You love films.We love films.Welcome to Film Studies Minor.

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You love films.We love films.Welcome to Film Studies Minor.

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You're watching a movie. Maybe it's your 313th viewing of The Shawshank Redemption. You speak along with Red when he says "Get busy living, or get busy dying." You smile a big dumb smile and look around the room to impress whoever is watching with you. But no one is watching with you. You're alone. Infinitely alone.BUT NOT ANYMORE!

If you don't like movies, you should probably just leave this site, no?

Welcome to the Film Studies Minor community! We are all about the love of film (and the sometimes necessary hate-watching of it). So pull up a chair, grab your movie-viewing accoutrements, and let us whisper sweet cinema into your ear. Explore and connect with us!

Three past film studies minors- Zack, Colby, and Jackson- sit down to have a thoughtful conversation* about a certain aspect of a film. Our expertise is debatable, our opinions sometimes inconceivable, but damn if we aren't likeable.

*Film rambling included

Visual Essays are our attempt to fill your eyeballs with information, a la A Clockwork Orange. It might hurt a touch, but admit it, you like the pain.

From our love (see: Colby's love of Raiders of the Lost Ark) to our frustration (see: Zack's nonexistent enthusiasm of Jurassic World), our blog posts will anger, humor, other-emotion you.

Why do movies sound the way they sound? Why do they move the way they move? Why do they taste the way they taste? Find out in Semesters.

We aren't experts. We aren't famous. But we have opinions that you need to hear.

Featured Podcast Episode

2: The Direction of Misdirection in The Prestige

Every great podcast consists of three parts or acts, the first act is called “The Pledge”. The podcasts hosts promise the conversation will remain focused on the topic at hand. The second act is called  “The Turn”. At this point the podcast nearly gets derailed into a conversation about Lost (inarguably a top 5 TV show). The third act is called “The Prestige” (get it?), in this act the FSM crew discuss the art of misdirection and non-sequential storytelling in Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film, The Prestige.

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Featured Visual Essay

How Whiplash Edits Itself

Whiplash is a film about power. Director Damien Chazelle, editor Tom Cross, and actors J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller each bring their talents to the table to edit the film in a way that highlights the theme.

Visual Essays

The Crew

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An Idiot’s Guide to the MCU: The Incredible Hulk

Time for the second entry in the Idiot’s Guide to the MCU: I held off on doing this one for a long time after hearing pretty consistently that this…

The Tease of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Bohemian Rhapsody had a very rocky path to the big screen. From director Bryan Singer’s exit, casting Freddie Mercury, and taking 20 years to get the…

An Idiot’s Guide to the MCU: Iron Man

In some early episode of this podcast, I made a comment that could easily be interpreted as me bragging that I haven’t seen many of the incredibly…

Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone in The Favourite (2018)

Women Puke Too: Subverting Gender Stereotypes in The Favourite

There was a moment while watching Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite (how is this nominated for Best Picture the same year as Bohemian Rhapsody and A…

A Star is Bored

Some dude once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I’m here to announce: I’m scared. Scared because I just watched a movie that…

How Spielberg Made Dinos Real

It’s freezing right now, yes. But picture this: It’s a sunny summer day, the temperature is summer-like, the sun is being all sunny, and you’re…

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