New additions to The Fourth Wall!

Part of my 2024 New Year’s resolution will be to provide more frequent updates now that my website has been retooled, my friends! In the meantime, check out some recent additions to The Fourth Wall. Clarence Ewing and I trade thoughts on the James Bond franchise (specifically Casino Royale) as well as the use

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From the Chicago Critics Film Festival…

Back in May, I reviewed To Leslie and Palm Trees and Power Lines for CHIRP — the latter of which was my favorite film of the festival, and will likely be on my Top 10 list for the year. Have a gander!

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I have been writing…

… and now that the kinks in Ye Olde Website have been ironed out, you’ll see regular updates here! Here are two essays from the last Chicago Critics Film Festival: my reviews of The Lost Daughter and Red Rocket for CHIRP Radio.

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Best of 2018! And more…

Before I list my favorites of 2018, here’s a recap of other films covered by CHIRP’s Fourth Wall last year: One of my all-time favorite relationship films, Drinking Buddies delves into a quartet of intertwined Chicagoans, two of whom are co-workers at a local microbrewery. What are we all looking for in relationships? Director

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Revolutionary Road, The Thin Blue Line, Thirteen, and others…

It’s been a while, I know, but I’ve got lots more content out there in the way of cinema conversation! Revolutionary Road  — Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet tear down their marriage from within, one verbal dagger at a time, in this ’50s-era adaptation of a Richard Yates novel. The Thin

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More thoughts from The Fourth Wall…

Check out a trio of new conversations on cinema and television! After Love, an outstanding 2016 French/Belgian film about a marriage in the throes of a separation — but where both parties (and their school-age daughters) are still inhabiting the same home. As you might imagine, the atmosphere is rather

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Lady Macbeth! Exit Through the Gift Shop! And more!

Check out some more e-conversations on cinema, both new and old! It’s The Fourth Wall, a regular exchange of thoughts between fellow CHIRP member Clarence Ewing and me on film. I also have listed our discussions separately on my Essays page. [Clarence and I didn’t see eye-to-eye on Lady Macbeth, but I loved it

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The Fourth Wall — The Baker’s Dozen!

Hey folks — we just finished our 13th edition of The Fourth Wall for CHIRP Radio. Come check out fellow scribe Clarence Ewing and me discuss all sorts of cinema topics! From the recent James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro to technolove in Her… and everything in between. You can access the entire

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Quiet Desperation: The children of “Alba” and “Moonlight”

Hi folks — here’s the first in what will hopefully be a continuing series of thoughts on various new films. These won’t necessarily be reviews, but more an exploration of themes expressed in each story. To start: two of my favorite cinematic experiences of 2016: Alba and Moonlight.  ———- Few films and television

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Essays! Trailers!

Here’s a trailer I cut last summer for the ReelAbilities film festival here in Chicago. The annual festival is “dedicated to sharing the human experience of disability through art and film.” As you can see, there were a slew of amazing independent films showcased… and on a related note, I was inspired

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The Murky World of Think Tanks

[Originally appearing in Dr. Alan Gitelson’s American Government textbook, 2014] “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” — Mark Twain So, you’re listening to the radio — correction, your “portable electronic device” — and catching up on the news, when you come across a story offering

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Campaigning in the Digital Age

[Originally appearing in Dr. Alan Gitelson’s American Government textbook, 2014] “Well, I was disappointed again this year in our inability to come to grasp the issues on the daily broadcasts, on the evening news.” — Walter Cronkite, 1976 “Get there firstest with the mostest.” — any journalist, 2014 Technology has

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Hollywood and Global Politics

[Originally appearing in Dr. Alan Gitelson’s American Government textbook, 2014] So, try to envision the following big-budget Hollywood film: a couple of American journalists travel to Beijing… and along the way, are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Chinese president Xi Jingping, in retaliation for threats against American allies in

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Cinema as Political Advertising

[Originally appearing in Dr. Alan Gitelson’s American Government textbook, 2014] At what point does a biographical film turn into political advertising? For a variety of reasons, fictional politicians often seem more appealing than the ones inhabiting Washington. They’re played by charismatic actors, shot from cinematic angles, and able to passionately

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Where Have I Been?

Greetings everyone! Hope your 2014 was a bit healthier than mine? After recovering from a frozen shoulder (relating to a 2013 ruptured appendix), I came down with an abscess in my liver (!) that had me back at the good ol’ hospital and then home for a lengthy convalescence. This

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December 2013 Update!

Hey folks — it’s been a while! The podcasts have been few but my doc project, Enemies of the State, is coming along — there are revised clips on its page here covering everything from our depiction of communists to our strange fascination (and even borderline-idolatry) of serial killers! And extended features on

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Documentary Update!

Hello, folks! For those not in the know, I’ve been working on a documentary about the relationship between Hollywood villainy and societal fears (working title, Enemies of the State). It now has its own page on this website (see above), where you can catch various promos and whatnot — there’s a

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Cultural “Sophistication,” w/guest Leonard Pierce

We live in an age where we have nearly-limitless access to not only mass media, but also the critical dissection of said culture via the internet. What sort of impact has this had on our “sophistication” re: film, television, and music? And what does it mean to be “sophisticated” in

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Looking back at The Terminator, w/guest Scott Von Doviak

Released in 1984, the unheralded The Terminator not only propelled director James Cameron and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to stardom, but would eventually become recognized as a landmark work that would influence cinema for decades to come. Sitting at the center of a hub of themes ranging from corrupt A.I.s to dystopian futures, The

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Kevin Fullam is a writer and researcher, with extensive experience in fields ranging from sports analytics to politics and cinema.
In addition, he has hosted two long-running radio series on film and culture, and taught mass media at Loyola University.
Episodes of his two shows, Split Reel and Under Surveillance, are archived on the Radio page.

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