My book about William Klein's subversive 1969 superhero satire Mr. Freedom is now available from Liverpool University Press/Auteur Press.
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Dear reader - I’m on set this week, helping make an indy horror film, so I won’t be writing an essay. I hope to be back next week with another missive …
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On occasion, I write linked essays on broader topics. Entries in the first continuing series, "What Cinema Is" can be found here, here, and here…
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One of the things that fascinates me about American culture is its almost inconceivable lack of memory. It is, like any culture, arranged around a…
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The most obvious thing to write about Network – Paddy Chayefsky and Sidney Lumet's 1976 filmic evisceration of American media culture – is that its dour…
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What is genre? What's it for? How do we assign entertainments to one genre or another? What makes something a horror film, and how do we distinguish it…
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People know in the abstract how language reflects the world around them, but they often don't realize the depth of the connection between the two. Take…
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The most treacherous ground in all of criticism may be the attempt to figure out what a work of art "tells us" about the culture that produces it…
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