Cinema Class

Watch a film from the Film Viewing Master List – for this week’s Discussion Board assignment, it can be fromeither the 1980s or 1990s or 2000s-2010s. You must then answer 2 questions that relate to the topic and the film you watched from the list provided. Take a little time after you watch your film to search on the web, read other sources, consider the questions, watch other films or clips, talk to people about the film, consider it in historical context and think about your personal views on the assignment. Then, when you are ready, you mustPost your answers to the Discussion by Saturday11:59PM. Answer each question in a couple of paragraphs or so. Use specific details to make your points and be prepared to elaborate on them during the discussions if others ask further questions about what you wrote. To get the full points, you must clearly put the film title at the very top, clearly number and separate your answers, state a clear thesis about your opinion, cite specific examples from the film you watched or real world experiences – preferably your own – to bolster your ideas, correctly use any outside research to further prove your opinions, and make sure you correctly employ the terms and concepts from the textbook and online lectures to back up your points. You should do some outside research to fully think through and competently answer the questions. You must describe any outside information and provide specific links about where to find it (a website, article, film or video clip on YouTube, news story or explain how it is a personal experience or how it happened to someone you know, etc.). You must type your answers directly into the dialogue box for the Discussions – NO attachments are accepted in this class.


Woman is the Future of Man 2004 Hong Sang-soo

L’Enfant (The Child, 2005) Dardenne, Jean-Pierre & Luc

La Commune (Paris, 1871) (2000) Watkins, Peter

45365 (2009) Ross, Bill IV

My Winnipeg (2007) Maddin, Guy

Cove, The (2009) Psihoyos, Louie

Je rentre à la maison (I’m Going Home, 2001) de Oliveira, Manoel

Beaches of Agnès, The (2008) Varda, Agnès

Deliver Us from Evil (2006) Berg, Amy

Flight of the Red Balloon, The (2007) Hsiao-hsien Hou

Children Underground (2001) Belzberg, Edet

Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, The (2000) Butler, George

Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) Andersen, Thom

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, The (2007) Gordon, Seth

Domestic Violence (2001) Wiseman, Frederick

Sound and Fury (2000) Aronson, Josh

Since Otar Left (2003) Bertucelli, Julie

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) Cassavetes, Alexandra

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Peter Jackson

Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott

Spirited Away 2001 Hayao Miyazaki

Memento 2000 Christopher Nolan

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 Michel Gondry

Amélie 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Donnie Darko 2001 Richard Kelly

City of God 2002 Fernando Meirelles

In the Mood for Love 2000 Kar Wai Wong

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 Ang Lee

Mulholland Dr. 2001 David Lynch

Moulin Rouge! 2001 Baz Luhrmann

Lost in Translation 2003 Sofia Coppola

The Dark Knight 2008 Christopher Nolan

WALL•E 2008 Andrew Stanton

Brokeback Mountain 2005 Ang Lee

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 Quentin Tarantino

Pan’s Labyrinth 2006 Guillermo del Toro

There Will Be Blood 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson

Shaun of the Dead 2004 Edgar Wright

No Country for Old Men 2007 Ethan and Joel Coen

The Lives of Others 2006 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Gore Verbinski

