Film Criticism

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

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, Spring

Cannes 2009: Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank Makes the Most Waves
The films at Cannes were "hard" this year, the majority distinguished by a violent, cold depiction of human depravity. Some were innovations of classic genre films, such as Johnnie To's gang war film, Vengeance, Park Chan Wook's vampire flick, Thirst,...
Casino Royale and Franchise Remix: James Bond as Superhero
"Who am I? I'm Spider-man." Last line Spider-man (2002) "The truth is ... I am Iron Man." Last line Iron Man (2008) "The name's Bond, James Bond." Last line Casino Royale (2006) Popular media and industry reporting often claim films like Casino...
Looking Past the Screen: Case Studies in American Film History and Method
Looking Past the Screen. Case Studies in American Film History and Method By Jon Lewis and Eric Smoodin (editors) Duke University Press, 2007. 413pp. $24.95 paper, $89.95 cloth. As the discipline of film studies has grown and evolved over...
Razors in the Dreamscape: Revisiting A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Slasher Film
The dominant horror subgenre of the late 1970s and most of the 1980s has been called the "splatter film" by John McCarty (1984), the "stalker film" by Vera Dika (1981), and the "slasher film" by Carol Clover (1992). During its heyday, it was one of...
Sexual Consciousness and the "New" Lady Chatterley
The years have not been kind to Lady Chatterley. Nor for that matter have the movies. Scandalous in her day, the sexual adventuress of D H Lawrence's best-known novel has matured into something of a pop-culture joke, remembered less as a symbol of...
Unorthodox Iconography: Russian Orthodox Icons in Battleship Potemkin
In his autobiography Immoral Memories, Sergei Eisenstein explains the influence of the Orthodox Eucharist on his films: from such moments springs my lifelong weakness for the ornate in religious services: the sunbeams cutting down through...