Bad Movies We Love (Plume)

By Edward Margulies, Stephen Rebello

A hip, irreverent, witty journey of 203 of the worst videos of all time, describing absurd plotlines, the worst discussion, so much over-the-top performances, and memorably wacky scenes. photographs.
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Written on the Wind (BFI Film Classics)

By Peter William Evans

Written at the Wind (1956) is considered one of classical Hollywood's so much impressive movies and
ranks between Douglas Sirk's best achievements. An excessive melodrama about
an alcoholic playboy who marries the lady his ally secretly loves,
the movie is extremely stylised, psychologically complicated, and marked by means of Sirk's
characteristic charting of the social realities of Fifties America.


This first unmarried learn of Written at the Wind reassesses the film's artistic
heritage and position in the wider framework of up to date American
culture. Incorporating unique archival learn, Peter William Evans examines
the creation, advertising and reception of Written at the Wind, exploring its
themes – of time, reminiscence, house, kin, classification and intercourse – in addition to its brilliance
of shape. Its bright aesthetics, strong performances and profound treatment
of human feelings, make Written at the Wind a masterpiece of Hollywood
melodrama.
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The Cinematic Mode of Production: Attention Economy and the Society of the Spectacle (Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture)

By Jonathan Beller

“Cinema brings the commercial revolution to the eye,” writes Jonathan Beller, “and engages spectators in more and more dematerialized techniques of social production.” In his groundbreaking serious research, cinema is the paradigmatic instance of the way the act of having a look has been construed by way of capital as “productive labor.” via an exam of cinema over the process the 20th century, Beller establishes on either theoretical and ancient grounds the method of the emergent capitalization of conception. This procedure, he says, underpins the present worldwide economy.

By exploring a suite of movies made because the overdue Nineteen Twenties, Beller argues that, via cinema, capital first posits after which presupposes taking a look as a value-productive job. He argues that cinema, because the first crystallization of a brand new order of media, is itself an abstraction of assembly-line approaches, and that the modern picture is a politico-economic interface among the physique and capitalized social equipment. the place manufacturing facility staff first played sequenced actual operations on relocating items that allows you to produce a commodity, within the cinema, spectators practice sequenced visible operations on relocating montage fragments to provide a picture.

Beller develops his argument via highlighting a variety of techniques and movie texts of the prior century. those techniques comprise suggestions and practices from the progressive Soviet cinema, behaviorism, Taylorism, psychoanalysis, and modern Hollywood movie. He therefore develops an research of what quantities to the worldwide industrialization of conception that this present day informs not just the explicit social services of recent media, but additionally sustains a violent and hierarchical worldwide society.
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Mike Leigh (Contemporary Film Directors)

By Sean O'Sullivan

In this a lot wanted exam of Mike Leigh, Sean O'Sullivan reclaims the British director as a working towards theorist--a filmmaker deeply invested in cinema's formal, conceptual, and narrative dimensions. against this with Leigh's winning attractiveness as a simple crafter of social realist video clips, O'Sullivan illuminates the visible tropes and storytelling investigations that place Leigh as an experimental filmmaker who makes use of the paintings and artifice of cinema to border stories of the typical and the extreme alike.

 

O'Sullivan demanding situations the present characterizations of Leigh’s cinema through detailing the complex structures of his realism, positing his motion pictures now not as obvious files of lifestyles yet as aesthetic changes of it. targeting the newest 20 years of Leigh’s profession, the learn examines how Naked, secrets and techniques and Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake, and different motion pictures have interaction narrative convergence and narrative diffusion, the strain among personality and plot, the interaction of accident and layout, cinema’s dating to different platforms of illustration, and the filmic rendering of the human determine. The e-book additionally spotlights such prior, less-discussed works as Four Days in July and The brief and Curlies, illustrating the ordinary visible and storytelling matters of Leigh’s cinema. With a close filmography, this quantity additionally comprises key choices from O'Sullivan's several interviews with Leigh.

 

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Easy Rider (BFI Modern Classics)

By Lee Hill

Released in 1969, Easy Rider broke the mould of Hollywood studio creation, making stars of Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson and launching a brand new wave of radical and experimental American cinema. Easy Rider was one of the movies of the overdue 60s, a movie that enshrined the beliefs of the counterculture but in addition foresaw the death of those beliefs within the depression and paranoia of a state rocked via Watergate and the Vietnam conflict. It was once a seminal street motion picture and a big monetary good fortune that spawned unending imitations. Few motion pictures considering the fact that were in a position to capture its specific mix of innocence and cynicism, wish and despair.
In his meticulously researched e-book, Lee Hill analyzes either the situations surrounding the making of Easy Rider and the social and cultural forces that stumbled on expression in it. Hill persuasively argues that the function of illustrious screenwriter Terry Southern in Easy Rider has been overlooked because the particular conditions of construction, filming, and enhancing became misplaced in mythmaking. touching on little recognized archival fabric, Hill questions many of the legends that encompass Easy Rider.
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The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy

