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FLM 154 — Seven Hidden Gems: Films Critics Missed but Viewers Loved

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
Duration: 7 weeks
Format/Location: On-campus
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 15
Class Recording Available: No
Class Meeting Day: Thursdays
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Please Note: No class on July 4
Tuition: $420
   
Refund Deadline: Jun 29
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Thursdays
Duration: 7 weeks
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 15
Unit(s): 1
Format/Location: On-campus
 
Tuition: $420
 
Refund Deadline: Jun 29
 
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
 
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
 
Recording Available: No
 
Status: Open
 
Please Note: No class on July 4
 
 
In this course, we will look at seven outstanding movies that were vastly underrated by critics and try to understand why. When we do, we will find that critical errors usually fall into predictable patterns having to do with the expectations that critics bring into the theater. Often these are genre expectations. Some action films (Taken and Non-Stop) earned poor reviews simply for being action movies. Click, an Adam Sandler comedy, had profound things to say about how people go through life but was dismissed by most critics as mindless amusement. Critics often label films of genuine emotion as “sentimental” (What Happens Later and One Day) and despite criticizing actors for not taking risks, they often become goon squads enforcing conformity whenever an actor—and particularly an actress—does something different (such as Jennifer Aniston in Derailed and Blake Lively in The Rhythm Section).

George Orwell said, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” This course will encourage vigorous discussion and will welcome different opinions. The goal is to foster open minds and independent thinking, so that students can become more clear-thinking and incisive than the majority of professional critics.

All films will be viewed in class.

MICK LASALLE
Film Critic, Hearst Newspapers

Mick LaSalle is the author of Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood, Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man, The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses, and Dream State: California in the Movies. He writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and other Hearst newspapers.