Film Note: Edge of Tomorrow (Live. Die. Repeat.)

Doug Liman’s first big break onto the Hollywood directing scene was the low-budget comedy, Swingers (1996). The film cost just $200,000 to make, and saw a domestic US box office … Continue reading Film Note: Edge of Tomorrow (Live. Die. Repeat.)

Cinematic Histories: The Hybridity of the Heritage Genre in Contemporary French Cinema

Artistic historical representations of French national identity have long been an important cultural element when it comes to the French cinema exploring its own sense of self. Indeed, the very … Continue reading Cinematic Histories: The Hybridity of the Heritage Genre in Contemporary French Cinema

Subverting the Traditional Techniques of the Natural History Film: The Relationship Between Humans and Animals in Mark Lewis’s Cane Toads: The Conquest

The theatrical poster for Mark Lewis’s Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010) shows a large image of a cane toad as it stares directly into the viewer’s gaze from a low-angled … Continue reading Subverting the Traditional Techniques of the Natural History Film: The Relationship Between Humans and Animals in Mark Lewis’s Cane Toads: The Conquest

Binaries of the Mind: The Relationship between Humans and Nature in Cast Away

Click HERE to read by new essay, Binaries of the Mind: The Relationship between Humans and Nature in Cast Away. The essay looks at the film, Cast Away, as a work of ecocinema; the essay is … Continue reading Binaries of the Mind: The Relationship between Humans and Nature in Cast Away

Recreating History: Applying Postmodernism and Queer Theory to Cheryl Dunye’s, The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman (1996) follows a young, black lesbian filmmaker named Cheryl, desperate to find and discover an original and interesting subject on which to base her new … Continue reading Recreating History: Applying Postmodernism and Queer Theory to Cheryl Dunye’s, The Watermelon Woman

The Aesthetic Elements of Kracauer’s Theory of Cinematic Realism Present Within Pawel Pawlikowski’s My Summer of Love, by Darrell Tuffs

Siegfried Kracauer – born February 8th, 1889 – was a landmark film theorist, who in 1960, released his expansive book on film, Theory of Film. The book outlines and explores … Continue reading The Aesthetic Elements of Kracauer’s Theory of Cinematic Realism Present Within Pawel Pawlikowski’s My Summer of Love, by Darrell Tuffs

Documenting Truth: The Reinvention of Voice-over and Success of Style in Marina Goldovskaya’s Solovki Power (posted to Battleship Pretension)

CLICK HERE to read my new essay on Marina Goldovskaya’s wonderful 1998 documentary, Solovki Power, at Battleship Pretension. (and while you are there, take a look at their great site) Thank … Continue reading Documenting Truth: The Reinvention of Voice-over and Success of Style in Marina Goldovskaya’s Solovki Power (posted to Battleship Pretension)