Category Archives: Film analysis

Trump Media: A Film Studies Syllabus (V)

Over the past week, I’ve assembled a long list of films that I thought might be appropriate choices for reflecting on Trump’s presidential campaign, and what I still can’t see as anything but the dystopian nightmare of an actual Trump administration. The themes … Continue reading

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Trump Media: A Film Studies Syllabus (IV)

Throughout the Trump campaign, I’ve had endless arguments with other white people over the degree of racism in Trump’s campaign. It seemed completely obvious to me that the phrase “Make America Great Again!” was primarily a direct appeal to white supremacy. But I have encountered responses … Continue reading

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Trump Media: A Film Studies Syllabus (III)

In the previous two sections of this provisional Trump-era film studies syllabus, I have grouped together films that examine two key thematic aspects of Donald Trump as a political phenomenon: first, how populism has been expressed and critiqued through Hollywood film; and … Continue reading

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Trump Media: A Film Studies Syllabus (II)

As the second thematic section of my work-in-progress post-election film studies syllabus, I have selected a few films that engage with the ongoing commercialization of media. Already a huge problem for the democratic process in all capitalist countries, the growing involvement of capital in … Continue reading

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Trump Media: A Film Studies Syllabus (I)

Struggling as I’ve been in these first few days after Trump’s election to do something –anything!– constructive, I started seeking out films that I felt might offer some insight, inspiration, or critical reflection of a world that has suddenly gone from … Continue reading

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2013: Professional Film Commentary

In respectful homage outright plagiarism of the highly esteemed Bill Chambers, editor and archbishop of Film Freak Central, I’ve compiled a quick list of the films I saw that were released in the past year. His yay/whatever/barf ratings system suits … Continue reading

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On “The Queen of Versailles” and the contradictions of capital accumulation

This week, I finally watched to the end last year’s popular documentary The Queen of Versailles, which had been sitting on my to-watch shelf for far too long. While I had initially been drawn to it by its fun, snappy trailer, … Continue reading

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Faking New York in ‘The Avengers’

I used a few clips from last year’s superhero blockbuster The Avengers to illustrate the lecture I gave at the Capitalist Superheroes book launch last week, mostly because it has become the superhero film most commonly associated with ‘the Obama age,’ as well … Continue reading

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Batman Defeats Occupy Movement, Cures Lesbianism!

Personal circumstances prevented me from keeping this blog updated for a while, but I suppose the release of The Dark Knight Rises is as good an excuse as any to climb back in the saddle and see how many trolls my … Continue reading

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“The Avengers”: one step forward, two steps back

Last week, living in Europe brought with it another benefit to list alongside universal health care (for now, at least) and affordable wines: I got to see Marvel’s The Avengers a good week before American moviegoers were afforded that opportunity. This … Continue reading

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