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The Superuniverse

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the Techniques of the Moving Image series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Virtuoso: Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic (2019), A Dream of Hitchcock (2019), Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Film Cheat : Screen Artifice and Viewing Pleasure

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Production cheats have the power to modify intelligence. An example: one of the fashions prevalent in 1930s Hollywood filmmaking, something that made it delicious and imitable, was a recurrent snappy, smart, ironically angled...

Baoh – The Visitor (Baoh – Raihosha)

Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is a film director, composer and sound designer. He is founder of the Cinesonic International Conference of Film Scores and Sound Design from which he has edited three books on film sound and music, the most recent being Cinesonic: Experiencing The Soundtrack (AFTRS Publishing, Sydney 2002). He has also written for The Wire, London, and Film Comment. He teaches cinema studies at RMIT University, Australia, and is the author of the BFI Screen Guides 100 Modern Soundtracks (2004) and 100 Anime (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Anime : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...When Ikuro awakens from a fluid incubation chamber at the beginning of Baoh – The Visitor, he is a nobody full of nothing. As he emerges/merges into a psycho-genetic killing machine known as Baoh, he becomes an anti-body and a hyper-thing...

Black Magic M-66 (Burakku majikku M-66)

Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is a film director, composer and sound designer. He is founder of the Cinesonic International Conference of Film Scores and Sound Design from which he has edited three books on film sound and music, the most recent being Cinesonic: Experiencing The Soundtrack (AFTRS Publishing, Sydney 2002). He has also written for The Wire, London, and Film Comment. He teaches cinema studies at RMIT University, Australia, and is the author of the BFI Screen Guides 100 Modern Soundtracks (2004) and 100 Anime (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Anime : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...Only in anime could a secret department, buried deep within the military, engineer an unstoppable cyborg killing machine – and model it like a puppet. Black Magic M-66 is the official moniker of this machine, and its design replicates...

Battle Angel Alita (Gunmu)

Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is a film director, composer and sound designer. He is founder of the Cinesonic International Conference of Film Scores and Sound Design from which he has edited three books on film sound and music, the most recent being Cinesonic: Experiencing The Soundtrack (AFTRS Publishing, Sydney 2002). He has also written for The Wire, London, and Film Comment. He teaches cinema studies at RMIT University, Australia, and is the author of the BFI Screen Guides 100 Modern Soundtracks (2004) and 100 Anime (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Anime : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...A ‘Pinocchio effect’ – the desire to create a living being from an anthropomorphic doll – is sutured within the Japanese culture of puppets just like Pinocchio’s own invisible strings. Astro Boy is the seminal modern text, rewiring...

Vectors and the Transfer of Affect

Steen Ledet Christiansen

Steen Ledet Christiansen is Associate Professor of English at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on popular visual culture, particularly film and the burgeoning field of post-cinema. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Drone Age Cinema : Action Film and Sensory Assault

I.B.Tauris, 2017

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...When action films are considered as priming our bodies’ energies, transfer becomes central to our understanding of how these films work. I wish to discuss this particularly in relation to the new digital imagery employed so often...

All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (Banno Bunka Neko musume)

Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is a film director, composer and sound designer. He is founder of the Cinesonic International Conference of Film Scores and Sound Design from which he has edited three books on film sound and music, the most recent being Cinesonic: Experiencing The Soundtrack (AFTRS Publishing, Sydney 2002). He has also written for The Wire, London, and Film Comment. He teaches cinema studies at RMIT University, Australia, and is the author of the BFI Screen Guides 100 Modern Soundtracks (2004) and 100 Anime (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Anime : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...Anime is surprisingly similar to Japanese cuisine. Flavour and taste in Japanese cooking is grounded in the sequencing of discrete and disconnected taste sensations, contextualised by the neutralising elements of plain rice or noodles...

Mastery (Sonic C’est Moi)

New Screen Media : Cinema/Art/Narrative

British Film Institute, 2002

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...Earlier versions of some sections of this essay were published in Leonardo, vol. 28 no. 5, 1995. Sonic’s World: Physics and Geometry In some recent video games (such as the Sega signature series – Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic...

Captains America

Martin Flanagan

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Martin Flanagan is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Salford, UK. His work studies the forms of contemporary Hollywood entertainment. As an author he has contributed to the New Review of Film and Television Studies and Scope, and the edited collections Web-Spinning Heroics (2012) and Film and Comic Books (2007). His monograph, Bakhtin and the Movies: New Ways of Understanding Hollywood Film (2009), explores and situates superheroic narratives within wider Hollywood generic traditions. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mike McKenny

Mike McKenny has covered the UK festival sector and provided feature articles for Film and Festivals. As a film programmer, he led community cinema Miniciné to win the national (UK) award for Best Film Programming in 2012. His academic training in Film and Business Studies has fostered a keen focus and understanding of business environments as they specifically pertain to modern entertainment organisations. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Andy Livingstone

Andy Livingstone is a writer for Cinema 22 magazine and neophyte documentary filmmaker, working in Manchester’s independent cinema scene. Areas of focus in his academic program included transmedia and the marketing and genre placement of comic book adaptations, both of which subjects he considered in extended projects. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Marvel Studios Phenomenon : Inside a Transmedia Universe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Although paving the continuity road towards The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) was as interesting for the ways in which it differed from earlier Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films as for its similarities...

Thematic Approaches

Eric R. Williams

Eric R. Williams has written professionally for American Movie Classics, Workshop Productions, Universal Studios, Grateful Films, and Fox Interactive. His screenplays have been workshopped at the Film Independent Producers Lab in Los Angeles, and have won three prestigious awards: Best New Work from the Writers Guild of America, Award for Individual Excellence in Screenwriting from the Ohio Arts Council, and an Emmy Award for Interactive Media. Eric is the author of the Routledge Focus book The Screenwriters Taxonomy. He is also an award-winning educator and the inaugural director of the MFA in Communication Media Arts program at Ohio University where he teaches screenwriting and virtual reality production. Eric earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, and his MFA from Columbia University in New York City. You can learn more by visiting his website: www.WilliamsOnStory.com. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screen Adaptation: Beyond the Basics : Techniques for Adapting Books, Comics, and Real-Life Stories into Screenplays

Focal Press, 2018

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... Thematic Approaches In 200–9, I had the pleasure of mentoring Michael Kortlander through his Honors tutorial thesis entitled Introducing the Literary Film: A Study of “Non- Recurring Phenomenon”—Unconventional Screenplays That Should...

Staying Home: Astronaut Wives and Domestic Engineering

Marie Lathers

Marie Lathers is Treuhaft Professor of French and Humanities at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has published books and articles in the areas of feminist theory and popular culture, 19th-century French studies, and the relationship among women, art, and literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Space Oddities : Women and Outer Space in Popular Film and Culture, 1960–2000

Continuum, 2010

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...If you think going to the Moon is hard, try staying home.Look, I don't remember the space program and I don't think about my marriage.But I called three of—in my view—three of the greatest ladies and most courageous ladies in the whole...