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.
Here is the list of films: PICK ONE and ANSWER TWO OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS WITH THREE PARAGRAPHS EACH QUESTION.
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
HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS: PICK TWO (3 PARAGRAPHS EACH)
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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