Top 10 of 2017: #10 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I normally don’t place mainstream franchised films on my top 10; there’s something about them typically that feels oddly staged, overworked, and coldly calculated.

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.

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, … Continue reading A Film to Remember, by Darrell Tuffs

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 … Continue reading Does ‘the Phantom of the Auteur’ Haunt French Cinema?

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

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; … Continue reading The Hateful Eight

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