“Is that my voice?”: Constructing On-Screen Female Performance
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“Is that my voice?”: Constructing On-Screen Female Performance

After 1930 films have traditionally relied upon the voice to communicate narratives. Another consistent through line can be located in cinema’s “skilled and satisfying manipulation of visual pleasure,” to quote feminist theorist Laura Mulvey. These trends converge in performance of the on-screen female. Construction of an archetypal female for film reifies woman’s objecthood within the … Continue reading

SOFIA COPPOLA’S ‘LOST IN TRANSLATION’: On lasting moments and the human experience
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SOFIA COPPOLA’S ‘LOST IN TRANSLATION’: On lasting moments and the human experience

Lost in Translation could be used as the definition of melancholy and longing. It leaves behind a tingling and warm feeling for days after you had the joy of experiencing it. I found myself connecting with this film on a deep level. The picture is about a twenty-something girl named Charlotte, who just graduated from college, … Continue reading

SOFIA COPPOLA’S ‘SOMEWHERE’: Beyond Hollywood’s Rainbow
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SOFIA COPPOLA’S ‘SOMEWHERE’: Beyond Hollywood’s Rainbow

Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere echoes Lost in Translation in its exploration of a lonely male movie star who finds redemption through a female figure, but this time the director focuses on an actor whose career is on the rise and his relationship with his 11-year-old daughter. Through its meditative and poetic exploration of the vacant personal … Continue reading

Miss Sloane- A Woman’s vicious journey in the political field
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Miss Sloane- A Woman’s vicious journey in the political field

CONTAINS SPOILERS Elizabeth Sloane is a lobbyist (a person who takes part in an organised attempt to influence legislators). She’s asked to essentially sell the idea of guns to to women, to support the use of guns. She refuses (thank God), and goes to another firm to support gun-control. In the end, she wins, with enormous … Continue reading

Using Phenomenology to read Black Swan
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Using Phenomenology to read Black Swan

TRIGGER WARNING: Body Horror/Gore Merleau-Ponty wrote “the body is the vehicle of man being in the world,”[1] encompassing the shibboleth of phenomenology. Phenomenology is a philosophical stance with emphasises the role of the body in the creation of meaning; suggesting that ultimately one experiences the world foremost as a body. Barker seeks to establish phenomenological … Continue reading