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Film Quarterly. 2009; 62328–34 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2009.62.3.28
Published: 01 March 2009
...J. M. Tyree An analysis of 2008 Hollywood superhero blockbusters. Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk are humorous and often light-hearted; but the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight , which reinvents The Joker in Heath Ledger's performance, is much more grim and morally complex——a dark...
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Film Quarterly. 2020; 7335–11 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2020.73.3.5
Published: 01 March 2020
... sides shaping up for or against superhero movies? In part, the reaction probably has to do with fear: by directors, that they won t be able to find backing for future non-Marvel projects; by critics, that the field of cinema will be further reduced to cartoonish fantasy worlds, devoid of adult fare...
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Film Quarterly. 2019; 723101–103 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.3.101
Published: 01 March 2019
... insipid ending. What kind of superhero does that? he asks. I would answer: the kind of general who shares credit with her troops. Of Coogler s movie he writes, Initially, the film seems like it s coming from the left (109), citing its nearly all-black cast and its use of white characters either as...
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Film Quarterly. 2019; 72313–15 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.3.13
Published: 01 March 2019
...; the Smithsonian s African American Film Festival; Ashley Clark s film pro- gramming at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.3 In particu- lar, Clark s programs this year have been generative and collaborative opportunities to expansively appreciate cinema. The Fight the Power: Black Superheroes on Film...
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Film Quarterly. 2019; 723103–105 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.3.103
Published: 01 March 2019
... feminist superhero insists on denying her gifts? (217 18). Biskind goes on to tag this as an insipid ending. What kind of superhero does that? he asks. I would answer: the kind of general who shares credit with her troops. Of Coogler s movie he writes, Initially, the film seems like it s coming from...
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Film Quarterly. 2019; 72335–38 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.3.35
Published: 01 March 2019
... an aperture of truth. Intrinsic action requires balance and resolution in the fabric and geometry of its own essence. That is how a hero appears. A true hero presents himself in the guise of a superhero from comics, fairy tales, and myths. The function of a super- hero is the act that contains his...
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Film Quarterly. 2019; 7237–12 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.3.7
Published: 01 March 2019
...: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism and finds it by turns valuable and frustrating, as it alternately delights her and disappoints her expectations. Other books that are reviewed here include new volumes by D.N. Rodowick, Sheri Chinen Biesen, Morgan...
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Film Quarterly. 2019; 72338–41 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.3.38
Published: 01 March 2019
.... Detoxify Media Ecologies When superheroes and entrepreneurs (rather than collective- action groups and politicians) offer our only prospects for hope, we need to accept that our media ecologies are toxic. So- cial media s algorithms of polarization are driven by profit and fuel new combustions between...
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Film Quarterly. 2018; 722106–108 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.72.2.106
Published: 01 December 2018
... black characters. In these three films, black direc- tors look back at majority culture. Robinson s movie, the story of the polyamorous trio behind the superhero comic Wonder Woman, is the only film I can think of by a black filmmaker featuring a cast of exclusively white characters. Hamri s and Asante...
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Film Quarterly. 2018; 71416–21 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.71.4.16
Published: 01 June 2018
... context and, except when exalted by Sirkian excess, it is still considered a low genre. In contrast, contemporary action or superhero films often get more crit- ical respect and are identified by a multitude of genre names that omit any mention of the melodramatic glue of pathos and action (often...
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Film Quarterly. 2018; 71465–70 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.71.4.65
Published: 01 June 2018
..., and Para- guayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi s debut feature, the crowd-pleasing Las herederas (The Heiresses, 2018) about an older lesbian s sexual reawakening, took home the Silver Bear Alfred Hauer Prize. For my part, I was content to see the Kenyan superhero weepie Supa Moda (2018) directed by...
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Film Quarterly. 2018; 713100–102 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.71.3.100
Published: 01 March 2018
... and 2008, Chocano was serving hard time as a film critic at the Los Angeles Times and consuming toxic doses of superhero movies, wedding- themed romantic comedies, crypto-fascist paeans to war, and bromances about unattractive, immature young men and the gorgeous women desperate to marry them (xx...
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Film Quarterly. 2017; 71212–18 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2017.71.2.12
Published: 01 December 2017
... superhero Cage who is unbreakable even able to withstand bullets and pro- tects the Harlem community from crime. Thus, the ter- rain of the sonic becomes crucial to channeling blackness in contemporary television. There is much more to be discovered about this time of blackness on television that allows for...
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Film Quarterly. 2017; 70332–42 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2017.70.3.32
Published: 01 March 2017
... contemporary science fiction: the monster/scientist pairing of Frankenstein (1818) present in most superhero films (and palpable in Arrival s meeting of human scientists and alien heptapods ) and the last man dystopia in The Last Man (1826), her post-apocalyptic novel. In fact, Louise s subplot is also...
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Film Quarterly. 2017; 70399–101 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2017.70.3.99
Published: 01 March 2017
... subversion, considering that the subject is Mike Mignola s Hellboy, a Lovecraftian superhero comic that evokes work by cartoonists as diverse as P. Craig Russell, Hugo Pratt, and Jack Kirby. Few could have pre- dicted that this demon plucked from Hell by Mignola would found a multiverse rivaling those of the...
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Film Quarterly. 2016; 6945–9 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2016.69.4.5
Published: 01 June 2016
... similarly critical economic period, audiences plunge head- long into modern fantasies about superheroes or other worlds, such as Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams, 2015), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Francis Lawrence, 2015); or animations, like Inside/ Out (Pete Docter...
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Film Quarterly. 2014; 68237–47 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2014.68.2.37
Published: 01 December 2014
... Post-9/11 Superhero Zeitgeist,” in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 6, no.1 (2009): 102. Writing across a range of recent blockbuster releases, including the The Dark Knight cycle, Lisa Purse, for example, can still maintain that “Th[e] body [of the hero-protagonist] is a physically...
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Film Quarterly. 2013; 67182–84 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2013.67.1.82
Published: 01 September 2013
... force to survive a merciless society based on global capital. Their films are suffused with the details of mundane, everyday life and paced by resolutely moving bodies filmed in inti- mate proximity. As Mosley keeps reminding us, these are not superheroes but rather common people living at the margins...
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Film Quarterly. 2012; 6625–15 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2012.66.2.5
Published: 01 December 2012
... seem to exonerate a sustained improbability in the preceding series. Bourne, when impersonated by the mild-mannered Matt Damon, was all along a rather unlikely superhero too implausibly fast, Total Recall (2012) 10 WINTER 2012 tough, and adept, altogether too quick on his feet. As character as well as...
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Film Quarterly. 2011; 65158–62 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/FQ.2011.65.1.58
Published: 01 September 2011
... version of a superhero movie, Nina s back raw and prickly like a freshly plucked chicken, waiting for the delirial swan wings to appear, as if she is a traumatized mutant struggling to come to terms with her body s capacities to transform itself. But Nina s revulsion from sexuality, the repeated shots of...