Speculative Imperialisms: Monstrosity and Masquerade in Postracial Times
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Speculative Imperialisms: Monstrosity and Masquerade in Postracial Times

Susana Loza’s Speculative Imperialisms: Monstrosity and Masquerade in Postracial Times is a much needed and cutting edge critical intervention in monster studies, speculative fiction, and critical ethnic studies. Contextualized within cultural and political histories, it offers timely and intersectionally nuanced readings of popular culture that persuasively lead us to this contemporary moment in which white supremacy and imperialism...

Superhero Movies (Pocket Essential series)
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Superhero Movies (Pocket Essential series)

In 1978 Superman made audiences believe a man could fly. Since then, superhero movies have shown that man can not only fly, but swing from webs through New York’s concrete canyons, turn monstrous shades of green if suitably angry, and dress as giant rodents to safeguard the city streets. Today, there are more superhero movies than ever before as the cinematic skies are filled with caped crusaders and nocturnal vigilantes that continu...

The Last Modernist: The Films of Theo Angelopoulos
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The Last Modernist: The Films of Theo Angelopoulos

Theo Angelopoulos is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive contemporary filmmakers and a highly idiosyncratic film stylist. His work, from the early 1970s to The Beekeeper, Landscape in the Mist, The Suspended Step of the Stalk and the recent Cannes prize-winner Ulysses' Gaze, demonstrates a unique sensibility and a preoccupation with form (notably, the long take, space, and time) and with content, particularly Greek politic...

Polish Cinema : A History, Second, Updated Edition
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Polish Cinema : A History, Second, Updated Edition

First published in 2002, Marek Haltof’s seminal volume was the first comprehensive English-language study of Polish cinema, providing a much-needed survey of one of Europe’s most distinguished―yet unjustly neglected―film cultures. Since then, seismic changes have reshaped Polish society, European politics, and the global film industry. This thoroughly revised and updated edition takes stock of these dramatic shifts to provide an esse...

Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography
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Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography

After reading through this book twice I know this will be one of my favorites on the subject. There are many things to like about it. The examples are inspiring and informative. The content is varied but not shallow. And the layout and organization make it easy to follow. Most of all I like this book because the author exhibits many of the traits I associate with great photographers. I can tell that he has wonderful vision, and that ...

Civilized Violence: Subjectivity, Gender and Popular Cinema
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Civilized Violence: Subjectivity, Gender and Popular Cinema

'Hansen-Miller successfully brings contemporary philosophies of governmentality and biopolitics to bear on cinematic representations of violence. The result is conclusive: that cinema has throughout its history engaged in processes of subjection and subjectification through violence. By showing us this, Civilized Violence lifts the veil on cinematic representations of violence.' Richard Rushton, Lancaster University, UK 'Civilized Vi...

Wildlife Photography: On Safari with your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow
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Wildlife Photography: On Safari with your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow

Having returned from a 21 day trip to Southern Africa last August 2010 (Zambia, Botswana and South Africa) I wish I had had the opportunity of reading this book prior to departure. It is very relevant, up to date, and clearly written. I have been in the image capture industry for some 40 years now, as a shooter and consultant. Uwe really hits the most important topics with utter accuracy for anyone serious about top level image captu...

What They Don't Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies For Making Your Own Movies No Matter What
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What They Don't Teach You at Film School

Filmmakers Landau and White believe that "if you want to make films, make films." Since only four students in each class of 45 at the country's top film schools get chosen to direct an advanced narrative film, the authors urge hopefuls to honor the trial-and-error, Blair Witch-approved method: "if you want to be a filmmaker," they advise, "put down this book and pick up a camera." Though some of their imparted wisdom reads like an Af...

Star Wars Meets the Eras of Feminism : Weighing All the Galaxy’s Women Great and Small
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Star Wars Meets the Eras of Feminism

Valerie Estelle Frankel approaches Star Wars as more than a collection of multi-media narratives; she frames the franchise as a not-so-far-away galaxy of intertwined stories, perspectives, cultural touchstones, and identities. Like the force itself, this book connects the seemingly disparate, bringing into conversation the voices of feminist theorists and film critics with fans, actors, and directors. The result is a wide-reaching an...

Self and Space in the Theater of Susan Glaspell
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Self and Space in the Theater of Susan Glaspell

Founding member of the Provincetown Players, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, best-selling novelist and short story writer Susan Glaspell (1876–1948) was a great contributor to American literature. An exploration of eleven plays written between the years 1915 and 1943, this critical study focuses on one of Glaspell’s central themes, the interplay between place and identity. This study examines the means Glaspell employs to engage h...