Film Matters 9.3 is now available
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Film Matters 9.3 is now available

Intellect is delighted to announce that Film Matters 9.3 is now available! For more information about the issue, click here >>

Aims & Scope

Film Matters is an exciting film magazine, celebrating the work of undergraduate film scholars. It is published four times a year, by students and for students, and each issue contains feature articles, as well as a healthy reviews section. In addition, with an undergraduate audience in mind, Film Matters will include occasional service-oriented pieces, such as profiles of film studies departments, articles that engage the undergraduate film studies community and prepare students for graduate study in this field, and resources and opportunities that undergraduate scholars can pursue. In an effort to give undergraduate scholars real-world, applied learning experiences, all Film Matters feature submissions will undergo a peer review process.

Issue 9.3 Contents

4 Editorial
Authors: Palmer, Tim; Palmer, Liza


7 “A Real Human Being and a Real Hero”: Masculinity, Liminality, and Design in
Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive
Doyle, James

19 Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana: A Challenge to Hollywood Orientalism
Goldstein, Zachary

28 “Victim Sells”: The Commercial Context of Snuff Fiction and A Serbian Film
Herron, Adam

42 The New Global West: Redefining the Borders of Genre in the Post-Revisionist Western
Hughes, Emma

57 A Feminine Techno-Utopia: Identification/Transformation/Transcendence of Embodiment in Spike Jonze’s Her
Moore, Alexandria R.

73 Confronting Rural Hardship in British Cinema: National Identity in The Levelling and God’s Own Country
Staub, Chamberlain

88 A Recipe to Self-Made Womanhood? Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia, Domesticity, and Gender
Zitzelsberger, Florian


102 Sex and Violence: Slash Shipping and Female Sexuality
Armstrong, Helen


111 A Rendezvous with Hong Kong Cinema
Roy, Utso

115 Netflix & Chill: The Evolution of the Streaming Outlet
Foley, Jamie


122 Bright (2017): Corporate Worldmaking, Racial Allegory, and the Netflix Blockbuster
Rodrigues, Hansel


133 Self and Other Dossier Introduction: Reading, Empathy, and Activism: Reality Checked in Ready Player One
Ue, Tom

138 Reality or Fiction?: The Merge of the Worlds in Avatar and Nocturnal Animals
Bedrossian, Natalie

147 The Apocalypse for Androids: How Humans Create Dystopia for A.I.
Watson, Timothy

155 Dystopia in The Dark Knight Trilogy: How Utopian Ideas Are Warped and Corrupted in Their Application
Wills, Alexander

Reviews: books

  • 169 Reinventing Hollywood, David Bordwell (2017)
  • 171 Scenarios, Werner Herzog (2017)
  • 177 Seeing Through the Screen: Interpreting American Political Film, Bruce Altschuler (2018)
  • 179 Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry, Craig Batty and Susan Kerrigan, eds. (2018)
  • 181 Filming the Everyday: Independent Documentaries in Twenty-First Century China, Paul G. Pickowicz and Yingjin Zhang, eds. (2017)
  • 184 Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema, Steven Jacobs, Susan Felleman, Vito Adriaensens,and Lisa Colpaert (2017)

For more information about the journal and calls for papers, click here >>