Y tu mamá también 2001 Alfonso Cuarón

The Departed 2006 Martin Scorsese

Requiem for a Dream 2000 Darren Aronofsky

The Pianist 2002 Roman Polanski

Children of Men 2006 Alfonso Cuarón

Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater

Million Dollar Baby 2004 Clint Eastwood

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 Wes Anderson

Almost Famous 2000 Cameron Crowe

Oldboy 2003 Chan-wook Park

Talk to Her 2002 Pedro Almodóvar

28 Days Later… 2002 Danny Boyle

Spider-Man 2002 Sam Raimi

Sin City 2005 Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez

Hidden 2005 Michael Haneke

Yi yi: A One and a Two… 2000 Edward Yang

Avatar 2009 James Cameron

Chicago 2002 Rob Marshall

Batman Begins 2005 Christopher Nolan

Amores perros 2000 Alejandro González Iñárritu

Inglourious Basterds 2009 Quentin Tarantino

The Triplets of Belleville 2003 Sylvain Chomet

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence 2001 Steven Spielberg

A Beautiful Mind 2001 Ron Howard

Sideways 2004 Alexander Payne

A History of Violence 2005 David Cronenberg

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004 Quentin Tarantino

Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel

Bowling for Columbine 2002 Michael Moore

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 2006 Larry Charles

Slumdog Millionaire 2008 Danny Boyle

Far from Heaven 2002 Todd Haynes

Dancer in the Dark 2000 Lars von Trier

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 John Cameron Mitchell

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 Joel Coen

Casino Royale 2006 Martin Campbell

The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 Paul Greengrass

Little Miss Sunshine 2006 Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Adaptation 2002 Spike Jonze

Let the Right One In 2008 Tomas Alfredson

High Fidelity 2000 Stephen Frears

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 Adam McKay

Dogville 2003 Lars von Trier

Erin Brockovich 2000 Steven Soderbergh

Best in Show 2000 Christopher Guest

Sexy Beast 2000 Jonathan Glazer

The Others 2001 Alejandro Amenábar

Ghost World 2001 Terry Zwigoff

Traffic 2000 Steven Soderbergh

Billy Elliot 2000 Stephen Daldry

Waking Life 2001 Richard Linklater

Hot Fuzz 2007 Edgar Wright

Waltz with Bashir 2008 Ari Folman

Juno 2007 Jason Reitman

The Hurt Locker 2008 Kathryn Bigelow

The 40 Year Old Virgin 2005 Judd Apatow

Punch-Drunk Love 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson

Serenity 2005 Joss Whedon


1. Is the film a big budget formula franchise? Focus on a scene and discuss if you think it is playing it safe and pandering to the audience or taking risks and blazing new territory.

2. Does the film have a direct political message or any hidden meaning? Discuss a scene and how you feel about what the film is saying.

3. Does the film seem to be dominated by a star personality? Focus on a scene and discuss if you think that hurts the film or makes it more fun to watch.

4. Is the film dominated by CGI special effects? Focus on a scene and discuss if you think it is realistic or fake and if you think this makes the film better or not.

5. Does the film handle sex, violence, crime and action realistically? Focus on a scene and discuss if you like it or not.

6. Is the film a more experimental or art film? Focus on a scene and analyze how you feel about the ambiguity, alternative viewpoints, experimental techniques or other features of the film compared to the mainstream industry of that era.

7. Is the film a comic book film with superheroes and exaggerated action? Focus on a scene and discuss how you feel about this type of film and its place in the cinema of the era.

8. What does the film say about the era and society in which it is made? Focus on a scene and discuss how it seems bleak, nihilistic, hopeful, happy or whatever and how you feel about it.

9. How does the film deal with poverty, crime, drugs or other social issues? Pick a specific scene and discuss if it is realistically handled or if it seem like a problem to you?

10. Does the film give voice to alternative viewpoints? Focus on a scene and discuss how realistic or new the depiction of minorities, women, gay characters or any other underrepresented group is and how you feel about it.

11. How realistic or fake is the acting in the film? Focus on a scene and discuss how you feel about the performance in that era.

12. Is the storyline confusing or simple? Pick a scene and analyze how it fits the overall story and if it jumps around or moves directly and how you feel about that.

13. Identify the genre of the film. Focus on a scene and discuss how the film meets your expectations for that genre, how it plays with them, or how it does something new.

14. Think about the visual style of the film and the techniques used in comparison with some of the films from the first couple eras in this class. Do you think the filmmaking has gotten more fun to watch or not? Focus on a scene and analyze what you think about this.

15. Does the film seem like a phony piece of garbage to you? Do you think the filmmakers are disingenuous, greedy idiots who are just trying to make money and get famous? Do you feel like modern Hollywood is full of garbage and wish for more meaningful and powerful films? Focus on the worst scene in the film and discuss your feelings about this.

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