COMMENTARY

  • Directing: Debuts—First-Time Directors Around the World

    Directing Debuts (First-Time Directors) 1955 Hall Bartlett – Unchained Earl Bellamy – Seminole Uprising Roger Corman – Swamp Women Hubert Cornfield† – Sudden Danger Blake Edwards – Bring Your Smile Along José Ferrer – The Cockleshell Heroes Stanley Kramer – Not as a Stranger Charles Laughton – The Night of the Hunter Burt Lancaster – […]

    Directors: Debuts–Stunning First Film

    Affleck, Ben, Gone Baby Gone, 2007 Brooks, James L. Terms of Endearment, 1983 Burnett, Charles, Killer of Sheep, 1978 (2007) Coen Joel, Blood Simple, 1985 Coppola, Sofia, The Virgin Suicides, 1999 Costner, Dancing With Wolves, 1990 Crowe, Cameron, Say Anything, 1989 Darabont, Frank, The Shawshank Redemption, 1994 Ford, Tom, A Single Man, 2010 Huston, John, […]

    Richard Jewell: Olivia Wilde Defends her Character in Eastwood’s Biopic

    Olivia Wilde, star of Richard Jewell, has responded to controversy surrounding the depiction of her character, a real-life reporter who is now deceased, in Clint Eastwood’s biopic.

    Irishman, The: Scorsese’s Masterful Mob Epic, Starring De Niro, Pacino, Pesci

    Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman tells the true story of mob hitman and World War II veteran Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert De Niro). The film follows Sheeran in his later years of life as he reflects on the events that defined his career as a notorious hitman, particularly the role he played in the disappearance […]

    Momism: Concept, Hollywood Movies

    The term Momism was reportedly coined by the American author Philip Wylie in his book, A Generation of Vipers (1942), describing an undue dependence on maternal protection. which results in loss of maturity and independence. Broadly defined, Momism describes an excessive attachment and devotion of children to their mothers, resulting in a child’s dependence and […]

    American Culture: Subculture; Counterculture; Biblio; Notes

    Biblio: Levine, Lawrence. Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Making of Culture Hierarchy in America. NY: Basic Books, 1990. Mitchell, W. J. T. (ed). Politics of Interpretation. 1983. Roszak, Theodore.  The Making of Counter-Culture. Doubleday, 1969. Said, Edward. “Opponents, Audiences, Constituencies, and Community.” In Mitchell, W. J. T. (ed). Politics of Interpretation. 1983. Slater, Philip E. The Pursuit of […]

    Film Theory: Mise en Scene

    Mise en Scene: Definition, Elements

    Movie Genres: Spy Thrillers

    Spy Thrillers: List of Good Movies

    Reel/Real Impact: Theory, Research, Biblio

    Reel/Real Impact: Theory, Research, Examples, Biblio

    Cinematography: Role, Theory and Practice

    “Every picture defines its own look, and that definition begins with the director’s intention”–Sven Nykvist

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