Examines the relationship between American films from 1980 to the present and their cultural and historical context. Includes films by Bigelow, Fincher, Scorsese, Lee, Linklater, Lynch, Stone, the Coen brothers, and Jenkins. Assumes some film knowledge but is not restricted to majors. This course is open to Cinema Studies majors and non-majors, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Non-majors need instructor consent to enroll. Formerly FILM 3081.