Tuesday, January 17, 2006

No one says "whoopsidaisies," do they?

After a 6-week break, my new semester starts today. I am looking forward to my classes, which include a 20th Century American Literature seminar, The History of Film: 1950-Present, and a film seminar called "Cinema and the City." I am very excited about his course, and I already know I like the professor. Here is a course description:
Discussion-based course exploring the place and significance of the city in contemporary cinema. Films from a diverse range of cultures, genres, and artistic traditions will be examined. Select writings by a range of urban theorists and cultural thinkers will be used to frame and inform the analysis of the films.


Wong Kar Wai, Fallen Angels (1995)

Woody Allen, Manhattan (1979)

Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation (2003)

Jim Jarmusch, Night on Earth (2003)

Mathieu Kassovitz, La Haine (1995)

Patrick Keiller, London (1995)

Fritz Lang, Metropolis (1927)

Michael Mann, Collateral (2004)

Roger Michell, Notting Hill (1999)

Meirelles and Lund, City of God (2002)

Ridley Scott, Blade Runner (1982)

Tom Twyker, Run Lola Run (1998)

Wayne Wang, Smoke (1995)

Sweet. So very sweet. Plus I am finished with classes every week at 6 pm on Wednesday.
Ahh, grad school.

In other news: The Supreme Court did right today. It is interesting to note that John Roberts dissented, siding with Thomas and Scalia. Quelle shocker.


At 4:47 PM, Blogger Johnny V posited...

Lost in Translation, Blade Runner, Collateral and City of God are all movies I like. I wish I had a class like that.

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous posited...

I am happy to see something positive happen within our government. I think that more positive actions should be taken by our government. That is all.


At 6:36 PM, Blogger jimaal posited...

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At 6:40 PM, Blogger jimaal posited...

hey did you ever like ma vie en rose? im trying to see everything on criterion and i got shock corridor which was a sam fuller film and that was awesome btu then i got fat girl by a french dude and NEVER EVER EVER EVER see that ebcause it was the most immoral pos i've ever seen

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Johnny V posited...

The fact that our prestigious head justice sided against that is scary. Once Georgie gets his other nominee in its gonna turn into a real shit storm.

At 7:13 PM, Blogger Carson posited...

Wow CDub-
That sounds like an excellent class. Lost in Translation, Metropolis, City of God, Run Lola Run, and Blade Runner are all favorites of mine.

I was stunned by how dark and beautifull Los Angeles looked in Collateral. That film should be perfect for such a class.

Ever since I saw Manhunter in Junior High, I have been a big fan of Michael Mann. I can't wait for Miami Vice.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Tay posited...

all i can say is three cheers for doing the right thing. i knew that john roberts was to handsome to be true... oh i mean good... damn brokeback mountain...

jk, i've actually not seen the movie but i plan to. wrong post. again, my bad.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger Tay posited...

just for s and g, my last word thing was vzatnu and this one is vnywaz.

"v zat nu?"
"v. ny waz"


"hows that for you?"
"how... or, uh good... anyways"

At 9:14 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

I also love Michael Mann (though not so much Last of the Mohicans.) But Heat is an beautiful movie, and The Insider is brilliant. I hope Miami Vice is good because it was my favorite show in middle school.

At 9:17 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

The thing that pisses me off most about Thomas, Scalia, and Roberts dissenting on this case is that all of the other justices took the facts of the case and applied the Constitution and past states' rights cases. The only reason for the dissent is that Thomas and Scalia are opposed to the law.
Damn. There goes that theory that liberals are the ones who try to legislate from the bench.

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Johnny V posited...

That's gonna be a whole court of cold hearted conservatives.

Scary. Literally, scary.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger hannah posited...

we definitely watched manhatten, lost in translation and run lola run in my film class last semester isn;t that fun and interesting.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger Houley posited...

The cold winds of conservatism are going to come sweeping in, kiddies.

"I am happy to see something positive happen within our government. I think that more positive actions should be taken by our government."

I disagree.

At 7:01 AM, Blogger Johnny V posited...

You mean the fact that they held up a law based on the law instead of their own personal feelings about morality? That would probably be a good thing.

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous posited...

The cold winds of conservatism have been sweeping in for a long time. My only hope for this country is for everyone to realize that we shouldn't be getting spied on by our own government, deal with the instigator of this policy, and have a positive outcome in the next election. If these things happen, then this country has a damned good chance of returning to the glory that it once had, that is before the "cold winds of conservatism came sweeping accross the country."


At 9:35 PM, Blogger Houley posited...

Nah. I don't think an election will change much at all. There are so many serious problems that lie outside of the realm of today's politics of pork-barreling and pandering...

As for my previous comment, I was lambasting the platitude.

At 10:34 PM, Blogger jimaal posited...

dude no answer?

At 11:08 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Sorry, Kali. Your post was lost at the top of the screen. Yes, I like Ma Vie En Rose quite a bit -- a very sweet movie.
Your Criterion project is quite a daunting task. I am not familiar with Fat Girl, but if I ever run across it, I will stay away!


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