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Fun Fact Friday presents: Subgenres Of Disability In Documentary Filmmaking

This week’s Fun Fact: The use of disability in the documentary film genre has existed since the early days of film. According to Sandahl and Mitchell, there are four different disability documentary subgenres: medical, eugenic, inspirational, and activist, with a film “[tending] to fall into one primary subgenre while exhibiting characteristics of others” (515). In […]

Fun Fact Friday presents: Tropic Thunder And The “R” Word

Synopsis: Ben Stiller’s satirical comedy Tropic Thunder follows the story of actors involved in the making of a fictional Vietnam War film. The self-involved nature of the three main actors Tugg Speedman, (Ben Stiller) Jeff Portnoy, (Jack Black) and Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) drive the film’s production into chaos. In an effort to straighten […]

Film Fact Friday presents: “Million Dollar Baby”

Synopsis: Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby (2004) mainly follows the relationship between Maggie Fitzgerald (Hillary Swank) and her trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood). Fitzgerald wishes to become a professional boxer, hanging around Dunn’s gym. After finally convincing Dunn to train her, she progresses and moves up the ranks. Both Fitzgerald and Dunn seem to comfort […]

Fun Fact Friday presents: Jack Hawkins, Determined To Speak

This week’s Fun Fact: Jack Hawkins was an English actor whose film career spanned from 1930 to 1973 (“Jack Hawkins”). Hawkins can be described as “slender, ruggedly handsome, and—to American audiences, at least—thoroughly British” (“Jack Hawkins, the Actor”). The height of his career came during the 1950s. Perhaps he is more widely known for his […]

Fun Fact Friday presents: Daniel Day-Lewis, “My Left Foot”, And A Trailblazing Marketing Campaign

This week’s Fun Fact: While Daniel Day-Lewis may be more recently known for his Academy Award-winning roles in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, (2007) his first Academy Award was earned with his performance in Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989). Day-Lewis portrayed Brown […]