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Kick Ass female characters don't get the credit they deserve - The Vancouver Observer (blog)

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Kick Ass female characters don't get the credit they deserve The Vancouver Observer (blog) So again, I walked away from the movie reasonably happy with the representation of female power and women in society, yet still wondering why it had to come...
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Exploring the Hidden Racist Past of the Looney Toons - Splitsider

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Splitsider Exploring the Hidden Racist Past of the Looney Toons Splitsider To be fair, my exposure to Looney Tunes at the time bore that out pretty well: I grew up in the age of Space Jam and the slew of jerseys, sneakers, McDonald's toys, pogs,...
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Why More Men Need to Hear Jackson Katz's 'More Than a Few Good Men' Talk - Huffington Post

Why More Men Need to Hear Jackson Katz's 'More Than a Few Good Men' Talk
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Dr. Jackson Katz, speaker, author, filmmaker, and one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists, believes he knows the answer to both questions: men.
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Film Noir Special – Volume 11, Issue 10 – Offscreen

Film Noir Special – Volume 11, Issue 10 – Offscreen | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Ten years and counting and Offscreen has, oddly, never featured the film noir, so I guess the time was right. Whatever it may have been when it started (movement, mood, style, cycle), the film noir is now a genre, and one of the more marketable and viable of contemporary popular forms. Although its influences and origins can be traced far beyond North America (German Expressionism, French Poetic Realism, etc.), the film noir was (and remains) one of the most dynamic and fruitful American cinematic forms. It is no coincidence that in its heyday director after director, regardless of pedigree, made one good noir after another.
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Film Noir Studies

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A dark city street bathed in shadows. A seedy office with “Investigations” stenciled on the door. A winding road along the ocean cliffs. An isolated house on the outskirts of town. The scenes of film noir are all disturbingly familiar, as are the archetypal characters: the hard-boiled detective, the dangerously alluring femme fatale, and the well-heeled villain surrounded by gun-toting thugs. But even so, it is the visual style – canted camera angles, deep-focus shots, high-contrast lighting – and ultimately subversive message that are the hallmarks of classic film noir.

Yet, in spite of its recognizable elements, this deeply complex film genre – yes, it is a genre – has been the source of much discussion since it appeared in the early 1940s, later giving rise to modern neo-noir and tech-noir and forever changing the face of American cinema. Today, movie buffs attend film noir festivals, colleges offer courses on the subject, and critics argue whether the latest film is a noir or something just a bit different. The topic is as vibrant and intriguing now as it was 70 years ago.

 

Film Noir Studies found its own origins in a college course and a long-time fascination with old black-and-white movies. Its purpose is to continue the discussion about film noir – perhaps even fueling the fascination with the topic – by focusing on the classic noir films of the 1940s and ‘50s. The site is also intended to be an important resource for film students, professors, and movie buffs, alike.

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Watch: Björk Is Coming to a Theater Near You - Indie Wire (blog)

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Is "Björk: Biophilia Live," the concert film chronicling the last performance of her 2013 tour, the Björkiest thing she's ever done?
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Sex and The ‘Penny Dreadful’

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Penny Dreadful is a dark gothic horror television show; its main appeal is its excellent cast, which includes Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, and Josh Hartnett, and the fact that it features popular horror characters that are now in the public domain,...
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▶ Film & Genre Part 1 - YouTube

FM4 Section C Close Study. A screencast which explores the critical context for Hitchcock's film Vertigo (1958)
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Too Sexy to be the “Perfect Feminist”?

Too Sexy to be the “Perfect Feminist”? | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Whatever debates have occurred among self-identified feminists about Beyoncé’s brand, there was no  bolder statement than from the pop star herself when she stood on stage in front of the brightly lit word “FEMINIST” before an audience of millions...
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When Dead People Have Something Useful to Say: Sexuality and Feminism in Neil Jordan’s Vampire Movies

When Dead People Have Something Useful to Say: Sexuality and Feminism in Neil Jordan’s Vampire Movies | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Written by Katherine Murray. Neil Jordan is best known for The Crying Game —aka The Movie Where It Suddenly Turns Out That the Main Character is in Love with a Trans Woman – but he also made two vampire movies, and damn if those weren’t kind of...
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The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season

The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Bad news if you’re a member of the Television Academy: balloting for this year’s Emmys closed on June 20th, with the nominees to be announced a few weeks from now, on July 10th. That officially brings to an end the 2013/2014 TV season, and if anyone was worried that the run of quality TV was starting to come to an end as some of the most famous dramas and comedies of recent years wrapped up their runs, they were sorely mistaken: the medium is in as remarkably healthy a state as ever.
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"Sin City's" Rodriguez, Miller Discuss Their Partnership in Black and White - Comic Book Resources

