From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film

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I.B.Tauris, 2005 M01 28 - 208 pages

Written by a world expert in Science Fiction, 'Reading Science Fiction Film' is both a hugely entertaining and enlightening read and a new critical approach to SF films that considers them as both autonomous creations and contributions to the genre and to the broader culture. Roz Kaveney looks at the movies of alien invasion and movie franchises, as well as offering deep readings of the 'Alien' quartet, of 'Dark City' and 'Strange Days'; extended consideration of the 'Star Wars' series, and Terminator films; and a celebration of Galaxy Quest and many other films. '...an incredibly necessary text -- arming the geeks with tools to read films for the DVD generation -- and possibly regeneration. Clear, simple text, in which an understanding of slash fiction is as important to the text as an encyclopedic knowledge of a hundred years of written SF, and what movies mean. - Neil Gaiman "Works of serious pop-culch critique too often founder on either the Scylla or critical-theory pomposity or the Charybdis of triviality. Waking into Dream triumphantly avoids both. It's an exemplary book of its kind. For any other authors considering tackling this subject, it is the book to beat.'
- Charles Shaar Murray Roz Kaveney is editor of and chief contributor to 'Reading the Vampire Slayer' ' (I.B. Tauris) now available in its new, up-dated edition. She is a freelance writer and editor, who also contributed to The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy and The Cambridge Guide to Women Writing in English.

 

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Contents

Waking into Dream Competence Cascades Thick Texts and the Universalization of the Geek Aesthetic
1
Director as Parodist Paul Verhoevens Starship Troopers
9
Comedy 1 Galaxy Quest
21
The Decline and Fall of the Alien Invasion
37
Comedy 2 Small Soldiers and the joke of the Robot
53
Who Are You? Cognitive Dissonance and Lots of Really Big Guns
63
The Mirrored Gaze James Camerons and Kathryn Bigelows Strange Day
83
Creation as Product The Paradox of Franchises
109
Alien and its sequels
129
Alien
131
Aliens
149
Alien
175
Alien Resurrection
189
Index of Films
205
Index
207
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Roz Kaveney is editor of and chief contributor to 'Reading the Vampire Slayer' (I.B.Tauris) now available in its new, up-dated edition. She is a freelance writer and editor, who also contributed to 'The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy' and 'The Cambridge Guide to Women Writing in English'.

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