September & October 2013.docx
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University of Alberta
Christian Theology at St Joseph’s College
Mike Harrington

September 20, 2012 9/20/2012 4:05:00 PM movies to see? passion of the christ clockwork orange hard candy i spit on your grave Reviews  define criticism: the attempt to understand the meanings and intentions behind the film or filmmaker that extends beyond the surface features  Do‟s and don‟ts o don‟t work off a checklist o do reveal parts of the movie throughout the review o do include a theme o don‟t forget that you have seen the movie, but some readers have not o do use rhetoric –skillful use of words for persuasion o do compare the movie to other, similar films o don‟t spoil the ending!  Elements of Criticism o identify and describe certain passages or elements in the film o work deductively  use certain generalizations or assumptions when writing  ie. voyeurism in Psycho (p 399-400) o terminology o interpretation: a film‟s images and narratives are polyvalent  polyvalent: expressing more than one thing or idea o explicit and latent (indirect/implied) meaning  **read the three step process of writing film ciriticism  models of film theory o realist  cinema has two methods – recording or transforming  focuses on recording  representation of truth and reality without distortion via artistic choices  stresses contract between filmmaker and viewer  removal of over-romanticism and fantasy  different from a documentary because it is not necessarily historical fact; although the characters may have fictional identities, their actions should still be true to a group of people at a certain time o auteurist  stems from french word for author  a way of looking at films from the point of view of the creators, especially the director  looks at the trademarks of the director o psychoanalytic  extremely freudian  voyeurism (pleasure obtained from looking at things)  close-up, non rational pleasures(sex)  lingering close-ups (channing tatum)  visuals  taboo  sex, violence, „guilty pleasures‟  strengths  desires may not be conscious or understood but these films will deeply affect the emotional response of the audience  weaknesses  emphasize irrational states of mind  best applied to only specific types of film (ie, x- rated, horror)  less useful for analysis o ideological  used to examine relationships between films and society, especially regarding sociopolitical realities  two levels of ideological films  explicit: overtly ideological  ie. Rambo  implicit: subtly ideological  ie. Back to the Future  commentary on past, present, or future society as viewed at the present time  can be a positive or negative message about portrayed ideologies  either political or critical views of established social norms; critical views of sociopolitics rarely appear in popular American media o feminist  looks at representation of women in films mostly created by men  examines the role of men in film as compared to women  look at a movie for 3 criteria  are there 2 women characters with names?  do they talk to each other?  do they talk to each other about something other than men? o cognitive  9/20/2012 4:05:00 PM Film: The Right  scary; plausible; realistic  unrealistic; funny; plot holes (father mad at son?)  couldn‟t take Anthony Hopkins seriously, but still creeped out by the movie is it possible to properly convey or capture the essence of the divine in film? no, but creation aids in the attempt at conveying it, rather than leaving God as mystery alone. Is it possible for film to be revelatory of God?  of the divine? NO  as a human? yes, it is possible o everything we experience through creation is an experience of god in some way o for it to be truly intelligible, we must be able to see or experience it in some way (art and film are a part of this) What does “Revelation” mean, according to the Catholic tradition?  desire of god in human beings‟ hearts o god never ceases to bring himself to humanity o katabasis = god‟s continual love to humanity o anabasis  the ignorance of god o human beings can forget about or reject god 
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