The Beginner’s Guide to James Gunn

The Beginner’s Guide to James Gunn

For Film Inquiry, a look at the career of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 director, James Gunn -- a guy who never really left his subversive Troma roots. In the summer of 2014, the unthinkable happened: Lloyd Kaufman appeared onscreen in a multi-million dollar Disney blockbuster. How did Kaufman, the president and co-founder of … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to James Gunn

Trying to Keep Our Sanity: In Unironic Praise of Bad Movies

Trying to Keep Our Sanity: In Unironic Praise of Bad Movies

Here's a bit from my recent article, published at Film Inquiry: On April 14th, Netflix will begin showing new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the cult series devoted to watching, and making jokes about, bad movies. During the show’s 20-year absence, bad movie fandom has ballooned to the extent that incompetent movies have now … Continue reading Trying to Keep Our Sanity: In Unironic Praise of Bad Movies

The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty

The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty

On Friday, Netflix will premier Iron Fist, the fourth in its successful franchise of Marvel Comics adaptations. Early reviews have not been positive, and critics continue to level against the show a concern raised since casting began: the series retains the source material’s use of the “mighty whitey” trope. “Mighty whitey” is a tongue-in-cheek way … Continue reading The Immortal Iron Fist: A Whitey Less Mighty

The Official (Not Official) Get Out White Liberal Bingo Card!

The Official (Not Official) Get Out White Liberal Bingo Card!

  Warning: This post contains spoilers for Get Out   As indicated by its (nearly) unanimous critical praise and impressive box office receipts, Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out has been enjoyed by lots of people. For some white liberal filmgoers, myself included, the movie has been a revelation, dramatizing a type of horror that … Continue reading The Official (Not Official) Get Out White Liberal Bingo Card!

Interpretation and Interruption: Reading and Identity Formation in Levinas and Nancy

Below is an excerpt from an article about how Chang-Rae Lee's first two novels help us examine the differences between theories of identity construction advanced by philosophers Jean-Luc Nancy and Emmanuel Levinas. This paper seeks to mediate the differences between Levinas and Nancy with a reading of Chang-rae Lee's first two novels, 1995's Native Speaker … Continue reading Interpretation and Interruption: Reading and Identity Formation in Levinas and Nancy