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WATCH: BBC documentary reveals divisions and defections within ...

WATCH: BBC documentary reveals divisions and defections within ... | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
In a sequel to his hugely popular and critically acclaimed 2007 BBC documentary The Most Hated Family in America, Louis Theroux returns to Topeka Kansas to once again pay a visit to the members of the Westboro Baptist ...
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50 Must See Alternative Movie Posters By Designers

50 Must See Alternative Movie Posters By Designers | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
It has almost become a trend for artists and designers to reimagine movie posters to show off their own take on a design. There’s some fantastic examples out there ranging from series of minimal movie posters to redesigns of popular film posters with totally unusual styles. For today’s post I’ve put together a huge showcase …
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Halt and Catch Fire: not Mad Men in the 80s, but so much better

Halt and Catch Fire: not Mad Men in the 80s, but so much better | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
The third season signed off with a leap into the 90s and an episode full of arguments about technology that were really about something much deeper
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Fish Tank

Fish Tank | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it

Fish Tank could fall in to this category, with an explanation being offered for what can seem like ‘yob culture’. On first impression Mia might seem like a blight on society, as a violent and confrontational young-person, however, the film seeks to reveal the root of her behaviour. The behaviour of her Mother, the impact of her Mother’s partner Connor and the run-down estate are all offered as explanations for Mia’s wayward ways. The ideology of the film is therefore seeking to counteract the demonisation of young people, not least within the popular press. The film’s moral is perhaps that people like Mia are not essentially bad, and their behaviour is a product of the difficult situations that shape them.

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Peter Saville on his classic Joy Division and New Order artwork

Peter Saville on his classic Joy Division and New Order artwork | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Sleeve designer Peter Saville talks us through his favourite designs for Joy Division and New Order
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U.S. Cassette Album Sales Increased by 74% in 2016, Led by 'Guardians' Soundtrack

U.S. Cassette Album Sales Increased by 74% in 2016, Led by 'Guardians' Soundtrack | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Cassette album sales in the U.S. grew by 74 percent in 2016, buoyed by the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack, as well as tapes by Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Eminem and Prince.
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2016: The Year That Horror's "Final Girls" Fought Back

2016: The Year That Horror's "Final Girls" Fought Back | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
No drugs, no drinking, no sex and most importantly: no blonde hair dye. The final girl, a horror trope that’s found itself particularly driven into the ground in recent years thanks to gleeful meta horror like Cabin in the Woods and (of course) Scream, has been a part and parcel of the genre for nearly as long as the horror itself has been around. And despite the fact that the girls all must check the boxes of virtuosity and an unassuming presence, they are all variations on a theme – the naive and bookish Laurie Strode in Halloween, the hip Sidney Prescott in Scream and the “absolutely-over-this-shit” Ellen Ripley. Inevitably, the horror genre has become slowly aware of the tropes it perpetuates over the last decade or so, allowing the traditions to erode in favor of slightly more progressive takes on characters, but it’s the year’s most recent glut of horror that seems to have finally progressed beyond the narrative crutch, instead diversifying the female narratives it keeps within its house of terrors.
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'Westworld': How Robot Sex Reveals the Nature of the Soul

'Westworld': How Robot Sex Reveals the Nature of the Soul | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
"Given free rein and lawlessness, what do we fall into? Sin," SoulThirst Church leader James Cleland says of "Westworld" and its main theme
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Westworld Season 2: Ed Harris Confirmed to Return

Westworld Season 2: Ed Harris Confirmed to Return | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Ed Harris, who portrays the mysterious Man in Black on HBO's Westworld, confirms he'll return for the show's 10-episode season 2.
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White Gaze – How films of anxiety and introspection clouded America’s dominant perspective

White Gaze – How films of anxiety and introspection clouded America’s dominant perspective | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
In our latest Obama Era Cinema essay, Stephen Winter considers the impact of two controversial role reversal fantasies.
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Her and the Human Condition

(This video contains spoilers) Spike Jonze's brilliant film asks us many questions, about life and love and what it means to be human. Thanks for watching
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Her - Elements of Science Fiction Showcasing The Human Condition

A look at Spike Jonze's Her, an incredible work of Science Fiction set in the not-too-distant future explores our relationship with virtual technology whil
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The 11 best horror movie logos of all time

The 11 best horror movie logos of all time | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Get in the mood for Halloween as we present the scary movies with the best logos.
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How David Fincher put complex women in the frame | Little White Lies

A formalist with a forensic eye for detail (and no patience for wading through emotional sludge), David Fincher holds his characters at arm’s length – perhaps all the better to see them in their entirety. Most of these characters are men; Fincher is, after all, a man’s man with a particular predilection for stories about fraternity in crisis (The Game, Zodiac, The Social Network) and the crumbling framework of masculinity in a late-capitalist society (Fight Club, The Social Network and – we think – Gone Girl). However, that is not to say that Fincher’s women are shrinking violets.

