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The Blood Poets: Millennial Blues, from "Apocalypse Now" to "The Edge" v. 2

A Cinema of Savagery, 1958-1999

Paperback Published: 3rd November 1999
ISBN: 9780810836709
Number Of Pages: 502

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Why do people feel the need to create images of violence, and why do audiences continually watch them? This work brings together the multiple disciplines of psychology, criminology, censorship and anthropology in a study of 40 years of violent American cinema. The 40 years are divided between two volumes. The first volume looks at "American Chaos" from the films "Touch of Evil" to "Brazil". This second volume covers "Millenial Blues" between the films "Apocalypse Now" and "The Edge". Jake Horsley raises a dialogue between scholars and movie buffs as readers struggle to find their own answers to the connection between the need to portray and the need to watch violent films. The study shows the readers how to use violent film as a text with which to analyze society, but without losing touch with the aesthetic qualities of the films themselves. The author uses films such as "Psycho", "A Clockwork Orange", "M.A.S.H." and "Blade Runner". Together, the volumes aim to provide both a critical overview of the films themselves and a cultural study of the social and psychological factors relating to the demand for screen violence.

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Jake Horsley seems to arrive from out of nowhere, yet here he is an almost fully-developed and only slightly stoned sensibility. This hothead fantasist offers the excitement of a wild, paranoid style. he lives in the movies, explodes them from the inside, and shares his fevered trance with us. But he doesn't lose his analytic good sense. he's not just a hothead, he's a hardhead, too. Maybe he could use more humor, but couldn't we all? (Intelligent movie criticism is being swamped in seriousness.) He's a marvelous critic. Tackling a new movie, he'll hang in there until he's balanced and sound. It's always a surprise.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Pulp Culture--Brute Expressions of Rage
Dark Hearts and Knuckleheadsp. 1
Apocalypse Now
Raging Bull
Victimsp. 19
Blow Out
Casualties of War
Wastelandsp. 36
The Warriors
Southern Comfort
The Road Warrior
Age of Monsters: The World According to Oliver Stonep. 46
Midnight Express
Year of the Dragon
Return of the Id--The Suburbia of Corruption
Scorsese's Apep. 67
The King of Comedy
Mysteriesp. 78
Blue Velvet
A Walk on the Wild Side: Deconstructing the Yuppiep. 108
Something Wild
After Hours
Something Wicked This Way Comesp. 121
The Stepfather
The Player
Hollywood Uber Alles--Here Come the Designer Fascists
Chaos by Design: The Action Revenge Fantasyp. 135
Death Wish
First Blood
Die Hard
Genocide Popularized: Schwarzenegger and the Holocaust Franchisep. 155
True Lies
American Psychosis: Freddy Krueger and the Dark Side of the Dreamp. 164
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Cannibals in Hollywood: Trashing the Artistp. 173
Wild at Heart
Silence of the Lambs
Cape Fear
Everything Is Permitted: The Comedy of Nihilism
TV Babies and Movie Blues: The Rise and Rise of Independent Cinemap. 199
Repo Man
Drugstore Cowboy
The New Brothers Grimm: Joel and Ethan Coenp. 212
Raising Arizona
Barton Fink
Trouble and Desire: Quentin Tarantino's Theatre of the Absurdp. 223
Reservoir Dogs
True Romance
Pulp Fiction
Last Rites/Last Kicks: The Rodriguez Syndromep. 249
El Mariachi/Desperado
Roadracers/The Faculty
From Dusk Till Dawn
Murder in the Millennium--The Metaphysical Strain towards Darkness
Neo-Noir: Early Omensp. 271
Angel Heart
Near Dark
The Hitcher
Jacob's Ladder
The Evolution of Demonsp. 294
Natural Born Killers
The Devil's Testamentp. 334
The Usual Suspects
Chasing the Dragon: Split Identities at the End of Timep. 364
"Twin Peaks"
"The X-Files"
Lost Highway
Epilogue: Beyond Apocalypse--Yesterday's Herop. 407
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Dead Man
Flesh and Bone
The Edge
The Matrix
Bibliographyp. 461
Indexp. 467
About the Authorp. 483
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ISBN: 9780810836709
ISBN-10: 081083670X
Series: Filmmakers : Book 2
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 502
Published: 3rd November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.63