In Living Colour: American Broadcast News on Film

I recently wrote an essay regarding political representations of TV news in film by comparing Network (1976) with Christine (2016). The essay focuses on the political ideology of TV news, attempting to work out what value such media holds in communatating truths to mass audiences, while asking if this is even possible when situated within…

Director Knockout: Final Results

After a month and a half of voting, the winner of A World of Film’s Director Knockout has been declared… and the third place, runner up, and winner goes to… Alfred Hitchcock! (Final bracket results HERE) In the end, there wasn’t much competition for Hitchcock, winning every round against some very heavyweight directors very comfortably…

Director Knockout: The Final

VOTE NOW! It takes only 10 seconds Click in each match to state your chosen director; the director with the most votes will win Director Knockout! In the end, only one director can win, becoming the ‘A World of Film’ champion. Click HERE to see the updated bracket. The Final: Third Place:

Director Knockout: Semifinal Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in the semifinal of Director Knockout! (two very close matches) Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Here are the results: The finals. Voting starts soon!

Director Knockout: Round 3 Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in round 3 of Director Knockout! Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Here are the results: The next round. Voting starts soon!

A Better Place (1997) By Eric Norcross

A Better Place is the debut film of Vincent Pereira—and thus far, the only film he has ever made. In the 1990’s, bouncing off the success of Kevin Smith’s film Clerks, View Askew Productions turned out several indie films directed by other talents within their social circle.

Director Knockout: Round 3

VOTE NOW! It takes only 20 seconds Click in each match to state your chosen director; the director with the most votes will progress to round semifinals next week. In the end, only one director can win, becoming the ‘A World of Film’ champion. Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Round 3 Matches:

Director Knockout: Round 2 Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in round 2 of Director Knockout! Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Here are the results: The next round. Voting starts soon!

Director Knockout! Round 2

VOTE NOW! (closing soon) It takes only 20 seconds Click in each match to state your chosen director; the director with the most votes will progress to round 3 next week. In the end, only one director can win, becoming the ‘A World of Film’ champion. Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Round 2 Matches

Director Knockout: Round 1 – Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in round 1 of Director Knockout! Click HERE to see the updated bracket. Here are the results: Lynch vs. Capra David Lynch (63%) Frank Capra (38%) – Lynch wins Kurosawa vs. Lang Akira Kurosawa (67%) Fritz Lang (33%) – Kurosawa wins  Chaplin vs. Griffith Charlie Chaplin (57%) D.W. Griffith (43%) – Chaplin wins…

Timbuktu: Sequence Analysis

This is an unpublished essay completed for my BA Film Studies course a little under a year and a half ago. The piece is a little less polished than my recent work, but I hope is a interesting read none the less.

Close Analysis: Peter Watkins’s The War Game (1965)

Sequence Timecode: (00:04:10 – 00:08:20) Based on an estimated projection of how Britain might cope with the escalation, events, and aftermath of global nuclear war in the 1960s, Peter Watkins’s The War Game (1965) shocks and disarms its viewers with the distressing realities of educational facts blended potently with visual enactments of possible future scenarios…

The BPs Ceremony 2017

Click HERE to listen to the 4th annual BP awards! The show is an interesting and very fun alternative to the big awards shows such as the oscars, and is hosted by the David Bax and Tyler Smith of Battleship Pretension. Make sure to listen around the 35 minute mark to hear me present the…

Mulholland Drive (2001) Eric Norcross

When I first saw Mulholland Drive at a second-run theater in downtown Portland, Maine, I hated it. I was angry that it existed. How could anyone finance this thing? I was right out of film school and as a result I had been blinded by the false idea that films had to flow at a…

An Archaeology of the Close-Up

I recently wrote an academic essay exploring the historical and cultural origins of the cinematic close-up. The piece is a long read, but I think any reader interested in cinema history will find the ideas interesting. I worked hard on the essay and I’d be extremely grateful for anyone able to take some time to…

A World of Film’s Top 10 of 2016

2016 was jam-packed with controversy and conflict. No matter what side of anything you were on, I think the year could most appropriately be described as a never-ending fight between ‘hope’ and’ regret’. This, I feel, is reflected within my list of favourite films from 2016; some hold a deeply troubling vision of the future,…

It Follows and Musically Uncanny

“This thing … it’s gonna follow you.” As Hugh speaks these unnerving words to Jay during the first act of David Robert Mitchell’s, It Follows (2014), we could be mistaken in thinking these words refer to the film’s music as well as its plot. The film is an effective horror film, taking many visual and…

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Images and Power

For art historian and theorist Hans Belting, our understanding of images has, throughout the history of art and media theory, greatly undervalued our perception of images as distinctive from the media they live within, thus underestimating the power and influence they hold in shaping human history and the human body. Belting states that, “we are…

Where Have I Been?

If you follow this blog closely, you’ll have noticed that, recently, things have been a little quite on the western front when it comes to the amount of content posted over the last few months. I’ve been working at The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain over this time (actually making films instead of just…

A Film to Remember, by Darrell Tuffs

Already an established contemporary video artist and filmmaker, Omer Fast has directed a range of short films challenging the conventions of storytelling, particularly focusing on the concept of reality, representation, and the fragile line between the two. For this reason, Fast would seem the perfect candidate to tackle Tom McCarthy’s mind-bender of a novel, Remainder;…

Does ‘the Phantom of the Auteur’ Haunt French Cinema?

The haunting presence of the auteur has long loomed over the French film industry; it was in France itself that the auteur theory as a major film discussion was first established. Because of this, a long tradition dating back farther than (but popularized by) the French new wave had firmly placed the auteur at the…

The Matrix: Entering the Rabbit Hole of the Human Mind

When beginning to experience film philosophy as a serious form of artistic and academic discussion, there is arguably no film more important or influential as the Wachowski’s 1999 film, The Matrix. The Matrix is tightly packed with philosophical ideas, which, through theme and aesthetic, reference theorists such as Descartes, Baudrillard, and Marx, while simultaneously doing…

Why Am I Still Watching This? By Darrell Tuffs

Michael Haneke’s Benny’s Video (1992) provides a rich array of moral and ethical questions to its viewer via both narrative and aesthetic, yet its key ethical significance is not established in answering these questions with any great conclusion, but rather, in successfully forcing its audience to actively contemplate and debate such questions; to ask, but…

Mind Map: A London Art Exhibition

This week, an art exhibition featuring the work of my girlfriend and two other artists is taking place in Battersea, London. If interested, and for more information, please read below. Alternatively, CLICK HERE to view the official Facebook page.   A group painting show featuring the work of: Elise Gegauff Beth Horner Christina Kim-Symes Private view Tuesday…

A Tale of One City: Cinematic London in Contemporary British Cinema

From the expressionistic and bold portrait of London in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, through to the modern metropolis of scenic icons and vast scale depicted in Sam Mendes’s 2012 film, Skyfall, London has forever been an important cinematic city, holding centuries of history, cultural style, and filmic…

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 return of $4.6m, a fairly successful amount for such a small-scale production. (1) A few years later, Liman would begin to dip his toes into…

The 2016 Bafta Challenge!

The Challenge: It’s awards season! (whether you like it or not) And this year, A World of Film is hosting ‘The Bafta Challenge’. I’d really love for everyone reading this post right now to take part; it will be fun, and I’d love to get to know some of my readers a little more. Every…

My Top 10 of 2015!

CLICK HERE to see my list of favourite films from 2015! Note: I go by the official US release dates. Thus, some of these film may be 2016 releases in some countries.

The Hateful Eight

While viewing Tarantino’s eagerly awaited 8th feature film, The Hateful Eight, two conflicting opinions were passionately arguing within my brain. The first was telling me, “This film is absolutely beautiful; a real cinematic treat!” Indeed, as one might expect from Tarantino, The Hateful Eight is a gorgeously crisp film. Shot on celluloid, and set within…

The Last Metro: A Sequence Analysis

Click HERE to read by new essay, The Last Metro: A Sequence Analysis. The essay is posted to the great film site, Battleship Pretension.

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

Buster Keaton, like Chaplin, will forever be respected as the most basic and fundamental pioneer of the comedy genre in film. But rarely mentioned with Keaton is how wonderfully composed and experimental he was with regard to creating action cinema, as well as a real and serious sense of physical vulnerability. And no, we’re not…

Smile Power Day: Our top 5 cinematic reasons to smile

We all know the feeling. Every year, Smile Power Day comes around once more, bringing with it happiness and joy equal to a thousand laughing babies, or a field of smiling kittens – everyone in the world seems to have successfully embraced the power of the smile, that is, apart from you. Yes, we’re talking…

A Movie is a Movie, by Darrell Ron Tuffs

Jean-Luc Godard’s A Woman is a Woman (1961) opens like a grand theatre production, as we, the audience, are sat surrounded by darkness, in anticipation for the show to begin. An orchestra is heard warming up, a conductor is heard preparing, and huge blocks of one word text engulf the screen itself, quickly flashing relevant…

The Festival Circuit: A Short Screenplay, by Darrell Tuffs

Click the link to view my short screenplay, The Festival Circuit. I would be extremely grateful if anyone could leave a comment; let me know what you think. The Festival Circuit is the story of Harris, an up-and-coming indie director who falls asleep during a festival screening of his own film. Harris is quickly photographed while…

Sex and Death, by Darrell Tuffs

CLICK HERE to read my review of the wonderfully effective new horror film, It Follows, over at Battleship Pretension. Thank you!

The 39 Steps (1935) – Alfred Hitchcock (Niall McArdle)

Summary: An innocent man is wanted for murder and drawn into a web of intrigue after foreign spies try to smuggle military secrets out of the country. Spoilers, naturally, but really, you don’t watch a Hitchcock film for the plot (and the plot of The 39 Steps is rather silly and full of holes); rather…

Surrealism: Dreams and the Unconscious (Freud and Dreams That Money Can Buy)

Important note: Here is an essay that I wrote for university; within it, I apply some psychoanalytical aspects of Freud’s theory of dreams to the 1947 surrealist film, Dreams That Money Can Buy. However, I first explain the theory and concept in some detail, which may be quite tiresome to readers only interested in approaching this essay by way of the film….

Smoke (1995) by Leila Murseljevic

I was asked the other day to, in just 5 seconds, name the first movie that pops on my mind, which fulfils the criteria of both simplicity and effectiveness at the same time. And let me tell you, for someone who takes the art of moving pictures very seriously, this was one of the toughest…

Paths of Glory (1957) Stanley Kubrick

Summary: During the First World War, the French military orders a court-martial accusing soldiers of cowardice after an attack on an enemy position fails. Spoilers It is a truism in the Army that shit rolls downhill, and in Paths of Glory Stanley Kubrick doesn’t argue with it; he just presents it for the nonsense it…

Our YouTube Channel

We know that A World of Film has been a little quiet recently. The site has had a small break, but we will be back very soon, and already have some articles in the pipeline. In the meantime, why not take a look at our new A World of Film YouTube channel for short video essays….