Archive for February, 2013

Popular Film

Posted in Question, Reading with tags , on February 15, 2013 by mlenos

Do you have a favorite movie?  If so, what is it? What do you like about it?  If you can find the trailer online, link to it so that your classmates can get a sense of your taste.

I like too many movies to have a single favorite one.  Here are two really different ones that I love, though.

Citizen Kane (1941) is often on lists of the “greatest films of all time,” and I agree with that categorization.  It’s a drama about a wealthy man … on his deathbed, he whispers the word “Rosebud” and a newspaper reporter tries to find out who – or what – Rosebud is. So it’s sort of a combined drama, history and romance.  Here’s part of one of my favorite scenes:

But I don’t just like serious, old movies.  Here’s one of my favorites from last year:

I loved Moonrise Kingdom for its use of color and music, for its combination of humor and drama and for its gorgeous mise-en-scene (costumes, lighting, sets and props).  We’ll talk more about all of these factors next week in class.

In the meantime… favorite movies!  Go!



Pop Music

Posted in Question, Reading with tags , on February 9, 2013 by mlenos

Let’s have it. What pop song do you like right now? We’re talking mass-market, something with a video (link to it in your comment).  What do you like about it?

You guys know I love Ke$ha, from her stupid dollar sign to her unapologetically ridiculous lyrics.  Catchy, good for dancing, silly fun: