Tag Archive: film studies

Shaun of the Dead and Modern Life

The key to understanding Shaun of the Dead lies in its title. The name of this film is an homage to the 1978 George A. Romero film Dawn of the Dead, in which… Continue reading

The Portrayal of the Media Industry in La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini’s portrayal of the Italian media and film industry in the 1960 movie La Dolce Vita is far from innocuous. La Dolce Vita has comic moments throughout, but there is an underlying… Continue reading

The Seventh Seal and the Poetry of George Herbert

George Herbert’s seventeenth century works consist of extremely devoted Christian poetry. The exception to these themes is his poem, “The Collar,” in which a priest questions God and expresses frustration with his line… Continue reading

Setting in Paris, Texas

At its core, the movie Paris, Texas is about a man’s failure to make connections with other people. Travis has been unsuccessful in his marriage to Jane, he has wandered off from his… Continue reading

The Harder They Come and the Spaghetti Western Genre

  During the ending moments of the cult classic The Harder They Come, Ivan evades the police while imagining himself in a western film. The images of Ivan’s fantasy audience are from the… Continue reading

The Nameless Protagonist in Drive

The nameless protagonist is hardly a new phenomenon in fiction. The aspect of this trope that changes over the years is its purpose. During the modernist era of literature, the nameless, anonymous status… Continue reading

Revenge in Kill Bill and The Count of Monte Cristo

The two-part martial arts film Kill Bill follows the story of Beatrix Kiddo (alias The Bride) as she journeys to get revenge on a group of people who ambushed her at her wedding. One… Continue reading

The Pessimistic Road Movie and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Ideally, a road movie consists of a literal journey for the main character as well as a figurative journey of self-discovery. Certain road movies ironically clash with this trope. One example of a… Continue reading

Parenting in Eraserhead

One might initially dismiss David Lynch’s 1977 sci-fi horror flick Eraserhead as being unnecessarily bizarre and not conducive to any kind of analysis. Eraserhead is an art film, and so almost everything takes… Continue reading