american dream and nightmare: suburbia in film

  'Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky-tacky, Little boxes on the hillside,   Little boxes all the same. There’s a green one and a pink one And a blue one and a yellow one, And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky, And they all look just the same.'      … Continue reading american dream and nightmare: suburbia in film

a handpicked selection of the 2019 Academy Award nominees

  Roma (2018) dir. Alfonso Cuarón nominated for: Best Picture Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio) Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira) Best Original Screenplay (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Cinematography (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Foreign-Language Film (Mexico) Best Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and Jose Antonio Garcia) Best Sound Editing (Sergio Diaz and Skip… Continue reading a handpicked selection of the 2019 Academy Award nominees

girls in uniform (1931) in review: connecting sexuality to anti-authoritarianism

After its initial ban, in the 1970s Weimar film Mädchen In Uniform (1931) (dir: Leontine Sagan) was rediscovered by feminist critics who categorised it as an early 'coming out film'. The narrative follows: a Prussian, authoritarian regime in an all-girls school for families with aristocratic or military backgrounds becomes inhabited by Manuela (Hertha Thiele), the… Continue reading girls in uniform (1931) in review: connecting sexuality to anti-authoritarianism

a not-so-comprehensive A-Z of female directors and their highest rated films

In compiling this A-Z of female directors and their films, my measure of their credibility being only their average score from Metacritic's algorithm, problems became manifest: taking the average reception of women's films and summarising it as their critical consensus, as one example. Although this list is intentionally celebratory of women and their art, it… Continue reading a not-so-comprehensive A-Z of female directors and their highest rated films

thelma & louise (1991): redemptive violence, femininity and queering masculine space

[contains spoilers, content warning: rape, sexual violence] This essay weaves together some of the cinematic elements that animate romance, dark comedy, redemptive violence, absurdity, feminism and queer space - tethering them to the centre of the compelling cinematic universe of Thelma & Louise (1991). Callie Khouri's screenplay "I don't remember ever feeling this awake" In writing Thelma… Continue reading thelma & louise (1991): redemptive violence, femininity and queering masculine space

a brief and visual history of the cinematic camera stare

the great train robbery (1903) metropolis (1927) napoleon (1927) steamboat bill jr. (1928) rebecca (1940) lady in the lake (1946) black narcissus (1947) the red shoes (1948) roshomon (1950) rear window (1954) vertigo (1958) the 400 blows (1959) eyes without a face (1960) psycho (1960) the graduate (1967) le samouraï (1967) once upon a time… Continue reading a brief and visual history of the cinematic camera stare

rosemary’s baby (1968): a nightmare of the body

[spoilers and content warning: rape, themes of complications in pregnancy]   Rosemary's Baby (1968) fools us into believing that we are now, fifty years after its production, at a safe distance from its terror. We see a typical young, married couple move into a New York apartment building, into an apartment met with rumours of… Continue reading rosemary’s baby (1968): a nightmare of the body