112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Film Studies II

Session Chair: 
Mark W. Bundy, University of California, Riverside
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
RCC Raincross B
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  1. Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University, Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College
    This paper will look at three recent films, Her (2013), Tim’s Vermeer (2013), and Locke (2014) that theorize technology through commercial cinema, specifically using the medium of film to address the ubiquitous presence of technology in our lives.   
  2. Russell McDermott, University of Southern California
    This paper will argue that The Lego Movie relies on a series of textured, seductive images in order to produce a mode of haptic viewing that promotes consumer culture, social transition, and certain nostalgia for physical media. The aesthetic look and feel of the film came out of a productive contradiction: the triumph of technology and its limitation. Meanings generated by the film are influenced by this contradiction and the film, overall, is an interesting artifact that marks an equally interesting era in media production.  
  3. Aden Jordan, New York University
    Intertextual references abound in the films of director Paul Thomas Anderson. In his early films, Anderson referenced works by directors including Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, and especially Robert Altman. This paper will focus on Anderson’s The Master (2012), which might be the director’s clearest example of cinephiliac pastiche as some of the dialogue was directly taken from John Huston’s documentary Let There Be Light (1946).
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