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.



Robert Osborne: Memories of the Movie Man

Post by Nick Fleming

Robert Osborne, film enthusiast, historian, journalist, and host of Turner Classic Movies passed away March 6. The following post, written in the days since his death, is in honor of his memory. (more…)

Top Ten Science Fiction Movies 1979-2015

“Screen Lessons” is a new series on the 2 Shot where we focus on a particular theme, aesthetic, or person.
In honor of Christopher Nolan’s 45th birthday last month, Nick and Ryan turn their attention toward their preferred films in the sci-fi genre. These are their top ten picks released between 1979 and the present.


Cinema Stories: When Godzilla Wasn’t The Biggest Monster In The Theater

Cinema Stories is a series of posts in which writers reflect on interesting, terrible, strange, or otherwise remarkable adventures in movie-going. In this installment, Ryan talks about a troubling and disheartening experience while watching Godzilla (2014). (more…)

Review: “CHAPPiE”

CHAPPiE (2015)
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
Starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Yolandi Visser, Watkin Tudor Jones, Jose Pablo Cantillo, and Sigourney Weaver
120 minutes
Rated R
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
United States


“Under the Skin” and the Trouble with “Weird”

In a spin-off of our “Great Expectations” blog entry, Ryan looks at Jonathan Glazer’s 2013 film Under the Skin and some of the negative criticism it received. Consider this a defense of the abstract, unconventional, and otherwise “weird.”