Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture

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Sports Movies

Rutgers University Press

Sports Movies covers a broad spectrum of baseball, basketball, football, and boxing films. Describing the traditional formulas that have made these movies such crowd-pleasers, it also explores how the genre’s attitudes have changed over the years, especially regarding key issues like class, race, masculinity, and women in sports.

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War Games

Rutgers University Press

Covering everything from chess to football, from Saving Private Ryan to American Sniper, and from Call of Duty to drone interfaces, War Games is an essential guide for anyone seeking to understand the militarization of American culture, offering a compact yet comprehensive look at how we play with images of war.

 

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L.A. Private Eyes

Rutgers University Press

L.A. Private Eyes examines the tradition of the private eye as it evolves in films, books, and television shows set in Los Angeles from the 1930’s through the present day. This book explores the metamorphosis of the solitary detective figure and the many facets of the genre itself.  

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Transgender Cinema

Rutgers University Press

Transgender Cinema reveals the scope of how trans people have been depicted on screen, starting with Charlie Chaplin’s comic drag scenes and culminating in current hits like Transparent and A Fantastic Woman. It analyzes classic Hollywood movies, indie films, documentaries, world cinema, television, and trans filmmakers and actors.

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Digital Cinema

Rutgers University Press

Stephen Prince offers a clear, concise account of how digital cinema both extends longstanding traditions of filmmaking and challenges fundamental assumptions about film. In the process, he raises provocative questions about the emergence of virtual reality, the future of film preservation, and the status of realism in digital cinema.  

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Comic Book Movies

Rutgers University Press

Comic Book Movies investigates the genre’s powerful appeal to today’s moviegoers. Examining not only superhero movies, but also adaptations of indie comics and graphic novels, Blair Davis assesses their aesthetic innovations and tells how they have transformed the film industry.  

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