of thousands of Australians are protesting against Australia’s involvement in the war.

1971- Australia begins to withdraw troops

TREATMENT OF VETERANS is very poor, compared to earlier wars. Many Australians didn’t want to be seen supporting soldiers who had fought in Vietnam because they didn’t want to be seen supporting the conflict. The Returned Servicemen’s League (RSL), which supported soldiers from conflicts wouldn’t allow Vietnam Veterans to join. They were said not to have been fighting a ‘real war’ and therefore betrayed ‘the ANZAC spirit.’

Middle-Ages Timeline April 19, 2007

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This term in SOSE, we’re going to be looking at the Middle-Ages. While we do this, we’re going to be making interactive timelines that allow us to keep track of what we learn as we go through. To start off, we’ll put in the dates and details we know already. You should also add any pictures you find and even music or video clips.


Reflections on English April 18, 2007

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Welcome Back!

Before we get started on this term’s work, let’s take a few moments to reflect on the work we did last term. We’re also going to spend today getting our digital portfolios up to date. Hooray!

For those of you with short memories, your assignments were:
Fox Assignment
Movie Review & Questions
Superhero Story

We also worked on writing from different points of view, commas, apostrophes and full stops, and writing dialogue.
Write a blog post in which you use the following prompts to talk about how you think you worked last term.

The best work I did in English last term was… (Explain Why)

The most interesting thing I learned in English last term was… (Explain Why)

The assignment I most enjoyed was… (Explain Why)

The assignment I least enjoyed was… (Explain Why)

The book I most enjoyed reading was… (Explain Why)

Other things I have learned in English…

I found I learned most when I…

I could have learned more if I…

The environment I learn most in is…

What I think I need to work on this term is…

How I think I can make sure I’m working to the best of my ability…

TASK TWO: Digital Portfolio

Add your work from last term to your digital portfolio. For each piece, you should write a small paragraph containing the following:


You should also put in a link to your blog. Write a piece about your blog and put that in your portfolio too.

Viking Reflections April 17, 2007

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The most important thing I have learned about Vikings is…

The most interesting thing I have learned about Vikings is…

The most surprising thing I have learned about Vikings is…

Other things I have learned…

I found I learned most when I…

I could have learned more if I…

The environment I learn most in is…

Write up the questions above in full sentence answers in a Word Document. This is to be put on your Digital Portfolio, along with the assignments you have completed.

Once you’ve done this, copy and paste your writing on to a new post on your blog.

SOSE Presentations March 30, 2007

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Here is the complete collection of presentations from this term and/or the questions you need to answer for PERIOD 1 of FRIDAY the 20th of APRIL.

These ones have the questions included in the powerpoint files:
The First Australian Car by Jessica
Burke and Wills by Brett (No Questions)
The Great Barrier Reef by Ashleigh and Steph
The First Fleet by Shannen
The Gold Rush by Christine
Phar Lap Presentation

Questions for additional presentations:
Port Arthur History
1) What was the original purpose of the settlement at Port Arthur?
2) Why do you think it was built in the location it was built?
3) Why were the extensions built on? What sort of punishment were they hoping to move toward for their prisoners?
4) Why do you think people often think Port Arthur is haunted? What reasons would there be for possible hauntings?

Vikings Assignment March 21, 2007

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Here’s the Viking Assignment you should all have finished by the end of today:

Dear Mr Howard March 15, 2007

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9D SOSE, here’s your letter writing task:
Letter to Howard

This is Due PERIOD 1 of FRIDAY the 20th of APRIL.

The Runaway Bride: Some Questions to Start! March 15, 2007

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These questions require you to analyse (or think about) how everyday objects are used in a surprising and often sinister way in the episode of Doctor Who we watched yesterday.

1. What are some ordinary objects or events that are used in extraordinary ways in ‘The Runaway Bride’?
• For example, the Doctor’s timespace machine is disguised as a phonebooth; the alien robots are disguised as..? Think of at least five events or objects.

2. Why do you think the show uses ordinary objects and everyday things in a strange and surprising way? What effect do you think it has on the viewer/reader to see everyday objects used in such a way? Is it funny? Scary? Exciting?

3. Do you think the scene on the freeway where the TARDIS is chasing the taxi would have been more or less effective if the TARDIS was a typical-looking spaceship? Why do you think this?

Now move on to the questions below!

Film Review – Doctor Who:The Runaway Bride March 10, 2007

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Our next task in class will be to write a Film Review. This film review will be on the episode of ‘Doctor Who’ we watched in class yesterday.

You’ll need some information on the people who made the episode, which can be found here:

The writer was Russell T. Davies and the director was Euros Lyn. All the other important details should be on the Fact Sheet.

You can find another review here: (
Sfx Review

Some quotes here (scroll down to the bottom): Wikiquote

And some more details here: Wikipedia Entry

Following the steps below will help you do the best you can.

Firstly, answer these questions on your blog:

• What are you reviewing? What is it about? What’s the plot?

• What is the director’s purpose? Is it to entertain or to educate?

• What genre does it fit?

• What is the tone? (Is it funny or scary?)

When and Where questions

• When was it made? Or when does the action take place?

• Where was this done? Or where does the action take place?

Who questions

• Who wrote it, directed it, or acted in it? What else have they done?

• Who are the main characters?

• Who’s the intended audience?

• Who has said what about this? Why?

How questions

• How does it convey its tone? Is it successful in making the audience feel a certain way?

• How well does it fulfill its purpose?

Evaluation questions

• Did I like this in general? Why?

• What specifically did I like/dislike? Why?

• Did the writer/actors/director do a good job? Why or why not?

• How could it be improved? Why would particular changes help?

Now you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to start writing your review. Look at the structure below to see how you should go about doing this.

1. Title – choose one that is catchy. A title can indicate if review will be positive or negative and you can try playing with words to make it funny or different

2. Paragraph 1 – Opening paragraph – can start to summarise film and give early suggestions about your general view of it (positive/negative)

3. Paragraph 2 – Start or continue summary of film, don’t give details about the ending or else no one will go and see the film!!

4. Paragraph 3 – positive things you thought about the film, what did you like? Why? Use descriptive words, think about the story, setting, effects used, music used

5. Paragraph 4 – negative things you thought about the film, what didn’t you like? Why? Comment on the same type of things that you mentioned in paragraphs 3 and 4

6. Paragraph 5 – Characterization – talk about the characters, did you like them? Did the actors play them well? What was it about their portrayal that you liked or didn’t like? Other impressions of the characters, will certain audience members be able to relate to certain characters? How? Will certain audience members not like certain characters? Why not?

7. Paragraph 6 – Final comments – general comments that summarize your view of the film, you may want to say something inspiring to get the reader to want to go out and see the film or you might say something that would want them not to go and see it! After the paragraph you would give it a star rating out of 5 to indicate your rating for it.

Common words and phrases used in film reviews that you might want to use in your own reviews;

spectacular visual effects, excessive violence, breathtaking, evocative, mood, atmosphere, poorly, unsuccessful, detail, scenery, irresistible, perfect, moments, plot, this movie has been compared to ____ because, wonderful, hilarious, momentum, unexpected plot twists, unbelievable, phenomenal, hype, suspense, disappointing, confusion/confused, fake, imitation, genre, unoriginal, typical, thrilled, was a very moving portrayal, quality of the film, I was impressed by, credible, cliché, a mixture of, classic, captivating

For more details on how to write a good film review, you can look here: