C. Instant Classics of Contemporary Cinema Nick Davis, Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies
This course surveys a range of provocative and innovative movies from the last five years, produced in the U.S. and around the world. Above all, our repertoire will resist the frequent lamentations that nobody is making challenging, layered movies for adults anymore. In some weeks, we cast a spotlight on great films that are easy to miss if you haven’t been nudged where to look. At other times, we will lay some thematic and analytical paths through critical hits and box-office juggernauts that many viewers found baffling, or difficult to digest in one sitting. For every week, I have listed a headline movie that will get primary attention in my lecture and a suggested “complement” that, while handled more briefly, will help us build fresh context around both films, enabling us to appreciate each in new ways.