Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies
Film theory no longer gets top billing or plays a starring role in film studies today, as critics proclaim that theory is dead and we are living in a post-theory moment. While theory may be out of the limelight, it remains an essential key to understanding the full complexity of cinema, one that should not be so easily discounted or discarded.
In this volume, contributors explore recent popular movies through the lens of film theory, beginning with industrial-economic analysis before moving into a predominately aesthetic and interpretive framework. The Hollywood films discussed cover a wide range from 300 to Fifty First Dates, from Brokeback Mountain to Lord of the Rings, from Spider-Man 3 to Fahrenheit 9/11, from Saw to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and much more. Individual essays consider such topics as the rules that govern new blockbuster franchises, the ‘posthumanist realism’ of digital cinema, video game adaptations, increasingly restricted stylistic norms, the spatial stories of social networks like YouTube, the mainstreaming of queer culture, and the cognitive paradox behind enjoyable viewing of traumatic events onscreen.
With its cast of international film scholars, Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies demonstrates the remarkable contributions theory can offer to film studies and moviegoers alike.
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... studios (and their parent conglomerates) and also as a transformative
technology for the home entertainment industry ... digital, conglomerate-
controlled marketplace, which spawn billion-dollar film series installments while
also serving the ...
This modern conglomerate era crystallized in the mid-1980s when News Corp
purchased 20th Century Fox and ... The studios are situated within the
conglomerates' “filmed entertainment” divisions, which produce content for both
the movie ...
t h o m a s s c h a t z 24 since film producers outside the conglomerate realm lack
the financial leverage and ensured access to the marketplace enjoyed by the
studios. This deficit-financing strategy was facilitated by the conglomerates' ...
t h o m a s s c h a t z 28 The conglomerate-owned indie-film sector was
dominated by eight subsidiaries in 2007—Fox ... matters considerably regarding
their relative autonomy within the conglomerates' filmed entertainment divisions
—thus the ...
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