In Search of Empowered Women: Federico Fellini, Taron Lexton, and an Evolved Homage

Federico Fellini, nicknamed “Il Maestro” or “The Master,” has influenced succeeding generations of filmmakers including Taron Lexton, the director of In Search of Fellini (2017). Lexton’s film tells the story of Lucy (Ksenia Solo), a woman who attends a Fellini film festival and, after becoming entranced with the worlds created by Fellini, goes to Italy … Continue reading In Search of Empowered Women: Federico Fellini, Taron Lexton, and an Evolved Homage

Harry Potter and the Deconstruction of Privilege:
 How Alfonso Cuarón Diversified Hogwarts for One Film Before Privileged Eyes Ignored Him

The Harry Potter film series was shaped by four directors over the course of one decade and eight films: the first two were directed by Chris Columbus, the third was directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the fourth was directed by Mike Newell, and the last four were directed by David Yates. Alfonso Cuarón was in a … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deconstruction of Privilege:
 How Alfonso Cuarón Diversified Hogwarts for One Film Before Privileged Eyes Ignored Him

You Can Ignore The Godfather Part III, But You Cannot Ignore Sofia Coppola: Contemporary Auteurship and Celebrity Ignorance

Contemporary auteurship is intertwined with the celebrity status of a director. Certain directors, including Sofia Coppola, have a specific presence in popular culture that makes them recognizable in ways that most people behind the camera never achieve. Coppola has directed advertisements and music videos, thereby allowing her to branch out from feature films and gain … Continue reading You Can Ignore The Godfather Part III, But You Cannot Ignore Sofia Coppola: Contemporary Auteurship and Celebrity Ignorance

The Petition for Kevin Bacon to Never Wear a Shirt Again (Or How I Love Dick Functions Among the Film Hegemony)

Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins’s short-lived Amazon original series I Love Dick (2016 - 2017) celebrates female impulses, thereby subverting the male expectation that media is created to satisfy men’s desires. I Love Dick focuses on Chris Kraus (Kathryn Hahn) and her infatuation - nay, obsession - with Dick, (Kevin Bacon) whom she meets through … Continue reading The Petition for Kevin Bacon to Never Wear a Shirt Again (Or How I Love Dick Functions Among the Film Hegemony)