REVIEW- The Love Witch: On witchcraft, technicolor and female sexuality
Reviews / Women Film-makers

REVIEW- The Love Witch: On witchcraft, technicolor and female sexuality

The Love Witch is one of the most beautiful films I have ever watched, mainly due to director Anna Biller’s decision to shoot it on 35mm film. Her dedication to paying homage to 60’s and 70’s Technicolor movies is evident through the gorgeous costumes and sets that Biller made herself. The sumptuous colours of Elaine’s … Continue reading

THROWBACK REVIEW- Just One of The Guys: On 1980s teen sex comedies, girl power, and brilliant disguises
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THROWBACK REVIEW- Just One of The Guys: On 1980s teen sex comedies, girl power, and brilliant disguises

I’m obsessed with 80s movies, especially the cheesy teen comedies. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Teen Witch, License to Drive, Can’t Buy Me Love…I’ve sat through them all. So I was surprised to learn that Just One of the Guys fell under both my and many others’ radar. In my opinion, it does the girl-disguises-herself-as-a-guy … Continue reading

Style and Intimacy in Paris is Burning
Anything and Everything / Women Film-makers

Style and Intimacy in Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning paints an intimate portrait of one of the most historically marginalised groups in society: black queer youth. Released in 1990, the documentary follows the lives of several participants involved in ball culture of New York City.  The term “Ball culture” here refers to a circuit of competitions, similar to beauty pageants,  where … Continue reading

WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and how Rachel Talalay tackled the patriarchy
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WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and how Rachel Talalay tackled the patriarchy

I first encountered Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) as a child doing what I did best – perusing the pages of a 1994 copy of the Video Movie Guide. In my parents’ 1000+ page copy (sat atop the toilet for good bathroom reading), seemingly every American movie made to date was categorised by genre, … Continue reading

REVIEW- Chloë Sevigny’s debut short ‘Kitty’
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REVIEW- Chloë Sevigny’s debut short ‘Kitty’

Once dubbed “the coolest girl in the world”, actress and now turned director, Chloë Sevigny has made her debut with a short film titled ‘Kitty’. Kitty follows the tale of a young girl, who seemingly believes she’s turning into a cat, and then actually does. The girl, nicknamed Kitty, clearly longs and fantasises about transforming … 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