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Star Wars Now: Fan Creativity and That Trailer

December 17, 2014
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Star Wars Now: Fan Creativity and <i>That</i> Trailer

As a researcher, the rich and creative fandom discursively surrounding a text that does-not-quite-exist yet provides a mélange of data.
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Interstellar: It’s About Hope, Not Just Science!

November 25, 2014
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Interstellar: It’s About Hope, Not Just Science!

Interstellar’s real value is as an exploration of memory, of hope, and of the power of dreaming of a better tomorrow for our kids.
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Drive-Ins, and the Stubborn Usefulness of Film Nostalgia

November 11, 2014
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Drive-Ins, and the Stubborn Usefulness of Film Nostalgia

Interstellar (2014) made its well-known debut last weekend. In Chicago, the film (yes, we can still call it that) screened in its “intended” format of 70mm at the Navy Pier IMAX. Its appearance there and at other such venues was predictably celebrated by old school cinephiles as yet another defiant declaration of celluloid’s continuing...
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Redefining “Public” Education: Reflections from GeekGirlCon, Seattle, October 11-12

Redefining “Public” Education:  Reflections from GeekGirlCon, Seattle, October 11-12

We have been to three girl-focused cons this summer and fall: LeakyCon, DashCon and GeekGirlCon. These cons are non-profit, largely run by volunteers, and provide alternative geeky spaces to male-dominated cons. These cons extend the work of social media such as Tumbr by providing safe public spaces where feminist, feminine, and queer young people can...
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New York Film Festival, 2014, Part Two: Explicitly, Sex

September 30, 2014
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New York Film Festival, 2014, Part Two: Explicitly, Sex

Part two of this series on the 52nd New York Film Festival focuses on Alain Resnais' Life of Riley, David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, and Abel Ferrera's Pasolini.
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The Guardians of Good Taste: Critics and the “Fanboy” Menace

August 5, 2014
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The Guardians of Good Taste: Critics and the “Fanboy” Menace

Why do critics claim that only "fanboys" can make sense of Guardians of the Galaxy?
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Simple Machine & Micro-Wave: Building a Grassroots Film Community

March 26, 2014
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Simple Machine & Micro-Wave: Building a Grassroots Film Community

How to transform the potential of online communities like Simple Machine into local, public support for independent filmmaking?
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Exploring True/False

March 18, 2014
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Exploring True/False

Each winter, as February becomes March, Columbia, Missouri transforms itself into a grand stage for the True/False film fest, a four-day international nonfiction film festival.
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Following the Instructions

March 17, 2014
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Following the Instructions

Continuing to think about LEGO, the idea of “creativity,” and the unequal extension of that idea to different consumer groups.
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The Hunger Games and the Female-Led Franchise Part 2

December 27, 2013
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The Hunger Games and the Female-Led Franchise Part 2

While teaching an undergraduate film module this week, I asked my student cohort to come up with any female-led film franchises. We were discussing gender and I was trying to illustrate how inequality still persists in the twenty-first century both at the level of industry and aesthetics. Masculine film franchises were easy and the...
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The Hunger Games and the Female Driven Franchise (Part 1)

December 9, 2013
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The Hunger Games and the Female Driven Franchise (Part 1)

Female-led film franchises are few and far between, especially in the traditionally masculine genres of science fiction and fantasy. There are, of course, exceptions to this ‘rule’ which I shall discuss in a moment – but, firstly, I would like to point out that I am not implying that so-called ‘boy’s genres’ – science...
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Rethinking Media Distribution

November 20, 2013
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Rethinking Media Distribution

Chuck Tryon discusses Jeff Ulin's latest book on media distribution, focusing on temporal and spatial considerations in a global, digital marketplace.
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Pixar and the Ambivalence of Nostalgia

June 21, 2013
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Pixar and the Ambivalence of Nostalgia

With the release of "Monster's University," Pixar takes the next step in nostalgic tendencies, but has this stifled their innovation and creativity?
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

June 7, 2013
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

Casting news on Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' leads to a reflection on his past work, authorship, and his own inherent vices.
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What Are You Missing?: Cannes Film Festival Edition

May 31, 2013
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What Are You Missing?: Cannes Film Festival Edition

From prix winners to distribution deals, here are 10 Cannes-related items you may have missed over the past two weeks.
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