Hollywood: Behind the Screen Season 2: New Hollywood and the Independent Cinema

Season Two of our podcast Hollywood: Behind the Screen continues with a variety of films from the 1970s to the end of the century. The films we discuss feature B-movie auteurs, bigshot producers, paranoid writers, aspiring starlets, and even porn stars in a series of apocalyptic adaptations, indie dramas, and action hits with big names such as Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

From The 2020 Oscars

From The 2020 Oscars

One of the biggest nights for Hollywood was held this past February 9th. The Academy Awards – better known as the Oscars – is a ceremony whose purpose is to decorate, honor, and reward the film-making community for its dedication and prowess to its craft. In the...

The Most Dangerous Game (1932): Ironic Misogyny

The Most Dangerous Game (1932): Ironic Misogyny

Despite its apparent criticism of the objectification of women, Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1932 film “The Most Dangerous Game” falls prey to the misogyny found so often in action and adventure films, reducing its only female character to a damsel-in-distress archetype as well as implicit affirming its antagonist’s ideology.

From the Oscars: The Lion King (2019)

From the Oscars: The Lion King (2019)

Being nominated at the 92nd Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, The Lion King (2019) directed by Jon Favreau sought to bring new life to an old Disney classic. And it is a stunningly beautiful movie – too bad the rest of the movie falls short.

From the Oscars: Joker (2019)

From the Oscars: Joker (2019)

Joker is highlighted by a gob-smacking performance from Joaquin Phoenix, thematic and stunning cinematography, and social commentary on mental health on a societal level.

Preview: The Blair Witch Project (1999, Dir. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez)

Preview: The Blair Witch Project (1999, Dir. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez)

Winona State will be showing The Blair Witch Project on October 31st at 7pm in SLC 120. This will be our Halloween addition to the Careers, Callings, and Readiness film series. Directed by Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick, this 1999 mystery/horror film takes you through the lost documentary footage of three aspiring filmmakers and their journey on finding out more about the Blair Witch.

Preview: Sorry to Bother You (2018, dir. Boots Riley)

Preview: Sorry to Bother You (2018, dir. Boots Riley)

Sorry to Bother You speaks to one’s career readiness, as well as the conflicts and callings one might face in their career. Its satire drives home the importance of moral integrity, self-knowledge, and–surprisingly–union representation.

Preview: 17 Blocks (2019, dir. Davy Rothbart)

Preview: 17 Blocks (2019, dir. Davy Rothbart)

Director Davy Rothbart’s award-winning documentary 17 Blocks shows us four generations of an African-American family struggling through tragedy and looking for hope. Rothbart will visit Winona State with his film Oct. 22, 2019, at 7 pm in Stark 103 Miller Auditorium.

Review: Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019)

Review: Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019)

Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers (2019) brings together a great team of A-List talents, but ultimately, leaves a lot to be desired both its ideological message and its cinematography. In the end, the only thing Hustlers will be hustling is your time and money.

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