"Sin City's" Rodriguez, Miller Discuss Their Partnership in Black and White - Comic Book Resources | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
"Sin City's" Rodriguez, Miller Discuss Their Partnership in Black and White Comic Book Resources And getting to work with him on the first one, I said, "There's not much for you to do in the first movie, but if we do a sequel, you're all over all...
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Lady Gaga: How we all became bored with pop's most interesting monster

Lady Gaga: How we all became bored with pop's most interesting monster | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
In 2010 Rolling Stone called Lady Gaga the Queen of Pop, but in 2014 she's struggling to sell out Denver's Pepsi Center. We explore why fans became bored with the most interesting and inventive force in pop music.
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Her: the movie every internet addict should be forced to watch

Her: the movie every internet addict should be forced to watch | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Hadley Freeman: We all use technology to escape from our lives. But sometimes you need to see a film about a man having sex with his phone for it to really hit home
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Daily Reads: Alison Bechdel Likes Non-Bechdel Test Passing Movies, Terry ... - Indie Wire (blog)

Daily Reads: Alison Bechdel Likes Non-Bechdel Test Passing Movies, Terry ... - Indie Wire (blog) | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Daily Reads: Alison Bechdel Likes Non-Bechdel Test Passing Movies, Terry ...
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Early Films of Modern Directors.
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Robin Thicke and Pharrell Depositions Highlight Blurred Lines of Pop Songwriting - Flavorwire

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Depositions Highlight Blurred Lines of Pop Songwriting - Flavorwire | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Flavorwire Robin Thicke and Pharrell Depositions Highlight Blurred Lines of Pop Songwriting Flavorwire In addition to revealing a Vicodin addiction at the height of Thicke's fame, the depositions shed light on a common trend in pop music:...
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The Noir Key to the 1940s – The Los Angeles Review of Books

The Noir Key to the 1940s – The Los Angeles Review of Books | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
DETOUR IS AN ULTRA-LOW-BUDGET 1946 film noir that packs an undeniable punch. “He went searching for love,” the Detour poster said, “but fate forced a detour” — to accidental murder. The film is one of Richard Lingeman’s touchstones in his new book The Noir Forties. For him the film...
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Sex, Silver Service, and Fairy Tales: ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Sex, Silver Service, and Fairy Tales: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Poster for Sleeping Beauty   In her debut feature, 2011’s Sleeping Beauty, director Julia Leigh examines consent, voyeurism, and passivity through the character of Lucy (Emily Browning), a beautiful college student who sleepwalks through life as if...
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The Fall Television Season Is A Major Moment in the Transgender Movement - Mic

The Fall Television Season Is A Major Moment in the Transgender Movement - Mic | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Mic The Fall Television Season Is A Major Moment in the Transgender Movement Mic In 2012, GLAAD reviewed 10 years of transgender representation on scripted television and found that only 12% of transgender characters could be considered...
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▶ Introduction to Film Genres.mov - YouTube

FM4 Section C Close Study. A screencast which explores the critical context for Hitchcock's film Vertigo (1958)
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▶ Film & Genre Pt 2 - YouTube

FM4 Section C Close Study. A screencast which explores the critical context for Hitchcock's film Vertigo (1958)
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Radiohead Releases First New Music in Three Years—Through Their App - Wired

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Wired Radiohead Releases First New Music in Three Years—Through Their App Wired Radiohead fans got a surprise this week when the band's PolyFauna app—released in February, using music and visuals from their 2011 album The King of Limbs—was updated...
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Spike Jonze’s HER, A Critical Analysis | Supercenter Nation

Spike Jonze’s HER, A Critical Analysis | Supercenter Nation | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it

Let’s look at the impeccable film, Spike Jonze’s Her, trusting you’ve already viewed it. The thing that stands out most—beyond the well articulated consideration of how Artificial Intelligence may gain and develop superior sentience—is the continuous use of subtext to arrive at a scathing commentary on the nature of human relationships, whether in-the-flesh or in-the-binary. Similar to, but not a rehash of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, according to Jonze’s vision in Her, petty argument, jealousy, and fear of commitment spell doom for not some but virtually all intelligent relationships.

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Looking For the Next Great Mob Drama? It Might Be Italy's 'Gomorrah'

Looking For the Next Great Mob Drama? It Might Be Italy's 'Gomorrah' | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
The Weinstein Company may soon bring this compelling, gritty take on Italian crime, inspired by "The Wire" and "True Detective," to American audiences.
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The Women of ‘True Detective’ – Madonnas and Whores

The Women of ‘True Detective’ – Madonnas and Whores | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
As often happens when you live on an island in the South Pacific, I was late to the party with True Detective.
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Which TV Shows Have Highest Rates of Ad Skipping?

Which TV Shows Have Highest Rates of Ad Skipping? | A2 Media Studies | Scoop.it
Many marketers covet the kind of upscale viewers who watch buzzy cable dramas like "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead." But the best place to reach them might be, well, not during either "Mad Men" or "The Walking Dead."
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