When I first signed up for this class, the movies I expected to watch were more along the lines of “The Godfather”, “Schindler’s List”, and “The Titanic”, but that was not the reality. At first watching movies that were silent, in a different language, or more than forty years old did not interest me, but looking back now I learned a lot. I enjoyed learning about the origins of silent films, Japanese Westerns and Film noir. My least favorite movie would probably be “Pulse”. It was more entertaining than some of the films we watched just because it was more modern and Kristen Bell was in it, but it was a terrible movie. Any film with Kristen Bell as their A list actor will not be academy award material but this film was just bad. It started with the plot which was preposterous. A horror film where a computer program kills people is probably the worst foundation for horror that I have ever heard. People were dropping like flies and the only reason it was slightly entertaining was because it was comical.
My favorite film we watched in class was definitely “A Clockwork Orange.” I was enthralled throughout that entire film and I really enjoyed the thematic elements of the film. The moral battle over taking away someones free will is always something that interests me and that costumes and character attitudes gave the film an eerie feel that kept me attentive. I also enjoyed the self narration which made the movie a lot more creepy and scary.
I really enjoyed this class and even though it was a little difficult for me to remember to post on the blog, I feel like I learned a lot. I learned a new way to watch movies, with an analytical approach with both the thematic elements and the elements of the structure of the film. I would recommend this class to a friend.