The Anatomy of Disturbing Films

What makes a disturbing movie so effective? Hannah Granberry breaks down some of the tropes and tricks of feel-bad films.

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The Nightmarish and Sublime Beauty of the Undiscovered in ‘Annihilation’ (2018) and ‘Interstellar’ (2014)

These two films elegantly unravel what it means to experience things as inconceivable as they are alluring, which continually pull at and dismantle human instinct.

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Disrupting American Mythologies: ‘Nomadland’ (2020) and Tales of Manifest Destiny

The experience Zhao aims for is one that engages thoroughly with the modern-day repercussions of Manifest Destiny. She excites us about a romantic lifestyle with boundless opportunities, but uses this lifestyle to question the mythology of the West.

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Revisiting Wes Craven’s ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984) and Horror’s Obsession with the Female Mind

“What remains brutally unwavering is the violence inflicted on female characters and its link to male fantasy and desire.”

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How Representation Helped Rescue My Mental Health

A personal look at how on screen representation can be life-changing.

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20 Years On, ‘Moulin Rouge!’ (2001) Remains a Metatheatrical, Maximalist Masterpiece

Moulin Rouge is unmistakably its own creation, unified in its vision, unfailingly precise in its execution, and achingly sincere in its portrait of a first, lost love.

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‘Melancholia’ (2011) and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Planet

How Lars Von Trier portrays mental illness as a superpower in Melancholia.

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