Tagged: cinema

Showgirls Comes of Age /pt.1

Download PDF version Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven’s much-maligned erotic film, celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary later this year. This essay seeks to re-assess the film—which was almost universally derided upon its release in 1995—now that it is a quarter of a century...

A few observations about previews

Download PDF version In the early spring of 2019, my wife and I went to see Peter Farrelly’s Green Book and appreciated its presentation of the ever-present issues involving race, sexuality, and class. More interesting than another presentation of promise...

The Politics of Respectability in Luce

Author: Apryl Alexander University of Denver Download PDF version What is Luce about? Effects of childhood trauma? Difficulties of adolescence? Transracial adoptions? Teenage psychopaths? All the above? Luce (2019) is the complicated story of a high-achieving Black male high schooler (Luce,...

Uncut Gems: dizzying and breathtaking cinema

Uncut Gems—the fourth feature film directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie—is an exhausting tale of gambling, jewels and loan sharks, and gives the audience very few opportunities to catch their breath during its runtime of over two hours, which...

PopMec CFP: The Rocky Forum

What can be better, during these uncertain times, than producing innovative research about fun primary sources that can fill our hearts with hope and motivation? With the aim of making that possible, the PopMeC academic collective opens a call for...