Sunday, June 10, 2018

Film Studies: A Conclusion; Viewing of Student Films & Commentary

Please send me your uploaded URL link to the film you made in the COMMENT section below.

Additionally, please make a comment after reviewing your original list/comment from the beginning of the course as to the # of films you have seen from the best 100 films of all time [NOTE: if you can't see this link, try this one...]

How has your knowledge and viewing changed?

HOMEWORK: None! You have completed this course. Have a great summer!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

1990's & Film of the 21st Century

After taking our final exam:

Please read the following article on 1990's film trends. Take notes on the graphic organizer. When completed, take a look at some of these 1990's - 2000's clips.

1990's Films (samplings):
Quentin Tarantino (director) Films:
Will Smith: (popular actor)
Animated Films:

Most Memorable Movies from the 2000's

HOMEWORK: Take a look at some of these 1990's and 2000's films. The rest of your film education is up to you now. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

1970's & 1980's Film Trends

Take note of popular styles and trends in the 1970's and 1980's. Use the graphic organizer to collect your notes. Anything here is fair game for the final exam next week.

Francis Ford Coppola
Roman Polanski
Martin Scorsese
Ridley Scott
Spike Lee 
The sequel became standard fare in the 1980's. So, too, with the cult popularity of Dungeons & Dragons RPG, fantasy films became popular as well. Science fiction epics, inspired by the success of Star Wars, spewed out hundreds of imitations. The relaxation from the MPAA, the popularity of Hitchcock's films, as well as the drive-in B-horror films, grindhouse films, and exploitation films cut a path for slasher films. A revisit from the 1950's and 60's teen films inspired a new generation of filmmakers and moviegoers. Here are a sample:

Slasher Films
Friday the 13th  (1980)
Friday the 13th, part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th, part 3 in 3d (1982)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween, part 2 (1981)
Terror Train (1980)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Epics
Star Wars (1977) George Lucas, dir.
Lord of the Rings (1977) Ralph Bakshi, dir.
Wizards (1977) Ralph Bakshi, dir.
Startrek (1979)
Superman (1979)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980), George Lucas, dir.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Steven Spielberg, dir.
Excalibur (1981) John Boorman, dir.
Dragonslayer (1981)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Beastmaster (1982)
The Dark Crystal (1982), Jim Henson, dir.
ET (1982), Steven Spielberg, dir.
Krull (1983)
Legend (1985) Ridley Scott, dir.
Labyrinth (1986) Jim Henson, George Lucas, dir.
The Princess Bride (1987) Rob Reiner, dir.
Beetlejuice (1988), Tim Burton, dir.
Willow (1988), George Lucas, dir.

Teenage Films
Sixteen Candles (1984) John Hughes, dir.
The Breakfast Club (1985) John Hughes, dir.
Pretty in Pink (1986) John Hughes, dir.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) John Hughes, dir.
Teen Wolf (1985)
Back to the Future (1985) Robert Zemekis, dir.
Back to the Future, 2 (1989)
Heathers (1989)

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