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 –…

Films Wanted

I am currently seeking the following films and film commentaries. If you have access to either please contact me. © – denotes audio commentary only The Way We Live Now (Director: Barry Brown, 1970) The Cool World (Director: Shirley Clarke, 1964) ©Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980) Audio commentary with Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker ©The…

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…

Women in American Cinema and the Prison of Social Constructs

American films reflect the contemporary serfdom chaining women to fixed roles in society, but also reinforce patriarchal conventions by proliferating images of women plagued by the expectation to both sexually gratify and mother the male ruling class. Analysis of three films highlight female protagonists trapped into becoming either sexualized children or maternal figures to emotionally…

Imitation of Life – Two versions of the same tale

The 1933 novel, Imitation of Life, by Fannie Hurst has been adapted twice into feature films. Both versions center around the relationship of two single mothers raising their daughters and deal with issues of race identity and women’s place in society. The 1934 film stars Claudette Colbert as young widow, Bea Pullman, who provides for…