Film Club (CSMA 111)

Are you interested in watching and discussing films with peers who share your passion? Programs for 50+ at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education offers a themed course about movies – Film Club (CSMA 111). In this course, located on campus at Ryerson University, you will watch films and discuss approaches and themes with film critic Kevin Courrier.

Our Instructor

Kevin CourrierKevin Courrier is a writer, broadcaster, film critic, and lecturer. Courrier began his radio career as co-host of the interview program On the Arts for CJRT-FM in Toronto during the 1980s. He moved to CBC Radio as a producer and film critic with the pop culture program Prime Time featuring Geoff Pevere in 1989. Courrier currently co-produces and hosts music documentaries for CBC Radio 2’s Inside the Music series. Over his career, Courrier has written about film and popular culture for The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star, and contributed film reviews to Boxoffice Magazine in Los Angeles until the fall of 2007. He is the author of five published books including Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive World of Zappa (2002) and Randy Newman’s American Dreams (2005). In 2010, Courrier co-founded the popular online arts journal Critics at Large, where he contributes reviews of popular culture. He has been teaching film courses to seniors at Ryerson University since 2003.

Who should enrol in CSMA 111?

This non-credit course is for anyone interested in learning various approaches to film. It will appeal to film enthusiasts looking to unleash their inner critic.

Course Information

Film Club will introduce you to the joy of movies through discussion and debate. Each session is three hours and organized around a theme that contains a total of four movies. Each class, we screen one of the four films and discuss it in the context of the theme. Kevin Courrier will provide an introduction to the film before the screening and facilitate discussion that follows.

In the past, Film Club has examined the use of voyeurism as a dramatic strategy by watching such films as Hitchcock’s Rear Window and the German hit The Lives of Others. They have also explored the subject of personal legacies and exploring the actions of others after death (Last Orders, The Browning Version). One series examined four documentaries where the directors uncovered unexpected material in the process of making their films (Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell and Werner Herzog’s My Best Fiend).

CSMA 111 is held on campus at Ryerson University on Sunday afternoons. Join us as we watch films, discuss their approaches and themes, and learn how to think critically about movies.

Note: This course is not restricted to older adults.

Visit the course description page for scheduling and fee information.

Testimonials

Here’s what some of our students have to say about CSMA 111:

“The Sunday Film Club is excellent. I have attended about three now. Four well-chosen films – each one introduced with lots of background information. The discussions after viewing the film are always lively and thought-provoking. The smaller group size allows for an in-depth study. Kevin is always well-prepared, and is a ’natural‘ at provoking comments and questions. Even if you have already seen some of the movies, Kevin’s knowledge adds so much more. What a great way for movie buffs to spend a Sunday afternoon!”
Patricia W. (2014)

“Kevin Courrier’s four-session Sunday afternoon film events are excellent. He brings his extraordinary decades-long cinema knowledge to his selection of films and the discussion that follows. The size of each class facilitates interactivity, which he encourages. Each four-film series has a common theme that is explored, and for participants, this, along with Courrier’s experience and the input by participants, results in a deeper meaning and understanding of the films.”
Robert J. (2014)

Ready to enrol?

Enrolment for this course is available in person (350 Victoria Street), online (using the shopping cart feature), by mail, or by fax. To enrol by mail or fax, print and complete a Mail-in Enrolment Form (PDF).

For More Information

For information on Film Club (CSMA 111) at The Chang School’s Programs for 50+, visit the course description page.