As some of us return from winter vacation and resettle into our responsibilities, we fall prey to the trend of binge watching. Here at the Film Studies Newsletter we are no different and have narrowed down some of our favorites. Let us know what you think is the most binge worthy show to kick off the new year!
The Second Annual Panther Film Festival will be here in April! Next Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the Film Studies Program will be hosting the first PFF Mixer of the Spring Semester from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the patio area behind the English Department (4th Floor of DM, directional posters will be available that day). Come by to learn more about the festival, how to enter a short film, and meet possible collaborators. Snack will be provided.
Iranian director Ali Abbasi delivers an intense tale about the treatment of outsiders and the quest for self-acceptance that moves and perplexes. Border is the director’s second feature work, who wrote the film alongside Isabella Eklof and John Ajvide Linqvist. The film’s screening at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival earned it the Un Certain Regard award and it has been selected as the Swedish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards.
Due to the history of the industry, it’s rare for a great film of classic Hollywood to be directed by a woman. Thanks to our friends at Miami Beach Cinematheque, a screening of Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker (1953) is just around the corner. As one of the few true classic noir films, The Hitch-Hiker provides a quintessential noir experience while still having a different story to tell.
This is the second in a two-part exploration of the Disney-Fox deal. You can read part one here.
Though the Disney Company’s $71.3 billion bid to acquire 21st Century Fox has been met by pop-culture fans with rapturous glee, the threat of Disney establishing a modern monopoly on the entertainment industry may become a reality in this deal. There’s a logic to Disney purchasing the company that owns major stock in the streaming market plus intellectual properties closely tied to them, such as James Cameron’s Avatar (2009). The deal, however, will lead to Disney owning an estimated 30% of the film industry. Many may not mind a company like Disney owning so much stake in one industry, but there’s major concern when one considers the mediocre quality of the art Disney has produced in the last decade.