Blog #60: Attention span…”oh look a dog”… is improving

Blog 60–Techne Check–How are you doing? What are challenges? What has helped you work towards developing your techne?

My techne: watching more movies and improving my understanding of them. I also want to work on improving my attention span and appreciation for film in general.

I’m doing a lot better with my techne since I have more time on my hands. I watch maybe a movie a day sometimes more sometimes less; it just depends on my workload. I won’t go into too much detail about all the movies and films I’ve watched because there’s a lot (yay), but I’ll talk about some of my favorites so far.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Directed by Anthony Minghella

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) - IMDb

This movie was over 2 hours (2:19:00) which is something that a couple of weeks ago never would’ve voluntarily subjected myself to. However, I was actually excited to watch it. Watching all these movies and being isolated has really improved my attention span and patience. A couple of days before watching The Talented Mr. Ripley I watched Good Will Hunting which also stars Matt Damon (who I unfortunately still confuse with Leonardo Dicaprio but I’m working on that!) The movie was beautifully made and had a really captivating plot which kept me engaged basically the entire time. One of my challenges during movie watching is using my phone. I guess there isn’t really anything wrong with that, but I’m probably missing important details of the movie. Maybe the next movie I watch, I won’t check my phone for its entirety.

The Platform (2019/2020) Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

The Platform (2019) - IMDb

This movie was a huge breakthrough for me. Even though it was only an hour and a half which was within my comfort zone, it was one of the more challenging movies I’ve tried to tackle thus far. It was in Spanish so I hardly understood a word. I did turn on the English subtitles, but I had to really pay attention to know what was going on. I hated the first thirty minutes and even turned it off not intending on finish it. However, after talking to Jeanie, one of the people who’s been helping me on this movie journey (she’s going to film school in the fall!!), I decided to finish the movie. The movie was extremely gruesome and had some scenes with cannibalism which was incredibly difficult for me to watch considering I’m afraid of blood lol. However, toward the middle, the underlying message became clear to me. I’ve always had trouble figuring out the meaning behind movies, but I think I’m getting better at it! I won’t spoil it though, in case you decide to watch it.

P.S. I watched Extremis on Netflix the other week. It was about end of life care and the ethics behind it. It was a 20-minute documentary. Maybe your philosophy class next year could watch it 🙂 How is your bagpipe techne going?

Extremis (2016) - IMDb

Update: Same day, but I watched the Fundamentals of Caring (about an hour and a half) without using my phone once. I’d already seen it, but still! Progress!! 🙂 🙂

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  1. You are really trying to improve your techne and that is heartening. Thanks for asking about my bagpipe techne. I was going to post a clip in announcements for the class but the photo booth video camera didn’t really capture the sound of the bagpipe too well. It is LOUD. My playing is up and down. Some days I feel pretty okay, and others I want to cry. But that’s the bagpipes. For example, I played about two three days in a row at night–the full pipes, but I was so terrible. Then, I took two days off and what a difference. There’s never any real rhyme or reason, it just takes a lot of concentration. But on the practice chanter–not the full pipes, I’ve been trying to learn a really difficult song and that challenge has been really good during quarantine. It’s like. Where am I gonna go to avoid practicing this song? No where. Might as well practice. 🙂 Keep up the good work watching films. Maybe for your next techne update, you could try writing a critical film review?

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