Fall 2021 - Overall easy GE if you stay on top of the readings and go to lecture. Reading heavy, probably 60-90 pages per week. Textbook/primary readings before lecture and primary sources before discussion. TAs grade everything and discussion sections are really relaxed and low stress. 2 papers, midterm paper, final paper, group project and self-graded participation in discussion are the grades for the quarter. Professor is super nice and clear in lecture. You have access to the slides before lecture and lecture videos are uploaded to zoom same day/day after. (review for Professor Balkwill, but she wasn't listed as a prof for this course)
Spring 2017 - I really loved taking this class. The only criticism I have with Mr. Lippit was his voice. He is very soft-spoken, and even with a microphone, if there was a minor disturbance, it was very hard to hear him. However, the class itself was both engaging and interesting. Each week had a different theme of literature, consisting of a short story/book and a movie. I have to admit, during the first half the semester, the movies were rather long but the stories were relatively short. The opposite occurred during Weeks 7-10. Section is considered mandatory, as attendance is worth 10% of your grade. I would definitely take this class again; its workload was minimal at best. All you have to do is write a 1 page report double-spaced every week. The midterm and final were pretty straightforward (the final is non-cumulative). If you have the opportunity, definitely take this class!
I think Lippit thrives in small-class environments. Like others have said, he is soft-spoken, but during discussions, he will give deep feedback and real comments instead of just saying \305gAlright, that was very interesting\305c\305h and move on. He knows his stuff down to the T, so you can ask or talk to him about anything regarding the material. His choice of films and novels will not bore you, so look forward to fun and excitement. I\305fm not particularly a hardcore bookworm, but every single work I\305fve had to read for the class, I chopped through in one sitting (by choice!) He grades at a fair to slightly difficult level, so as long as you describe things to your best ability and include lots of details on the tests, all should be fine.
Prof Lippit is one of the greatest profs Ive had at UCLA. The cinema class was also very interesting. He covers a wide array of topics and opens you up to a new way of viewing films. His lectures are full of information. His exams are very fair and he prepares his students very well for them. He is always willing to help his students and always has his door open to you. Not only is he a great prof, but he is a great person. Everyone should take this class.