Category Archives: Film Theory

From Prey to Predator: Laurie Transformed

Just yesterday I sat in a darkened movie theatre with over 150 Communications Technology students to watch Halloween (2018). It’s always a treat to sit and watch a horror film with teenagers in a shared space. Unlike most adults who … Continue reading

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Michael Myers and Our Shared Horror

With the release of David Gordon Green’s Halloween (2018) today, I felt inspired to share my love of teaching horror. From a critical media literacy lens, the horror genre provides me with a great opportunity to engage in rich cultural … Continue reading

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Why I take my Kids to the Movies.

Imagine this scene: A five year old girl and her soon to be three year old little brother argue outside of a movie multiplex. The brother argues that Alice can’t be a ship Captain because she’s a girl. The sister … Continue reading

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Thinking 1st. Skills 2nd. A Media Lit Reflection

I often write and speak openly about the need to engage in a deep and critical conversation of media studies. Undeniably we all engage with media within a rapid and evolving milieu. Although this is truly the case as evident … Continue reading

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It’s Our Story Too: Why Canadian Audiences Must Watch “The Revenant”

The myth of The Revenant is growing. Celebrated for its glorious cinematography and sense of scope along with transforming folklore of a brutal production that placed filmmakers against the elements, the film has deservedly earned a must see reputation. In … Continue reading

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Why Michael Bay Matters: Examining Transformers

Michael Bay. Yes, as a producer and director of film, commercials and music videos, his works are not of elite dramatic calibre – nor are they intended to be.  From The Rock (1996) to Pain or Gain (2013), Bay is unapologetic … Continue reading

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