By Robert B. Ray

here's a secret: in 1939, while the Hollywood Studio process, on the height of its strength, produced such movies as Gone with the Wind, Ninotchka, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith is going to Washington, and Wuthering Heights, the films' number-one box-office appeal used to be no longer Gable, Garbo, Wayne, Garland, Stewart, or Olivier. In 1939, 1940, and 1941, the most well-liked performer within the American cinema used to be Mickey Rooney, who owed his good fortune essentially to a economical MGM sequence that targeting his personality, Andy Hardy.

this is one other secret: sooner or later some time past decade, movie experiences, as soon as the main leading edge of the arts disciplines, started to harden right into a catechism of predictable questions and solutions. through committing itself solely to rational critique, movie reports left itself overmatched via the greatly renowned, seductive, and enigmatic representations that represent the films. And by way of eschewing experimentation with the varieties of feedback, movie stories sarcastically reduce itself off from the recent tools of analysis and writing caused by means of the 20th century's revolution in communications applied sciences.

Robert Ray's booklet approximately Andy Hardy proposes that alternative routes of considering and writing concerning the videos might be derived from the arts' an identical of science's natural research--the avant-garde arts. Drawing at the Surrealist culture, with its use of video games, likelihood, fragments, anecdotes, and college, Ray invents for movie reviews new different types of learn that imitate the cognitive conduct inspired by means of images, pcs, and the cinema itself. In doing so, he unearths that even the Andy Hardy video clips, a regimen made from the Hollywood Studio method, have been, finally, wealthy and mysterious.

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Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, The World's Greatest Job

By Christopher Null

*** moment version that includes NEW fabric, NEW videos, AND NEW studies! released MARCH 2013 *** so that you are looking to be a movie critic and evaluate videos for a residing? Veteran movie critic Christopher Null teaches you, step-by-step, the right way to holiday into the company with the teachings he is realized from greater than a decade within the undefined. 5 Stars! will train you all you want to recognize! - comprehend motion picture background and the mechanics of filmmaking - with out the movie snob jargon! - methods to write a overview, step-by-step - Get into each motion picture at no cost and not pay to visit the films back! - Get unfastened DVDs - prior to somebody else! - holiday into expert writing in newspapers, magazines, and on-line - easy methods to procedure editors - from the specialists themselves - construct an viewers to your paintings - Interview celebrities and hang around with the celebs! 5 Stars! is the one booklet out there that indicates you precisely the way to turn into a certified motion picture reviewer, step-by-step! it is an absolute must-read for any aspiring movie critic! 264 pages - full of crucial info!
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Silent Running (BFI Film Classics)

By Mark Kermode

A visually gorgeous and heartfelt riposte to the emotional sterility of Kubrick's 2001: an area Odyssey, Douglas Trumbull's eco-themed Silent Running (1972) turned one of many defining science-fiction motion pictures of the seventies. Bruce Dern excels as lonely hero Freeman Lowell, forged adrift in deep house with 3 robot 'Drones' who develop into his 'amazing partners' on a trip 'beyond imagination'.

Mark Kermode, writing on his favorite technology fiction movie of all time, lines Trumbull's sentimental masterpiece from its roots within the counter-culture of the sixties to its enduring charm as a cult vintage within the twenty first century. Drawing on a brand new interview with Trumbull, Kermode examines either the technical and thematic components of this uniquely relocating area event, which remains to be reflected and imitated via film-makers today.

This unique variation good points unique disguise art by means of Olly Moss.
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Adaptation Theory and Criticism: Postmodern Literature and Cinema in the USA

Traditional critics of movie version mostly assumed a) that the written textual content is best than the movie model as the plot is extra difficult and the language richer whilst pictorial photographs don't interfere; b) that motion pictures are higher whilst rather devoted to the unique; c) that authors don't make strong script writers and shouldn't sully their mind's eye through writing movie scripts; d) and infrequently that American motion pictures lack the complexity of authored texts simply because they're sourced out of Hollywood. The 'faithfulness' view has most likely disappeared, and intertextuality is now a often bought inspiration, however the box nonetheless lacks stories with a postmodern method and lens.Exploring Hollywood function movies in addition to small studio productions, edition conception and feedback explores the intertextuality of a dozen motion pictures via a sequence of case reviews brought via discussions of postmodern technique and perform. offering the reader with informative heritage on theories of movie variation in addition to conscientiously articulated postmodern method and concerns, Gordon Slethaug comprises a number of case experiences of significant Hollywood productions and small studio motion pictures, a few of that have been mentioned sooner than (Age of Innocence, Gangs of recent York, and Do the suitable Thing) and a few that experience got lesser attention (Six levels of Separation, Smoke, Smoke Signals, damaged Flowers, and numerous Snow White narratives together with Enchanted, reflect replicate, and Snow White and the Huntsman). valuable for either movie and literary reviews scholars, variation thought and feedback cogently combines the prevailing scholarship and makes use of past theories to interact readers to consider the present country of yank literature and film.

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