Okay – I Can’t Resist

For all of you who loved or hated Rosemary’s Baby:

NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby miniseries is no dream—this is really happening

Courtesy of the wonderful website A.V. Club, which you should really check out if you are interested in media – whether TV, film, or music.

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This is Not the End!

This class was my favorite class out of all the classes I had this semester. It was so much fun to come to class and discuss movies, which is the main source of entertainment and joy in my life. Getting to pick the movies to analyze made working on the essays so enjoyable, even though english is my weakest subject, next to history. In the beginning, I picked this class for the credit and words. But even if I didn’t have those, with the knowledge of this amazing class, I would have taken it no matter what. I can no longer look at movies the same way anymore, and it’s all thanks to this class.

My favorite movie was definitely Spirited Away, but I’m sure a lot of people share a similar opinion. It was so much fun to watch, and when the class aired it and analyzed it, it made me fall in love with the film even more. My favorite film to analyze was actually Metropolis, the movie was so old and I found so many different interesting elements in the film.

The movie I disliked the most was Hugo, as I mentioned in my Hugo post. I simply didn’t like how magical it was, or how the character acted. Maybe it was a bad day and I was hoping to see another japanese film. But the ending was still good, and it was an overall positive message from the movie.

ENG2300 Film Analysis taught me to be more aware of movies as an art and appreciate it. The research paper on Gattaca I completed was amazing, it was more fun than hassle. Even staying up till 5am doing it was fine. It also helped to have a great Instructor. I was actually in the earlier Film Analysis class, and I am really grateful I switched. This isn’t the end of film analysis, what I learned in this class will follow me for the rest of my life! Thanks for a great semester! And Happy Holidays!

Final Post/Hours Tomorrow

As I do a final overview of last week’s blog responses, I just wanted to thank you all again for a wonderful course. It’s been a pleasure working with all of you.

I have grading for the course completed. If you want to pick up essays or check on your grade, I will be in Stuzin 255 tomorrow (Tuesday) from roughly 10:00 to 2:00.

Remember, I cannot legally discuss grades via email, so if you want to know it before the final posting, you will need to meet with me in person.

I hope you all have a great holiday and an equally great next semester!

Final Blog Post

I really learned a lot more in this class than I expected to. I had always watched movies, but after taking this course, I feel like I can really appreciate the value a movie has. I feel like I can look at a film and analyze it stylistically and thematically.

My favorite movies we watched in class in no particular order were Contempt, Modern Times, Spirited Away, and A Clockwork Orange. I felt like these films all had a great balance between stylistic importance, diagetic importance, and thematic importance. These films all opened my eyes to how different elements of a film can come together to send a message, usually sent by the director. These films also made me realize how political filmmaking is. All of the films we watched in class had some sort of inspiration behind them that had something to do with current events, or history, or personal trauma of the writer. My eyes are now open to the world of possibilities and inspirations that go into making a movie.

Particularly, I found it interesting to discuss a certain topic in class, and then have an example of that topic in the film we would watch. All of my favorite films in this class also helped to bolster down our lessons in my head. For example, for Contempt we studied shot spacing, and the brilliant shot spacing of the film really helped me to understand the lessons.

Also, watching foreign films in this class inspired cross the actual borders of film into other countries and cultures. Since watching Yojimbo, I watched several other Kurosawa films, and since watching Contempt, I was inspired to use another french film for one of my papers.

All in all, I really appreciated the values that this class has to offer. I learned a lot about all aspects of film, and even improved my writing and organization skills, from the three papers.

 

The Last Blogging Crusade

At the beginning of the year, I was an incoming freshman psych major who thought it be cool to take a class analyzing film. With that glorious 24,000 word-writing requirement already met, I felt that it was important to continue analyzing and writing because they were both skills I wanted to further in college and for my career. After taking the class, I am happy to say I have achieved just that. However, I’m even happier to say that I’ve come to have a newfound sense of respect for the art of film. The class has truly taught me a lot about not just technique, but what it takes to make an amazing film that will captivate the minds of its viewers. As we all know, so much goes into to making a movie. Although it is very unlikely that I will enjoy watching every film I see, I will most certainly respect all of them because ENG2300 has taught me how much thought and process goes into making each film.

My least favorite film that we have watched was Mephisto. Although I truly enjoyed the story and the message, I was not a fan of its transitions from scene to scene as I found it very confusing. On the other hand, my favorite movie was Modern Times. Chaplain was truly a genius and definitely deserves to go down as one of greatest ever. I was amazed at how much I laughed for a movie way before my time. Comedy definitely transcends all ages. Also, although the majority of the class did not like it, I’d just like to say that I think Sukiyaki Western Django is awesome! It felt good saying that after all this time.

It was a pleasure taking this class with all of you and I wish you the best of luck in the future!

Last Post- Its Been Real

I chose to take this course because I needed an English credit and I love watching and analyzing movies. I thought that I might as well take a class on something i already did every time I walked into a movie theater. I was blown away by how much I didn’t know went into movies (generally I just focused on acting, storyline, lighting, and setting before the class) and how shallow my knowledge of movies really was.

