Benjamin Wright is the author of wright on film, a blog about style and practice in cinema and media.
Benjamin writes, teaches, and speaks about all matters related to cinema and media history, and is based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
- On Jewish HumorAn appreciation of the multiple ways we can define Jewish humor.
- “I Knew He Would Be Gone”The Shape — otherwise known as Michael Myers — avoids death to fulfill the key function of the horror genre, which is its lack of closure.
- Crisis in CriticismA closer look a the documentary Side By Side, and an examination of how filmmakers are dealing with the transition to digital shooting, editing, and exhibition systems.
- Spielberg’s Suburban AnimismIn 1991, Spielberg was asked to provide an image from one of his films that typified his visual style. Spielberg chose the shot in Close Encounters where little Barry stands in the doorway between his home and that “beautiful but awful” outer light.
- The Hero Complex“It’s all a big experiment.” This was Hans Zimmer’s summation of his work on Christopher Nolan’s summer blockbuster Inception, which is fast becoming one of the composer’s more commercially popular scores.
The Foley Artist turns the smallest of sonic details into dramatic close ups of sound.
Sounds from Hollywood: Music and Affect
14th Annual Senior College Symposium University of Toronto