REVIEW- Chloë Sevigny’s debut short ‘Kitty’
Reviews / Women Film-makers

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
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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

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