Author Archive: Kyle Barrowman

Kyle Barrowman is a graduate of the Cinema Studies program at Columbia College in Chicago. In addition to his work for Film Monthly, he has previously published essays for Cashiers du Cinemart, Offscreen, and The International Journal of Žižek Studies, on subjects ranging from film noir to Alfred Hitchcock, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Lee.

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

| September 12, 2011

The Starz original miniseries, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, with all of its over-the-top sex and even more over-the-top violence included and rendered in exquisitely high quality. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena was originally created as a prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which aired on Starz […]

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Super Hybrid

Super Hybrid

| August 19, 2011

The upcoming Anchor Bay release of the killer car movie Super Hybrid has cult film written all over it. A vicious and voracious squid-like creature has inexplicably evolved to a point where it has the ability to mimic, in appearance and functionality, any motor vehicle it chooses, altering its form like the difference between a […]

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Tekken

Tekken

| August 12, 2011

The Anchor Bay release of Tekken, an adaptation of the popular martial arts video game franchise, is a perfect example of why the [lack of] evolution in martial arts cinema is so disheartening to me. On its own terms, Tekken is a rather solid effort from director Dwight H. Little. Among many films and television […]

Put Up Your Dux

Put Up Your Dux

| July 7, 2011

In 1988, the classic Jean-Claude Van Damme film Bloodsport was released. All hardcore martial arts fans immediately lose any and all credibility if they do not adore this movie. It is the definition of a cult classic, a giant in the martial arts film genre. The film purports to tell the true story of a […]

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The Closer – The Final Season

The Closer – The Final Season

| July 6, 2011

Ever since I saw a marathon of the first two seasons on TNT in 2007, I have been watching each subsequent season of The Closer with great anticipation and excitement. A lot of people claim to be suckers for cop shows. Me, I’m a sucker for a good cop show. There are more cop shows […]

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Franklin & Bash

Franklin & Bash

| July 1, 2011

Last month, I went into my DVR to check out a new show I had recorded called Franklin & Bash. All I knew about it was that it was a legal comedy with Zack from Saved by the Bell and Josh from Road Trip. This Wednesday, it will not be out of curiosity that I […]

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Drive Angry

Drive Angry

| May 31, 2011

The Nicolas Cage super actioner Drive Angry could have just as easily been titled after the famous Stone Cold Steve Austin creed, “Arrive, Raise Hell, Leave.” Following the classical narrative formula that features a “goal-oriented protagonist,” Drive Angry sets up its plot and then hurtles through its narrative at top speed, following its “man on […]

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The Terminator

The Terminator

| May 17, 2011

Tanks crushing skulls. Cyborgs exterminating humans in a post-apocalyptic future. A hulking Austrian automaton stalking ‘80s L.A. A lone human soldier sent back through time to protect the mother of the future savior of mankind. We know the characters, we know the images, we know the story. It doesn’t get much more iconic than the […]

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Film, Lacan, and the Subject of Religion

Film, Lacan, and the Subject of Religion

| April 29, 2011

Despite the relatively short life film theory has enjoyed thus far, the propensity in film theorists to disavow the most important developments that contributed to the growth of the discipline’s popularity and prestige is staggering. Immediately after Sergei Eisenstein developed his montage theory, André Bazin showed up with a counter theory allegedly rendering Eisenstein’s theory […]

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Knockout

Knockout

| April 20, 2011

Simply put, there is only one name in the history of professional wrestling that matters: Stone Cold Steve Austin. Many great wrestlers have come and gone, but none can boast a legacy that even compares to, much less exceeds, the one created by The Texas Rattlesnake. For fans like myself, fans who grew up during […]