Courses & Pedagogy

Courses & Pedagogy

Applying theory, history, and criticism to practical instruction in studios, on location -- even in classrooms.

Syllabi

Portfolio & Scholarship

Portfolio & Scholarship

A collection of award-winning creative projects. A consideration of research interests.

Galleries

Education & Experience

Education & Experience

Degrees, certification, teaching, collaboration, achievement, recognition, and assessment.

Vitae

Shoot-out at the O.K. Corral

Which Way Is Up?

No one can grow climbable hair as long and strong as Rapunzel’s  (nope, not even Xie Qiuping).  No one can navigate L.A. traffic as fast as 24‘s Jack Bauer.  King Kong defies the limits of biomechanics.  Star Wars dogfights ignore inertia.  The Expanse violates laws of sound.  Fiction – perhaps especially […]

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Review: The Witch (2015); The Lighthouse (2019)

Having engineered a power outage that stirs a neighborhood to violence, two aliens reflect on the human predisposition to paranoia and panic:  “They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find… and it’s themselves.  And all we need do is sit back and watch.  And we’ll go from one to […]

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Review: The Art of Self Defense (2019)

When the lights went up after The Art of Self-Defense, I turned to an exiting stranger in the next row and ask “What the hell kind of movie did we just watch?”  We shared the bewildered laughter of comrades-in-arms.  Yet to to write the film off as hard-to-classify seems lazy. […]

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Review: Sorry to Bother You (2018)

The plot of Sorry to Bother You is familiar. A peasant longs for the royal life. He achieves it at the cost of his integrity, one bank deposit at a time. With whom will he side in the last reel when his old and new lives collide? Sorry’s peasant is […]

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Review: Game Night (2018)

Let me be clear. This is not a review of 2017’s Radius. If it were a review of Radius, I might praise the film’s quirky premise: everyone who gets within fifty feet of Liam suddenly drops dead – everyone, that is, except for Jane. A review of Radius would prepare […]

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Hundraåringen

Review: Hundraåringen… (2013)

Aimlessly wandering from a retirement home on the day of his first triple-digit birthday, Allan Karlsson unwittingly acquires a fortune in drug money. A caravan of unsavory biker thugs (apparently trained at the Home Alone school for comic criminals) gives chase. Oblivious to his pursuers (indeed, to his surroundings), Karlsson […]

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Recommendation Letters (for first year students)

It’s long been my policy to post an ideal recommendation on my office door.  That way even freshmen can see the virtues I value:  conscientious attendance, winsome collaboration, imaginative work which marries theory and practice, and so on.  When seniors request a letter, I ask them to bring examples of […]

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Shenandoah (1965)

Review: Shenandoah (1965)

Despite its many genre tropes, I’m not sure Shenandoah counts as a Western. Yet it performs a function common to Westerns of the 1960s. It allows pointed criticism of current events (in this case, the Vietnam War) from a safe, thus palatable, distance. Many have tagged this an anti-war film, […]

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A Drop in the Bucket

Mary arrives for her October advising appointment.  Transcript and catalog hang limply at her side.  We look over a grid of offered courses.  She chooses a schedule for her final spring semester.  I skim my copy of her record and commend her for coming so close to graduating cum laude.  […]

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AMPAS: An Irrelevant Legacy

I love the Oscars, America’s night of royal pageantry.  On that night, the Academy reminds us that film occupies a sweet spot at the crossroads of commerce and art.  That the moving image is society’s chief means of ideological exchange.  That the best movies are not merely good and important […]

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