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Film Blog Week 10/16 & 10/18

Hi All,

As promised, see the post below for your blog assignment. Remember, tomorrow is the first part of the film section. Please have Rodman’s chapter read.

Take the notes of your TA, and use them to guide you on your work. Keep improving!

First and foremost!! Hope you like the movies.

Gattaca (1997) and Pump Up The Volume (1990) – yep. Old school. At least they’re not black & white.


Your Blog Assignment(s) are as follows:



Word Count – 1000+ words. 

For the film GATTACA (1997) a personal favorite, directed by Andrew Niccol:

Did you like it, why or why not. Which characters did you like? Why? Always think of why.

Important note – know the character names, and info. It’s not Ethan Hawke, it’s Vincent. Etc.

This movie was made 20+ years ago — does it hold up? If released today, would this movie work? Be successful? Give me reasons. Anything else you want to add? Go for it! Use Rodman’s text or anything else so far in the semester if you want.

I will give you a wide berth here so discuss the film how you want.

The only unacceptable answer is: I don’t like/watch these kind of movies.

I don’t like romantic comedies yet I saw Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail! And they’re so good.



Word Count: 1000+

Compare the two films. Are they comparable? You can use the above questions but see below for required work.

React, review, use Rodman’s Chapter 2 for this film or films.

There are several theories in chapter 2, see if you can get them or maybe even surprise me on some! This is required. 

But also a review and give some reactions… be honest… if you loved it — try to figure out why. If you hated it — why.

What do you think happens after the movie ends?

Both films will be sent in MP4 format, so you can watch them on your iPhone, iPad, etc.

Both films are about 1 hour 40 minutes.

If you haven’t received the wetransfer email from your TA, please let Brittany know Thursday.

Looking forward to lecturing on film history and BOTH films next week.

Extra Credit: Really go to town on these, and extend the work. I will consider extra credit for it.

Have a good one!

Professor Dunphy


Thursday 10/11 Class & Films

Hi Everyone,

Congrats on finishing your first exam. You’ll get the grades back next week or maybe tomorrow. Probably next week.

For tomorrow please have Rodman’s FILM chapter read.

Your TA sent the two films via wetransfer, you have a week from the date it’s sent or the link becomes invalid. PLEASE download it or watch the two films on your own.

I will be sending a separate blog shortly but Tuesday we will discuss Gattaca and Thursday we will discuss Pump Up The Volume.

Try to watch both films BEFORE Tuesday’s class. Once again, post is coming.

Your TA should have responded to your blog posts — either 2 or 3 of them. If they haven’t please speak to Brittany before or after class tomorrow.


See ya then!

Professor Dunphy


Exam #1 – Tues 10/9

Hi All,

Really enjoyed our conversation yesterday… I’d like to continue that once we get past the first exam.

Speaking of which… Exam #1, #2 pencil is required. Be on time to the exam.

Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4 from Rodman’s book.

EVERYTHING is fair game, so don’t skip things.

Below are the powerpoints — I’m not wild about it but hey, I’m a nice guy. Don’t just study them.





You should receive the wetransfer email from your TA and responses from the blog. Some of you already have. Please be patient they have till next week.

That’s about it!

Good luck studying and have a great weekend.

Oh last but not least — Greta is ONE MONTH old today. Crazy how fast things go!

See you on Tuesday!


Professor Dunphy


Class 10/2 and Double Class on 10/4

Hi Everyone,

Here are a few things for this week.

Tuesday October 2nd – please read the Magazine chapter… like read it. Ya know.

Thursday, October 4th – last double class.

I already posted the blog without any links but over the last few days, I wanted you to watch these few videos and one article. This will be discussed during our class time.

Please read this article:

Please watch these videos and take a few notes.




We will discuss more of these during class.

Your blog is due by 2pm as always. You can include these in your blog but I am hoping you will find your own.

Tuesday, October 9th – Exam #1 – Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and possibly 5 and possibly some work from the blogs. Will let you know. #2 pencil — BRING YOUR OWN! Multiple Choice and True/False.

That’s about it!

See ya tomorrow.

Professor Dunphy

Reminder! Double Class Tomorrow!

Hey All,

Just a reminder we will have a double-class tomorrow to make-up for the missed classes.

We will discuss the NEWSPAPERS chapter, and the first blog post on Fake News. Please look over your own blog, and be prepared to discuss.

After the first class ends we will move right into the extended class where we will continue the discussion of Fake News and finish the Book Controversy chapter.

Following weeks:

Tuesday October 2nd – please read the Magazine chapter.

Thursday, October 4th – second and last double class – we will wrap up the first section of the semester and catch up anything and everything we need. We will also discuss your blog posts.

Tuesday, October 9th – Exam #1 – Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and possibly 5 and possibly some work from the blogs. Will let you know. #2 pencil — BRING YOUR OWN! Multiple Choice and True/False.

Thursday, October 11th – Film Chapter

**The TAs will be responding to your work by this time. If you haven’t received comments by this time, please email Brittany or speak to her before/after class.*

Tuesday, October 16th & Thursday, October 18th – Film discussions. Will send a blog post to prompt you. Your TA’s will be sending you a “wetransfer” email. Once it is sent you have a week to download. The TA will receive an email receipt stating you downloaded (not opened) the files.

If you didn’t receive your films by October 10th. Email your TA.

That should cover us for a while.

See ya tomorrow!

Professor Dunphy

Oh, and continuing to ruin your current movie-going experience: To anyone who has watched the new Netflix film “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” It is a straight rip off of an 80’s film called: “Can’t Buy Me Love” and a 90’s film called “Drive me Crazy” with Melissa Joan Hart. The similarities are… well… pretty striking except for one difference in the lead character.



Blog Post #3 – Fall 2018 – 10/4

Hi All,

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a good weekend. I’ll see you tomorrow for class… this post is for the third blog post of the semester.

Due before Thursday, October 4th – 2pm. Don’t be late! Deadlines are important.

Blog Assignment:

I usually do not have students focus on the controversy du jour because things can change so quickly, but in the current climate, I believe it is necessary.

Research (newspapers, magazines, TV news, internet, etc) what is happening with The Supreme Court and President Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Write your opinion on the situation. Do not just summarize it. Don’t forget to link us to your sources.

Some prompts:

What side(s) do you come out on? Are you able to see this from different POVs? Are there different POVs?

When researching look to sides you agree/disagree with — remember selective exposure, perception and retention? This could play a role in the work.

But I’m giving you some room on what you want to write about.

Word Count: 750+ words

Best of luck!

Professor Dunphy



Tues & Thurs 9/25 and 9/27

Hi Everyone,

We’re back to it, and charging ahead, here’s this week’s readings.

Attached is the new syllabus with a few changes.

Click here: Fall 18 MM Tues & Thurs Syllabus – New

Our two make-ups will follow normal class time on:

Thursday, September 27th and Thursday, October 4th.

This coming week: Classes 5, 6/7 (the make-up is #7)

Please have the books chapter read for Tuesday and the newspapers chapter read for Thursday.

We will start discussing the blog posts as well this coming week into next.

Next blog due – Thursday, October 4th – separate post to follow.

Your TA will respond during that week or sooner.

First Exam – Tuesday, October 9th, scantron, #2 pencil, multiple choice, true/false.

That will end the first section of the course then we move right into the second section.

Alrighty! Have a great weekend! See ya Tuesday!


Professor Dunphy