The Structure of Experience

All-righty!

We're not just watching a movie -- we're studying it.
I'm experimenting with this form, and you are too.

"The Structure of Experience."

It's a "guided movie study" night, based on popular culture movies (*), where we watch movies from an analytical frame. (**)

(*) Movies I'd like to share include:

  • Explorers [1985] 
  • Groundhog Day [1993] 
  • X-Men [2000] 
  • Barbie's The Princess and The Pauper [2004] 
  • Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3D [2005] 
  • Happy Feet [2006] 
  • Enchanted [2007] 
  • Speed Racer [2008] 
  • Kick Ass [2010] 
  • Tangled [2010] 
  • Suckerpunch [2011] 
  • Limitless [2011] 

 

 (**) Analytical Frame: Watching the movie from the frame of asking:

  • "What questions is this movie encouraging me to ask?" 
  • "How and Why do I relate with these characters?" 
  • "What do I see, think, and feel, at specific points in the movie? -- and Why?" (alternatively:) "How do my body and mind respond to the events in the movie?" 
  • "Does this mean anything to me, or is it just entertainment?" (alternatively:) "Is my life any different, after watching this movie, than it was before?" (alternatively:) "What is the functional purpose of watching a movie?" (alternatively:) "What is the structure of entertainment?" 
  • "What themes or implicit arguments am I getting here?" (alternatively:) "If this movie were an essay, what would its text read?"

 

Parts of the plan:
* I'll introduce the questions I'd like you to keep in mind as we watch.

  • "What questions are the characters asking?" (verbally, implicitly)
  • "How do I personally relate to this character?"
  • "What perspectives are they representing?"

 

* We'll watch. We'll take brief breaks during the showing to collect what we came up with so far.

  • Keep notes as you watch: impressions, feelings, emotions, agreements, disagreements, insights

 

* We'll talk about what we watched at the end, and what our experience of it was.

This is my first time doing this -- I have no idea what'll happen..!

This is basically a superhero movie. Themes: focus, identity, human potential.

Starts at 7PM, ends at 10PM.
There will be food -- celery and chips and peanut butter and stuff like that.

 

~ Lion Kimbro

 

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  • Budi M.
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