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the big lebowski (1998): the slacker and the spectator

Joel Coen’s The Big Lebowski (1998) exhibits an unusual strand of comic excellence. It’s part of the 90s emergence of film noir/ comedy, with Tony Scott’s True Romance (1993), Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers (1994), and Coen’s own Fargo (1996) among its precursors. These films exist within a cinematic universe wherein criminality is distinguished with…

american dream and nightmare: suburbia in film

  ‘Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky-tacky, Little boxes on the hillside,   Little boxes all the same. There’s a green one and a pink one And a blue one and a yellow one, And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky, And they all look just the same.’      …

a handpicked selection of the 2019 Academy Award nominees

  Roma (2018) dir. Alfonso Cuarón nominated for: Best Picture Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio) Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira) Best Original Screenplay (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Cinematography (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Foreign-Language Film (Mexico) Best Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and Jose Antonio Garcia) Best Sound Editing (Sergio Diaz and Skip…

girls in uniform (1931) in review: connecting sexuality to anti-authoritarianism

After its initial ban, in the 1970s Weimar film Mädchen In Uniform (1931) (dir: Leontine Sagan) was rediscovered by feminist critics who categorised it as an early ‘coming out film’. The narrative follows: a Prussian, authoritarian regime in an all-girls school for families with aristocratic or military backgrounds becomes inhabited by Manuela (Hertha Thiele), the…