With some time for reflection after watching the film, I plan to watch films critically to extract my personal life experiences from my analysis. In order to objectively critique a film, we have to step back and look at the surroundings of the given topic. In this way, the audience can take on a certain omniscient role by separating him/herself from the equation and seriously, yet objectively observe the film.
The ways about which I'll continue watching films critically will be centered around awareness. Awareness of intention(s) of the film makers, awareness of societal trends, and be fully aware of the implications of language used in the films, and by myself. With a conscious understanding of the film-makers goals, we can have a more accurate understanding of what is actually going on in the film, as well as what may be altered to produce a given outcome or audience reaction. Without an understanding of social, political, or economic trends of the setting of the film and/or the setting of the time in which the film was produced, we can miss out on a lot of potential social commentary or implications being portrayed, even subtly, throughout the film. By using accurate language to convey my critiques, I'll be able to more effectively express my thoughts on a film. As mentioned by Bell Hooks, the use of "white supremacy" over "racism" gives radically different angles on a similar issue.
In order to be an "enlightened witness" we must be aware of the intent of a given film. By altering and manipulating music, certain scene edits, using color schemes and other symbolism, films shift the direct account of a story to a specific version of the story. This makes it imperative for the audience to have an awareness of the goals of the film makers first and foremost.