Posts and Me

Hi there. I teach AP  US/World History, Holocaust Studies as well as community college Humanities courses. My home state is Illinois, but I have traveled and lived all over the place. I am a Navy Veteran and was fortunate enough to have been stationed in Scotland for four years in the 80s. Fast forward–I started college late at age 30 and now have a few expensive pieces of paper to show for myself. I’ll be paying back student loans until I’m 70. Ha! How brilliant is that?

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I wrote a historical novel set in 1900. It would be great if you decided to buy The Knife with the Ivory Handle on Kindle or Amazon HERE.

Every month, I will announce a film, varying the genre. If you are willing and able, watch/re-watch with a fresh pair of eyes. On the 13th, visiting guests offer a focused opinion about an aspect of the film as a conversation starter. Please, join the discussion. Would you like to be a co-host? Wonderful!

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I have many interests but consider watching movies, blogging, reading, traveling, hiking, photography, writing, and shooting pool favorite ways to occupy my time.

Have a great day,  CB

P.S. I use Google images and IMDb for the details about my film posts. The analysis is all me.

 

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  1. I used to teach as an adjunct English faculty member at several different universities, and when I read this “I have many interests but consider watching movies, blogging, reading, traveling, hiking, photography, writing, and shooting pool favorite ways to occupy my time,” I thought you were talking about me rather than yourself.

    1. Moody, Yes! Great, I would love to have more females contribute. I can tell you Dec. 13 we will be discussing the new release, ‘Allied’. Hope you can catch it in the theater and stop back on the 13th. 🙂

    1. Richard, I did. It takes time to get used to the limited camera work. On one hand, I wanted the camera to pan out to include his surrounds. On the other, I thought it highly effective that the horrors of the gas chamber/crematorium were distinctly out of focus. The contrast between horror and beauty appealed to me greatly. That is, Saul’s desperate attempt to regain his humanity by saving the life of the boy was exquisite. I loved the ambiguous ending when he smiles at the end facing the German boy. Three cheers to Hungarian director, László Nemes.

        1. I showed it to my students this year. Half of them loved it; the other half found it frustrating, the limited camera. I’ll happily pop over and check out your post. Thank you for sharing.

          1. Your students might find it useful to understand the power of long-take hand held camerawork. It creates in the viewer a claustrophobic frustration at not being able to see. Its disempowering and fear-inducing. Given the aims of the filmmaker, these are emotional and physiological reactions that help carry the narrative of horror.

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