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Report from GeekyCon, Orlando, July 30-August 2: The Challenges of Rebranding a Feminist Con

Report from GeekyCon, Orlando, July 30-August 2: The Challenges of Rebranding a Feminist Con

The newly rebranded GeekyCon fan convention struggles to reconcile commerce and community, negotiate the inclusion of more white (cis) men in a heretofore female/queer environment, and create a "positive" fan environment that still leaves room for dissent.
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“Any God Worth Believing in Sends You Dudes in Thongs When in Need”: Exploring Women’s Pleasure in Magic Mike XXL

“Any God Worth Believing in Sends You Dudes in Thongs When in Need”: Exploring Women’s Pleasure in <i>Magic Mike XXL</i>

Magic Mike XXL adds new iconography to the intersectionally raced, gendered, and very classed pleasures found within the women's film through its attention to the centrality of women's sexual desires vis-à-vis the deployment of male bodies who serve to maintain that pleasure.
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The Road Western: The Mad Max Series and its Latest Installment, Fury Road

June 19, 2015
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The Road Western: The <i>Mad Max</i> Series and its Latest Installment, <i>Fury Road</i>

The Mad Max series continues to be a cult classic, in part because it re-appropriates the western and the road movie and redeploys them to create an environmentally catastrophic vision of a future that we could create.
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“They Repackaged It”: Technofuturism in Tomorrowland

June 1, 2015
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“They Repackaged It”: Technofuturism in <em>Tomorrowland</em>

Li Cornfeld considers the technofuturism and Cold War nostalgia in "Tomorrowland," in light of the Walt Disney Company’s own corporate departure from space age optimism.
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American Sniper: Silence and Fury

March 12, 2015
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<i>American Sniper</i>: Silence and Fury

Post by Debra Ramsay, Research Associate, Technologies of Memory Project, Glasgow University Following is the second installment in the series of fortnightly blogs “From Nottingham and Beyond,” featuring contributions from faculty in the University of Nottingham’s Department of Culture, Film and Media and our alumni working in higher education or media industries in the U.K. and abroad. This week’s...
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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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New York Film Festival 2014, Part Four: The Reel Deal

October 15, 2014
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New York Film Festival 2014, Part Four: The Reel Deal

This series on the NYFF52 concludes with consideration for Foxcatcher, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, and Clouds of Sils Maria.
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No Place Like Home? Women on the “Outside” in Hindi Cinema

October 14, 2014
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No Place Like Home? Women on the “Outside” in Hindi Cinema

Dina Khdair analyzes the conflict between interior and exterior in Highway and Queen.
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New York Film Festival, 2014, Part One: Small Marvels

September 22, 2014
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New York Film Festival, 2014, Part One:  Small Marvels

This year a number of the initial screenings have left me wondering whether they can conceivably get any better.
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Steven Soderbergh: Television’s Latest Showrunner/Auteur

August 12, 2014
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Steven Soderbergh: Television’s Latest Showrunner/Auteur

The fusion of cinema, television, and personality has critics resounding with near-universal praise for Cinemax's The Knick, resulting in a very heavy ride on the Steven Soderbergh bandwagon.
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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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I, Reboot (Part II)

May 20, 2014
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I, Reboot (Part II)

This second installment of "I, Reboot" dives into the origins of the reboot-as-narrative-analogy and distinguishes "reboot" from "ret-con."
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I, Reboot (Part 1)

May 8, 2014
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I, Reboot (Part 1)

What is a reboot, then? This is the overarching question of this series of articles and one which I have been wrestling with for six years or so.
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Negotiations and Regressions of Cultural Politics in Disney’s Frozen

March 24, 2014
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Negotiations and Regressions of Cultural Politics in Disney’s Frozen

The politics of Disney's Frozen are indicative of symptomatic shifts within an otherwise largely entrenched ideological core.
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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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