Supplemental Viewing


Students must procure and view ONE supplemental screenings over the course of the semester.  Any more than one will be counted as extra credit – and I absolutely encourage you to watch more than one.

You will post your ‘report’ on the supplementary screening to the course blog.  Your post should be approximately 1000 words and should relate the ways in which the film relates, contrasts, or contradicts themes/ideas learned in class. Your post should end with some of your personal thoughts and opinions on the film – not “I hated it,” or “It sucked,” but genuine thoughtful reflection.  Your post need not be overly formal, but do not let this distract you from thoughtful commentary. Think of it as a slightly extended version of your regular postings.

Be sure to post using the “Supplementary Screenings” category so that I can find and grade your post. As with your regular posts, I encourage you to integrate images and youtube videos.


Rating 5: Exceptional
The post is focused and coherently integrates examples with explanations or analysis.  The author skillfully integrates examples and thoughts concerning the week’s topics, readings, and lectures and connects them to the film in question.  The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.

Rating 4: Satisfactory
The journal entry is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The entry reflects moderate engagement with the topic.

Rating 3: Underdeveloped 
The journal entry is mostly description or summary, without ample reference to ideas and readings from the week. The entry reflects passing engagement with the topic.

Rating 2: Limited
The journal entry is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic.

Rating 0: No Credit
The journal entry is missing or consists of one or two disconnected sentences.

Suggested Films

The following is a list of suggested films. I strongly encourage you to seek out something you have not seen before, but you may wish to watch an old favorite and evaluate it in a new light. You are by no means limited to this list, just ask and I will be happy to add your suggestion so that others can enjoy it as well.

My suggestions are listed below, but you can find a more comprehensive list here:

Back to the Future

Time Bandits

Groundhog Day

Star Trek (2009)

Star Trek III and IV

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Time Bandits

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Donnie Darko


Je T’aime, Je T’aime

12 Monkeys


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