Vertigo: Cinematic Influence, Pure Cinema, Voyeurism, and the Male Gaze

In this video essay I discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (and its ongoing influence) and his use of pure cinema, as well as voyeurism and the male gaze. I also look at David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive in relation to Vertigo. The end of the video features a remix of the prelude from Vertigo.

Warning: the video features spoilers for both films.

This video is for educational purposes.

Principles of Film Form

In this video (created for my FILM 220 course) I discuss some principles of film form with a focus on mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound.

Mark Cousins, The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)
Richard Barsam and Dave Monahan, Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film (2018)

This video is for educational purposes only. A special thank you to Jay Ruzesky and Sam Van Hell.

“Beware of the Cyclops”: An Analysis of Race in Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen (video essay)

In this video essay, I look at Damon Lindelof’s 2019 HBO series Watchmen, particularly episodes 1 and 6 and the way that the series remixes the original graphic novel to talk about race in America. I discuss the Tulsa Massacre of 1921 and the character Hooded Justice. I also provide a close reading of episode 6, “This Extraordinary Being.”

Disclaimer: This video is for educational purposes only.

Beware of the Cyclops” Video Essay

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