Director Audio Commentaries – November 2017

Here is the list of Director Audio Commentaries that I’ve listen to for – November 2017 Jesus Christ Superstar – Audio Commentary with director Norman Jewison and Actor Ted Neeley Rumble Fish – Audio Commentary with director Francis Ford Coppola Easy Rider – Audio Commentary with director Dennis Hopper A Boy and His Dog –…

Director Audio Commentaries – October 2017

Here is the list of Director Audio Commentaries that I’ve listen to for – October 2017 Pinky – Audio Commentary with author Kenneth Geist The Duellists – Audio Commentary with director Ridley Scott Metropolis – Audio commentary with film historian David Kalat and film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum Jamaica Inn – Audio commentary with film critic…

Director Audio Commentaries – September 2017

Here is the list of Director Audio Commentaries that I’ve listen to for – September 2017 Nuts in May – Audio Commentary with director Mike Leigh Minnie and Moskowitz – Audio Commentary with actors Seymour Cassel and Gena Rowlands The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – Audio Commentary with film historian Robert Murphy, actor…

Director Audio Commentaries – August 2017

Here is the list of Director Audio Commentaries that I’ve listen to for – August 2017 Burroughs: The Movie – Audio commentary with Jim Jarmusch Yi-Yi – Audio commentary with writer-director Edward Yang and Asian-cinema critic Tony Rayns The American Friend – Audio commentary with director Wim Wenders and actor Dennis Hopper Saint Jack –…

Director Audio Commentaries – July 2017

Here is the list of Director Audio Commentaries that I’ve listen to for – July 2017 Moonlight – Audio Commentary with director Barry Jenkins Once Upon A Time In The West – Audio Commentary with Sir Christopher Frayling, Dr. Sheldon Hal, John Carpenter, John Milius, Alex Cox, Bernardo Bertolluci,and Claudia Cardinale A Clockwork Orange –…

All That Heaven Allows – Escaping the Suburban Nightmare

By the 1950’s, the bourgeois values of the middle class were under threat by both women’s taste of independence during the World War II as well as cold war paranoia about the communist abolition of gender class. American post war melodrama acknowledges that traditional roles, although emotionally unfulfilling, are safe and healthy. In this context,…

The Exorcist – Cinema as Right Wing Propaganda

The Exorcist (Friedkin, 1973) presents a tale of demonic possession through the filter of ultra-conservative values. Framed as a classic horror narrative about the nature of evil in modern times, the film also works as a critique of liberal and progressive roles in American society. By 1971, the Vietnam War was responsible for over 50,000…

Jaws – The Terror of Racial Integration

Jaws (Spielberg, 1975) presents a metaphor for the fear and upheaval caused by court mandated student busing initiated to achieve a racial balance in American public schools. The panic engulfing the citizens of Amity as a murderous shark trolls the local waters for prey mirrors predominantly white communities’ passionate overreaction to the government’s well intentioned…

Focus in Blue – Police in Contemporary American Cinema

The depiction of law enforcement in contemporary American cinema utilizes the “Blue Focus” compelling the camera to empathize and forgive white, male police despite the legal misdeeds that transpire onscreen. The result shapes the audience’s attitudes towards the relationship between law enforcement and minorities in society. Films featuring African-American actors in positions of legal authority…

Rent Boys – The Postmodernism of Gus Van Sant

My Own Private Idaho (Van Sant,1991) postures itself as the archetypal road movie, yet closer inspection proves that the film aspires to greatness by borrowing from the masters of art and literature. An obese derelict strolls the sidewalks of downtown Portland accompanied by his rent boy. “The things we’ve seen,” the young companion muses. Borrowed…