Immersion or Puppetry?

Welcome to my experiment in immersion! If you would like to experience the interactive, hyperlink version of this project, please follow the link: https://immersivecinema.wordpress.com/ If not, please continue below. The purpose of this alternative theory is to further explore the concepts of immersion and interactivity, specifically through the lens of Hardcore Henry, a recent action film…

Displaced Identification

The following is an analysis of two panels that took place during the 2016 NYU Cinema Studies Graduate Conference. Pictures added for blog format. The theme of displacement, whether it be through technology, media, diegesis, time, geography, or countless other methods, seamlessly weaves itself through much of cinematic history and historiography. Championed as the most…

Rendering “Realistic” Technological Future(s)

It is easy to forget (while watching or afterward) that Her is a science fiction movie. Having recently viewed Gamer and Her, I would argue that these films, at their core, aren’t entirely different – both attempt to create technological futures. However, I believe, for the most part, audiences would quickly classify the future depicted in Her as “more realistic” than…

Defining and Preventing Pigotry

“That’s not pig, it’s human!” In the tenth dream in the filmic adaptation of Natsume Sōseki’s “Ten Nights of Dreams,” Yūdai Yamaguchi employs his unique combination of comedy/horror/gore/manga stylistic techniques to tell a pedagogical moral tale. Though Yamaguchi’s crazed and ludicrous visuals at times stray from the original text’s purpose, it is still clear: there is…

Rant On, Your Crazy Diatribe…

The main argument I’ll be directly disputing in this post is in reference to Lorrie Palmer’s article “Cranked Masculinity: Hypermediation in Digital Action Cinema.” As you’ll soon figure out, I really don’t agree. For anyone who has had the blessing of seeing Crank in all of its outrageous and overblown high-octane, action-packed glory, I assume (perhaps more so…

Class Assignment – Theory Response Excerpt

Hey folks! Sorry I haven’t been on here as much lately, life is hectic (Yes, I’m talking to the 4 or 5 people who actively read this). Going to post a few class assignments on here this week and then get back to my usual weekly random film analysis as always (Also, by the way…

The Many Eyes of Shia LaBeouf

After a recent re-screening of a particular scene of Disturbia in class, I decided to take up some good ole’ diligent student initiative and re-watch the entire movie again. I hadn’t seen this film since its release in theaters (2007), and I remember it not blowing me away, but still being a very solid picture. Upon my…

eXistenZ-tialism

PSA – I recently realized that the optimal format for reading my posts is NOT in a full-screen browser. If you minimize the window slightly, the image on the left is reduced so it doesn’t take up half of the page, and it also reveals the entire image. My browser is never full-screen, so I hadn’t…

I Can Dig It

Walter Hill. When people mention Walter Hill, most would think of any of the ‘Alien’ films that he produced/wrote (all of them), or possibly even Prometheus. For me, Walter Hill is the genius behind two of my favorite films – ‘Streets of Fire’ (a la Willem Dafoe, in one of his finest roles), and more notably, ‘The…

(500) Words of Comment

NOTE: I have not actually ever seen ‘500 Days of Summer’ in its entirety, and am only referring to the clip below. “He believed that this time, his expectations would align with reality…” These are the last words we hear from the narrator before the screen splits into two sections: as you would expect –…

Some Hateful Mates

#SpoilerBoyz I’ll probably write a sort of ‘official’ paper of some variety on this movie at some point in the next couple of years, but I’ll lay out some thoughts here because, well, that’s what a blog is for, right? [That being said, this post comes after 2 viewings of the 70mm ‘Roadshow’ format] First off, I’d like…