“Toward a Cinema of Failure”

I often tell my students that my life is mostly failure. The acceptance rate at most academic journals in which I publish is 15%. That means, for every successful essay I write, some five will not get published. There is tremendous value in pulling back the veil on a career and showing students the messy ...

I Origins (2014)

I Origins (2014)
“Aye I Eye” Mike Cahill’s 2014 New Age science film, I Origins begins with a series of close-ups of eyes. In voice over, molecular biologist Ian (Michael Pitt) explains that he researches eyes because of the fascinating connection between the human eye and the camera, both lens-based technologies of vision. His scientific quest is to ...

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006)
The Worlds of Bond’s Body In Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006), James Bond (Daniel Craig) tracks a terrorist, Alex Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) to downtown Miami. The villain enters a Body Worlds exhibition, which he is using as the drop location for a satchel containing a bomb. Why would Dimitrios choose the controversial display of preserved ...