James Bond will Return: Franchise Longevity, the Bondian Formula & Popular Culture

Presentation at ‘The World is Not Enough: The Impact of James Bond on Popular Culture’ Symposium, convened by the Popular Culture Research Network (POPCRN) at the University of New England — Online, 26 May, 2022. A virtual symposium celebrating Ian Fleming’s birthday and focused on all things James Bond in popular culture. As the quintessential English spy serving on her majesty’s secret service the character of … Continue reading James Bond will Return: Franchise Longevity, the Bondian Formula & Popular Culture

Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2021

This post has been reproduced with attribution from original publication at Senses of Cinema. To support the work of Senses of Cinema see the Patreon campaign. World Poll 2019 — Part 4 As per my previous World Poll contributions, this list reflects on the key blockbuster franchise releases of the year. Thinking back to my notable viewing this year, I could discuss The Dry (Robert Connolly, 2021), High Ground (Stephen Johnson, 2021), Promising Young … Continue reading Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2021

Eternal Variation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has attracted increasing attention as an exemplar of blockbuster franchising over the past decade, with milestones that include a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Black Panther (2018) and a (momentary) highest-grossing release of all time with Avengers: Endgame (2019) (a mantle since retaken by the re-release of the 2009 blockbuster, Avatar). The ‘MCU’ is undeniably popular and continues to engage … Continue reading Eternal Variation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Cruising Stardom in Hollywood Franchising: Tom Cruise as Franchise Star in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Dark Universe’ Storyworlds

Starring Tom Cruise, edited by Sean Redmond. Wayne State University Press, 2021. Book Description Starring Tom Cruise examines how Tom Cruise’s star image moves across genres and forms as a type of commercial product that offers viewers certain pleasures and expectations. Cruise reads as an action hero and romantic lead yet finds himself in homoerotic and homosocial relationships that unsettle and undermine these heterosexual scripts. In … Continue reading Cruising Stardom in Hollywood Franchising: Tom Cruise as Franchise Star in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Dark Universe’ Storyworlds

Hannibal Lecter’s Monstrous Return: The Horror of Seriality in Bryan Fuller’s ‘Hannibal’

Chapter co-authored by Jessica Balanzategui, Naja Later, and Tara Lomax. In Becoming: Genre, Queerness, and Transformation in NBC’s Hannibal, edited by Kavita Mudan Finn and EJ Nielsen. Published by Syracuse University Press (July 2019). Available at Amazon An interdisciplinary collection of essays analyzing and dissecting the NBC series Hannibal (2013-2015), focusing on its manipulation of genre, its emphasis on queerness — in terms of sexuality … Continue reading Hannibal Lecter’s Monstrous Return: The Horror of Seriality in Bryan Fuller’s ‘Hannibal’