FM 8.1 (2017) Has Been Released!

Film Matters is pleased to usher in our volume 8 year with FM 8.1 (2017) — and with a fabulous cover!

In this issue, you’ll find the following peer-reviewed feature articles:

  • Rethinking Racialized Cinema: A Critical Examination of Representations of Afro-Brazilians in City of God by G. Maris Jones
  • When Can Homophobia Live and Let Die?: An Examination of Sexual Deviance in the James Bond Franchise by Lauren Spungen
  • The First Rule of Genre: Fight Club as a Neo-Gangster Film by Jeremy Zhen

A special dossier on screened violence from Kelli Fuery and students (Chapman University):

  • The Disruption of Femininity Against the Tyrant: Reality and Myth of Sexual Discovery in Breillat’s Fat Girl by Veronica Gonzalez Kompalic
  • “I Am Not Responsible”: The Notion of Gaps in La Societé du Spectacle and the Question of Functionality in Empathetic Responses to Images of Violence and Suffering by Naveed Goudarzi
  • Pleasure in Pain: A Freudian Approach to the Representation of Self-Inflicted Violence in Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher by Kayla Hoff
  • The Intersection of Politics and Trauma in the Films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul by Jonathan Mackris
  • Acknowledging the Abuse of Others by Caitlin S. Manocchio
  • “Spirit, Genius, or Eloquence”: Sontag, Hume, and the Efficacy of Screened Suffering by Thomas Seraydarian

The latest “Mapping Contemporary Cinema” article:

  • “It’s an anti-Russian, anti-Putin manifesto”: Social Critique and the Politics of Place in Leviathan (2014) by Maria Cristina Garcia

Yet another dossier on film and childhood from Cristina Johnston and students (University of Stirling):

  • From Curls to Color: A Cinematic Evolution of Little Orphan Annie by H. J. Burrell
  • The Age of Truthfulness: The Cases of La Vita è Bella and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Floriana Guerra
  • “I learned a new word today…atom bomb”: Children and the Destruction of Innocence in Portrayals of the Second World War by Laura Jones
  • Empty Faces and Frightening Silence: Children as the Uncanny in The White Ribbon by Regina Mosch
  • Atonement and Crows: Representations of Girlhood, Fairy Tales, and Reality by Ralitsa Shentova
  • Childhood’s End: Childhood Faith in Science Fiction by Conor Syme
  • Concealed Childhoods in Michael Haneke’s Caché by Lewis Urquhart

A new column, Cinemablography, from Messiah College, featuring the following article:

  • Time Passes: How Neorealism Has Influenced Modern American Independent Filmmakers by Megan Hess 

The following featurettes:

  • Modern Television: An Interview with Christine Becker by Leah Rae Kmosko 
  • Cinematography as a Visual Storyteller in American Horror Story: Asylum by Damien A. Capps 
  • It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane! No, Wait, It’s a Supernatural Fan! by Jessica P. Jackson
  • Bridging the Cultural Gap by Lydia Plantamura
  • The Ultraviolent, Interrelated Tarantino Universe by Megan May McCaw

And capping our issue are book and DVD/Blu-ray reviews by Jen Bircher, Reed Brewer, Raymond Ervin, and Erin Katalinic and Jesse Schlotterbeck.

For more information about issue 8.1, please visit Intellect’s website:,id=3361/

It’s another big issue, and one we are proud of!  So please get your copy today!

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