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Multicultural Middle-earth: Constructing “Home” and the Post-colonial Imaginary in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings

By Laura Crossley. “The nation of course is not a desiring person but a fictive unity imposed on an aggregate of individuals, yet national histories are presented as if they displayed the continuity of the subject-writ-large.” (Shohat and Stam 1994: 101) When writing The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien identified his invented histories of […]

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Cinema that Goes to Eleven: Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s Heavy Metal Movies (2014)

A Book Review by Brandon Konecny. Let all metalheads throw up their devilhorns in celebration—Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s blood-soaked, guitar-churning anthology Heavy Metal Movies: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos, & Cult Zombies Amok in the 666 Most Ear- and Eye-Ripping Big-Scream Films Ever! is finally here, arriving from the hellish depths of Bazillion Points. For a time, […]

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Weekend: Goodbye to Language 2D

By James Knight. Joint recipient of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D. Godard’s latest effort has been compared to a collage or a mosaic, and described as a freewheeling explosion of colours, sounds and cinematic politics. But simply, Goodbye to Language 3D is a continuance; […]

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Uwantme2killhim? (2013)

By Robert Kenneth Dator. The upshot of what some teens would call a relationship in a world of cyberslaves sees rachel_angel83 (Jaime Winstone) and Mark87 (Jamie Blackely) carry an online relationship to devastating ends. But don’t try to figure out what will happen and who might be to blame because this isn’t that film. Beginning as […]

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Juan Orol, Phantom of the Mexican Cinema

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. It’s a commonplace thing to discuss the individual vision of filmmakers, on both a national and international level, and the names of Howard Hawks, John Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Rossellini, Kenji Mizoguchi, John Frankenheimer, Fritz Lang, Dorothy Arzner, Agnes Varda and numerous other cinematic luminaries immediately conjure up a […]

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An Ethical Turn in Speculative Fiction: An Interview with Hanna Maria Heidrich on the Series Killing All the Flies

By Tom Ue. Award-winning filmmaker Hanna Maria Heidrich brings imaginative imagery to life with human impulses and tightly-structured narratives. Spellbound by the power of pictures from an early age, she explored drawing, painting and photography, but soon identified her key love as a filmmaker. Graduating from the renowned Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg (Ludwigsburg, Germany) as well as […]

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Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

By Cleaver Patterson.  Film documentaries are the cinematic equivalent of a written biography. As a result, it follows that those which include input from actual people involved with the subject, will take on something of an autobiographical tone. Such is the case with Birth of the Living Dead, which charts the making and legacy of […]

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Inside the Bled Film Festival

Ever wonder how film festivals come together? Noah Charney, Selector of Feature Films for the first annual Bled Film Festival, provides an inside look. Six weeks, thirty-five films, eight slots to fill. I was brought in, rather on the late side, as Selector of Feature Films for an exciting new international film festival, to be […]

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Coherence and Its Lack Thereof: A Conversation with James Ward Byrkit

By Tom Ue. On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience what becomes a troubling chain of reality-bending events. Part cerebral science fiction, and part relationship drama, Coherence is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery. This film marks the feature length […]

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Living Stars (2014)

By Gary M. Kramer. One of the highlights of Awesomefest’s summer line up is the free July 3 screening of the irresistible documentary, Living Stars, at 9:00 pm at Clark Park
, 4398 Chester Ave, in Philadelphia. This infectious, plotless film is an hour-long assemblage (by directors Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat) of various home videos of […]

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