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A Feminist Approach to Sound in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Anything and Everything / Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

A Feminist Approach to Sound in We Need to Talk About Kevin

Beginning two years after Kevin goes on a killing spree at his high school, Lynne Ramsay’s 2011 film We Need to Talk About Kevin follows Eva Khatchadourian’s attempts to navigate the consequences of being his mother. We see her struggle exemplified in the film’s form. Rebelling against Hollywood’s tendency to privilege the dialogue, Ramsay’s film … Continue reading

Beyond ‘Charade’: Grease 2 as feminist masterpiece
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

Beyond ‘Charade’: Grease 2 as feminist masterpiece

Many sweeping and consequential happenings gave rise to the year that was nineteen hundred and eighty-two: European anti-caning laws, the Lebanese Civil War, America’s embargo on Libyan oil imports, the birth of the Toyota Camry, computers, China, Drew Barrymore, Lethal Injection, EPCOT Center. And Grease 2. Yes, I said Grease 2. Grease 2, the widely … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen INTERVIEW- Sarah Adina Smith: On motherhood, sibling relationships and wanting to be a fighter pilot
Interviews / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen INTERVIEW- Sarah Adina Smith: On motherhood, sibling relationships and wanting to be a fighter pilot

Sarah Adina Smith is a director, writer, and editor. She directed the Mother’s Day segment of the 2016 horror anthology Holidays. Her 2014 mystery drama The Midnight Swim featured three sisters working to process their mother’s sudden death. Being one of three sisters myself, I was struck by its realistic depiction of adult sibling relationships. … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen THROWBACK REVIEW- Wayne’s World: On nonsensical humour, friendship and impressing girls
Reviews / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen THROWBACK REVIEW- Wayne’s World: On nonsensical humour, friendship and impressing girls

From the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody sing-a-long to the Scooby-Doo style end-scene reveal, Wayne’s World is a treasure trove of pop culture references. With its influence still being seen in today, mainly due to the number of phrases it coined – the most famous being “Schwing!” and “Schyeah” But also because of it’s refusal to take … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen Mulvey and Scopophilia in Arnold’s “Fish Tank”
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen Mulvey and Scopophilia in Arnold’s “Fish Tank”

Teetering on the brink of young girlhood and adulthood, Mia in Andrea Arnold’s film, “Fish Tank,” displays the melancholy, angst, and sexual desire that looms over her in the shabby and broken down social and economic makeup of small town Britain. Growing up with a careless mother, smoking and drinking at a young age, and … Continue reading