Thursday, September 8 2011
Transgender representation in modern film, television, and literature blurs the lines of gender, class, race and sexuality, which is precisely why trans narratives are still considered dangerous.
Tuesday, August 23 2011
Rise of the Planet of the Apes blends past, present and future, bringing 1968 into 2011 into 3978. But apes cannot conquer Earth without conquering memory, first.
Thursday, August 18 2011
Media formats come and go, subject to the gale-force winds of technology and the retail market. Me, I'm still clinging to my Monty Python collections on VHS.
Creating a gypsy wedding dress, designing costumes holograms for of the far future, dressing actor Robert Carlyle, and finding the perfect prop for Rutger Hauer -- it's all just part of the job for costume designer Zoë Howerska.
Tuesday, August 16 2011
When fitness celebrities turn fat folks into fitness celebrities in their own image, self-preservation and betterment are eclipsed by the value of self-promotion. Remember the subjects undergoing these life-changing metamorphoses are “real” people.
Tuesday, August 9 2011
Quentin Tarantino is reliving his childhood cinema experiences, reinterpreting fractured moments of memory. Going to the movies is about an escape from our world, a mirror world at once familiar yet different.
Thursday, July 28 2011
Retro Remote nominates Sex Kittens Go to College as Transformers' true precursor. The problem with Tranformers-type franchises is that the criticisms can only annoy people by reminding them of what they have chosen to ignore.
Monday, July 25 2011
Long before Dollhouse's Echo submitted herself to five years of memory loss, Eliza Doolitle of Pygmalion experimented with some personal tabula rasa.
Sunday, July 24 2011
The value of fandom is often underestimated. Rather than the stereotyped burnt-out housewives or socially inept teenagers that obsessively and indiscriminately consume popular culture, fans are active agents.
Tuesday, July 12 2011
A Conversation with Deaf Muslim Filmmaker Sabina England about punk attitudes, Deaf identities, and Muslim treatment in post 9-11 America.
Tuesday, July 5 2011
Marvel producers are attempting to create a film analog to the Marvel Universe that knits together the publisher's mainline titles. Will moviegoing audiences keep coming back for the next story, and the next?
Monday, July 4 2011
Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood has been referred to as the "Japanese Catcher in the Rye", but J. D. Salinger said that his book was not actable and he would never sell the rights to Hollywood. Maybe Murakami should have listened to Salinger.
Thursday, June 30 2011
Most of these films have been studied to death, then autopsied, buried, exhumed, and autopsied again, but Malcolm Turvey unearths some fresh perspectives and in the process, provides a nice corrective to long-misguided notions.
Sunday, June 19 2011
What does an artist the caliber of Woody Allen do when he’s reached the pinnacle of his artistic accomplishment -- while only in his early 40s?
Friday, June 17 2011
Dr. Logan of Day of the Dead says that zombies can be domesticated and conditioned to behave – that’s exactly what some parents of punks believe, too.
Wednesday, June 8 2011
To help ensure the perfect recipe of cinematic ingredients, Third Star director Hattie Dalton goes far beyond shooting beautiful scenery and capturing the actors' performances.
Monday, May 30 2011
Live-action fairytale adaptations are more popular than ever, with Red Riding Hood just out and four others -- including two Snow Whites in the works. But film and the source texts do not effortlessly go together, and children emerge as the losers.
Friday, May 27 2011
The controversy surrounding A Serbian Film is symptomatic of an ominous development in the horror genre's combative relationship with the censors.
Sunday, May 22 2011
Bounding from the pages of comic books onto the screens of films and TV, our superheroes unite formerly divided interests -- comics geeks vs. everyone else.
Thursday, May 12 2011
The RiverRun International Film Festival showcases a moving portrait of a man in his element, standing at the transformative intersection between hip-hop, education, and craft.