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

“Make it in Post:” Digital Visual Effects and the Temporality of Creative Value in Post-Production

Published in The Palgrave Handbook of Screen Production, edited by Susan Kerrigan, Craig Batty, Marsha Berry, Kath Dooley, and Bettina Frankham and published by Palgrave Macmillan. Continue reading “Make it in Post:” Digital Visual Effects and the Temporality of Creative Value in Post-Production

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’

Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2018

The Senses of Cinema World Poll has come around again and I’m happy to have contributed to this significant and extensive project for another year. As with my 2017 contribution, I focus only on franchise instalments because I consider franchise cinema to be an important mode of contemporary entertainment and worth acknowledging in any celebration of cinema and cinephilia. In 2017, I ordered my list … Continue reading Senses of Cinema, World Poll 2018