Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn”

Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn”

In this 1994 release, director Spike Lee takes us on a trip to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1970s. Co-written by Lee and his sister Joie and youngest brother Cinqué, this is a quasi-autobiographical snapshot of the richly diverse environment of one of America’s...
Have you planted “Marigolds”?

Have you planted “Marigolds”?

Eugenia Collier’s short story challenges us to think about that moment when we transition from youth to adulthood. It’s clear that her narrator has thought about this deeply, and only after several years has she been able to put her thoughts and experiences into...
Found Poetry

Found Poetry

Found poetry can be as profound as original, traditional poetry. The difference? The words are found in existing texts, then edited and arranged in new, poetic ways by the poet. Confused? No worries. Read this excerpt from Poets.org: Found poems take existing texts...
Hitchcock: A dizzying masterpiece – “Vertigo”

Hitchcock: A dizzying masterpiece – “Vertigo”

He made you over, didn’t he? Just as I’ve done. But better! Did he train you? Rehearse you? Teach you what to say and what to do? John “Scottie” Ferguson One of Hitchcock’s films rises above the rest, in my opinion – “Vertigo.” While it didn’t exactly meet with wide...
“Citizen Kane”

“Citizen Kane”

“Citizen Kane” Perhaps no movie has had more of an impact on cinema than Orson Welles‘ “Citizen Kane.” As I’ve frequently said, if you’re serious about film, you better watch and analyze this film Here is the link to the assignment: • Citizen Kane...
“Heart of the Game”

“Heart of the Game”

“The Heart of the Game” Here are several resources for you about this fantastic documentary. THOTG_DIRECTORS_COMMENTS Heart of the Game 3 Heart of the Game 4 In the years since these compelling stories were captured on film, much has transpired – some good news and...
On the Line (Auf der Strecke)

On the Line (Auf der Strecke)

This Swiss film is such a great example of all we’ve been talking about, I thought I’d wrap up our short films unit with it. Pretty good film, isn’t it? It was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 in the live-action short film category. As for the assignment, log in to our...