The Breakdown Movie
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Author: Brian A. Shaer
Release Date: 2022-08-04
Some periods of history contain so many compounded disasters they seem to be inspired by disaster movies. In the early 2020s, the Covid-19 pandemic upended the world and thrust populations into a state of uncertainty and fear--as seen in movies like Outbreak, The Towering Inferno or Armageddon. Birthed from the author's original research on disaster movies, this book argues that the life cycle of Covid closely parallels various apocalyptic films, from the personas of the main players to the strike of the cataclysm itself. To view the Covid pandemic through the language of disaster movies, the book identifies those that mirror (predict!) each stage of the Covid pandemic, analyzing the similarities between the films and real-life events. A filmography of the featured disaster movies concludes the book.
'Jack's Abyss' is the story of a violent nervous breakdown, presented here as a film-script. After everything falls apart in Jack Sanders' life he becomes unhinged, a horrific nervous breakdown follows resulting in the death penalty. This powerful and though-provoking story is an exploration of what untreated mental illness can do at its worst. Stephen plans to have this script made into a movie, set in either London or Chicago. About the Author Stephen J. Habel was born in Chicago, Illinois where he now resides and writes full time. He attended the University of Illinois-Chicago with a major in English. He hopes to write several more manuscripts and to eventually work writing for a film company or possibly starting a film company of his own. He enjoys listening to music, reading, writing, watching movies and taking walks around Chicago.
Author: Steven Cohan
Release Date: 2002-01-04
The Road Movie Book is the first comprehensive study of an enduring but ever-changing Hollywood genre, its place in American culture, and its legacy to world cinema. The road and the cinema both flourished in the twentieth century, as technological advances brought motion pictures to a mass audience and the mass produced automobile opened up the road to the ordinary American. When Jean Baudrillard equated modern American culture with 'space, speed, cinema, technology' he could just as easily have added that the road movie is its supreme emblem. The contributors explore how the road movie has confronted and represented issues of nationhood, sexuality, gender, class and race. They map the generic terrain of the road movie, trace its evolution on American television as well as on the big screen from the 1930s through the 1980s, and, finally, consider road movies that go off the road, departing from the US landscape or travelling on the margins of contemporary American culture. Movies discussed include: * Road classics such as It Happened One Night, The Grapes of Wrath, The Wizard of Oz and the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby Road to films * 1960's reworkings of the road movie in Easy Rider and Bonnie and Clyde * Russ Meyer's road movies: from Motorpsycho! to Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! * Contemporary hits such as Paris Texas, Rain Man, Natural Born Killers and Thelma and Louise * The road movie, Australian style, from Mad Max to the Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.