Week 16 Agenda

Week 16 (December 2-8)

MONDAY
Class Activity          Class wrap-up/Final essay questions
Assignments           Pursuing Imperfection in Malick’s Eden

TUESDAY
Screening              Tree of Life
Assignments           Finish final essay (due tomorrow)

WEDNESDAY
Class Activity          Tree of Life discussion
Assignments           Final blog post – class wrap-up – (What have you learned? Favorite film and why? Least favorite film and why?)

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Week 15 Agenda

Week 15 (November 25-December 1)

MONDAY
Class Activity          Continue final essay discussion
Assignments           Wolcott, “Prime Time’s Graduation”
Haglund, “Stop Saying That TV Is Better Than Movies These Days”

TUESDAY
Screening               Television pilots (optional)
Assignments           No blog post

WEDNESDAY
Class Activity          NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING

FRIDAY
Class Activity          NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING

Week 14 Agenda

Week 14 (November 18-24)

MONDAY
Class Activity          Complete Spirited Away
Assignments           “Hugo: Scorsese’s Birthday Present to Georges Méliès”
Blog post – Spirited Away analysis

TUESDAY
Class Activity          Discuss Spirited Away and changes in animation techniques
Screening               Hugo (2011)
Assignments           Blog post – Hugo analysis

WEDNESDAY
Class Activity          Discuss digital versus hand-drawn animation
Assignments           WaF, Chapter 4: “Six Approaches to Writing about Film”
WaF, Chapter 6: “Researching the Movies”

FRIDAY
Class Activity          Approaching the final essay
Assignments          Blog response
FT&C, Friedberg: “The End of Cinema: Multimedia and Technological Change”


Belated Update – Spirited Away

Sorry for the delay in getting you updated this weekend. You won’t be required to complete your blog post on Spirited Away until Monday night, but I would like you to read a few brief articles before class on Monday to focus our argument.

First, inspired by some of your tweets, actually, a couple of articles on the figure of the shojo (young girl) in Miyazaki’s work.

“An Interview with Hayao Miyazaki”
“Miyazaki’s Heroines”

I have also included a brief case study on Spirited Away itself.

Case Study: Spirited Away

Week 12 Agenda

Week 12 (November 4-10)

MONDAY
Class Activity          Global horror cinema
Assignments           Matthews: “Land of the Dead: An Interview with Kiyoshi Kurosawa”

TUESDAY
Screening               Kairo (2001)/Pulse (2006)
Assignments           Blog post – horror

WEDNESDAY
Class Activity          Adapting horror
Assignments           FT&C, Modleski, “The Terror of Pleasure”

FRIDAY
Class Activity          NO CLASS – HOMECOMING
Assignments           Blog response
No reading

Week 11 Agenda

Week 11 (October 28-November 3)

MONDAY
Class Activity          Why genres matter
Assignments           FT&C, Schrader: “Notes on Film Noir”

TUESDAY
Screening               Blade Runner (1982), film noir clips
Assignments           Blog post – film noir

WEDNESDAY
Class Activity          Noir then and now
Assignments           FT&C, Wood: “Ideology, Genre, Auteur”

FRIDAY
Class Activity          What’s in a name?, Ridley Scott clips
Assignments           Blog response
Balmain: “Inside the Well of Loneliness: Towards a Definition of the Japanese Horror Film”

Week 10 Agenda

Week 10 (October 21-27)

MONDAY
Class Activity          What is genre?
Assignments           “Tarantino’s Django Reheats Corbucci’s Spaghetti”

TUESDAY
Screening               Django (1966), clips Sukiyaki Western Django (2007), clips Django Unchained (2012)
Assignments           Blog post – the western

WEDNESDAY
Class Activity          The functions of genre
Assignments           FT&C, Crofts: “Reconceptualizing National Cinemas”

FRIDAY
Class Activity          Crossing borders – the spaghetti western and beyond            Assignments           Blog response
FT&C, Braudy: “Genre: the Conventions of Connections”

Week 9 Agenda

Week 9 (October 14-20)

MONDAY
Class Activity          The concept of style
Assignments           Ebert: “Mephisto

TUESDAY
Screening                Mephisto (1982)
Assignments           Blog post – scene analysis

WEDNESDAY
Class Activity          Analyzing film style
Assignments           WaF, Chapter 3: “Film Terms and Topics for Film Analysis”

FRIDAY
Class Activity          Writing a formal analysis
Assignments           Blog response
Formal Analysis due Monday
FA, Chapter 9: “Film Genres”

Week 8 Agenda

Week 8 (October 7-13)

MONDAY
Class Activity          The role of sound in film
Assignments           Ciment: “Kubrick on A Clockwork Orange

TUESDAY
Screening               A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Assignments           Blog post – sound

WEDNESDAY
Class Activity          Diegetic and extradiegetic sound
Assignments           FT&C, Belton: “Technology and the Aesthetics of Film Sound”

FRIDAY
Class Activity          Why sound matters
Assignments           Blog response
FA, Chapter 8: “Summary: Style as a Formal System”