Film Criticism

Academic film journal publishes articles on different disciplines, cultures and critical perspectives.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, Fall

Bit Parts: Dismembering Elvis in Recent Hollywood Films
"A certain ghoulish insistency. A certain horrible pottage of human parts. A certain stridency and portentousness. A luridness about his beatitudes." --D.H. Lawrence on Whitman When Elvis died, he entered the realm of cultural mythology with...
Exhibitionism and Repression in the Full Monty
The Full Monty revealed, among other things, that an independent movie could achieve mainstream and critical success by infusing social commentary with humor, sentimentalism, and disco music.(1) The product of a post-industrial marketplace and postfeminist...
John Woo's Cinema of Hyperkinetic Violence: From A Better Tomorrow to Face/Off
For many North American movie goers like myself, Face/Off (1997) was both a summer box-office hit and an introduction to director John Woo's choreography and pyrotechnics of violent action. Though I am by no means a fan of Hollywood action movies,...
Poking Henry Fool with A Stick
Hal Hartley's Flirt (1995) has such an ambitious, unconventional idea behind it that the undistinguished result seemed, at the time of its release, to mark the director's artistic limit. My initial response amounted to resignation. The maker of consistently...
Pumping Up the Word with Cinematic Supplements
Although language has always been an integral part of movies, it has never acquired the status that it enjoys in other multi-media projects in which it is often a self-sufficient component of the art. Unlike the script of a play, which is often extracted...