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Amanda Mazzillo is a writer with a B.A. in Writing & Linguistics and a minor in Film Studies from Georgia Southern University. She enjoys writing comedy and exploring all forms of media. Her Twitter name is a bad pun: @mazzillofirefox

RUSHMORE: Economic Class Struggles & Secrets In The Neo-Screwball Genre

Rushmore is a film that employs screwball comedy conventions, helping to create an interesting combination of genres.

FIST FIGHT: A Briskly Funny Exploration of the American Education System

Not all the jokes in Fist Fight land, but the film still works surprisingly well as a satirical exploration of the American education system.

The Beginner's Guide: Parody

Despite its poor rap of recent years, parody a rich genre with great gems. In this Beginner's Guide we consider its history and current

DON'T KILL IT: A Funny & Nostalgic Gore-Fest

Don't Kill It is a throwback to 1980s horror, in addition to updating some of the rather outdated tropes found in those types of

LOST CAT CORONA: A Natural Friendship Hidden In An Underwhelming Film

Lost Cat Corona is a film that is occasionally funny, yet suffers from underdeveloped characters, which makes it hard to remain invested.

GIRLFRIEND'S DAY: A Bittersweet Valentine's Day Gift In A Package With Potential

Girlfriend's Day is a film that is occasionally funny, yet it tries to ambitiously blend multiple genres, in a way that only partly works.

David Brent: Life on the Road: A Tour of Sadness, Monotony, and Acceptance

Ricky Gervais' feature length outing for his most beloved character is one of the most emotionally poignant comedies in recent memory.


Elaine May had a run of successful films in the '70s and '80s, yet she remains an underappreciated director and writer in the industry.

Auld Lang Syne: A Memorable Release Of Built-Up Tension

On New Year's Eve, six friends get together and reflect on their lives, and the bigger issues in the world. Auld Lang Syne is

The Cinematic Foreshadowing Of Reality Television

Reality television might be a norm today, yet in past generations it didn't exist; looking back, though, we can see its beginnings in film.