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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 Best Movies of 2016

Post by Ryan Pumroy

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

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Reaction: “Trainspotting 2” Teaser Trailer

Post by Scott Stalcup

“Here comes Johnny Yen again…” (more…)

Screencap from "Ghostbusters" (2016), Columbia Pictures

Review: “Ghostbusters” (2016)

Post by Ryan Pumroy

On the interwebs, the Ghostbusters reboot has caused mass hysteria (cats and dogs living together). Ryan Pumroy comments on the online backlash, looks at what critics are saying, and provides his thoughts on the film. (more…)

Review: “The BFG”

Post by Nathan Blake

The BFG, Steven Spielberg’s first non-historical film since 2011’s The Adventures of Tintin, is a little bumpy at times, but overall works as a charming, light and visually stunning adaption of the Roald Dahl book from 1982. (more…)

Game Change, 1964: A Review of HBO’s “All the Way”

Post by Nathan Blake

2 Shot contributor Nathan Blake reviews HBO’s All the Way, directed by Jay Roach and starring Bryan Cranston. (more…)