Essays

Fallen Creatures in a Fallen World: The Films of John Cassavetes

This essay was originally published at Sojourners.

Mar 1, 2005
Category: Essays, Film

Motion Pictures During World War I and II

Note: Writing an entry for an encyclopedia intended for high school and college libraries, as it turns out, is a lot like writing an undergraduate research paper: the concerns seem to be quantity rather than quality, breadth rather than depth. I found the process more than a bit maddening.

Aug 21, 2004
Category: Essays, Film

The New American Old West: Bruno Dumont’s Twentynine Palms

This essay was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Jul 26, 2004
Category: Essays, Film

Talkin’ About Movies

Last night I delivered the following talk at the 2004 NEXUS Interdisciplinary Symposium: Reconstructing Theory and Value.

Apr 2, 2004
Category: Essays, Film

Great Directors: Hal Ashby

This essay was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Feb 12, 2004
Category: Essays, Film

Great Directors: Tsai Ming-liang

This essay was orignally published at Senses of Cinema.

May 22, 2003
Category: Essays, Film

Holy Moments

Film, when rightly enjoyed, can offer holy moments such as this during which we are able to escape, even if only temporarily, from this “extraordinary egoism” into the freedom of God’s grace, experiencing anew the beautiful complexity of his creation and our selfless calling in it.

Oct 22, 2002
Category: Essays, Film

Bruno Dumont’s Bodies

This essay was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Mar 13, 2002
Category: Essays, Film

Benito Cereno (1855)

As Mike Frank has recently asked, “What might narratology look like if we were to take cinema — particularly ‘classical Hollywood cinema’ — as the paradigmatic instance of storytelling?”

Jan 5, 2002
Category: Book Reviews, Essays, Film, Words

Attack! (1956)

The following was written for a graduate seminar on Cold War military history. It examines the confluence of social, political, and economic events that allowed the financing and production of such an ambivalent anti-war film in Eisenhower America.

May 8, 2000
Category: Essays, Film, Film Responses