My name is Anthony Silvestri and I am a recent graduate of the University of Chicago’s Master of the Arts Program in the Humanities. Before my time in that program, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Film Studies and History (my concentration was in Soviet history). While at the University of Chicago, I wrote a lengthy, academic thesis focusing on Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and, to a much lesser degree, Sharknado. In the course of this paper, I used the aesthetic of astonishment, and the concept of attractions, to liberate contemporary ‘badfilm’ spectatorship from a rather simplistic account of ironic or reflexive viewership. However, b films are not my only interest in film; other topics I’ve written about or am interested in include how extratextual factors affect film spectatorship, examples of spectacle and exhibitionism in film, and how audiences interact with special effects that are either contemporary or outdated to them. I hope to use this blog as a location where I can continue to write about film (and start to write about music) despite having graduated.
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