Tag: movies

What Makes Baby Yoda So Lovable?

Morgan K. Hoke and Douglas K. Smit , February 20th, 2020

The internet doesn’t agree on much these days. But there is one indisputable fact: Baby Yoda is absolutely adorable. For the uninitiated, Baby Yoda is an infantile alien…


Speaking Of Jinn…

MPeterson , March 4th, 2018

I recently participated in a podcast about jinn, material culture and modernity and globalization on the Archaeological Fantasies podcast. Here’s their episode notes: Magical Jinn and where …


Coming to Our Senses

Gamwell , November 27th, 2017

In this Conversations episode of This Anthro Life, Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins explore the subject of sensory ethnography –  a focus in anthropology that tends to deemphasize…

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Grounded Dreams?

Alexandra Frankel , March 9th, 2017

Hong Kong and Hollywood face the challenges of a globalizing movie economy. Hortense Powdermaker’s analysis of a Hollywood movie industry driven by extreme uncertainty, anxiety, and crisis in…

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Watching Movies in Ghana

Alexandra Frankel , March 9th, 2017

Re-presenting the stuff of dreams and invisible forces, films feed the popular imagination. “It’s true, it’s true. All these things happen, all these things happen in real life….

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Film for Good

Alexandra Frankel , March 9th, 2017

Can cinema produce social justice? Six decades separate the #OscarsSoWhite movement and the publication of Hortense Powdermaker’s ethnography on Hollywood’s inner workings Hollywood, the Dream Factory…

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Spielberg: 1, Harvard: 0

Grant , September 8th, 2016

Hollywood used to know what Americans wanted. Then came the new diversity of moving-going taste and preference. Hollywood was in trouble. In the words of Tom Hanks: “Nobody…

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It’s Not Oscar, It’s HBO

Anne Kelsey , February 28th, 2016

I can’t remember the last movie I watched in an actual movie theater. Some of that is because I find the dramatic TV serial so much more powerful…

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And Still the World Pursued–The Management of Waste in Max Mad: Fury Road

Emma Louise Backe , December 11th, 2015

By Emma Louise Backe Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland, in search of our better selves.” -The First History Man What are the roots that…

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Allegra TV: Chiatura, my pride

Ian M. Cook , November 12th, 2015

Today Allegra TV features a film that is the first in a series of five ethnographic films produced by Ian Cook , Stephanie Endter, Anna Dziapshipa and Mikheil…


Damsels & Demons: Women in Horror Part II

Emma Louise Backe , October 23rd, 2015

By Emma Louise Backe Part I of the series can be read here. The genre of horror is one that is not overtly concerned with gender, and yet…

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“Words of Witness” Captures The Ambiguity of The Egyptian Revolution

MPeterson , July 3rd, 2015

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Words of Witness, Mai Iskander’s compelling account of the aftermath of Egypt’s 2011 revolution in Tahrir Square that led to the resignation…


On Cameron Crowe’s Aloha and Indigenous Pacific Films We Actually Recommend

mailevine , June 16th, 2015

Still from Living Along the Fenceline (2011), directors Lina Hoshino & Gwyn Kirk   By Hinemoana of Turtle Island: Lani Teves, Liza Keanuenueokalani Williams, Maile Arvin,  Fuifuilupe Niumetol…


Racism in ‘Exodus’ Casting

A. J. West , December 3rd, 2014

The new Ridley Scott movie, Exodus, is attracting criticism because of the racial background of its stars. Christian Bale and Sigourney Weaver are white people playing ancient Egyptians…

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