Cinema Studies 270

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Brecht and Comics

May 10, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · Uncategorized

Last class we discussed sympathy in comics. We we also lightly touched on purposeful and accidental alienation between the reader and the comic. This reminded me in many ways of Brecht’s theory of epic theater. In epic theater, the audience should always be aware that they are watching a play.… read more

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Sandman

April 27, 2011 by Jeremy Potterfield on Jeremy Potterfield's Blog · Uncategorized

I really enjoyed reading the Sandman. A lot of the pleasure came from experiencing so much landscape and story in a single volume. As a reader we go from Hell, to the JLI base, to Arkham, France/England (I couldn’t tell). Because Sandman can travel through dreams, the reader often never… read more

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Flash’s Powers Raise Problems

April 24, 2011 by Eamon Brennan on Eamon Brennan's Blog · Uncategorized

The only other superhero who I believe could rival the completely horrible aspects of Superman’s life would be the Flash. I say this as the Flash could also attempt to stop every single crime but unlike Superman the Flash probably could do it. In certain DC proposed futures the Flash has… read more

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Animated Music Videos

April 21, 2011 by Isaac Buchoff on Isaac Buchoff's Blog · Uncategorized

We’ve studied full-length movies, episodic television shows, and classic shorts, but what about music videos? Well, I guess you could call Fantasia a series of music video, and maybe even the Silly Symphonies if you really contort the definition. But music videos can be just as important as other animated… read more

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

April 21, 2011 by Sharon Cross on Sharon Cross's Blog · Uncategorized

Wes Anderson is probably my favorite director because of the visual brilliance he displays in all of this films. When I found out that he was doing a stop animation film of Fantastic Mr. Fox, based off of the book by Roald Dahl, I wondered how his aesthetics would translate… read more

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Superman’s life is messed up

April 20, 2011 by Eamon Brennan on Eamon Brennan's Blog · Uncategorized

Superman has to live with more pain and horribleness than nearly any other super hero. I am going to ignore the standard discussion over the pain of losing an entire civilization versus seeing your parent shot, which inevitably arises when discussing the dark life that is Superman. Instead I want to… read more

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Archer

April 19, 2011 by Jarvinen Amelia on Amelia Jarvinen's Blog · Uncategorized

Archer, Sterling Archer. The new (cartoon) face of espionage/action flicks has a name other than James Bond. The recent brain child of¬† Adam Reed, Archer is a tv series that caters to the entertainment aficionados who enjoy a great spy show every once in a while. It can be characterized… read more

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Toy Story 3: The Agony and the Exstacy

April 18, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin on Benjamin Tobin's Blog · Uncategorized

I always love watching Toy Story 3, even though it makes me cry. The simpsons-esque culture references and nostalgic Toy characters make this a fun entertaining and satisfying story. The deep psychological study of growing up and the bittersweet tragedy of transition makes the story emotionally resonant not only to… read more

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Fringe head trip

April 18, 2011 by Benjamin Tobin on Benjamin Tobin's Blog · Uncategorized

I just wanted to once again point out how amazing Fringe is. Episode 3.19 like it’s season 2 counterpart, decided to take several creative risks. Last year it was a musical/noir combo, now we have animated Fringe as the team heads into Olivia’s subconscious a la Inception to remove the… read more

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An age-old classic…

April 18, 2011 by Jarvinen Amelia on Amelia Jarvinen's Blog · Uncategorized

…The Simpsons, i’m referring to the Simpsons–the show that I watched continuously as a young child, through my awkward teen years, even now. it’s been a life-changing show, really. I hold all other cartoons up to the simpsons standard. crass humor, rudimentary drawings, bright colors, the list goes on. but… read more

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