Bruce Bennett is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Postgraduate Director of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University, UK. He is co-editor of the collection Cinema and Technology: Theories, Cultures, Practices (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and author of the monograph The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom: Borders Intimacy, Terror (Columbia, 2014).
Fig 1: The spectacle of destruction in Bad Boys II
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