All Ratings and Reviews for Doris Chon
Some of the films are Okay others just knock you to sleep. I completely did not attend the last six weeks of lecture, still managed to pull a good grade: an A, which is pretty impressive. Don't bother buying the $60 dollar course reader nor taking notes while the professor spits out bull shit. He's like a fake critic but has a nice sence humor and is very approchable. he gives you study questions for the midterm and final and if you have a friend, make him answer the study questions, then memorize them in about an hour and you are home free. The tests are identical questions from the study questions. Easy class to take if you let it be easy, ot it can be hard if you let it be by being a freaking nerd, and worrying about the readings and shit.
Straight and simple - I loved this class mainly because I loved the movies. The classwork itself was substandard, essay grading was terribly inconsistent across TA's and I had to work a lot harder than other friends in the class, and I never really got anything from the discussion sessions. But those movies...they'll change your perspective on films forever. I left that class with an appreciation of foreign cinema that will forever stay with me.
I will assume that some of the earlier reviwers must have had a bad personal experience with this professor, because he did not have the highest ratings when I signed up for his clas, which made me a little nervous but I decided to do so anyways and am very glad I did! His selection of films and texts are wonderful, and I am sure that if I had not taken his 106C class I might have never had the opportunity to see some of these, and to back up this statement I can tell you that I only felt like sleeping once or twice in 3 1/2 hour long, 9am class. His lectures are to the point and engaging and the fact that he creates a space for the students to share their viewpoint is awesome. The midterm is fair, (haven't taken the final yet)and if you do bad it it is out of your own laziness because he pulls the questions straight from the study guides.The paper topics give you a lot of freedom for creativity. I encourage anyone who is interested in taking this class to do so with this professor, and do not let some of the lower ratings discourage you.
prof. noriega is one of the best professors at ucla. not only does he know the subject but he's able to elaborate on it and incorporates students into his lectures. his selection of films were great and they varied. unlike other professors who just tend to focus on one area or one topic, chon showed films from various parts of the world and from a broad range of topics. aside from 9am lecture, his lectures were good, engaging and he has a good sense of humor which added to the discussion. his midterm and final were fair, he usually picked out the questions from the weekly study guides and he usually emphasized one some questions, which pretty much gave away the midterm and final questions. before taking the class, i wondered if he would really live up to his title as the best chicano and third world cinema critic and after the course, he did live up to it. the only downside is that he's not really available outside of class because of his other commitments elsewhere, but he is always willing to talk to students. if you get a chance to take him, take him.
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