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August 28, 2012 Star Wars, artificial intelligence and slavery
Today I want to talk about artificial intelligence, Star Wars and the ethics of slavery. I don’ …
June 13, 2012 Your Screen Education
Does the way you appreciate films depend on your film appreciation? Stay with me here, it makes sens …
May 22, 2012 Mecha-love
As creatures of the natural universe – risen from dust, apes and the rest of that – humanity has …
December 30, 2011 On The Road
Why do we have so many movies about leaving home to travel? Never thought we did? Read on… It& …
September 26, 2011 America Searches for a Father
Is the conspicuous absence of fathers in the young lives of many Generation Xers affecting the movie …
September 26, 2011 Man Love
I know you’re going to disagree because of the number of scantily clad young actresses in film …
August 15, 2011 Handsome is as Handsome Does
Getting all the chicks in the movies How many times do you see the hero in a romantic comedy (or dra …
June 20, 2011 ‘Important’ Filmmakers
How do we decide? How many films do you walk out of thinking there were a few funny lines and a coup …
May 3, 2011 Electric Dreams
The CGI of The Last Starfighter It’s not so much the special effects that were so different in …
April 22, 2011 How the Internet Amplifies Hate
They be hatin’ Ever noticed how the Internet amplifies hate? Look back far enough and you̵ …
February 20, 2011 The CGI of The Last Starfighter
It’s not so much the special effects that were so very different in the 80s, it’s us. Ho …
February 13, 2011 Uglied Up
Fake teeth and unwashed hair for awards kudos There’s an old joke in Hollywood; how do you dep …
February 13, 2011 Zombie Terror
With zombies once more invading cinemas in 28 Weeks Later, it’s time to deconstruct one of cin …
February 13, 2011 The Gender Politics of Hollywood
The insidious propaganda of Two Weeks Notice For the best look at gender politics and society in our …
February 13, 2011 The Circle is Closed
The marketing web of media convergence For the first time ever – thanks to our web-enabled, media- …
February 13, 2011 September 11 Changed Nothing
Remember all the movies that got altered, delayed or canned altogether because of September 11? The …
February 13, 2011 The Hollywood Language Barrier
From Christ to Kung Fu; how Hollywood is learning a new language As the youngest language in the wor …
February 13, 2011 The Blockbuster Backlash
Has time run out for the big flashy event movie? In his 1998 book High Concept, Charles Fleming desc …
February 13, 2011 Too Soon?
Is it too soon for films about September 11th, 2001? With a culture based so strongly around enterta …
February 13, 2011 The Left Wing Patriot
Is Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center really conspiracy-free? If any director’s qualified …
February 13, 2011 Sequelmania
It’s not new, but ever wondered about the truth behind sequels? The fact that Hollywood is cra …
February 13, 2011 Pardon My Geopolitics
300 and the swing to the Right Sylvester Stallone likes to paint. He writes and directs movies. He s …
February 12, 2011 Sequel Fatigue
Why are the 80s back so soon? We all know sequels are becoming more common, and greater minds have w …
February 12, 2011 Feminism for Beginners
Let’s get something straight. Hollywood is all about positive gender roles for women. At least …
February 5, 2011 Death of the Movie Hero
How the 21st century is making the traditional hero obsolete Who is the movie hero? In discussing th …
February 5, 2011 Australian Gothic
How does the Australian horror genre shape up? There’s a new new wave in horror. No, that̵ …
September 10, 2010 The Art of War
For almost three years now, the US government has been fanning paranoid fear about terrorism around …

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