Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez  
Credit: Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Napoleon Dynamite & the Neo-Western Film

The western genre is engrained in American film from its roots to today. Jared Hess' Napoleon Dynamite revises this legacy in a surprising way.
Cover of Cinema Journal

Cinema Journal

Cinema Journal is published by the University of Texas Press on behalf of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Buster Keaton behind bars in black and white

Buster Keaton’s Humor Had a Dark Side

The dark side of Buster Keaton's comedic work
The Duggar family

Sex, Gender and Cultural Pathology: The Entertainment Trump

A look into Trump and the societal obsession with controlling gender and sex.
Signage reading, "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada"

What Happens in Vegas is None of Your Business

You know that slogan? It was implemented as tourism marketing in 2003 after being developed by the ad agency R&R Partners.
Bill Cosby sitting across from Lisa Bonet

Not Quite Right: The Father Daughter Dynamic in the Cosby Show

The father daughter dynamic in Cosby's show reveals how enmeshed we are in rape and misogynistic culture.
A movie audience watches 1950's actress Gloria Graham with bandages over one side of her face from an older film

Stars and Scars: Disfigurement in Film

Onscreen, scarring represents a loss of beauty for women and toughness for men, but what about the actors who bear visible scars?
Black and white images of Humphrey Bogart lighting his trademark cigarette and Buster Keaton posed behind bars side-by-side

Don’t Say Cheese! The Smiles of Buster Keaton and Humphrey Bogart

Some celebrities like Buster Keaton and Humphrey Bogart are recognized for not smiling—and when they do, it comes across as, well, unnatural.
A black and white still from Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy

The Apu Trilogy Revisited

The Apu Trilogy of films has been newly restored and re-released
Ballerina, Leslie Caron leans on Gene Kelly's arm in "An American in Paris"

An American in Paris: Onstage and Onscreen

Whatever your thoughts on the Broadway production, An American in Paris is a big deal in the history of movie musicals.