Today was ridiculously great
Woke up late after too little sleep, drank a giant-ass mug of coffee; left the house at least half-an-hour late, somehow managed to get to my 8h30 Eastern Religion class on time; learned I wasn’t failing the class because I somehow got 70% on that horrendous mid-term; went to English class, we watched Paranormal Activity 2 because having “The Horror Genre” as your English class is the greatest; bought the 1st season of Hey Arnold!; saw The Thing remake/prequel (meh, as expected); made it back to school for my last class; had a greasy poutine and hot-dog for supper; saw Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In aka La Piel Que Habito (amazing!) then raced to catch Romain Gavras’ Notre Jour Viendra (unexpectedly hilarious); made it back home using a faster and more pleasant itinerary; found out that my VHShitfestbootleg copy of Hellroller aka Hellrozzer had finally arrived (thanks Dan & Tim!) and am now eating curry and getting ready to watch some Hey Arnold! before going to bed.
Started school again on Wednesday. While I’m depressed by the idea of it and hate everyone, I have to admit this might be the best chunk of classes just yet.
Film & Social Issues, which I briefly audited last semester, should be quite interesting. This semester we’re looking at homelessness, dysfunctional families and the theme of dystopia. While I couldn’t care less for the assignments, which aside from the reviews journal I can’t wait for, consists mostly of ridiculous conceptual arts & crafts (wtf, right), the selection of films is quite good, going from Dark Days, L’enfant to Soylent Green and Romper Stomper.
Imaging Technologies, is essentially a straight-up photo class, which sounds good. While not owning a DSLR will certainly prove to be a pain in the butt, the teacher looks like she’s very easy-going, many fieldtrips to exhibits are planned and a lot of free lab time will be enjoyable as well.
Media Production will be more of the same, but I can’t wait to get back to making films. We’ll have to produce an experimental short (1m) and a longer narrative or documentary short (4-5m) and I’m quite excited because I know exactly what I’m going to do. Hopefully, I’ve gotten better at Final Cut Pro last semester and I don’t encouter that many problems this semester.
World Views: Great Thinkers of the World, is a class I’m going to stick with because of the subject matter alone. Looking at the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, Karl Marx and Thomas Hobbes (with hints of Machiavelli, Proudhon and more, if I decide to dig deeper into the great textbook) will hopefully make up for the fact the teacher is as creepy, monotone and boring as they can get. Almost fell asleep during the first class, which is never a good sign.
Eastern Religion & the Arts will be fucking awesome. Taught by a dude with a serious Jodorowsky vibe going on for him, the whole thing will be about the “alternate anatomy of the human body, according to Eastern philosophies” and how it impacts the arts. We’ll be looking at India, China, Tibet, Japan and more. We’ll be watching films, discussing reincarnation and chakras. My kind of jam.
The Horror Genre - Reality Horror is a dream. Taught by Kris Woofter, an amazing person and great friend I’ve had as a teacher twice (Reality Horror and Haunted House courses) at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, I literally can’t believe this is an English class I’m taking for real credit. The course is essentially a film class and aside from analyzing all kinds of awesome stuff like Blair Witch, Cropsey, Diary of the Dead, Blow Out, the course - as expected - is deeply theoretical (FINALLY!), looking at texts from Carroll, Dovey, Freeland, Hutchings, Mulvey and obliquely at the fiction work of Poe, Lovecraft and Peter Straub as well!
Aikido as gym class should be great. I haven’t had it yet (Monday) but there’s little that can go wrong. I love how thematically Asian this semester is going to get. After doing karate for 5 years - and quitting for lack of interest, money and time - I can’t wait to renew with martial arts, even if its in a school context.