mythology Clash of the Titans

Mythology and Hollywood: Gods, Legends and the Need for Better Movies

I have one thing to say to those who keep churning out movies along the lines of Thor (2011) and Wrath of the Titans (2012), and it takes a page out of Pink Floyd’s book: Hey! Directors! Leave those myths alone! The fact is, we do need an education – an education on how to…

By Simon Butler
Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity and The Politics of Gender

In 1943, the story of Double Indemnity had earned the label of “unfilmmable” in Hollywood due to its controversial and ‘immoral’ subject matter (Biltereyst 148). But despite objections and impositions from the Production Code Administration, through compromise and strategy, Billy Wilder managed to create and release the film in 1944. Somehow, what remains is still…

By Shyla Fairfax
Agora history

Film as thesis: 3 Depictions of the Nature of History

As a history graduate and a film lover I’ve long been aware of the complex relationship between cinema and the past. Films can reflect our history, the way we reconstruct a story of the past from the evidence around us. They can also shape popular understanding of history, as shown by both Hollywood blockbusters and…

By Andrew Knighton
Adaptation

Charlie Kaufman and the Art of Adaptation

Adapting a novel into a film is a sensitive and hazardous process, especially if the novel has already garnered a following of avid readers. When adapting an already existing work the screenwriter may have the leisure of not having to come up with everything from scratch, but they must endure the added stress of wanting…

By Annelie Widholm
Kagemusha

Subjectivity and Objectivity in Film: Kagemusha, Booze and the Boundaries of Cinema

There’s a great scene in the Kurosawa movie Kagemusha (1980) where two of the three unifiers of Japan, Oda Nobunaga and Ieyasu Tokugawa, meet to discuss business. Nobunaga, who has been Westernised all the way down to his armour, offers Tokugawa a glass of European wine. His comrade takes it and has a sip ……

By Simon Butler
They Came Together

‘They Came Together’ and the Death of the Indie

There was a time when teenage boys wore jackets and ties to go to birthday parties. There was a time when what we now call a Happy Meal cost under a dollar. And there was a time when the term “Indie Film” meant something. Of course, all those things are ancient history by now. You’ll…

By Jonathan Eig
female villain American Mary

Horror Cinema and the Female Villain: The Perpetuation of Female Victimisation

Monsters have long dominated the realms of the gothic and horrific, both in literature and the cinema. What’s more, these monsters are often male, seeking out women to overtake or destroy. Subsequently, the most common image of women in horror has been a pose of utter victimisation – the scream. In a seminal article entitled…

By Shyla Fairfax