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Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality

by William Irwin & Mark D. White

The first look at the philosophy behind the Iron Man comics and movies, timed for the release of Iron Man 2 in March 2010

On the surface, Iron Man appears to be a straightforward superhero, another rich guy fighting...


Klingon for the Galactic Traveler

by Marc Okrand

"Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam."

"It is a good day to die."

What is the proper response to this? What should I do?

Now, with Klingon for the Galactic Traveler you will know.

Organized into four easy-to-use sections, this...


Twilight of the Idols: Hollywood and the Human Sciences in 1920s America

by Mark Lynn Anderson

Twilight of the Idols revisits some of the sensational scandals of early Hollywood to evaluate their importance for our contemporary understanding of human deviance. By analyzing changes in the star system and...


Soul Searching: Black-Themed Cinema from the March on Washington to the Rise of Blaxploitation

by Christopher Sieving

An engrossing look at black-themed films in pre-blaxploitation Hollywood


Kazan Revisited

by Lisa Dombrowski

Top critics and scholars reconsider the cinematic legacy of Elia Kazan


The New Entrepreneurs: An Institutional History of Television Anthology Writers

by Jon Kraszewski

How television writers thwarted the constraints of corporate culture in the 1950s and flourished


Filmology

by Chris Barsanti

Sure, you love the movies. But how much do you really know about the ones that really made a difference? Whether it's Birth of a Nation, the brilliant silent film that fanned the flames of racism; Easy Rider...


150 Movies You Should See Before You Die

by Steve Miller

Sure, you've seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Maybe you've even sat all the way through Satan's Little Helper and The Wasp Woman. But as you'll...


Four Word Film Reviews

by Benj Clews & Michael Onesi

In four words or less, this book brings together movies from across the multiplex. So whether you like the Coen brothers (Fargo: Chipper cop; chipped criminal) or the Farrelly brothers (Dumb & Dumber: Two guys,...


What Media Classes Really Want to Discuss

by Greg Smith

What Media Classes Really Want To Discuss focuses on topics that introductory textbooks generally ignore, although they are prominent in students' minds. Using approachable prose, this book provides students...


The Epic Film

by Robert Burgoyne

With the recent release of spectacular blockbuster films from Gladiator to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the epic has once again become a major form in contemporary cinema. The orginal essays in this volume...


The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film

by John Lyden

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film brings together a lively and experienced team of contributors to introduce students to the key topics in religion and film and to investigate the ways in which the...


Everyday Pornography

by Karen Boyle

Drawing on the experiences of activists alongside academics, Everyday Pornography offers the opportunity to explore the intellectual and political challenges of anti-pornography feminism and consider its relevance...


Political Communication and Social Theory

by Aeron Davis

Political Communication and Social Theory presents an advanced, challenging text for students and scholars of political communication and the role of media in democracies.


The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers

by Mark Conard

Many critics agree that Joel and Ethan Coen are one of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmaking teams of the last three decades. Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, irony, and often brutal violence,...


Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

by Gene Phillips

One of the most accomplished writers and directors of classic Hollywood, Billy Wilder (1906-2002) directed numerous acclaimed films, including Sunset Boulevard (1950), Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955),...


Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture

by Barbara Nicolosi

True stories of courage, faith, and perseverance show Christians making a difference in Hollywood.


The Philosophy of Stanley Kubrick

by Jerold Abrams

In The Philosophy of Stanley Kubrick, some of our most respected philosophers investigate Kubrick's art to illuminate his view of reality. In films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Eyes Wide Shut, and Dr. Strangelove,...


The Philosophy of Neo-Noir

by Mark Conard

Film noir--a cycle of American films from the 1940s and '50s--is characterized not only by a constant opposition of light and shadow and a disruptive compositional balance of frames and scenes, but also by dark,...


The Philosophy of Film Noir

by Mark Conard

From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to Touch of Evil (1958), the classic film noir is easily recognizable for its unusual lighting, sinister plots, and feeling of paranoia. For critics and fans alike, these films...