Book Club

I watched a movie on the plane trip from Denmark to Iceland (The Greatest Showman) and two more a few days later on the flight from Iceland to the USA (The Disaster Artist and Phantom Thread). If you want to talk about any of those, ask me a question. The first movie I saw when I …

Subtitles

While I was in Copenhagen last semester, I went on a study tour with students to Vienna for a week. Flipping on the television, I couldn’t help but notice that both Denmark and Austria offer viewers a steady diet of The Big Bang Theory. We can talk about the value of that later. Now that I’m …

THE POST

Most of the Hollywood movies I’d like to see make it to Copenhagen, but sometimes there is a delay, which explains why I saw The Post this afternoon. Each spring, I have an Oscar contest in my Introduction to Film and Media Aesthetics course, and the student who correctly guesses the winners in the most categories earns …

EASY

I’ve been interested in Joe Swanberg’s work ever since I saw his 2013 film Drinking Buddies. At the time, this is what I had to say:  It’s a small film with a personal feel; let’s call it individual, independent, authentic, tasty, and occasionally surprising but not quirky. That’s not a criticism.   Working with microbudgets (fitting scale …

QUEER EYE

Last week in class (Introduction to Film and Media Aesthetics), we were discussing television, specifically reality television as a genre. The question posed by one of the assigned readings was whether or not reality shows can be “quality television.” I went on my usual tirade about how “back in the day” I loved Trading Spaces because of …