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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published December 23rd 2001 by Routledge (first published December 14th 2001)
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Joshua
Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
I recently volunteered to write an article on the second edition of Stephen Mulhall's On Film. The first edition was part of Routledge's "Thinking in Action" series--a series of short books by philosophers that are intended for a general, non-specialist audience. In On Film, Mulhall offered a series of subtle explications of the Alien movies. He also used them to reflect on the philosophic significance of films. Mulhall explained in his introduciton that he was troubled by certain approaches in ...more
Ben Baaske
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in overthinking (in a very fun, yet sometimes exhausting manner) popular science fiction film, then look no further. Discussions on franchises and directors, how they progress through directors and projects, respectively. Heavy on the Alien franchise, as well as Mission Impossible, with discussion on other films as well: Blade Runner, Star Trek, Se7en, the Bourne franchise, Minority Report, etc.
G. Connor Salter
Mulhall uses the Alien film series (the four original films) as the basis for his discussion about filmmaking, with connected essays about later films that the four directors (Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet) made after their work in the franchise. So readers don't just get a look at how the Alien series evolved, but also how the individual films connect to films like Blade Runner, Terminator 2, and Se7en.
This is an interesting book in that shows how film critics
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