Fairy Tales and Final Girls: The Female-Centric Suspiria (Women In Horror Series)

Love him or loathe him (or somewhere in between), Dario Argento is the king of giallo, and 1977’s Suspiria remains his masterpiece — an operatic, surreal, feverish exercise, the closest cinema has come to capturing a nightmare on film. Jessica Harper (Phantom of the Paradise) stars as Suzy Bannion, an American ballet student enrolled at a prestigious... Continue Reading →

Through a Mother’s Eyes: The Babadook and Examining Trauma (Women In Horror Series)

Mothers get a bad rap in horror movies. They’re either defined as the angelic defender, seen in The Exorcist, The Shining, and Poltergeist, or an inherently corruptive evil: Carrie, Psycho, Friday the 13th. That latter characterization evolved into a prominent sub-genre, the Bad Mother, a force of terrifying violence born from an inability to conform... Continue Reading →

The New Ghostbusters Is Great. Suck It.

(Plus other thoughts on reboots, fandom gatekeeping culture, and what qualifies as feminist representation.) I can’t remember the last time so much controversy surrounded a movie sight-unseen prior to the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters — most of it from appalling misogynistic chucklefarts that don’t deserve a word more devoted to them. For those of you concerned about... Continue Reading →

“Labyrinth” Article For btchflcks.com!

Do you love the movie Labyrinth? Are you interested in reading about how it boasts a pretty radical feminist message? Then you should check out my article on Bitch Flicks! I wrote “You Have No Power Over Me”: Female Agency and Empowerment in ‘Labyrinth’ for their “Ladies of the 1980s” theme week, and I’m so thrilled... Continue Reading →

In A Crowded Golden Age Of Superhero Movies, “X-Men: Apocalypse” Still Has A Place

Eight years before Iron Man, when Marvel’s interconnected movie universe was just a studio’s daydream, there was X-Men. In many ways we have Bryan Singer to thank for establishing the success of today’s superhero blockbusters. Singer grounded his mutant world in realism and heart, proving that movies based on crime-fighting, cape-wearing people with funky abilities... Continue Reading →

Zootopia Is The Movie We Need Right Now

It’s a disturbing time in American culture, for many reasons. Specific to the moment, a demagogue bully is running wild with the Republican voter base precisely because of his blatant, poisonous xenophobia. But for the past two weeks, the biggest movie at the box office has been a heartfelt allegory confronting institutional racism and systematic... Continue Reading →

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