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Careful what you witness: 15-05-08

Careful what you witness: 15-05-08

Usually the way I contribute an article or review to the Live For Films website is that I will either offer Phil a piece that I have already written, or he will ask me for something specific that he thinks will work well on the site. Of course, there are often occasions where he will email the LFF team and ask if one of us would like to review a film that...

“Welcome to Texas, Mother F**ker” – A Review of Texas Chainsaw 3D

“Welcome to Texas, Mother F**ker” – A Review of Texas Chainsaw 3D

Like many, I’m not particularly a fan of 3D, and have struggled to find a film over the last three years where the effect actually felt warranted and an integral part of the movie that the story just couldn’t have done without. But what I am a fan of, and have been since my teen years, is Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 cult masterpiece The Texas Chainsaw...

The Magic of Harry Potter

The Magic of Harry Potter

On Saturday 15th December, join Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton for a book launch of J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter (New Casebooks), a vibrant, timely collection of new essays exploring the Harry Potter series, introduced by contributor and University of Wolverhampton Film Studies lecturer, Dr. Fran Pheasant-Kelly. Enjoy a screening of Harry Potter and...

31 Days of Horror: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) – Review

31 Days of Horror: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) – Review

To celebrate Halloween Live for Films is having a horror movie review each night in the 31 Days of Horror. You can see last years 31 days here. You can be involved by sending me your review of a horror film – new, old, good, bad, depressing, funny, disgusting, psychological. As long as it can be classed as a horror then you can send it here...

31 Days of Horror: Sinister – Review

31 Days of Horror: Sinister – Review

To celebrate Halloween Live for Films is having a horror movie review each night in the 31 Days of Horror. You can see last years 31 days here. You can be involved by sending me your review of a horror film – new, old, good, bad, depressing, funny, disgusting, psychological. As long as it can be classed as a horror then you can send it over to me...

Borders and Dredd – A Short Analysis of Abjection in Dredd 3D

Borders and Dredd – A Short Analysis of Abjection in Dredd 3D

Possibly some slight spoilers ahead. In the early 1980s, Bulgarian-French philosopher and sociologist Julia Kristeva’s Power of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1980) outlined the body’s relationship with borders. Kristeva argued that the importance of maintaining borders is an exertion to keep a sense of self or identity, arguing that the abject is neither...

An Analysis of Gender Construction and Sexuality in David Lynch’s Dune

An Analysis of Gender Construction and Sexuality in David Lynch’s Dune

The visual representation of sexuality and gender has been related to the meta-narrative of science fiction film habitually throughout the history of cinema. An early example can be found in the manifestation of the Maschinenmensch (“machine-human”, later referred to as the “machine-man”) in Fritz Lang’s German Expressionist epic Metropolis (1927),...

The Representation of the Psychiatric Institute in Film

The Representation of the Psychiatric Institute in Film

THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE IN GIRL, INTERRUPTED AND ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST. By Paul Anthony Jonze. Mental illness has been portrayed in cinema with varying degrees of accuracy since as early as the 1920s, when The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) used the elaborately abstract mise-en-scène of German Expressionism...

Batman Reborn: Looking Back on Nolan’s Gotham Crime Fighter.

Batman Reborn: Looking Back on Nolan’s Gotham Crime Fighter.

Over the last few months, Batman fans across the globe have been drip fed trailers and TV spots of director Christopher Nolan’s up and coming third and final instalment in his vision of life in Gotham City. The Dark Knight Rises is so far promising to be the definitive summer blockbuster of 2012, as Batman (Christian Bale), Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman...

Reproduction and the Maternal Body in the Alien series

Reproduction and the Maternal Body in the Alien series

This in-depth and fascinating analysis of the Alien films is by Paul Jonze. Introduction    There’s nothing to fear. Look, no blood, no decay. Just a few stitches. – Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Frankenstein Futura … Parody whatever you like to call it. Also: Delusion … In short a woman. – Inventor Rotwang, Metropolis The image...