Tom Bosher takes us through a selection of iconic screen villains to understand their enduring importance in stories.
A Fistful of Genres – Black Comedy
At the end of Monty Python’s 1979 classic Life of Brian, in which a Jewish man is mistaken for the Messiah, a potentially upsetting mass crucifixion scene takes an oddly optimistic and light-hearted turn when the sufferers break into song, joyfully encouraging each other to ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’. This is […]
America is not a nation known for its subtlety, so it’s hardly surprising that there’s an extensive list of films announcing their Americanness: American Beauty, American Psycho, American Hustle, and American Gangster, to name just a few. There’s even more when you consider the televisual American offerings such as American Horror Story, American Dad!, and […]
Portrayals of Mental Health in Film
The representation of mental health and mental illness in film is an important issue, and it goes without saying that some films do it better than others. If we work from the basis that popular culture and art are hugely influential in how people view mental illness, which seems fairly obvious, then it’s crucial that […]