Author: Ryan Pumroy

Counterpoints: “Doctor Who” Casting and Reflections on the Show

Scott Stalcup and Ryan Pumroy trade thoughts on the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor and reflect on the show’s direction in recent years. 

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Adventures in Teaching: Kubrick

I have the privilege of teaching a class this year called “Major Directors.” It focuses on the works of four filmmakers and emphasizes the ideas of auteurism and authorship. The filmmakers this go-around are Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Spike Lee. Now that the semester has concluded, let’s take a look back at this rewarding ride.

In installment #1 of “Adventures in Teaching,” I want to discuss the unit on Stanley Kubrick: how I designed it, what I’ve taught my students, and what my students have taught me. If interested, you can find the syllabus here.

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“The Promise”: The Story That Hasn’t Been Told Before

by Emma Ohanyan-Tri

“Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” This is a quote by American-Armenian author William Saroyan, a son of survivors of the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1922. The quote appears on the screen as a closing caption and perfectly sums up the moral of the long-expected movie The Promise, which opened in U.S. theaters on April 21st.   (more…)

Classic Man: A Tribute To Robert Osborne

Post by Ryan Pumroy

Like many, I was deeply saddened to learn Robert Osborne had passed away earlier this month. It is comforting to see all of the tributes in the media and on social media. A humble man, Bob probably would have thought it all too much.  (more…)

Robert Osborne (1932-2017)

Robert Osborne passed away today at the age of 84. For many, Robert wasn’t just the face of Turner Classic Movies; he was Turner Classic Movies. The 2 Shot, and film lovers the world over, mourn his loss.

Coming in the near future, we will have posts celebrating Robert’s life.

Rest in peace, Robert (1932-2017).

The Best Movies of 2016

Post by Ryan Pumroy

Ryan Pumroy reveals his picks for the top ten films of 2016.

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