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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Scream 4

Scream 4

| April 17, 2011

One of the most dangerous things as far as watching movies is concerned is to go into a film with high expectations. After you come back from seeing a new film in theaters, if you don’t like it, it’s inevitable that one of your friends tells you it’s because you went in expecting too much. […]

The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told

| April 9, 2011

Much has been written in the history of film scholarship relating films to dreams and relating the act of viewing a film to the act of experiencing a dream. Such a theory implies a lack of cognition on the part of the subject/viewer, and this has sparked a theoretical war still being fought in film […]

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Fatal Secrets

Fatal Secrets

| March 25, 2011

Originally produced in 2009, the independent thriller Fatal Secrets is finally getting its well-deserved DVD release courtesy of MTI Home Video on March 29th, 2011. Written by Kathy Cotter and directed by Meir Sharony, Fatal Secrets is a film that ultimately lives and dies with its cast, and fortunately, director Sharony had a great cast […]

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Rubber

Rubber

| March 22, 2011

This past weekend, at the fifth annual Sci-Fi Spectacular at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, the ambitious English-language debut from writer-director Quentin Dupieux, Rubber, enjoyed its Midwest premiere. Originally premiering at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Rubber is still making the rounds at countless international film festivals, picking up a cult following wherever […]

Arnold: Schwarzenegger and the Movies

Arnold: Schwarzenegger and the Movies

| March 4, 2011

The exponential growth in contemporary film studies of the interest in and the prestige of the action genre is a welcome development to its loyal fans. Gone are the days when being ignorant of “mindless” action movies was proof you were a serious film fan, unquestionably to the betterment of the field. Studying the sociopolitical […]

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Barb Wire

Barb Wire

| February 19, 2011

If ever a film needed a Blu-ray transfer. . .Barb Wire is not that film. Nevertheless, as of February 8th of 2011, the legendary Pam Anderson flop has received the honor of a glorious Blu-ray release, rendering in magnificent exquisiteness the film that inspired the hilariously vitriolic rage of the reviewer on the Blu-ray website […]