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Ebert on Bonnie and Clyde [Warning: SPOILERS]

Ebert on Citizen Kane; Ebert's introduction to the Great Movies

Film Lists:

American Film Institute: AFI Top 100
Internet Movie Database (IMDB); IMDB Top 250
Roger Ebert's Great Movies
Entertainment Weekly 100 Greatest Films
AMC Filmsite's 100 Greatest Films
National Film Registry 

Other Resources:

The Film Experience Website
(Companion Site for our textbook--registration required)
All Movie
The Oscars
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Vatican's Great Films 

 Local Theater Info:

Circle Cinema
Claremore Cinema 8
Tulsa AMC
Tulsa Cinemark


Oscar Ballots

Our Oscar competition has now concluded (obviously). Thanks for playing.

AMC is once again doing its Best Picture Showcase. This is a great opportunity to see the Best Picture nominees just before the Oscars. Go one Saturday to see five; go both Saturdays to see all ten. It's a blast, and a great deal too. Click here for more info:

Best Picture Showcase


Course Schedule 

Part I: A History of American Movies

Jan 14  Th        Introduction to Cinema; Casablanca

Jan 21  Th        The Film Experience (FE Chap. 1 & 2; Ebert p. xv-xix, p. 109-17); Citizen Kane

Jan 28  Th        Mise-en-Scène (FE Chap. 3); Hitchcock I     

 Note: Oscar Nominations Announced Tues. Feb. 2nd

Feb 4   Th        Cinematography (FE Chap. 4); Hitchcock II


Feb 11 Th        Editing (FE Chap. 5; Ebert p. 84-8); Bonnie & Clyde           

Feb 18 Th        Film Sound (FE Chap. 6); The Graduate

Feb 25 Th        Narrative Films (FE Chap. 7; Ebert p. 194-8); The Godfather 


Mar 4   Th        Genres (FE Chap. 10); Chinatown

Note: Watch the Oscars on ABC, Sunday May 7th

Mar 11 Th        Histories (FE Chap. 11 & 12) 


Part II: Great Movies of Today 

Mar 25 Th        Theory (FE Chap. 13)

Apr 1   Th        Writing a good review (FE Chap. 14)

Apr 8   Th       

Apr 15 Th       

Apr 22 Th       

Apr 29 Th       

May 6 FINAL EXAM  (2 p.m.)

 This schedule may be revised as necessary during the course of the semester.


Important Note: Ebert’s essays assume that you have seen the film in question. They may contain spoilers that will fundamentally alter your experience of the film. If you have not seen the particular film, do not read Ebert’s essay before class—read it after.


Name: ___________________

Honors Cinema

82nd Academy Awards—Oscar Ballot

For each category, choose one winner (65 points possible). The top five ballots will receive extra credit.


Best Director—5 points

o  Kathryn Bigelow, ‘The Hurt Locker’

o  James Cameron, ‘Avatar’

o  Lee Daniels, ‘Precious’

o  Jason Reitman, ‘Up in the Air’

o  Quentin Tarantino, ‘Inglourious Basterds’


Best Actor—5 points

o Jeff Bridges, ‘Crazy Heart’

o George Clooney, ‘Up in the Air’

o Colin Firth, ‘A Single Man’

o Morgan Freeman, ‘Invictus’

o Jeremy Renner, ‘The Hurt Locker’


Best Actress—5 points

o Sandra Bullock, ‘The Blind Side’

o Helen Mirren, ‘The Last Station’

o Carey Mulligan, ‘An Education’

o Gabourey Sidibe, ‘Precious’

o Meryl Streep, ‘Julie & Julia’


Best Supporting Actor—5 points

o Matt Damon, ‘Invictus’

o Woody Harrelson, ‘The Messenger’

o Christopher Plummer, ‘The Last Station’

o Stanley Tucci, ‘The Lovely Bones’

o Christoph Waltz, ‘Inglourious Basterds’


Best Supporting Actress—5 points

o Penelope Cruz, ‘Nine’

o Vera Farmiga, ‘Up in the Air’

o Maggie Gyllenhaal, ‘Crazy Heart’

o Anna Kendrick, ‘Up in the Air’

o Mo’nique, ‘Precious’


Best Animated Feature Film—2 points

o Coraline’

o ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

o ‘The Princess and the Frog’

o ‘The Secret of Kells’

o ‘Up’


Best Film Editing—2 points

o ‘Avatar’

o ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

o ‘The Hurt Locker’

o ‘Inglourious Basterds’

o ‘Precious’



Best Original Screenplay—2 points

o Mark Boal, ‘The Hurt Locker’

o Quentin Tarantino, ‘Inglourious Basterds’

o Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, ‘The Messenger’

o Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, ‘A Serious Man’

o Peter Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy, ‘Up’


Best Original Score—2 points

o ‘Avatar’

o ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

o ‘The Hurt Locker’

o ‘Sherlock Holmes’

o ‘Up’


Best Original Song—2 points

o ‘Almost There’ from ‘The Princess and the Frog,’ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

o ‘Down in New Orleans’ from ‘The Princess and the Frog,’ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

o ‘Loin de Paname’ from ‘Paris 36,’ Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas

o ‘Take It All’ from ‘Nine,’ Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston

o ‘The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)’ from ‘Crazy Heart,’ Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett ’


Best Foreign Film—2 points

o Israel - ‘Ajami’

o Argentina - ‘El Secreto de sus Ojos’

o Peru - ‘The Milk of Sorrow’

o France - ‘Un Prophete’

o Germany - ‘The White Ribbon’


Best Documentary Feature—2 points

o ‘Burma VJ’

o ‘The Cove’

o ‘Food, Inc.’

o ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers’

o ‘Which Way Home’


 Best Adapted Screenplay—2 points

o Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, ‘District 9’

o Nick Hornby, ‘An Education’

o Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, ‘In the Loop’

o Geoffrey Fletcher, ‘Precious’

o Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, ‘Up in the Air’


Best Visual Effects—2 points

o ‘Avatar’

o ‘District 9’

o ‘Star Trek’


Best Cinematography—2 points

o ‘Avatar’

o ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

o ‘The Hurt Locker’

o ‘Inglourious Basterds’

o ‘The White Ribbon’’


Best Picture—10 points

o ‘Avatar’

o ‘The Blind Side’

o ‘District 9’

o ‘An Education’

o ‘The Hurt Locker’

o ‘Inglourious Basterds’

o ‘Precious’

o ‘A Serious Man’

o ‘Up’

o ‘Up in the Air’

 Best Picture Bonus—How many of the Best Picture nominees have you seen? (Check all that apply.)


‘The Blind Side’

‘District 9’

‘An Education’

‘The Hurt Locker’

‘Inglourious Basterds’


‘A Serious Man’


‘Up in the Air’