Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bad Book, Good Book

A recent trip to the library yielded a .500 batting average.

THE BAD: Offensive Films: Towards an Anthropology of CINEMA VOMITIF by Mikita Brottman. To Ms. Brottman: presenting your work in an academic format doesn’t make you a scholar. Next time, try writing some critical analysis.

THE GOOD: Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema by Yvonne Tasker. Writing in the early ’90’s, in the direct shadow of Terminator 2, Thelma & Louise and Blue Steel, Ms. Tasker attempts to situate the female within the “muscular” action movies of the ‘80’s, coining the term “musculunity” in the process. Insightful.

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