For the past five years I’ve made the month of October my personal horror film marathon. By now I’m kind of into the dregs and fringes, but I still managed to be pleasantly surprised this year. Some highlights… Continue reading My Personal Horror-thon 2016
This summer I had the privilege of editing an issue of Cinema Journal’s online Teaching Dossier: NEGOTIATING PRECARIOUS POSITIONS. Usually the dossier features articles that share pedagogical ideas, materials, approaches, and discussions. Our issue went meta and addressed the conditions under which we teach, including how these conditions shape and effect how and what we teach. Continue reading Precarious Employment in Higher Education
Every year I teach Film History 101 to incoming freshmen, and every year I make sure they leave knowing who Robert Mitchum is. “Guys, you really do NOT know cool unless you know Bob Mitchum. He invented it.” Continue reading Robert Mitchum’s 99th Birthday!
Happy 110th birthday to John Huston… I intend to celebrate by re-watching ‘Night of the Iguana’… It’s right on the cusp of Old and New Hollywood. You might say the maverick Huston’s style foreshadowed and influenced what was to come… Continue reading John Huston’s 110th Birthday!
My all-time-favorite Coen Brothers film is ‘Miller’s Crossing’ (1990)… It is an elegantly beautiful film on all levels and darkly, wickedly funny, with none of the yuck-yuck humor of later films… It’s a gangster film and a meta gangster film at the same time… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Pick: Miller’s Crossing
Once I’d determined to cover ‘Song of the South in my Disney class… I felt strongly that I wanted to present the film in its historic context — not to excuse it — to show it as a key example of the pervasive problem… Crash Course in Cinematic Racism… Continue reading Teaching ‘Song of the South’ – Part 2: History Lesson
… that IS what makes everyone love or hate “Disney”: what they represent and how they represent it… the elephant in the Disney archive when it comes to Representations is, of course, ‘Song of the South’… What’s alarming is… Continue reading Teaching ‘Song of the South’ – Part 1: Why?