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The Fugitive
Tom Steward explores the balance between narrative and spectacle in The Fugitive compared to contemporary blockbuster films
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Published on August 10, 2014
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Six-shooters, Storytelling, and the Sublime Folly of The Lone Ranger
As part of the Blockbuster Symposium, Matt Denny ponders what constitutes a blockbuster, and why The Lone Ranger is his favourite despite breaking all the rules
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Published on August 07, 2014
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What A Difference An 'A' Makes
In the second article of our Blockbuster symposium, Rebecca Rae discusses the effect the 12A classification has had on the blockbuster, both formally and as cinematic rite of passage
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Published on August 05, 2014
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Taking Stock of Dead Man's Chest
To begin our Blockbuster Symposium, Owen Weetch considers the personal value of the blockbuster and interrogates his own initial response to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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Published on August 03, 2014
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'Working Like A Dog': A Hard Day's Night at 50
Appraising what is perhaps the integral artifact of Baetlemania
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Published on July 14, 2014
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Artificial Anxiety: Computer Chess and Her
These two formally distinct films question what it means to be human within modern information culture
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Published on July 12, 2014
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Experiential Art: Musical performance, live cinema, and Abel Gance’s Napoléon
The spectatorial experience of live performance, from the silent era to the digital present.
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Published on February 13, 2014
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Before Sunrise after Before Midnight: genre and gender in the Before series
James MacDowell asks, what does Linklater's most recent film do to its predecessors?
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Published on September 17, 2013
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Tales of Immorality: Side Effects and Trance
A re-evaluation of unpleasantness in Boyle and Soderbergh's recent thrillers
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Published on May 21, 2013
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Fairytales of Liminality in Beasts of the Southern Wild
A film about the arbitrariness and necessity of boundaries
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Published on February 23, 2013
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The Little Book of Pi
Visual spectacle masks a fundamental misunderstanding of religious belief...
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Published on February 15, 2013
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The Healthy Lie of Silver Linings Playbook
A treatise on the centrality of fictions to mental health
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Published on January 16, 2013
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Adapting an Askance Perspective: Philip K. Dick on Film
Dario Llinares delves into Philip K. Dick's cinematic legacy...
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Published on October 25, 2012
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Against 'Ambiguity': On the Ending of The Dark Knight Rises
James MacDowell argues that certain forms of 'ambiguity' are more defensible than others...
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Published on August 19, 2012
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The Dark Knight Revealed
A film about the fragility of binary oppositions...
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Published on July 25, 2012
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Andersonland
Wes Anderson offers a troubling refuge from the real world...
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Published on June 17, 2012
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John Cazale: Stepped Over
The ignored Cazale boasts the most impressive filmography in Hollywood history...
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Published on June 12, 2012
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Avengers Dissemble: A Polemic
Are superhero movies all problematic at their core...?
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Published on June 10, 2012
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Heroic Failure: A Critique of John Carter's Marketing Strategy
What happens when good movies meet bad publicity...
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Published on May 02, 2012
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The Hunger Games - an alternate Alternate Take
The meanings, methods, and limits of allegory...
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Published on April 27, 2012
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