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Contemporary Action Cinema

Lisa Purse

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748638178
eISBN:
9780748670857
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638178.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Action cinema is a popular and familiar form that reflects the cultural, industrial and historical landscape from which it emerges. This study analyses action cinema's pleasures and complexities in ... More


Introduction: ‘Where are we, and how did we get here?’

Lisa Purse

in Contemporary Action Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748638178
eISBN:
9780748670857
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638178.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The chapter explores the challenges in defining action cinema as a popular form, given its inherent genre hybridity. It suggests that the action film creates fantasies of empowerment which combine a ... More


Epilogue

Stephen Teo

in Director in Action

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622098398
eISBN:
9789882206823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622098398.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews Johnnie To's enunciating role as an auteur of genre film through the convention of the happy ending, as a method of drawing certain conclusions about To's achievements to date. ... More


Hollywood’s Sino-Chic: Kung Fu Parody, Mimicry, and Play in Cross-Cultural Citationality

Kenneth Chan

in Remade in Hollywood: The Global Chinese Presence in Transnational Cinemas

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622090552
eISBN:
9789882207356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622090552.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the emergence of Kung fu Sino-chic through Hollywood's appropriation of Chinese action cinema. It first looks at how Jackie Chan works the global/local conjuncture by balancing ... More


Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the representation of archaeology in the action/adventure cinematics of Michael Bay's Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2007), a film predicated on hidden relics ... More


Postscript

Stephen Teo

in Director in Action

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622098398
eISBN:
9789882206823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622098398.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter summarizes the contribution to genre, examining Johnnie To's achievements from the critical-theoretical perspective of genre expectations, in particular the convention of the happy ... More


Mad Max

Martyn Conterio

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781911325864
eISBN:
9781800342453
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325864.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Mad Max (1979) is a freak picture. Too classy and well-crafted to be lumped in with low-budget Ozploitation titles, yet completely unlike other films made during the 1970s Australian New Wave, George ... More


Introduction: Beyond a Joke?

Neil Archer

in Studying Hot Fuzz

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993238406
eISBN:
9781800341951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993238406.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Hot Fuzz (2007). Hot Fuzz appeals to an idea of difference. One can read this in terms of nationality, recognising the film as a British movie, not ... More


Stallone, Ageing and Action Authenticity

Yvonne Tasker

in The Ultimate Stallone Reader: Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169813
eISBN:
9780231850643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169813.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the issue of ageing in relation to the revival of the characters of Rocky in Rocky Balboa (2006) and John Rambo in Rambo (2008). Action cinema has long been coupled with the ... More


Base but See It

Martyn Conterio

in Mad Max

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781911325864
eISBN:
9781800342453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325864.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of George Miller's Mad Max (1979). Mad Max is a freak picture with a fetish for fast-moving machines and the white-knuckle buzz of action cinema. It is ... More


History Without Ideology: Media and Spectacle

Martin M. Winkler

in Arminius the Liberator: Myth and Ideology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190252915
eISBN:
9780190252939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190252915.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter broadens the perspectives advanced so far by examining the influence of popular films and novels and of cinema and computerized video productions on each other. Action-driven plots, ... More


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