Tuesday 21st November 2017,
Pop Culture 101 : With Mike Peters

Film Analysis

The Postmodern Landscape of ‘Total Recall’

The Postmodern Landscape of ‘Total Recall’

Total Recall (1990) Directed by Paul Verhoeven Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside   Synopsis:   Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a construction worker constantly haunted by dreams and memories of Mars. Against the best wishes of his wife, Quaid goes to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories, so he can “remember” [...]

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The Social Importance of Music (As Depicted In ‘Almost Famous’)

The Social Importance of Music (As Depicted In ‘Almost Famous’)

  An unknown author once remarked that “music is what feelings sound like”. This is a very abstract but telling truth about music. Music and lyrics can literally be identified as a pathway into the soul of the musician. Many may say that music is capable of freeing the soul, and as a result has [...]

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The Teen Film: Sex, Lies, and The Breakfast Club

The Teen Film: Sex, Lies, and The Breakfast Club

  I desperately want to believe in the teen film as a valid interpretation of reality. That what I see for an hour and a half is not falsified in any way, but is a real, honest depiction of how it truly was to be young. I truly do. But unfortunately, the ideas touched on [...]

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Independent Film of the 1990s

Independent Film of the 1990s

  By the 1990s, film had become a paranoid industry. Because of its sole focus on safe investments, studios were no longer interested in taking chances on questionable material. It was all about making films that were guaranteed to be a success. Films such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Last Action Hero (1993), Speed [...]

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Independent Cinema of the 1980s

Independent Cinema of the 1980s

  The 1960s and 70s brought about a fundamental change to the world of cinema. According to Peter Biskind (author of ‘Easy Riders, Raging Bulls’), the major studios, in a period of rapid decline (as a result of declining audiences), began to relinquish control of their empires to the ambitious artists (directors such as Steven [...]

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Jaws: A Perspective

Jaws: A Perspective

  Thirty-five years ago, a young director, by the name of Steven Spielberg, overcame many obstacles to deliver a pulse-pounding adventure story bent on redefining the notion of fear.   Steven Spielberg has made a wide assortment of films over his nearly forty years in cinema. However, one continual theme has been persistent throughout most [...]

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The Objectified Woman

The Objectified Woman

  Women have forever been linked to the idea of ‘bearer of meaning’ rather than ‘maker of meaning’ in Hollywood films. According to Laura Mulvey, author of the article “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, women have forever been identified with the role of ‘passive observer’. As a result, men are permitted to live out their [...]

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Indiana Jones: A History

Indiana Jones: A History

  In a 1985 interview with Time Magazine, Steven Spielberg noted: “I dream for a living. I use my childhood and go back there for inspiration”. This idea of dreams and imagination is a key contributor to the legacy of Spielberg as an artist. There has been no one that has relied more heavily on [...]

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Machine Gun Freedom: How the 1980s Action Film Saved America

Machine Gun Freedom: How the 1980s Action Film Saved America

  The Film Studies Dictionary defines action films as: “fast-paced narratives which feature a lot of violence and physical action such as chases, fights, stunts, crashes and explosions, and where action dominates over dialogue and character (Barry Grant, 2001). The action film has existed in America since the beginnings of cinema and truly has enjoyed [...]

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Heath Ledger’s ‘Joker’

Heath Ledger’s ‘Joker’

  Heath Ledger as The Joker   From the moment it appeared on screen, a tantalizing amount of contemplation and anticipation began to mount. It was simply a card but yet it was a statement that resonated deep within millions of avid fans. In most card decks, this is the card that is usually omitted [...]

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