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.



“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.”