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…

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…

(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 –…