My favorite films we watched were Modern Times and Spirited Away. I’d never seen a black and white or silent film before, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the Chaplin film. With Spirited Away, I had watched it as a child and enjoyed looking at it through an analytical viewpoint this time around

My least favorite films were definitely Yojimbo and The French version of Beauty and the Beast. While I recognized their cinematic merits, I just could’t really get into the stories or characters.

The thing I learned most about in the class was movie sound, both diegetic and extra-diegetic. Anytime I watch a movie now I’m always listening to the backing track and analyzing how the director is trying to frame the scene and make the audience feel.

Overall this was a very interesting and instructional class, and I walked away with a new appreciation for older movies and a newly analytical mind for film in general.

Now I can be even more annoying to my friends during movies!

The End

I chose to take this class at the last second because Norse Mythology got cancelled. I fumbled around ISIS to look for a suitable class, and then Film Analysis brushed across the screen. I registered for this class even though I wasn’t the biggest film buff, but man I am happy that I did. This class really exceeded my expectations and has become one of my favorite classes to have taken. This class has widened my view and appreciation for cinema, introduced me to film directors, and taught me of the intricacies of film.

What really surprised me is the depth of and variety of movies we viewed. I wasn’t expecting to watch films dating back the black-and-white silent films. And frankly I quite enjoyed those films. Really shows that older films can still hold their flair to this day.

My favorite films to have viewed in this class would have to be Blade Runner, Kairo, and Spirited Away. Blade Runner introduced me to aspects of film noir and the importance and effects of lighting in film. Kairo really showed that horror is not all about jumpscares and intensely creepy music and can really differ among nations. Spirited Away had an amazing array of animation and was a nice piece of nostalgia for me. 

Really this class was a treat. I truly enjoyed every aspect and minute of it. From now on, I’m gonna analyze each and every aspect of film when I’m watching a movie. From the techniques and effects of cinematography(As much as I disliked Contempt, it did give me that), sound, mise-en-scene, etc. I would easily recommend this anybody in need of that extra class.

This was a great class to take for my first semester and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will miss it. But hey! No more blog posts!

Last Post

Although this might sound cliche, I learned A LOT in this class. Before I would watch movies and well, just watch them. I feel that now I watch a movie, and I’m getting, or trying to get, the purpose of its creation. My favorite films were:

 

1. Sukiyaki Western Dkango

2. The Tree of Life (WOW is all I got for that one)

3. Spirited Away

4. Modern Times

These movies broaden not only broaden my knowledge on film but also, open my eyes to the number of different genres (sub-genres) directors play with to bring about a film.

I really found the discussion of distinct film properties and techniques before watching a movie that used them very helpful. For example, when we explored the topic of sound and its influence on its viewers and watch a Clockwork Orange. The exercise of hearing it first, then watching with no sound, then putting it together really solidified the topic to me. It also, like many other things discussed in this class, made me more aware of how different aspects of a film go together to portray its message.

I believe something that could be done different is giving more time to make a blog post. I found it hard sometimes to write it the same day right after watching the film. I believe if a little bit more time is given the class could more deeply analyze the film and write a better blog post; better responses to them as well.

Besides that I believe the class is fair overall and I am very glad I can apply it to something I love to do; watch movies. It was nice meeting everyone and having conversations on different films and what makes them stand out. Hope everyone has a great break and rest of the year!

Final Post

I am glad I took this class.Before I only was able to talk movies but I realized with instruction and placing a deadlines, I was able to do what I was never really capable to do before. Don’t get me wrong I always loved talking about movies and have always been captured by them but now I find that I can actually write about them. 

All in all, I am happy that took this class but It was more in depth than I had ever imagined. I am proud that I actually put together 6000 words to write about film and i dont think I would have ever put together so many words if left on my own. 

My favorite films were 
1. Yojimbo
2. Contempt
3. Metropolis
4.Kairo

Those were the movies that resonated the most with me when we saw them. After watching these movies again out of class I found a great appreciation. Yojimbo and Contempt were two films that were so different but made me want to see more Japanese cinema and French cinema. 

 

Last Words

This class was not exactly what I was expecting, although my expectations were as broad as they were vague. I imagined something more along the lines of analysing specific films, finding hidden meanings and subtext not immediately apparent. That is not what this class is, and I’m fine with that. The things we learned in Film Analysis were much more applicable and useful than what I was expecting.

The choices of films really threw me for a loop, though. I had imagined Metropolis would be on the list, Blade Runner as well, but the rest of the choices I did not really expect. Beauty And The Beast was by far and away my least favourite film, which I will not launch into a diatribe about, but I enjoyed Miyazaki, Django (gasp), and Rosemary’s Baby. For the sake of future generations of ENG2300 takers, please, please leave out Sukiyaki Western Django. It was painful.

How did Tree Of Life win, guys? No one in class seemed to want to see it, the plot was plodding, and it won over the likes of The Godfather and The Shining. What a strange upset.

All in all, though, it was a good class, and I given the opportunity to go back in time and take it again, I would (Come on, we could have watched Primer or Back To The Future instead of Tree Of Life).