He was most likely wanting you *not* to chimp. Chimping is still monkey see monkey do when it comes down to it - just it's the self controlling the monkey. Do something, expect a response/result, repeat until result is arrived.
That isn't really learning, that's pattern recognition.
He probably was trying to get you to think, innately understand the concepts, commit to your understanding of them, and expose the film with those concepts in mind - knowing full well this is a lake of fire approach, but an approach that will get you real learning and understanding.
No, he wanted me to chimp. He was just feeling nostalgic.
(I'm not going to go into how chimping is a useful tool, especially for instant feedback when learning and experimenting.)