Bringing Back the Erotic Thriller

A genre long considered passé is coming back into the limelight. Streaming is the final destination for the erotic thriller. As a genre no longer popular with theatergoers, or so studios think, erotic thrillers have had to latch onto other means of distribution. Since about the late 00’s, thrillers in general have fallen out of…

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Roles in Retrospect #1 – Thomasin McKenzie and ‘Leave No Trace’ (2018)

In our first edition of ‘Roles In Retrospect,’ we focus on talented young New Zealand actress Thomasin McKenzie and her performance in 2018’s ‘Leave No Trace’.

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REVIEW: ‘Evil’ Season Two Takes on Body Horror, God, and Motherhood

Refusing to place all its hopes in both state and religion as god-given arbiters of justice, season two of Evil reinvents the crime procedural by suggesting that ideas of good and bad are not given, but made, remade, and brutally scapegoated onto people.

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‘√964 Pinocchio’ (1991): Vengeful Outcast, Emetic Spirit

“As a narrative revolving around members of a loathed social underclass, ‘√964 Pinocchio’ [grapples] with conceptual otherness through the fundamental human fear that that which belongs in the body will find its way out.”

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Watching ‘Night of the Living Dead’ (1968) in the Wake of a Pandemic

Night of the Living Dead may have been released over fifty years ago, but as its own circular nature observes and predicts, so little has changed from the small-scale revival of the dead America is not able to grieve.

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Always a Bridesmaid and Never a Bride, Until Now: How ‘Bridesmaids’ (2011) Allowed Women to Take the Front Seat in Comedies 

“Aside from being groundbreaking and hilarious, there is a lot to ‘Bridesmaids’ that often goes unappreciated.”

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‘Solaris’ (2002) is a Romantic Sci-Fi Film That Needs Revisiting

“A movie that is refreshingly and sincerely romantic, marking a dramatic contrast not just to the great bulk of science fiction, but with modern mainstream cinema at large.” Science fiction is making waves once again. With the arguably unexpected success of Dune, a weighty space opera that offers complex lore, audiences may be primed for…

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REVIEW: ‘I’m An Electric Lampshade’ (2021) Has A Weak Spark of Life

This tale of accountant-turned-artist is never clearly docudrama or pure fiction, making for a bizarre watch.

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REVIEW : The Unsuspected Hero of ‘The Courier’ (2020)

‘The Courier’ is a tense, well-orchestrated spy movie. As a veil of secrecy and anticipation, heightened by mutual threats from both USSR and United States, bears over humanity at the dawn of the Cold War, Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) is recruited by MI6 to spy on the opposing force. Greville had this far worked as…

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INTERVIEW: Therese Shechter on The Institution of Motherhood in ‘My So-Called Selfish Life’ (2021)

In her paradigm-shifting documentary, feminist filmmaker Therese Shechter explores the lives of childfree women, and examines motherhood as an ingrained societal institution.

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