There are exceptions; Gwyneth Paltrow’s only notable scene as Tracy, wife of Brad Pitt’s detective in Se7en, is nothing more than a shock in a box, while Chloë Sevigny’s role as Robert Graysmith’s shy, smart wife in Zodiac is so incidental to the plot that she might as well not exist. As for Alien 3’s feminist heroine Ripley – she isn’t exactly Fincher’s creation. Yet, despite these missteps, many of the women in Fincher’s filmography stand out as being equally as interesting, if perhaps not always as well-explored, as their male counterparts. From Jodie Foster’s fierce single mother in Panic Room to the Machiavellian women of the Fincher-produced House of Cards, tough, curious, complex – and as psychologically opaque as any of his misanthropes – women feature in almost all of his features. With his adaption of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl set to open the New York Film Festival later this month, Little White Lies looks back at some of Fincher’s most interesting, complicated and subversive female creations.

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Halt and Catch Fire: on the set of the best show on TV (that no one is watching)

Halt and Catch Fire: on the set of the best show on TV (that no one is watching) | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Kerry Bishé has a problem. More to the point, she has a problem with a line. “Can we change this? Can I say narcissist instead of diva?” she asks Halt and Catch Fire showrunner Chris Rogers and the director of the episode, Reed Morano. It’s not a surprising exchange for a series that has developed a reputation for putting forth some of the most well-rounded female characters on TV. Bishé’s character, Donna Clark, is in the process of disparaging her partner, Cameron Howe, played by Mackenzie Davis, in the tech start-up Mutiny. Their complex friendship and tumultuous business relationship are the heart and soul of a critical darling that is hoping to broaden its audience after a surprising and welcome season three renewal.
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Andrea Arnold’s ‘Fish Tank’ - Social Realism With Poetic Lens - NYTimes.com

Andrea Arnold’s ‘Fish Tank’ - Social Realism With Poetic Lens - NYTimes.com | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Andrea Arnold hails from the tradition of Ken Loach, but she’s hesitant to say so.
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Where You’ve Seen Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Reveal Photo Before

Where You’ve Seen Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Reveal Photo Before | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Another high-concept art performance by the artiste.
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Making of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive

Making of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Making of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive A lot of people want to be in control in the cinema, to be made to feel secure. I go against those conventions, for good or bad. I want to create
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British Social Realism

British Social Realism | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
From its beginnings in the documentary movement of the thirties, to its more stylistically eclectic and generically hybrid contemporary forms, socialrealism in British cinema remains a rich and diverse tradition. Samantha Lay examines the movements, moments, and cycles of British social realist texts through a detailed consideration of practice, politics, form, style, and content. It also includes case studies of key texts including Listen To Britain, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Letter To Brezhnev, and Nil By Mouth. The book considers the challenges for social realist film practice and production in Britain, now and in the future.
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Tables turned as vinyl sales overtake digital sales for first time in UK

Tables turned as vinyl sales overtake digital sales for first time in UK | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Records sales hit £2.5m last week compared with £2.1m for digital, with surge partly attributable to Christmas gift buying
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Nocturnal Animals caps off Hollywood's year of toxic masculinity

Nocturnal Animals caps off Hollywood's year of toxic masculinity | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
“Toxic masculinity”: if any one term has graduated, through the tumult of 2016, from specialized social-justice parlance to mainstream media ubiquity, it’s this one. Misuse has inevitably come with popularity – it denotes the social normalization of misogyny and sexual aggression that can poison masculine identity, not an intrinsic male evil – but in the year of Brock Turner, Nate Parker and President-elect Donald Trump, cultural critics haven’t had to reach too far for illustrative examples.
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"The artificial intelligence of 'Her'" by Robert Alpert

"The artificial intelligence of 'Her'" by Robert Alpert | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
The artificial intelligence of Her

by Robert Alpert

The specter that haunts Western culture

A specter has long been haunting Western culture, namely the mind-body dualism succinctly articulated in the phrase "cogito ergo sum," and the powers of this now global culture have conspired to promote that specter in order to maximize profit at the expense of those who are both its subjects and objects. While such crises as AIDS, the environment, cancer, nuclear annihilation and overpopulation have been identified as the attraction of artificial intelligence,[1] [open endnotes in new window] it is surely no coincidence that this cultural preoccupation with such intelligence facilitates global control by the few—through the collection of vast amounts of data, the relative ease with which commodities, such as movies, are produced, marketed, distributed and sold, and the availability of instantaneous communications to billions of individuals through networked media—even as it renders less human and more commodified its subjects.

René Descartes in his Discourse on the Method (1637) famously expressed the supposedly logical source of this specter:
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Reality, Construct, and Love | An Analysis of Her

My video essay analyzing the 2013 film Her. Questions and criticism are welcome in the comments.
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Sexing fiction: If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women

Sexing fiction: If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Meg Elison turns the tables with a McSweeney’s short story that exposes the male gaze in fiction. But does the mind’s eye really work like that?
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