Editorials

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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by / on April 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE CHALLENGE OF THE UNFILMABLE BOOK

Despite surrealist, avant garde, and experimental forays into non-narrative cinema, we still view contemporary filmmaking as first and foremost a narrative form. D.W. Griffith remains  more influential on both mainstream and non-mainstream filmmaking than Stan Brakhage, and cinema has usually […]

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by / on April 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE DEATH OF THE AUTEUR

“To give an Author to a text is to impose upon that text a stop clause, to furnish it with a final signification, to close the writing.” –Roland Barthes When Roland Barthes advocated the death of the author, he claimed […]

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

AVENGING THE FUTURE

My love for the 1960s camp classic TV show The Avengers might be well documented, if you knew where to look. Recently The Avengers has had a resurgence of sorts, in the form of the production of an entire season […]

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

OF MONSTERS AND MONSTERS

I’m a big fan of camp. I love old horror films where the sets are stylized and the blood is red paint. I love action movies with mullets and catch phrases like “I’ve come here to kick ass and chew […]

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by / on March 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

CHARACTERS I HAVE LOVED

I’ve been perusing through some of Emily’s Eternal Characters of the Film Lover’s Mind columns. They started me thinking on what film and television characters have meant to me, and continue to mean to me as I grow older (though […]

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by / on March 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

INVISIBLE SCARS

Was the Oscars really only last week? REALLY? Man, it seems like a thousand years ago that we enjoyed celebrity selfies, Ellen breaking Twitter, and some deserving films receiving some deserving accolades. I enjoyed the Oscars this year, even if […]

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by / on March 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE DEATH OF A CHARACTER

I knew that I would be writing about the Harold Ramis when his death was announced last week. I knew, because how could I not? I may not have known him, I may not have met him, but he affected […]

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by / on February 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

JESUS CHRIST!

For many years during the classical period, it was widely assumed that most American film goers were of some Christian denomination.The foundation of the Production Code itself was, in part, a response to Catholic calls for more wholesome entertainment. The […]

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by / on February 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

A BRIEF COMPENDIUM OF KICKASS WOMEN

After the mammoth success of The Expendables franchise, it was really only a matter of time before Sly Stallone had that lightbulb go on over his head to realize that “hey, girls are also action stars!” Which is where the […]

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