Film Criticism

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, Fall

Down Kerouac's Road to Pixar's Up
Introduction This essay seeks to understand the startling yet bizarre image of Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Edward Asner) launching his house into the air using children's helium balloons in Disney/Pixar's animated feature film, Up (2009). Most obviously,...
Off with Hollywood's Head: Sofia Coppola as Feminine Auteur
In the Autumn 2006 publication of Camera Obscura, Yvonne Rainer discussed "Mulvey's Legacy" and the current state of feminism and film. In closing, Rainer posed a question that has been on the minds of many who are concerned with women's cinema: "The...
Reading the Truman Show Inside Out
Hollywood cinema in the late 1990s released a number of films preoccupied with the relationship between representation and reality, including The Thirteenth Floor (1999), Dark City (1998), eXistenZ (1999), Pleasantville (1998), The Truman Show (1998)...
Red River and the Searchers: Deception in the Modern Western
"Sorta like ... [when] a man says he's goin' one place, means to go t'other." Ethan Edwards in The Searchers Protagonists who pretend to be something they are not or lie about what they believe or plan to do are de rigueur in gangster and detective...
The Space of Today and the World of Tomorrow: Hybrid Film and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
A mobile people might easily become entirely victims of the set. --Paul Virilio (Art and Fear 79) Paul Virilio has suggested that one key effect of living in the contemporary, always mobile, and highly mediated environment, is that our sense...