Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Avoidable Mediocrity of the Harry Potter films

In late August, I finally found myself bored enough to go and see the final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise: Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part 2 (my, that is an unwieldy title).  The desire to see … Continue reading

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For the Salt of the Earth

There are lots of great films one could pick as a way to mark Labor Day, but the one that came to mind immediately, in part because it’s in the public domain and available in its entirety via the Internet … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of L. B. Jones

There is a fascinating opinion piece by Professor Patricia A. Turner in a recent edition of the New York Times. In it, she argues that the current hit film The Help perpetuates “dangerous white stereotypes”–that the only racists that existed … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Film Assholes

The film asshole is a particular type that comes in many breeds.  They are most often antagonists, but not all film villains are assholes.  For example, Heath Ledger’s Joker and Darth Vader are classic and iconic villains, yet no one … Continue reading

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