Week 15: The AI Gazes Back

Tuesday, November 27

Thursday, November 29

  • In class:
    • Finish screening and discussing Ex Machina
  • Assignment:
    • Read “Feminist Film Theory” and “Bechdel Test
    • Watch Her (2013)
    • Write an analysis of Her from a feminist perspective and post it in our Facebook Group before class on Tuesday, December 4.

Week 14.5: In the Matrix

Tuesday, November 20

Class does not meet. Instead do the following online activities:

Write a 1-2 paragraph post about an idea explored throughout the Matrix Trilogy. Make specific references to scenes and include clips or still images from at least 2 of the films. Post in our Facebook page no later than Tuesday, November 20 at 9:00 am, including an image, set of images, or GIF from one of the films. Read 2 of your classmates’ postings and respond substantively no later than Wednesday, November 21.

Comment on this Facebook Post with your idea for your Research Paper or Short Film before midnight on Tuesday, November 20. Remember that this work is due on Tuesday, November 27.

Assignment for November 27


Week 14: Into the Matrix

Tuesday, November 13

  • In class (7:30 am)
    • Discuss The Lawnmower Man and Hackers
    • Discuss Simulacra and Simulation
  • Movie Night (6:30pm to 9:15 pm in Chardón 326)
    • Watch and discuss The Matrix
  • Assignment
    • Watch The Matrix Reloaded

Thursday, November 15

  • In class
    • Discuss The Matrix Reloaded
  • Assignment
    • Watch The Matrix Revolutions
    • Write a 1-2 paragraph post about an idea explored throughout the Matrix trilogy. Post in our Facebook page no later than Tuesday, November 20 at 9:00 am, including an image, set of images, or GIF from one of the films. Read 2 of your classmates’ postings and respond substantively no later than Wednesday, November 21.

Bonus Opportunity

Attend “Ghost in the Shell: Filosofía y Cyberpunk” on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 pm in Ch-228.

Write a 1-2 paragraph response to ideas presented in the film and panel in connection to the course. Include a photo of the event in your post.

Week 13: William Gibson

Tuesday, November 6

Thursday, November 8

  • In class:
    • Discussion of William Gibson’s X-Files episodes.
  • Assignment:
    • Watch Hackers (1995) or The Lawnmower Man (1992) and write about the themes of hackers or virtual reality, respectively. Post in our Facebook Group before class with an image or gif from the film

Bonus Opportunity

  • Attend this event:
    • El Departamento de Humanidades, con motivo del Día Mundial de la Filosofía, te invita al cine-foro: “Ghost in the Shell: Filosofía y Cyberpunk”. El mismo se celebrará el próximo jueves, 15 de noviembre a las 6:00 pm. en CH-228.
    • Write a 1-2 paragraph response to ideas presented in the film and panel in connection to the course. Include a photo of the event in your post.

Movie Night!

On Tuesday, November 13 is our Movie Night. We will meet in Chardón 326 from 6:30-9:15 to watch and discuss The Matrix. This class will make up for two missed classes due to campus closings.

Research Paper or Short Film

For this final assignment, you have two choices:

  1. Write an academic research paper focusing on cyberpunk cinema, exploring a theme, an aspect of the genre, a particular writer,director, producer, or actor whose vision informs cyberpunk films, or any other topic related to the class. Your thesis must make a clear statement about the films you have chosen, and it must be supported by analyses of at least 3 films and appropriate secondary sources. The essay must be about 4-6 pages long (1000-1500 words) in MLA Format (typed, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 point font).
  2. You may produce (individually or collaboratively) a 10-15 minute cyberpunk film and submit (individually) a 2-page (about 500 words) essay where you discuss your contribution and how your work is an engagement of the cinematic elements, theories, and auteurs and/or genres discussed in class.

The assignment is due on Tuesday, November 27.

Week 12: Cyborgs

Tuesday, October 30

  • In class:
  • Assignment for Thursday, November 1
    • Watch Ghost in the Shell (1995) or The Terminator (1984)Write a 1 paragraph post on our Facebook group on the theme of the cyborg and artificial as portrayed in your chosen film. Post before class on Thursday, November 1. Include still relevant still images and/or GIFs from the films.Read and respond substantively to 2 posts by classmates by Saturday, November 3.

Thursday, November 1

  • In class:
    • Discuss cyborgs in the assigned films
  • Assignment for Tuesday, November 6
    • Write a post about how the story and the film convey the cyberpunk ethos differently. Post in our Facebook Group before class, along with an image or GIF from the film.

Week 11: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Tuesday, October 23

  • In class:
    • Discuss Blade Runner (1982)
    • Discuss Film Noir and Neo Noir
  • Assignment:
    • Watch Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    • Write a post about an idea or theme that the sequel to Blade Runner extends, explores further, abandons, or treats differently. Include an image or GIF from the film that evokes the idea. Post in our Facebook group before class on Thursday.

Thursday, October 25

  • In class:
    • Discuss Blade Runner 2049
  • Assignment:
    • Read the Wikipedia entry on Cyborgs
    • Read Donna Haraway “A Cyborg Manifesto“Watch Robocop and write a brief analysis of the use of the cyborg in the film. Post your analysis in our Facebook group before class, along with an evocative image or GIF.
      • For Thursday, watch one (or both):
        • The Terminator (1984)Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Week 10: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

Tuesday, October 16

Thursday, October 18

  • In class:
    • Discussion of artificial intelligence & film noir
    • Partial screening of Bladerunner: The Final Cut (1984)
  • Assignment:
    • Finish watching Bladerunner: The Final Cut
    • Write a 1-2 paragraph post in our Facebook Group analyzing some of the philosophical questions posed by the film. Include one or several images or GIFs evocative of the scenes you’re analyzing.