About the author

That's me on the left.


I am an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Hofstra University in New York, where I teach classes on film history, film theory, film authorship, national cinemas, film genres, and various special topics in cinema studies.

My work ranges across many areas of cinema studies, but is mostly focused on film aesthetics, especially as it intersects with genre, narration, and economic history. To read my CV, click the link above.

In March 2012, Wesleyan University Press will publish my book Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin, a project I’ve been working on, in one form or another, since 1999 (!). This site will feature excerpts from and ancillary materials for Tashlinesque; you can buy the book from amazon from the menu link above.

"Play 'Stonehenge'!"

I also had the pleasure of writing a book about one of my favorite films, This Is Spinal Tap, for Wallflower Press’s Cultographies series. Here’s a nice “roundup” review of the first few Cultographies books, including mine, from The Chronicle of Higher Education. You can buy this book, too, from the menu link above.

I … suppose this is a good place for me to note that I am a big fan of Jerry Lewis. There, I said it. The man is a genius. I’d be happy to back up that opinion.

One of two nutty professors referenced by this page

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