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Monday, December 5, 2011

Lola's Twelfth Hour

German Director, Tom Tykwer’s film Run Lola Run is an action packed cinematographer’s non-linear representation on Fatal Addiction. What at first glance appears to be a basic problematic romance and crime story, it appears that the main character, Lola is compelled to run full at full speed through... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Film, An Act of Love

“The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal than an individual and autobiographical novel, like a confession, or a diary. The young filmmakers will express themselves in the first person and will relate what has happened to them. It may be the story of their first love or their most... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Baby Faced Sex Appeal

Mae West certainly wasn’t an Angel, but she must have been as youngster in Vaudeville. It sounds like she grew up right along with the early movies, before there were any codes or restrictions. She personified sexy in her own way with suggestive tag lines and provocative story lines. With a robust... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Defining Sexuality in Film

Defining Sexuality Heterosexuality and Homosexuality In Classical Hollywood Question One: Patriarchal Code of Gender: Visual media utilizes a Patriarchal Code of Gender with a heterosexually biased presentation and ideology that men are rough, tough, sturdy and boldly assertive. They wear the pants... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Queer Camp: What is it?

As a Christian I never quite understood what this means. If you are interested in better understanding how this has effected the world we live in, read on. Queer Camp always questioned the dynamics of gender and sexuality, whereas Pop Camp- like Batman, which rarely questioned those issues. Indie... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Napalm?

Most war movies are about war, but Francis Coppala’s 1980’s film, Apocalypse Now was more about the archetypal male quest that commanded America’s attention. Thirty some years later, we all know the story and how it ended. The commies won. But in the heat of the action, somewhere between the back... Sign in to see full entry.

Fabulous, the Film

Fabulous, The Story of Queer Cinema (Ades & Klainberg, 2006). Post World War II- There were not any Queer Films. Changes in the priority of the home and what the film called, “the gender split” created a need for film to bridge the gap and set off fireworks in order to create what many gays thought... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Can Satire Effect Change?

So, yes- Satire can and has and will be an effective literary tool to affect the nation and even the world. That is the intent, to reform. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz-Carlton (DABATR) can be interpreted as an allegory of the political trend of Fitzgerald’s era. This story begins with a short... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


It wasn’t long after my own father’s death that I climbed on a plan to Chennai, India with our oldest son and a team of twenty other missionaries. We were on a vacation with a purpose, a mission of love. With only a week of mourning behind me, I left my comfort zone in Manhattan Beach, California... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tibeten Mandela

Transient and enduring the Buddhist Mandela is a beautiful work that I had the opportunity to see at UCSB last year when the Dahli Lama visited Santa Barbara. At first appearance the atmosphere is the most striking with silent devotees working systematicly around the circumference of the Mandela.... Sign in to see full entry.

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