This post does not really have much to do with the idea of the Anthropocene, but I was thinking about the other half of the class – the “screening” aspect – today. I was finishing up the last of the reading assignments (the blogs about movies) and I was thinking to myself, “who figured out all of this stuff?” I have never really analyzed any films very thoroughly, as we are about to start doing and I am feeling a little nervous about it. It requires a lot of attention to dissect all of these tiny details and pick up on subtle clues as to what is really happening. The “shot at a time” sessions that Roger Ebert talked about in his blog seem really interesting. The idea of stopping a film and discussing what is going on then and there makes a lot more sense to me, as opposed to waiting until the end when you’ve forgotten half of what you saw. That being said, being able to pick up on details in a film such as the tendency for the right side of the screen to be considered “positive” seems slightly hard to do and pay attention to! Hopefully it won’t be quite as difficult as it seems. Does anyone else feel this way?