Watching a Star Wars pre-quel in a Post-Trump Amerikka.

Rogue One was a call to action. This film makes a reference to  the  military-sanctioned torture seen in Abu Ghraib prison back in ’03( trigger warning: torture)  In this particular scene, the multi-talented Brit Riz Ahmed is hooded and captured, while shouting that he knows of a secret  plans. There is something to be said about the blind swordsman,…

Alternative Theory Assignment

An excerpt from my prospectus: The spectator of Skin does not sit there in patience, they use their body to respond while their mind is processing the suspenseful and mind-boggling filmic material. With this epistemological approach to audience reception, I would also like to use Baudry’s “Ideological Effects.”  I believe this piece delves into art…

Theory Challenge

    Amani Jordan 4 April 2016 Theory Challenge Word Count: 399   Fighting Pigs Within Elsaesser’s ‘Frame’ and Arnheim’s ‘Illusion’   Film must either reflect our reality or create its own. In “Cinema as Window and Frame” film theories are found between two poles: the window and the frame.  The former, utilizes film as a window…

Theory Response Paper EXCERPT

“Change Clothes”: Rethinking Kuleshov’s And Astruc’s Male Cinematic Constructor camera-stylo  looks to the author as genius, a figure that is gifted with knowledge and feels a duty to share it with the rest of the world. Astruc believes that the filmmaker is the new author and  holds power in producing meaning. So, what is the…

A Way to Go

Employing a 3-d portable camera, this interactive game(?) allows the user to manipulate a square headed animated anthropomorphic  figure. It is described as a “walk in the woods.” In order to actually engage with this, my mouse cursor must be hidden. Instead, the mouse becomes a tool for looking. Through the keyboard’s ‘W’ key I…

The Online Self-Represenation

Typical selfie: Here, reality star Kim Kardashian West utilizes bright indoor lighting, duck lips and the front camera. This selfie is one of many found in a Kim’s book Selfish;  probably not the first commodified book of self-photography that we will see in the 21st century.     Self-Authorship The power couple that is Beyonce and Jay-Z choose…

“Don’t disrespect the game like that.”

In light of the fiftieth super bowl this past week month, I have decided to share a remix of 2-time champ, Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens. the video was compiled by DJ Steve Porter. Due to the juxtaposition of the  sports interview and on-field personas, these types of remixes transform the sports celebrity into something musical, and comedic.   The clip takes…