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Movie Title Director Released Article Title
After Life Koreeda, Hirokazu 1998 {Guest Post} The Wonder of Life: How Hirokazu Koreeda Uses Narrative Techniques to Control his Audience’s Perceptions in After Life
Arrival Villeneuve, Denis 2016 Life Willed at every Second: Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Friedrich Nietzsche’s Eternal Return of the Same
Brazil Gilliam, Terry 1985 1984 with a Sense of Humor: The Surreal, Wonderful, and Haunting Humor of Terry Gilliam’s Absurdist Masterpiece, Brazil
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Spielberg, Steven 1977 Spielberg Before the Sentiment: Discord and Discovery in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Clue Lynn, Jonathan 1985 Parody Done Right: Jonathan Lynn’s Clue and its Tasteful Lampooning of the Mystery Genre
Duck Soup McCarey, Leo 1933 Jokes that Hit their Marx: On Duck Soup, One of the Greatest Comedies of One of the All-time Greatest Comedy Troupes
Funny Games Haneke, Michael 1997 Unfamiliar Slasher: How Michael Haneke’s Funny Games Wonderfully Accomplishes the Opposite of Haneke’s Goal
Ghost Zucker, Jerry 1990 A Ghastly Script: The Mediocrity of Jerry Zucker’s Romantic Classic, Ghost
Ghost in the Shell Sanders, Rupert 2017 {Guest Post} Mostly Shell: Explaining the Real Problems of the Live-action Ghost in the Shell
Hail, Caesar! Coen, Ethan; Coen, Joel 2016 Unmarketing: Hail, Caesar! and Why You Should Trust Neither Trailers nor Reviews of the Coen Brothers’ Movies
Jackie Brown Tarantino, Quentin 1997 Tarantino’s Odd Film Out: The Uniqueness of Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown
Let the Right One In Alfredson, Tomas 2008 Bloody, Brilliant: Let the Right One In is a Touching Tale Full of Cold, Macabre Murders
My Dinner with Andre Malle, Louis 1981 Glorious Disagreement: The Energetic, Artistic Tension in Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Hughes, John 1987 A Thanksgiving Given: Planes, Trains and Automobiles as the Only Thanksgiving Classic
Pontypool McDonald, Bruce 2008 Pontyficating: Pontypool and its Rapid, Disappointing Ruining of an Excellent Horror Story
Red State Smith, Kevin 2011 A True View Askew: On the Merits of Kevin Smith’s Red State
Slumdog Millionaire Boyle, Danny 2009 All’s Unwell that Only Ends Well: The Inconsistent Meaning of Life in Slumdog Millionaire
Solaris Tarkovsky, Andrei 1972 Humanism and Pessimism in Space: How Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris Turns an Unnerving Premise into an Intimate Film
Stand by Me Reiner, Rob 1986 Unromantic Nostalgia: The Fantastic Rendering of Childhood in Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Abrams, J.J. 2015 Sudden Awakening: A Quick Article on the Quick Pacing in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Starship Troopers Verhoeven, Paul 1997 Poking Fun at Militarism: How Paul Verhoeven’s Cult Classic Starship Troopers Willfully Discards Robert Heinlein’s Novel
Sunset Boulevard Wilder, Billy 1950 Conflated Requiems: The Flawless, Eery Use of the Protagonist Narrator in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard
The Blob Yeaworth Jr., Irvin S. 1958 A Repurposed Drive-in Delight: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.’s The Blob, and How a Horror Movie Becomes a Comedy
The Crying Game Jordan, Neil 1992 Identity, National and Gendered: How Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game Talks About Violence, as Compared to the Fiction of Patrick McCabe
The Merchant of Venice Radford, Michael 2004 Remakes are Not your Enemy: Analyzing a Scene from Michael Radford’s Film Version of The Merchant of Venice
The Night They Raided Minsky’s
Friedkin, William 1968 Raiders of the Lost Art: How The Night They Raided Minsky’s Uses a Disjointed Tone as an asset rather than a Detriment
The Sixth Sense Shyamalan, M. Night 1999 The Unaccountable Masterpiece: M. Night Shyamalan’s Bafflingly Excellent The Sixth Sense
Trumbo Roach, Jay 2015 History Less Exaggerated: The Excellent Subtlety of the Acting and History in Jay Roach’s Trumbo
Who Killed Captain Alex? I.G.G., Nabwana 2010 {Guest Post} Film-as-Theatre and the Cult Film Phenomenon: A Study of Amateur-Film-Turned-Viral-Video Who Killed Captain Alex?

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