Stanley Kubrick

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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“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.”

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