Why You Can’t Separate Camp and Horror

The art of camp is both nuanced and outrageously blatant in the best way. It’s like being slapped in the face by a penguin wearing a bedazzled denim jacket – you’re not too sure what’s happening, or why it’s happening, but you damn well notice it…

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SNL at (and on) 45: The Heat Death of Satire

If you measure the success of a satire in the direct annoyance of its target, then SNL may be top of the pile, (but) satire is not for the leaders; it is for the people.

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The Squandered Potential of Edgar Wright’s ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’ Adaptation

It’s hard not to find the film lacking in the story department, particularly when it’s compared to the series of comics that serve as its source material.

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10 Years Later, ‘Easy A’ (2010) Grapples With a Complex Legacy

Separating the legacy of ‘Easy A’ from Emma Stone’s career is an impossibility: in a way, she is this film’s legacy. The durability of her performance is indisputable—Olive is a star making role, and Stone thrives when given the license to be her full charismatic self. Instead, consider this: has ‘Easy A’ itself stood the test of time? The answer is… complicated.

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F**k Men! Women Who Want More

When love isn’t enough. Looking at women in film who say F**k Men! and choose independence over the safe arms of their leading men.

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Lesbians and Gender Nonconformity in ‘Lyle’ (2014)

All in all, this appears to be a model representation of non-exploitative sapphic love. However, every rose has its thorns and Lyle’s happens to be the use of common but harmful trope: the evil butch.

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How David Lynch Doesn’t Use Dialogue in ‘Mulholland Drive’ (2001)

In 2001, David Lynch blessed and cursed the world with Mulholland Drive, an intricately crafted, deeply confusing suspense-noir that deals in Hollywood cynicism, dread, guilt, illusion, innocence, beauty and disdain in equal measure.

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‘Sleeping With Other People’ (2015), ‘When Harry Met Sally…’ (1989), and the Mortifying Ideal of Being Known

Whether it’s love at first sight or something a bit more complicated, it would seem that every relationship must eventually boil down to the inevitable question: are we friends or are we something more?

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The Queer Sexual Tension in Detective Stories

Obsession, devotion, pursuit – all can be acts synonymous to falling in love. However, they are also the key elements for a detective cat-and-mouse story. The relationship between a detective and the criminal they hunt is one that – in many great crime stories – becomes intimately close. They chase each other, play with each…

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10 Years On, ‘Never Let Me Go’ (2010) Isn’t As Bleak As You Remember

Never Let Me Go is more interested in the characters than the science-fiction elements: telling a story of love and making the most of what time we have.

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