Showing posts from May, 2008

The Aesthetics of Torture: the Uneasy Mixture of V for Vendetta

Disneyfying Joyce: the Retro Future Design of Meet the Robinsons

The temptations of the hero: Beowulf

Packaging Civil Rights: The Uplift of Glory Road

Putting the Batman hype in context: Batman Begins

The new cinematic primitive: The Wachowski brothers and Speed Racer

Iconic cowboys in love: the contradictions of Brokeback Mountain

How to package soul: Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls

Domesticating the Action Hero: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Too Much Flourishing of the Wand: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

The pleasures of the apocalypse: Will Smith in I Am Legend

Samuel L. Jackson and the Damaged White Folk in Black Snake Moan

The Price of Frivolity: Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006)

Cats hunting for one smart mouse: Matt Damon in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Tasteful Hints of Death: the Ambiguities of Stay

The Invasion of the Nervous Studio Executives: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, and the Body Snatchers

Good Snuff: The Virtues of Nimrod Antal’s Vacancy