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!

 

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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: