Share your initial reactions to X-Men: United here.
How do Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara) negotiate their identities in daily life? In what way do they try and flee "to the margins" to live their lives together? Why doesn't this work? What are the power differences between the two of them?
Next to last chance to ask whatever you want about film.
Post on other matters from the class here.
Here are topics for our discussion of Carol on Monday. Feel free to start the conversation here or to suggest additional topics.
- Framing & decor: the use of windows and mirrors in framing shots.
- How the filmmakers use mise-en-scène to create a film that not only looks and feels like the period, but also looks and feels like a film from the period.
- Action and performance: how Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara use facial expression and body language to show emotion and change. We can also talk about how costume and make-up support these performances.
Share your initial thoughts and feelings on Carol here.
This coming Thursday (6/7) is your last chance to ask questions about film criticism and analysis for class discussion. Any topic posted here by noon on W (6/6) will be discussed.
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.
Continue the discussion of Arrival here.
Post on other matters from the week here.