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Articles by Jon Hill

Communists and Space Aliens as Metaphor in Cinema

By Jon Hill

An Homage to Paranoid Sci Fi Films of the 1950s Nowhere in all of cinema is metaphor used more brilliantly than in the sub-genre I call “paranoid Sci Fi”, and at no time was it exploited more effectively than in the decade of the 1950s. Before 1950 Science Fiction films were mostly low budget cheesy […]

This Is My Brain On Jazz

By Jon Hill

Classically trained musicians can play from printed music note for note, but take away that sheet music and they tend to be clueless. Most are perpetually baffled by how jazz musicians are able to invent musical lines in real time with nothing more than a lead sheet as a guide. The most important lesson that […]

What Makes A Noir Character Noirish?

By Jon Hill

What has always fascinated me about film noir characters is that they are defined not by what they are, but by what they are not: what they don’t do, what they don’t have and what they never say. There is a reason for this: censorship. During the era of Nazi terror in Europe, many film […]