Always an Outsider – Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel

A Book Review by Ali Moosavi. I’ve always felt like an outsider….” –Harry Dean Stanton One of my abiding movie memories comes from the 1984 Edinburgh International Film Festival. I got to watch a late night showing of the full, uncut, 229 minute version of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a […]

Tom Mix Rides Again: Sky High (1922) and The Big Diamond Robbery (1929)

By Jeremy Carr. Although many Mix pictures are lost, these illustrative entries showcase his customary assurance, his virtue, and his penchant for showmanship.” If Hollywood’s classic Western heroes are generally given little positive thought these days, the cowboy celebrities of the silent era in particular are even less familiar. In […]

A Neglected Man as Machine – Soldier: From Script to Screen

A Book Review Essay by Andrew Kolarik. There is something admirable in the blind positivity the book has towards Soldier and makes it a quiet strength, for better or worse.” What is it about some films that makes us utterly embrace them, even the derided and forgotten ones? Why do […]

Triggered: The Post-Traumatic Woman and Narratology in HBO’s Westworld

By Keith Clavin and Christopher La Casse. As the show develops, we come to learn that some of the hosts are not ‘forgetting’ the traumas inflicted upon them…. Despite a wipe of their memory caches regarding prior ‘narratives’ (earlier roles they played in the park’s performances), they seem to be […]

Katabasis and News of the World

By Ken Hall. The journey undertaken by Captain Kidd (Tom Hanks)…through Texas causes him to pass through ‘alien territory’ in a double sense. He is not closely acquainted with some of the locales which he encounters nor with the routes to those locales. Perhaps more important is the underlying strangeness of the […]

Challenging the Myths of the Australian Frontier: High Ground

By Theresa Rodewald. Instead of perpetuating the myth of Australia as terra nullius or ’empty land’ that previous to European settlement had not belonged to anyone, the film depicts the clash of colonisers and First Nations people in a country that had been anything but empty.” Gorgeously shot and drawing […]

A Western by Any Other Name: Destry Rides Again (Criterion Collection)

By Jeremy Carr. There is, first and most famously, Marlene Dietrich. Since the time of its premiere in 1939, to its latest reemergence in the form of a Criterion Collection Blu-ray, conversation concerning Destry Rides Again has inevitably, and quite justly, hinged on the presence of this beguiling, Berlin-born beauty. […]