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12 Aug 2017

HIGH FANTASY RULES - Stardust (2007)

Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do High Fantasy films follow their formula?



Stardust (2007) is the film about a star and boy who just happens to work in a shop right now.


The following analysis may contain spoilers for

STARDUST (2007)



5 Aug 2017

POLLS - CURRENT


Each week (ish) I review a film to see if it follows the rules/formulas/cliches of the sub-genre it comes from.  You can help pick future sub-genres to be tested:

Rank the genres from the one you'd most like to see the sub-genre picked from to the least:


Follow the links below to pick the sub-genres to be tested:
Check out the master list of all of the sub-genres and types of film.

29 Jul 2017

HIGH FANTASY RULES - Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do High Fantasy films follow their formula?



Pan's Labyrinth (2006) aka El Laberinto Del Fauno is a modern fairy tale for adult.  




The following analysis may contain spoilers for

PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006)




21 Jul 2017

HIGH FANTASY RULES - Willow (1988)

Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do High Fantasy films follow their formula?




Willow (1988) is the a family-friendly high fantasy film about Willow, the member of a race of little people who tries to get the baby, Elora Danan, to someone to look after her, little knowing she is prophecised to bring about the death of the evil Queen Bavmorda.



The following analysis may contain spoilers for

WILLOW (1988)

13 Jul 2017

SLASHER FILM RULES - Analysis: List 3

Films have formulas and rules, but how well do films follow those formulas?






Although I'm calling these Slasher Film Rules, they can apply to a range of horror sub-genres.

Ten films were tested:

The previous 20 films looked at were:


Of course, these films say nothing about the genre as a whole.  Certainly things can be said about the films, though.  They are usually bigger name films, smaller low-budget or less successful films may rely on the rules more.   One is a post-modern film in which the characters know the rules.  About half may not be purely "slasher" films and may not need to follow the rules.


6 Jul 2017

POLLS - OTHER

Rules, tropes, cliches all films have them, what sub-genres should I test?





Help decide on future film sub-genres to be tested by doing the following poll (explanations for sub-genres appear after the poll.)



  • Adaptations - Films based on plays, books, comics, etc.  [Educating Rita]
  • Art House films - Arty and independent films outside the mainstream.  [Better than Chocolate]
  • Beach Party films - Films from the Beach Party film series and similar films.  [Muscle Beach Party]
  • Christian films - Films created for a Christian audience.  [God's Not Dead]
  • Dogme '95 films - Films that follow the Dogme '95 rules.  [The Idiots]
  • German Expressionism movement - Dark films from the German in the 1910s - 1930s. [Metropolis]
  • Italian Neo-Realism - Italian films from WWII and the post-WWII period dealing with poverty and injustice. [The Bicycle Thief]
  • "Road to..." film series - Films from the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope film series.  [Road to Morocco]
  • Road Trip films - Films about people traveling across country.  [Something Wild]
  • British New Wave Social Realism - Films about the working class struggle in a declining economic structure.  [Raining Stones]

17 Mar 2017

SLASHER FILM RULES - Leprechaun 3

Every genre has cliches, but how well does the 3rd film in the Leprechaun series follow the Slasher film rules?


 Leprechaun 3 (1995) is the story of yet another leprechaun on a killing rampage to get one of his gold coins back



The following analysis may contain spoilers for

LEPRECHAUN 3 (1995)



18 Jan 2017

POLL - SUSPENSE & THRILLER

Rules, tropes, cliches all films have them, what sub-genres should I test?



Help decide on future film sub-genres to be tested by doing the following poll (explanations for sub-genres appear after the poll.)



  • Anti-War Films - Films that feature war, but portray it as a bad thing.  [Saving Private Ryan]
  • Cold War Films - The USA and the USSR are on the brink of all-out war which only our hero can stop.  [Hunt for the Red October]
  • Conspiracy Films - Films where a character discovers a world of murder and conspiracy.  [Enemy of the State]
  • Erotic Thrillers - Films where a character is lured into a world of sleaze and murder by sex.  [The Monkey's Mask]
  • Espionage Films/Spy Thrillers - Films that feature espionage, but focus more on suspense than action.  [Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy]
  • Legal Thriller - A courtroom drama, but with more danger to the protagonists [The Firm]
  • Outbreak/Contagion Films - A film about the beginnings and spread of a deadly pandemic and possibly the collapse of society that follows.  [Warning Sign]
  • Political Thrillers - Films where the fate of a country's political future is at stake.  [All The President's Men]
  • Psychological Thrillers - Films where the unstable mental state of a character or characters is a feature.  [Psycho]
  • Supernatural Thrillers - A film with supernatural elements that focuses more on building tension than the gore or killing of other horror films.  [Jack & Diane]

There may be a lot of crossover between these sub-genres, many Suspense & Thriller films are action films or horrors or close to crossing the lines into becoming them.  Films may be tested in multiple genres.

There are Suspense & Thriller sub-genres not included here that appeared in previous polls.

  • Action Films - most sub-genres depending on the levels of action and suspense.
  • Crime Films - most sub-genres depending on the levels of mystery and suspense.
  • Drama Films - most sub-genres depending on the levels of drama and suspense.
  • Exploitation - most sub-genres depending on the levels of suspense.
  • Horror - most sub-genres depending on the levels of horror and suspense.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy - most sub-genres depending on the levels of suspense.

13 Jan 2017

SLASHER FILM RULES - Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Every genre has cliches, but how well does a Friday the 13th film follow the Slasher film rules?



Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) in which a girl with special powers accidentally frees Jason.



The following analysis may contain spoilers for

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (1988)