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Re: “F This Movie Fest

Thanks for pointing out the error! We've taken care of it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Posted by Drew Hunt on 01/28/2013 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Columbia College to cut cinema studies?

As a recent Columbia graduate (recent as in less than three weeks ago), I can't say I didn't see this coming. Still, I'm no less angry. There is a tremendous amount of worth in the cinema studies program and despite what Carter may think, it is extremely important to student learning—I point to myself as evidence. But I'll argue that it's not entirely the administration's fault: The student culture of the Columbia College film department is of a decidedly lower brow, which is directly contributing to the dumbing down of the program. I once had a classmate tell me he didn't see the value of attending the now defunct History of Cinema course because, "movies aren't made in black and white anymore." On another occasion, he mentioned to me that the movies he wants to make someday won't have subtitles in them, so he was skeptical of learning about foreign cinema, as well.

Another example: The past spring, Saeed-Vafa and Stamets were teaching classes titled New Chinese Cinema and History of Russian Cinema, respectively, both of which I registered for and both of which were ultimately canceled due to lack of interest. I recently took a glance at the upcoming fall catalog, and Saeed-Vafa and Stamets both have classes on the table (French New Wave and History of Documentary, respectively) that currently have very few students enrolled. Other classes with pitifully low enrollment include an authorship course on Elia Kazan and a history course titled The Western: 1939-1969. I'm familiar with the instructors of these courses and there's no doubt in my mind that registering for either (or both) would make for a fruitful experience.

The one Cinema Studies course filled to the brim? A genre class titled Superheroes. Yikes.

I do think it's the administration's job to cultivate a quality curriculum, one that simply won't be successful without the inclusion Cinema Studies, but it seems to me that they're only working off what the students are giving them.

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Posted by Drew Hunt on 05/25/2012 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Form fails function

"The downside of this development is that more people with no apparent interest in movies are now making them." Too true...

Also, I'd toss in North by Northwest as a great architecture film—Jame Mason's crib is too fly.

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Posted by Drew Hunt on 04/10/2012 at 5:40 PM

Re: “People who care most about movies are the ones who stay home

Right there with you, sir! I'll admit to being envious of your moxie—I suppose I lack the fortitude to confront people in such a manner. Regardless, rude behavior of any stripe won't ever keep me from actively going to the movies. And besides, a great film is more than sufficient in tuning out any nonsense.

Posted by Drew Hunt on 04/03/2012 at 11:24 AM

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