Editorials

by / on July 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE HYPOCRISY OF MORAL OUTRAGE

Oh, Hollywood. Just when I thought you couldn’t get any weirder, you manage to top yourself. I hope that everyone has had time to peruse, dissect, and come to a conclusion about Gary Oldman’s recent public defense of Mel Gibson’s […]

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by / on July 7, 2014 at 9:49 am / in Editorials, Everything Else

BOOK REVIEW/MOVIE PREVIEW: GONE GIRL

So I’m gonna try something new… again! Or, rather, I’m taking a week off from YOU’VE GOTT MAIL because it was a holiday weekend and gathering volunteers for the weekly e-mail column has proven more difficult than I had both […]

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by / on July 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

LAUREN’S TRANSFORMERS RANT

This weekend saw the release of yet another entry into the seminal Transformers franchise by American auteur Michael Bay. Bay’s Transformers films are a ballet of big pieces of CGI’d machinery beating up other big pieces of CGI’d machinery while […]

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by / on June 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

IT’S JUST ENTERTAINMENT

I want to talk about a phrase. It’s a little phrase, but like many little phrases it packs a great deal of meaning. It’s also something that has been said in relation to film and media studies more times than […]

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by / on June 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

SHAKESPEARE FOR THE MASSES

Contrary to what you might see here, I have interests going beyond movies and being angry about them. I am particularly fond of William Shakespeare, for instance. Unsurprisingly, I am also fond of film adaptations of Shakespeare, from the filmed […]

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by / on June 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

A CAMP SENSIBILITY

“The whole point of Camp is to dethrone the serious. Camp is playful, anti-serious…One can be serious about the frivolous, frivolous about the serious.” – Susan Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp’ ” For years I have attempted to put into words […]

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by / on May 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

A CINEMA OF FAILURE

“In its contemporary and most sophisticated form, paracinema is an aggressive, esoteric and often painfully ascetic counter-aesthetic, one that produces, in its most extreme manifestations, an ironic form of reverse elitism.” – Jeffrey Sconce, “ ‘Trashing’ the Academy” To my […]

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by / on May 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

ARRESTED ADOLESCENCE

As Kai properly pointed out on Facebook last week, graphic novel author and part-time Bigfoot Impersonator Alan Moore hates everything. Rarely will you read an interview with Moore in which he doesn’t grumble about something to do with the comic […]

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by / on May 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

A FAINT GLIMMER OF CIVILIZATION

I have accepted that I’m pretty much a curmudgeon about many things in contemporary media. When you spend as much time talking, reading, and writing about film, media, and pop culture as I do, you tend to age pre-maturely. If […]

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by / on April 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE STRUCTURES OF CINEMATIC RACISM

It has been said that media is a mirror of the culture, but it is also an arbiter of the culture. Much of our perspective on each other, particularly the majority’s perspective on minorities, has to do with the way […]

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