Psychological Patriarchy and Covert Submission in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ (2022)

Major spoilers for ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ ahead!  “Psychological patriarchy is a “dance of contempt,” a perverse form of connection that replaces true intimacy with complex, covert layers of dominance and submission, collusion and manipulation. It is the unacknowledged paradigm of relationships that has suffused Western civilization generation after generation, deforming both sexes, and destroying the…

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Women in Crime Films, and Why Female Leadership Should Be Celebrated

“Female leadership and ambition should be celebrated for how creative and beautiful they can be, even in the wake of violence.”

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Jean-Luc Godard: A Life with a Beginning, Middle and an End, but not Necessarily in That Order

It would be hard to believe that cinema’s most revolutionary voice would go gentle into that good night. On the 13th of September 2022, and entirely in keeping with the fearlessness that marked out his creations, the 91-year-old iconoclast chose a time and place of his own making.  As a critic, Godard railed against bourgeois…

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“Only the Parts of Us Will Ever Touch Only the Parts of Others”: Hotboxing Human Connection in ‘Compartment No. 6’ (2021)

‘Kuosmanen wipes away this alternative story, and instead history is relegated to the sidelines of this film about forging human connection based on little other than present circumstances and emotional necessity.’

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Not Racist, Just Lonely: The Rampant Use of Orientalism in ‘Lost in Translation’ (2003) 

“Ultimately, in ‘Lost in Translation,’ it is through the act of reinforcing the stigmatized image of an Asian man, rather than the act of challenging it, that the main theme of the film is established.”

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Marilyn Monroe the Actress: 6 Underrated Roles   

“Despite her eternal infamy, Monroe has never received the credit she deserves for her acting ability. Her talent extended far beyond a curvaceous figure and a perfect smile.”

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‘King Richard’ (2021) and its Focus on Flawed Fatherhood

But if you’re looking for a movie about the sisters and their trip to stardom, as some critics mistakenly did, it’s yet to be made. This one’s resolutely about their father and his struggle that made theirs count, and why he’s a beacon to other fathers like him, wrestling with their own flaws.

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‘Would It Kill You to Laugh?’ (2022) Leaves Viewers Both Satisfied and Hungry for More

With possibly the best title within its category, the comedy special ‘Would It Kill You to Laugh?’ allows Kate Berlant and John Early to shine doing what they do best ⁠— all while simultaneously tempting viewers about what they might create in the future.

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‘Three Busy Debras’ and Its Exhilarating Celebration of the Absurd

An analysis of the nuanced layers found throughout ‘Three Busy Debras,’ a comedy series where the surreal feels grounded and the ugly is hiding out in the (whimsical) open.

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‘Petite Maman’ (2021) and the Utility of Wish Fulfillment

“‘Petite Maman’s’ fantasy is borne between history and possibility, its magic charged with the power of an object just out of reach.”

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