By Andrew Harwood Who doesn’t love a good mystery? From detective novels like “Sherlock Holmes,” animated shows for kids like “Scooby-Doo,” to the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, mystery is one of the most beloved genres in the world.  In cinema, mystery films revolve around a protagonist and their journey to the solution. Suspense […]

Read More →

By Andrew Harwood The American west emerged as a beckoning for courageous Americans to drop everything and move to the opposite side of the country. Filled with deserts, great plains, mountains, ridges and more, the American west is a crucial and dominant part of history. In cinema, there exists the “western” film. Western films are […]

Read More →

By Andrew Harwood “Crime drama” can be defined as a film the incorporates themes and aspects of drama and crime. Despite the simple definition, “crime drama” is far from just a drama film revolving around criminal activities. Specifically, crime dramas include thrills, suspense and sometimes some dark comedy. In the more modern era, crime dramas […]

Read More →

By Katherine Wright All of the Santa-shaped chocolates flooding the stores — before Thanksgiving — have led to a premature holiday spirit and I’m all for it. Any excuse for putting up pretty lights and watching endless repetitions of the Grinch.  However, when you think “Grinch,” you generally think of hatefulness, bitterness, isolation and thievery […]

Read More →

By Andrew Harwood When it comes to “teen dramas,” a narrative tends to include comedic, romantic and serious aspects. Utilizing a secondary school as the setting, the “teen drama” in all tells the story of the youth and all that comes with that.  Popularized in the 1980s, thanks to John Hughes and his films “The […]

Read More →

By Dylan Hubert Let’s be honest here; Daniel Radcliffe is and always will be Harry Potter. That is the kind of trascendental role that, no matter how badly he wants or tries to escape, he simply never will. With that being said, however, there is much more to the man than just his past of […]

Read More →

By Andrew Harwood Given the not-so-specific definition, drama film can be split into an array of subgenres. For the next few weeks, I will be focusing on just a few of them, starting with historical drama.  Historical drama can simply be defined as a film set in the past that relies upon historical context, drama […]

Read More →

By Andrew Harwood This week, rounding up the comedy genre of film, we’re focusing on the raucous, the rowdy and the out-right hectic anarchic comedy. “Anarchic comedy” can be defined as a random variation of humor that centers around the lampoon of authority. The idea was conceived in the early twentieth century but bloomed in […]

Read More →

By Andrew Harwood This week, keeping the comedy theme going, as promised, we’re taking a hop over the ladder, making a major 180 from romantic comedy and discussing the dark comedy.  “Dark Comedy” (often referred to as “black comedy”) can be defined as a subgenre of comedy film that takes typically grim and controversial topics, […]

Read More →

By Andrew Harwood Comedy itself is specific, but when it comes to film, it’s a little more vague. Sure, it’s a genre, but it is so much more than that. For the next two weeks, comedy will be the focus for Cinephilia.  For this blog series, I’m splitting comedies into three separate categories: the romantic […]

Read More →