Swords, bushido, honor, moral ambiguity, and dazzling fight scenes dance throughout the film 13 Assassin’s by Takashi Miike. 13 Assassin’s production design is a feast for the eyes with … Continue reading How I’ve Missed Crossing Swords With You: Samurai Queerness in 13 Assassins
Laura Mulvey’s groundbreaking essay, ‘Visual Pleasure and the Narrative Cinema,’ coined the term of “the male gaze” in film and the representation of women as object and spectacle “to-be-looked-at.” Kenneth … Continue reading Transcending Mulvey: An FtM Gaze in Romeos
While most associate a teen film with a John Hughes movie or as something quintessentially American, there are themes about adolescence that are universal within the teen film genre. Indeed, … Continue reading Fish Out of Water: XXY as a Teen Film
“Easter mornin’, sunrise,” muses Robert Eads in a gentlemanly southern drawl, sitting on a lawn chair watching the sun rising over the trees in rural Georgia. A close-up of the … Continue reading Southern Comfort and the Transformative Intimacy of Transgender Documentary Film
In the 1988 film, Beetlejuice, the character Lydia, played by Winona Ryder says, “I, myself, am strange and unusual.” Indeed, Winona Ryder has played many characters since the late 1980s … Continue reading Strange, and Unusual: Re-examining Winona Ryder in Heathers
Based on the Stephen King novel, Carrie(1976) directed by Brian De Palma, is a supernatural horror film whose title main character is a victim/hero who also turns into the ‘villain.’ … Continue reading They’re all going to laugh at you, Carrie: Final Girl, Monster, or Both?