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Daily Archives: August 24, 2015

Magic has always held an intriguing role in both fiction and real life. Stemming from legends of wizards and mystics, the concept of magic began to grow in the view of humanity, encompassing all unexplainable powers and stories. From medieval folklore to modern wizarding novels, magicians have been at the heart of the fantasy genre for as long as it… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Classic Hollywood is synonymous with major star power and each star had a persona that they built up thanks in part to the studio system. Henry Fonda was America’s mouthpiece reflecting the sentiment of the common man. Cary Grant was the epitome of a suave gentleman who could woo any lady on the screen or in the audience. Elizabeth Taylor… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Other Lists

The term “damsel in distress” is a vapid expression to be sure, along with “femme fatale” or the more recent trope of the “manic pixie dream girl.” What these arguably sectarian euphemisms point to is cinema’s steady association and obsession with womanhood in different and distinctive modes. Certainly there have been times where film has cast an objectifying gaze upon… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The relationship between cinema and psychoanalysis is as old as these two institutions themselves. Psychoanalysis was invented by Sigmund Freud at the end of the 19th century, at the same time that the first films were being created by filmmakers like the Lumiere brothers, George Méliès and Thomas Edison. Freud’s first book, On Aphasia, was published in the 1890s, a… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists