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April 24, 2022

Fame As Depicted In The Who’s Tommy And Pink Floyd’s The Wall

There is something disturbing about the famous footage of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. The adolescent girls in the audience screaming, crying, and even […]
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November 21, 2021

The Ethical Problems In Peter Brook’s Tell Me Lies

In 1968 Peter Brook made a documentary about the movement against Britain’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The film has that loose avant-garde style of […]
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November 18, 2021

An Analysis Of A 4 Minute Sexually Explicit Video

I recently watched an odd video I found on a porn site. It was the title that enticed me to click on it, Playing With Things […]
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November 11, 2021

The Turkish Mockbuster

There is nothing like the feeling of standing at the edge of a rabbit hole and feeling the cool breeze around your ankles as it […]
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November 10, 2021

Don’t Tell Me How It Ends

Compare these two experiences. Some random citizen is walking down the street in 1960 looking for a way to spend the afternoon. On the next […]
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November 10, 2021

The Bruce Lee Problem

Without placing blame on the man himself it is unfortunate that Bruce Lee’s stardom often eclipses the many other skilled actors and practitioners of the […]
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November 10, 2021

Feminist Themes In Frankenhooker

Frankenhooker, written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, fits easily into the is a 1980’s counter culture horror genre. It shares stylistic and thematic material with films […]
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November 10, 2021

Psycho, Taxi Driver, and Maniac: A Formal Comparison

The 1981 film Maniac definitely owes a debt to both Psycho and Taxi Driver. Its a strange set of films to compare but they do have some core commonality. Alienation […]
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November 10, 2021

Hollywood’s Brand of Feminism

Hollywood’s idea of feminism is a woman behaving like a man. The approach leaves the stereotypical gender roles unchallenged and then simply gives a female […]
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November 10, 2021

Entertainment And The Films Of Akira Kurosawa And Ingmar Bergman

There is a long held principle in film criticism that the entertainment value of a movie is in some way set in opposition to its […]
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November 8, 2021

The Role of the Environment in Onibaba and Woman In The Dunes.

Between the films Onibaba (Kaneto Shindo in 1964) and Woman In the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara in 1964) there are only five characters and two locations. Both films are striped […]
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November 8, 2021

A Comparison of I Spit on Your Grave, The Last House On The Left and Ms. 45

I Spit on Your Grave (1978), The Last House On The Left (1972) and Ms. 45 (1981) all fit within the grindhouse genre and further within the subgenera of rape […]
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November 8, 2021

Self Awareness in Rear Window vs. The Tenant

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and Roman Polanski's The Tenant are both films about observing and being observed. Rear Window was released in 1954 and The Tenant was released two decades later in 1976. […]
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November 8, 2021

Deadpan as a Filming Technique in Roy Anderson’s Films

Deadpan is not ordinarily ascribed to a style of filmmaking. It is more often associated with the lack of emotion on an actor’s face during […]
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November 8, 2021

The Manipulation of Sympathy in Parasite and Us.

​In his movie Psycho, Hitchcock famously had Marion Crane, played by the movie’s biggest star Janet Leigh, murdered in the first third of the film. The audience […]
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November 5, 2021

Jean Luc-Godard and Charlie Parker, No Spoon Full of Sugar For You

George Bernard Shaw said of Richard Wagner “He’s better than he sounds.” This could be said about both Jean Luc-Godard and Charlie Parker. Both men […]
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November 4, 2021

The New Equine Cinema

Breathlessly, ardently I beseech you all to harken to my call. Let me be the harbinger of a cinema most revolutionary! It has come to […]
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November 3, 2021

A Comparison of Three Films Entitled Maniac

​The first of the three films entitled Maniac was made in 1937, the second came out 46 years later in 1980, and 33 years after that a […]
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November 2, 2021

Embracing Marginalization Through Cult Films

What constitutes a “cult?” What is the difference between Christianity and a cult? Systemically, structurally they are the same. They both gather believers under an […]
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November 1, 2021

Fascism and The Superhero

“these iconic characters are still very much white supremacist dreams of the master race. In fact, I think that a good argument can be made […]
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October 31, 2021

Some Snippets From My Film Student’s Papers

I love and respect my students. I present to you some of their missteps with the greatest affection.​“Apocalypse Now film was released in 1979 by Ford […]
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October 30, 2021

The Role of Conflict in Tomcat

This article contains spoilers. Tomcat centers around one sharp moment of horror. A single lightning bolt out of nowhere that leaves you breathless. Tomcat is […]
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October 25, 2021

Revenge of Mechagodzilla: Thoughts on Kaiju Symbolism

The legacy of Godzilla began in 1954. The history of this still ongoing franchise has been divided into a variety of eras the first of which is […]
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October 21, 2021

A Little About Andy Warhol’s Films

“His genius was in his way of looking at things, at singling out common objects for extraordinary examination. But the idea of looking at a […]
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