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This class is cake, and I absolutely miss it. I was having a really tough time this quarter with my mental health and I always looked forward to this class. Rory wants you to understand the material, and he does a great job explaining it. My TA was a film veteran finishing up his degree, so he was a reliable source of information.
Midterm is in-class. You watch a couple of clips and respond to the prompts. Not too hard. Like I said, my mental health was shit, so I was always smoking weed. Pretty sure I took the midterm high, and I enjoyed writing it.
There's a take-home essay. Watch a few clips, respond to the prompts. The final is the best. You get to choose your own film to dissect, using the knowledge you've accumulated all quarter. I wrote all my essays high, and did well.
This class will change the way you view films, and you'll want to take it again. The professor is funny, well-versed, likes Led Zeppelin (doesn't matter but that makes him cooler.)
Also, we got to watch the original Blade Runner, set in Los Angeles, 2019, which is when I took this class :). TAKE THE CLASS IF YOU WANT A BADASS GE THAT YOU'LL FOR SURE GET AN A ON
I’m a film minor and had a background in film and TV from high school. This class is HARD and it’s REALLY IMPORTANT TO SHOW UP TO THE 3 hour screenings. 1 miss drops you a whole letter grade (guilty) as I didn’t find it necessary to walk all the way to Melnitz from the hill in pouring rain to watch a movie I could watch in the comfort of my own bed. From my memory, 2 papers (1 midterm in class, 1 final) and both are graded pretty harshly. On top of this discussion attendance is important and there’s one Multiple choice test on key terms discussed in class which was relatively easy. Good Luck if you take this class...it’s definitely a doable A but you have to be on it.
Engaging professor, interesting content, overall easy GE.
LOVED this class with Rory. He is such a funny guy and cares about his students so much. He gives pop quizzes but you only have to pass 3/5 of them to get extra points and to pass you only need to get a 2/3 on them. Yunyi was my TA and she was amazing, so sweet and helpful. I had a fun time in this class and learned a lot about film, it changed the way I viewed movies. The exams aren't very difficult, one is an in-class analysis, one is terms and one is a take-home essay. The final paper was very interesting because you get to pick a movie to analyze. I would definitely recommend this class with Rory and would take it again.
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