Author Archives: admin

Interview with Blake Atwood, Author of Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic (Colombia University Press, 2016). By Chamberlain Staub

Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic by Blake Atwood (2016) is a book that shines a detailed light on Iranian sociopolitical constructs and the media that aided the shift of these ideals. Although the author … Continue reading

Posted in Interviews | Comments Off on Interview with Blake Atwood, Author of Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic (Colombia University Press, 2016). By Chamberlain Staub

The Boss Baby: A Surrealist Tour de Force That Reconciles Capitalism and Love. Reviewed by Daniel Spielberger

In a recent Fresh Air interview with Alec Baldwin, Terry Gross welcomed the fifty-nine-year-old star, “First things first, congrats on The Boss Baby.” I couldn’t help but laugh at this opening — a title like The Boss Baby (2017) solicits … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Comments Off on The Boss Baby: A Surrealist Tour de Force That Reconciles Capitalism and Love. Reviewed by Daniel Spielberger

Hollywood Is Everywhere, Melis Behlil, (2016). Reviewed by Zulaika Popal

Melis Behlil, associate professor at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, takes it upon herself to interrogate the definition of Hollywood, with the perspective and focus on global directors in the twentieth century: “If it was difficult to define Hollywood in … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Comments Off on Hollywood Is Everywhere, Melis Behlil, (2016). Reviewed by Zulaika Popal

2017 Judges Found!

Film Matters is happy to report that we have found our three judges for the 2017 Masoud Yazdani Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Scholarship. Many thanks to all who offered! And we look forward to announcing the winner toward the … Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on 2017 Judges Found!

Calling All Instructors: Judges Needed

Now that all volume 7 (2016) issues have been released, Film Matters is searching for three judges to determine the winner of the 2017 Masoud Yazdani Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Scholarship. For more information about this award, please … Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on Calling All Instructors: Judges Needed

FM 7.3 (2016) Has Arrived!

Film Matters is pleased to announce that issue 7.3 is officially out.  It’s our last 2016 issue — and a big one, at that! Here, you’ll find the following peer-reviewed feature articles: Constructing (Black) Girlhood: Americanization, Assimilation, and Ambivalence by Ouma Amadou … Continue reading

Posted in News | Comments Off on FM 7.3 (2016) Has Arrived!

Filmatique Screens New Asian Voices in May

During the month of May, Filmatique will host a collection of films from New Asian Voices. First films from Peng Fei Song, Hyun-ju Lee, and Eddie Cahyono screen alongside the elegant third feature from Le-Van Kiet. Though from countries as … Continue reading

Posted in Press Releases | Comments Off on Filmatique Screens New Asian Voices in May

Death by Hanging (1968). Reviewed by Film Matters Spring 2017 Editorial Board

Death by Hanging Criterion Blu-ray Review from Liza Palmer Contributors: Lizzie Bankowski, Tayler Camplin, Chandler Mackenzie Comes, Michael Edwards Jr., Kenneth L. Freyer, Bobby Hartman, Claire Kalb, Megan Kiss, Jeremy Meyers, Kimberly Mariah Smallwood, Chamberlain Staub, Stephanie L. Triplett, Emmett Williams, and Kelli Wofford.

Posted in Reviews | Comments Off on Death by Hanging (1968). Reviewed by Film Matters Spring 2017 Editorial Board

Cinemedia CFP: Cinemas of Distraction

In his 1926 essay “Cult of Distraction,” Siegfried Kracauer drew attention to the recently constructed grand movie theaters of the time, calling them “palaces of distraction” and “shrines to the cultivation of pleasure.”  In such palaces, he wrote, “the stimulations of the senses succeed each other … Continue reading

Posted in Press Releases | Comments Off on Cinemedia CFP: Cinemas of Distraction

Debt in History CFP

Department of English University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada 18-19 May 2018 At a Q&A that followed a Toronto screening of Little Men (2016), a film about two families’ battle over a lease and its impact on the lives of its … Continue reading

Posted in Press Releases | Comments Off on Debt in History CFP