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Riding in Cars with ‘Carol’
Anything and Everything / Feminist Criticism

Riding in Cars with ‘Carol’

Todd Haynes’s postmodern take on 1950s melodrama is crystallized in his film Carol, with its nod to Douglas Sirk’s production style, as well as the narrative focus on the relationship dynamics of queer characters. Carol tells the story of a romance between Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), and Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara). The women cross paths … Continue reading

The Love That’s Really Real: American Psycho as Romantic Comedy
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

The Love That’s Really Real: American Psycho as Romantic Comedy

A 2006 YouTube video created a parodic trailer envisioning American Psycho (2000) as romantic comedy. While the stark juxtapositions between the classic boy meets girl formula and a horrifying portrait of a psychopathic murder are amusing, the sentiments between them are not so far-fetched. Although primarily a horror film, American Psycho has a satiric backbone … Continue reading

The Sounds of the American Dream in American Honey
Anything and Everything / Women Film-makers

The Sounds of the American Dream in American Honey

A teenage runaway, Star, and a lonely truck driver discuss their innermost dreams. The trucker wants to visit the ocean and Star wants to have a loving home with lots of children. Bruce Springsteen’s cover of The Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream” plays in the background. The lyrics repeat like a sacred incantation, “come on, we … Continue reading