Film Genre – and Porn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNEpDyBEYjA Recently in class, I mentioned that pornography is a genre that is universally recognized. I said that across the world, in various societies, and all throughout history, pornographic content has been considered the lowest form of low-brow culture, and that it is noteworthy that porn is the one thing that seemingly everyone can agree … Continue reading Film Genre – and Porn

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The Berlin File—De-Westernizing the Korean Blockbuster

When Steven Spielburg’s 1975 film Jaws broke box office records by generating over $100 million in revenue, the term “blockbuster” entered the public lexicon. Since then, Hollywood has consistently produced films intended to achieve this same benchmark of the blockbuster designation. Since its first use and continued to the modern day, the term “blockbuster” has … Continue reading The Berlin File—De-Westernizing the Korean Blockbuster

bell hooks, Hye Sung Chung, and Stuart Hall

Within broad discussions of media texts, issues of gender and power relationships are frequently considered. However, less frequent, but equally as important, is the issue of race. bell hooks’ “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators” and Hye Seung Chung’s “The Audience Who Knew Too Much: Oriental Masquerade and Ethnic Recognition among Asian Americans” both directly … Continue reading bell hooks, Hye Sung Chung, and Stuart Hall