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Cinderella – Maskenfreiheit & play

Kenneth Branagh chooses to begin the story with Cinderella’s childhood and has the heroine suffer her parents’ death and the humiliation of going from owner of the house to unpaid servant. Screenwriter Chris Weitz clearly couldn’t conceive, let alone write, Cinderella’s  moral strength and … Continue reading

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Star Wars: the ambiguity of religion

There is something compelling about the Star Wars saga (I’m only referring to the original films 1977-1983). It manages to be original whilst being heavily plagiarised (from 1940s war movies and 1950s B-movies to pirates and Robin Hood movies, mixed … Continue reading

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Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi/Witching & Bitching: masculinity and misogyny

I loved the first 20 minutes of this film. I loved its ironic and absurd humour, yet it turned quickly into a fudge with misogynistic undertones. The film puts gender relations at its core. Everything hinges on it: the characters, … Continue reading

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Good Women, Bad Women, and Witches – Hocus Pocus, The Craft, Practical Magic

Hocus Pocus is fun. It is for children so the evil witches are more fun than scary. Yet, they follow the traditional cinematic construct of the evil witch as a bad woman, a woman who does not adhere to the … Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow – Science, Magic, and Modernity

Faithful to gothic tradition, Sleepy Hollow has fear at its centre. Fear is here understood as what cannot be controlled by scientific reason, but it also associated with the horror of the sublime, as argued by Edmund Burke. Tim Burton’s film … Continue reading

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Dracula (1992) – Sex, Misogyny, and Christianity

Dracula begins with an overload of cheap special effects, where images are superimposed, one fades into the other, and a battle is represented through Chinese shadows. One can’t help wonder whether the director is some overenthusiastic film school’s graduate who’s … Continue reading

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Cabin in the Woods – Sacrifice, Scientific Modernity, and the Entertainment Society

The films starts off with the all too common horror trope of college students setting off for a weekend in a cabin in the woods. The students seem at first corny stereotypes from a B-movie, but they are quickly shown to be … Continue reading

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Boyhood – Gender (and Religion?)

Dr. Sharon Marcus (Columbia University) and Dr. Anne Skomorowsky (Columbia University) do a great job at analysing gender in Boyhood. They argue that the film shows how the coming of age of a boy, Mason, is about self-expression, self-confidence, and … Continue reading

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The Homesman – a lesson in humanity

Homesman is an excellent film with a great interpretation by Hilary Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy. It is not a feminist western! It does not put forward a feminist idea and should not be judged accordingly. It is a lesson … Continue reading

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Fight Club – Authenticity, Consumer Culture & Masculinity

Fight Club has the pretension of being sociological by pretending to critique consumer society. It’s never a good idea for film-makers to play sociologist unless they are well versed with it and David Fincher ain’t . As a results, the film … Continue reading

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