Hollywood Puzzle Films
Edited by Warren Buckland
To Be Published April 1st 2014 by Routledge – 256 pages
Series: AFI Film Readers
From Inception to The Lake House, moviegoers are increasingly flocking to narratologically complex puzzle films. These puzzle movies borrow techniques--like blurred or fragmented spatio-temporal reality, time loops, unstable characters with split identities or unreliable narrators, and mind games--more commonly attributed to art cinema and independent films. In the tradition of other AFI book, the pieces in Hollywood Puzzle Films examine the convergence of puzzle film techniques with contemporary Hollywood dramas and blockbusters. Looking at movies like Source Code, The Butterfly Effect, Donnie Darko, and others,contributors consider the implications of Hollywood's new movie mind games.
Warren Buckland has spent twenty years researching film theory and contemporary Hollywood cinema. He is author/editor of nine books:
He has published over 35 essays in journals and anthologies, and also edits the journal the New Review of Film and Television Studies (Routledge).