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Genre Deconstruction

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My Interpretations of Punk

In my struggles to define the different audiovisual styles of various films, including and especially the diegetic minutiae of the worlds in which their narratives inhabit, I stumbled across numerous articles, forums, and reactionary podcasts discussing the numerous “punk” aesthetics of fictional words in different art forms, including but not limited to novels, comic books, … Continue reading

Star Wars: Space Western or Space Opera?

A fellow blogger‘s preliminary review of the pilot episode of The Mandalorian (2019-), as well as discussions of the contemporary¬†Walt Disney era Star Wars (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) films by Red Letter Media, prompted this question: Is the Star Wars franchise more “Space Western” or “Space Opera?” If those hybridized genre amalgamations sound weird … Continue reading

In Praise of the Sports Documentary Series, or Why I Hate Most Documentaries

In case readers haven’t noticed, I no longer review feature-length documentaries on this site. I may reference a well known documentary filmmaker from time to time (e.g. Werner Herzog, Ken Burns, etc.) or cite particular documentary filmmaking styles (e.g. cinema verite, direct cinema, observational or “fly-on-the-wall” visual approaches, etc.) as they relate to popular narrative … Continue reading

10 Film Genres, Ranked by Cinematic Merit

What is cinematic merit? I am searching for a word or phrase that indicates how readily something is to be cinematic, the likelihood of an entity possessing attributes of or carrying out actions that are cinematic. The term, cinematic, itself means “relating to” or “having qualities of motion pictures,” according to Google. The primary or … Continue reading