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My Film Festival by Ashley R. Pickett

Perfect Blue (1998) Black Swan (2010) Split (2017) Sometimes a film’s protagonist and antagonist can be one in the same. I find this idea very interesting so my film festival theme would center around the idea of exploring identity. Each … Continue reading

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The Rendition and Representation of Romantic Realism on the Reel. My Film Festival by Lily C. Frame

Roused by truthfulness to depict reality as it prevails offscreen, directors, although very few, affiliate their films with romantic realism as a way to unveil the gentility of love to their viewers. As a young girl who was nurtured by … Continue reading

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Laugh by Laugh West. My Film Festival by Ryan Wentz

What dictates my perfect film festival? My love for intelligent comedies knows no bounds, spanning decades, language, and style. The three films I chose for my film festival are connected, not by how they present a punchline or construct a … Continue reading

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Simple Plane Love. My Film Festival by Felix Carlson

Film festivals are fun.  When I attend them, I appreciate the “festive” aspect; some feel like weekend holidays for filmmakers and film lovers.  Films are also one of the most effective tools in generating wonderment and flights of fancy.  For … Continue reading

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The Disaster Artist (2017). Reviewed by Jason Husak

When James Franco brought Tommy Wiseau up on stage to accept the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy, the circle for the cult film The Room had finally been completed. A cultural phenomenon since its initial … Continue reading

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Announcing Open Call for Papers 10.3

Film Matters is officially announcing our open call for papers for consideration in issue 10.3 (2019) — the deadline is September 1, 2018. Film Matters has officially adopted MLA 8th edition style (and is moving away from 7th edition guidelines) — so please … Continue reading

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The Makings of a Salesman’s Death: The Salesman (2016). Reviewed by Elham Shabani

  The Salesman is the story of a play that outplays a play. Asghar Farhadi’s postmodern version of Death of a Salesman portrays the true face of a developing society, in which tradition and modernity encounter in chaotic patterns. The … Continue reading

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The Dreamers (2003). Reviewed by Jake Dyson

One of the most undervalued films of the last twenty years is Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003), a masterfully wrought picture that serves, in equal parts, as a panegyric on the power of cinema and a warning to those who … Continue reading

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Calling All Instructors: Judges Needed

Film Matters is searching for three judges to determine the winner of the 2018 Masoud Yazdani Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Scholarship. For more information about this award, please see the initial announcement (http://www.filmmattersmagazine.com/2014/09/02/announcing-the-masoud-yazdani-award-for-excellence-in-undergraduate-film-scholarship/). If you are a current instructor … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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