Author Archives: Todd Hunter Starkweather

About Todd Hunter Starkweather

Todd Starkweather is an Assistant Professor of English at South University-Richmond. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Illinois-Chicago; his interests include film, Victorian studies, sport, and post-colonialism.

Television Recommendation: Svengoolie

Television and cinema have much in common: namely the moving image.  A good portion of these respective technologies’ histories are bound together in a sometimes uneasy symbiosis.  Cinema is regarded as the higher form of art, the more glamorous image.  … Continue reading

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Clint Eastwood, Hollywood, and Conservatives

In case you missed it, Clint Eastwood talked to a chair. The chair was empty. Presumably, Eastwood knew that, but he decided to have a conversation with it anyway. Now, To be fair to both the empty chair and Eastwood’s … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Music

The idea of this post came to me as I was driving home one day and the new Jimmy Cliff single, “One More,” played over the radio. The single, life Cliff himself, is amazing, and listening to it made me … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Films I have seen with my children

The overwhelming majority of films that I now see in theatres are, for lack of a better term, children’s films: films made for and marketed to those younger than twelve. While these experiences have saddled me with a boatload of … Continue reading

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Quick Canada Day Recommendation: Films by Sarah Polley

Last Canada Day, I recommended Sarah Polley’s brilliant Away From Her (2006), a remarkable and emotionally draining film based on an Alice Munro short story, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” This Canada Day, I recommend seeing any film by … Continue reading

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Recommendation: The Queen

Even though I am a bit of an Anglophile, I still cannot get jazzed up over Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.  Maybe I rebel against the fact that most of the English-speaking world seems to be reveling in her reign in the … Continue reading

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Five (Not So) Film Favorites: Actors Who Try Too Hard

The idea for this piece came from the tail end of conversation between radio host Bob Edwards and Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten. For whatever reason, the final few minutes of their hour-long conversation turned to the acting abilities, or … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Johnny Depp Films

Upon viewing a still image of Johnny Depp as Tonto for the upcoming Lone Ranger flick (2013), I came to the conclusion that Johnny Depp looks tremendous in makeup. He probably looks good all the time, but he shines in makeup.  … Continue reading

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Really Great Film Recommendation: Nowhere in Africa

For sometime now, I have desired to write about and recommend director Caroline Link’s fantastic Nowhere in Africa (2001). The right opportunity has just never seemed to present itself. I do not know if mid-April 2012 is the right opportunity, … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Female Action Leads (Heroes and Villains)

Much of the press and publicity surrounding the release of the now box office sensation The Hunger Games (2012) focused on the fact that the film (and the franchise that is sure to follow) has, as its lead, a young … Continue reading

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