• Anne Friedberg writes about most of the advancements in the technology of cinema since its inception.  She talks about how movies, television and computers are all viable ways to find entertainment, but are “losing their medium-based specificity.”  This brings to mind the many similarities between the cinematography of video games to movies.  Like how Grand Theft […]

  • Christian Metz points out a major difference between cinema and all other forms of art.  While a sculpture or a painting may evoke a strong emotional reaction, they are restricted to the solitary sense of sight, and while an orchestral piece may bring forth tears, it also targets only our auditory sense.   However, cinema uses […]

  • Tom Gunning writes about how, in the early days of the medium, films were based on visual spectacles and wonder, like the famous “Grand Café” screening, which allegedly caused its audience to scream in fear as the image of a train kept getting closer and closer to them.  While this may have occurred in such […]

  • jacobsimko wrote a new post, Topic Idea, on the site Film Theory 10 years, 8 months ago

    I would like to write about some of Woody Allen’s earlier works and his use of genre, auteurism and realism. In particular, I want to utilize Annie Hall, his most universally admired work, Zelig, his commentary on the human condition, and The Purple Rose of Cairo, in my opinion, his most creative project.

  • jacobsimko commented on the blog post Third Cinema 10 years, 8 months ago

    Another difference between second and third world cinema is that the countries in the second world used to occupy those third world countries. In the end, no matter how avant garde their style is, they are very similar to Hollywood because they aren’t interested in changing the world.

  • jacobsimko commented on the blog post Third Cinema 10 years, 8 months ago

    While reading your post, I got this huge desire to see America’s cinema revert to Third World Cinema’s brave and honest style. This could happen, especially becase of the recession.

  • The auteur theory expresses the director’s unique fingerprints on his work, which I guess I have taken for granted, being a citizen of the 21 st century.  Personally, I can not imagine a world where people and critics do not give sufficient credit to the artistic presence in film directors.  In his 1972 essay, The Auteur Theory , Peter Wollen states that […]

  • Much like at least a few of you, I have Professor Luckett’s Monday class on Kubrick films.  So, while reading Siegfried Kracauer’s essay, From Caligari to Hitler , I was immediately reminded of that class’s most recent viewing, Full Metal Jacket .  Kracauer points out that it was the intention of Mayer and Janowitz, the Austrian co-authors of The Cabinet […]