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[FILM W3230] American Film History After 1990

December 15, 2013

King, Robert Silver_nugget
[FILM W3230] American Film History After 1990

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This was an incredibly enjoyable class. The lecture was thorough and engaging. Professor King was the type of guy who is passionate (and even tickled?) about the subject he's teaching. He's extremely intelligent and funny. I sat down for the first class, where he proceeded to bash the horrible 2013 blockbusters. And, as this is a current history course, he alters his lectures, adding details of what is happening today in context to what we're studying. For example, he referenced Gravity, which had just come out, and Breaking Bad's finale.

We also have a pretty awesome syllabus. We have a good mix of "greatest hits" movies, like Jurassic Park, independent movies, like "Happiness," and critically acclaimed movies, like There Will Be Blood, and everything in between. All of them fit into a historical argument. It wasn't just a random smattering of films.

Take this class if you can!

Workload:

Really not bad. Readings (usually about 50 pages) + discussion each week. Short and long paper and a final exam.

December 08, 2013

King, Robert Silver_nugget
[FILM W3230] American Film History After 1990

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I took American Film History After 1990 as a 'fun' class, a way to complete my schedule with something that didn't sound too difficult. The course wasn't super heavy on work, but it was also way more interesting than I anticipated. Professor King is a great lecturer and very knowledgeable about the economic pressures guiding modern film. Lectures focused on the impact of technological advancements and the economics of film industry, though we did also talk about the theory behind pastiche, mumblecore, historical film, etc.

Overall, the class was an enlightening look at the industry influences behind trends in contemporary cinema. Professor King clearly loves film - both highbrow and lowbrow - and made every topic interesting, accessible and enjoyable.

Also, we got to watch Jurassic Park in class.

Workload:

Weekly short discussion board posting, one 5-6 page paper, one final 10 page historical research paper on a topic of choice, in-class exam

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FILM / FILM FILM FILM W3230: American Film History after 1990 Christina Kalogeropoulou 2012 Spring M / 10:00- 1:45 PM 1