Monday, July 10, 2006

Movie terms

This handy guide will help you make sense of movie terms:

  • Bittersweet = someone dies
  • Tear-jerker = someone dies a long, drawn-out death
  • Gritty = a lot of people die
  • Mystery = one or more people die mysterious deaths
  • Thriller = one or more people die gruesome deaths
  • Tour de force = a long movie by a famous director
  • Epic = a very long movie by a famous director
  • Farce = a funny European movie
  • Romp = a funny, sexy European movie
  • Screwball = a comedy made in the 1930s
  • Nutty = a comedy made in the 1960s
  • Hip = a comedy made in the 1990s
  • Film-noir = a black and white movie featuring men with hats and guns
  • Western = a color movie featuring men with hats and guns
  • Cult classic = laughably low-budget, but with some good performances
  • Blockbuster = an expensive movie with a lot of explosions
  • Critically acclaimed = the public hated it
  • Box-office favorite = the critics hated it
  • Romantic comedy = chick flick
  • Summer fare = try not to think about the plot holes
  • Family fare = the smartest person in the film is a kid or an animal
  • Action = people run and sweat a lot
  • Action-Adventure = people run and swear a lot
  • Auteur = a director that no one likes, but who has had undeniable success
  • Genius = a director that no one understands, but who has had undeniable success
  • Legendary = a director whose best work is behind him
  • Wunderkind = a director who is far too young to be paid so much money

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