My modest effort:
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Apocalypse (Germany)/ Group 9
Alien (US)/ Group 4
Battle Royale (Japan)/ Group 8
Children of Men (UK/US)/ Group 12
A Cure for Wellness (US/EU)/ Group 6
Dark City (Australia)/ Group 5
District 9 (S. Africa)/ Group 1
eXistenZ (Canada)/ Group 10
Inception (US)/ Group 2
Pi (US)/ Group 3
Sleep Dealer (Mexico)/ Group 11
Snow Piercer (Korea)/ Group 7
Print, read, and bring this pdf:
Lester K. Spence, Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics (pp. xv-26): Knocking
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Focus on the basics of film analysis and the defining qualities of German Expressionist Cinema. There will, of course, be some stylistic variations between the different directors Roberts discusses.
Revisit the paper prompts and our readings on the gothic. These will likely help you to forge links between otherwise disparate concepts and texts.
Did you read chapter 4 of DOC? What’s the difference between colonialism and neocolonialism?
Sorry, this isn’t a very elegant review. I’ll add further details as time permits.
Since the midterm we’ve covered a fair bit of territory, from postwar “domestic suspense” and film noir to the ghosts haunting American Empire to the struggle to build Paradise (or find asylum) in a fallen and violent world. Each of these focal points serves as an opportunity to see US American history and culture through a dark lens. The ground we inhabit has bones in it. Society’s benign surfaces conceal destructive forces and irrational appetites. The obverse of the Dream is a nightmare, and any effort to understand this nation and its people must confront the chiaroscuro character of US American life.