FM 8.3 (2017) Is Out!

Film Matters is pleased to announce that its last issue of the 2017 volume year is now out.  In this issue, you will find the following peer-reviewed feature articles:

  • A Forced Silence: The Hidden Homonormativity Surrounding Carol by Isabella Luizzi
  • The Revival of Cold War Tensions and Propaganda Filmmaking: Red Dawn and Threads as Films of the “Second World War” by Niko Pajkovic
  • All or Nothing: Representing Masculinity in Jamón Jamón (Bigas Luna, 1992) and Mar adentro (Amenábar, 2004) by Lucy Sabin
  • The Lady Vanishes: Soviet Censorship, Socialist Realism, and the Disappearance of Larisa Shepitko by Anastasia Sorokina

A contemporary science fiction dossier from Fabrizio Cilento and students (Messiah College):

  • Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema Dossier Introduction by Fabrizio Cilento
  • “That lightsaber. It belongs to me.”: Patriarchal Anxiety and the Fragility of White Men’s Masculinity in The Force Awakens by Nicole Veneto
  • Today I’m Going to Test You: Oppositional Cyborgs and Automated Anxiety in Ex Machina by Julia Glick
  • The Zombie Apocalypse as Twenty-First-Century Frontier by Mynt Marsellus
  • Projecting Tomorrow: Science Fiction and Popular Cinema review by Natalie Moey
  • Gender in Science Fiction Films, 1964-1979 review by Megan Hess
  • Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction review by Emmanuel Gundran
  • Science Fiction Adapted to Film review by Angeline Leong
  • “Recognize This”: Anderson’s Heart of a Dog review by Perri Chastulik

The latest “Mapping Contemporary Cinema” article:

  • The Heath Is White: Nationhood, Protestant Anxieties, and Nazism in The White Ribbon by Johannes Aschim

A race, gender, and genre in 21st-century cinema dossier from Jennifer O’Meara and students (University of St Andrews):

  • Dossier Introduction: Race, Gender, and Genre in Twenty-First-Century Cinema by Adrienne Pohl
  • A Future of One’s Own?: Gender Through Relationality of Death in World of Tomorrow (2015) by Jaka Lombar
  • Bridesmaids, Trainwreck, and the Regressive Role of Women in Romantic Comedies by Kittsie Klaes
  • Examining Genre Conventions in the Promotion of Marvel Avengers Assemble by Katrina McCorry
  • Alternate Modes of Masculinity in The Gambler review by Murray Ferguson
  • Circumstance and the Representation of Transgression in Contemporary Iran review by Alexandra A. Rego
  • Gender and the Nuclear Family in Twenty-First-Century Horror review by Kathryn Haldane

The following featurettes:

  • Teamwork Makes Film Work by Lydia Plantamura
  • Playing with Shapes and Colors: Synesthesia’s Transition into Mainstream Cinema by Tyler Linden
  • Alfonso Cuarón: The Real Magic Behind Harry Potter by Kelsey Davis

As well as book and film/DVD/Blu-ray reviews by: Kim Carr, Constantine Frangos, Devon Alizabeth Freeman, Jessica P. Jackson, Ty Johnson, Leah Rae Kmosko, Charles Riggs, and Kelli Wofford.

For more information about issue 8.3, please visit Intellect’s website:,id=3468/

With this issue now released, we can officially begin the review process for the 2018 Masoud Yazdani Award — so please watch this space for more updates and information about that.

And, remember, Film Matters is always looking for new authors and guest editors.  Please get in touch with us today!

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