Neon Gothic: Lost in Translation

Film 3440J: Practice of Film Criticism Workshop 1: Critical Essay Summary Length (approximately): 500 words total

Read the following critical essay on Lost in Translation. Keep in mind that you may find some of the reading difficult. That’s OK – do the best you can or ask your facilitator for help with concepts or terms you are having trouble with. The goal is not to fully understand the article, but to get the sense of how a critical essay is organized.

“Neon Gothic: Lost in Translation”…

Next, answer the following questions:

What is the central thing that the author, Wendy Haslem, wants to teach her readers about Lost in Translation?

Discuss two pieces of “textual evidence” (see Course Notes) that the author uses to support her claim.

Briefly discuss the writing style that the author uses in the essay. Is she formal? Conversational? Theoretical? Etc. Present a sentence as an example to support your claim. What effect did this style have on you as a reader.


Novice Competent Proficient
Central Argument Student has not properly identified a central argument in the critical essay. Student has identified, but not properly explained, a central argument in the critical essay. A student has identified and properly explained the central argument in the critical essay.
Textual Evidence The student has not identified two pieces of textual evidence. The student has either only identified one piece of textual evidence, or has not presented support using a quotation from the essay for their examples of textual evidence. The student has identified, discussed, and supported two pieces of textual evidence in the essay.
Writing Style Student has not properly discussed the writing style of the essay, or has not provided evidence from the essay to support their position. Student has not properly discussed the writing style of the essay, or has not provided evidence from the essay to support their position. Student has coherently discussed the essay’s writing style and provided evidence in the form of a quotation from the essay to support their position.




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