Posts filed under "Essays"

In Memoriam: Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Posted by Laura Grande August 12, 2014 0 Comment 590 views

Thank you Robin Williams, for being a familiar and constant source of comfort and joy for all us.

Slender Man, Marble Hornets and The True Horror of Modern Storytelling

Posted by Wade Sheeler June 10, 2014 1 Comment 2353 views

As Slender Man demonstrates, film, television or web: the “medium” no longer matters. It’s about the “message,” which is unpredictable, fact-based and out of our hands.

Howard Hawks and Gay Subtext: “That’s a Goddamn Silly Statement to Make”… but is it?

Posted by Jennifer Reynolds April 3, 2014 2 Comments 1858 views

Much is made of the gay subtext that runs through may Howard Hawks films. Can’t we just be friends?

Who Goes There?: A Tale of Two Things

Posted by Jason Wilson April 2, 2014 3 Comments 1828 views

A tale of two things: John Carpenter’s The Thing squares off against (probably) Howard Hawks’ The Thing from Another World.A tale of two things: John Carpenter’s The Thing squares off against (probably) Howard Hawks’ The Thing from Another World.

Howard Hawks and the Auteur Theory

Posted by Robert Liwanag March 28, 2014 0 Comment 1890 views

Director Howard Hawks is a sterling example of the auteur theory.

Screwball Comedy and the Hawksian Woman

Posted by Lesley Coffin March 24, 2014 1 Comment 2062 views

Howard Hawks’ work in screwball comedy didn’t simply show his comic sensibilities, but an alternative view of the sexes as typically found in Hollywood.

Rio Bravo, El Dorado and Howard Hawks’ Degree of Separation

Posted by Wade Sheeler March 17, 2014 2 Comments 4958 views

Let Kevin Bacon have his Six Degrees of Separation, Howard Hawks needs just the one found between Rio Bravo and El Dorado.

RoboCop, American Exceptionalism and the Common Good

Posted by Bennett O'Brian February 25, 2014 0 Comment 2046 views

27 years on, Ben O’Brian examines the lasting impact of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop.

Sex and Censorship: Wilder and Hollywood’s Production Code

Posted by Pam January 13, 2014 2 Comments 4680 views

Billy Wilder spent a career making films that tiptoed along the harsh production code and made films that remain as fresh today as when they were made.

The Mabuse Trilogy, Part III: The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

Posted by John Munshour December 28, 2013 0 Comment 1172 views

We conclude our three part look at Fritz Lang’s Mabuse trilogy with the final installment in the series, The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse.

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