Re-watches

Re-watch days

In the course assessments, I noticed a minor disagreement between some students about the re-watch days. Some students cited these as when they were most engaged in class and others cited these days as when they were the most distanced.

  • If you were most engaged on re-watch days, why did these days work for you?
  • If you felt distanced on these days, why didn't they work for you? What would you change?
  • In either case, for future terms would you recommend that I keep this structure (five films, two weeks per film) or program more films (e.g., a new film very week)?

Notes for re-watch of Arrival

Here is what I have for our re-watch, based on my notes and the Post-Film Writing:

  • Sound and m-e-s (music, dialogue, environmental sounds).
  • Use of color and light, especially in the context of "memory," but also the use of low key lighting.
  • Setting, especially the house.
  • Props and special effects (the ships, the aliens, military equipment and, relatedly, costume).
  • In particular, the first clear shot of the Montana ship and the military compound (setting), and the first scene in the interior of the ship.
  • Action and performance, especially Amy Adams.
  • The use of the "framing" shots.

In addition, there is interest in discussing how this film handles time and time travel, especially in comparison to Twelve Monkeys.

 


Notes for re-watch of Twelve Monkeys

Here is what I have from my notes and the Post-Film Writing:

  • Cole's dream/memory.
  • Parallel shots and recurring images (sounds) in different settings.
  • Use of props as markers of time-space.
  • Use of canted or "Dutch" angles.
  • Landscapes (setting, architecture, decor) in "past" and "present."
  • Scene from Vertigo.

Notes for re-watch of Memento

Here are topics distilled from my notes, and the Post-Film Writing and discussion:

  • The opening.
  • Use of props, hair and makeup  (for Leonard's character, as markers of time and memory).
  • Action and performance (especially Guy Pearce).
  • Scenes that show how Leonard's condition affects him (e.g., in the Diner, with the conflicting photos).
  • Color (as signifier of time and memory and mood).
  • Narrative, or, the order in which we see what happens.

Some questions that are raised by the film are how do we know what we know, what role does memory play in who we are and what the world means to us, and why are remembering and forgetting both important.

I also think we could talk about the use of voiceover throughout the film and how that affects what we see.

 


Notes for re-watch of Vertigo

Here are topics I have distilled from my notes and from your Post-Film Writing:

Directly related to the representation of time, space and memory:

  • Camera movement
  • Objects (props)
  • People (costume [hair & makeup] action & performance)
  • Places (setting, decor)
  • Framing (space, staging)
  • Color (dreams & memory)
  • Editing (connections between images)

But also:

  • Sound (music) & m-e-s
  • Light and shadow
  • Shot length

Notes for the re-watch of Eternal Sunshine

Here are the topics I distilled from my notes and your Post-film Writing:

  • Showing the timeline of the narrative, e..g, with Clementine's hair.
  • Visualizing the process of memory loss.
  • Placing the final scene.
  • Visual cues for “good” vs. “bad” memories.
  • Childhood memories and m-e-s.
  • How Patrick "shows up" in the story.