Editorials

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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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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