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COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: STEPHANIE MACDONELL

COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: STEPHANIE MACDONELL

We sat down with first-year M.A. Stephanie MacDonell at Donkey Coffee over lattes and mini muffins recently. She told us about her past film studies work on David Cronenberg's A History of Violence and gave more insight into studying films now with a newer, more complex lens. We talked about the knee-jerk reaction to viewing (and making) film with a feminist lens, the pressures and angst associated with that, and how that lens shaped her understanding of Lars von Trier's controversial work. We also shared our similar experiences with Michel Haneke and that uncanny, shocking moment in Cache

COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: STEFFI SHOOK

COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: STEFFI SHOOK

We caught up with O.U. Film alumna Steffi Shook (M.A. '14) over drinks at Donkey Coffee recently. Steffi is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Media Arts program here at O.U. and she gave us a few of the gritty details about establishing her own category of video game criticism. Steffi also told us about her M.A. thesis on American musical camp, studying personal narrative video games and the humbling experience of teaching mass media to college freshmen.

COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: NATASHA KIM

COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: NATASHA KIM

A brief time ago, we enjoyed strong tea and conversation with Thesis M.A. student Natasha Kim, whose thesis work focuses on transnational women characters in cinema. Between discussions of space and home in narrative stories, Natasha shed more light on her own perspectives of home as an international student studying in Athens. We also talked about engaging in political cinema and Natasha shared her experiences of showing controversial films and discussions as an undergraduate student in Russia. 

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COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: MATTHEW COOK

COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: MATTHEW COOK

We caught up with Thesis M.A. student Matt Cook while he was in the middle of an intense game of Scrabble at Donkey Coffee. After we so rudely interrupted, we got to talking about Matt's thesis and the research he's done so far. We discussed the representation of neo-Nazis in cinema and Clint Eastwood's attempt to make an anti-war film with American Sniper, and conversed about what makes documentaries like Blackfish so popular these days.

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COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: NICHOLAS BAMBACH

COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: NICHOLAS BAMBACH

We spent an hour with Thesis M.A. student Nick Bambach at Donkey Coffee and dove right into topics of masculinity and comedy in American cinema. From the Judd Apatow's bromances, to Jason Segel’s towel-dropping vulnerability in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, to the infamous printer destruction in Office Space, Bambach offered his personal insight into significant masculine moments in film. We also geeked out over gender dynamics in The Social Network, analyzed American Pie’s webcam fail, and broke the first two rules of Fight Club

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COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: LAURA POHLMAN

COFFEE & CINEMA WITH O.U. FILM M.A. SCHOLARS: LAURA POHLMAN

Featuring: M.A. Thesis Student Laura Pohlman

Interview by Natalie Hulla

We took Thesis M.A. student Laura Pohlman to Donkey Coffee recently for a caffeine re-charge and some engaging discussion about cinema, culture and media. Over two cups of tea and a croissant, we developed more insight into Pohlman's unique perspectives on selfies, the politics of representation and the liberatory, fat-model nature of the cinematic and cultural icon, Divine.