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April 11, 2020

My months-long study of Sidney Poitier has been a most enriching and personal experience. As a white woman, film student, and world citizen, learning about the legend, his journey, and his films imparted me with substantial lessons that will stay with me as I venture i...

July 20, 2019

I. Introduction

Historically speaking, men have made and continue to make the vast majority of films. Consequently, in addition to making up half of the population, women make up half of cinema audiences. There are a lot of gender politics that come into play in terms o...

May 10, 2019

The classic Disney Princess used to be a pretty ubiquitous group; Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, and Belle—all white women who subscribed to classic notions of femininity. After the success of Disney’s Feature Animation Division with The Little Mermaid and Beau...

April 10, 2019

The genre of animation has a storytelling capability that is far more flexible than live-action. Besides the fact that there is more creative control and fewer production conundrums to endure, the less delicate and confronting nature of animation enables it to tactfull...

March 15, 2019

When Disney finally began a success-streak with their feature animations, they mainly worked within the confines of the fairytale genre. These films focused on being pretty, feminine, and appealing to the young girl; filling her head with delusional ideals about love,...

August 23, 2018

Months away from exiting my teen years I can't help but think of the astute Britney Spears quote, "I'm not a girl...not yet a woman." Growing up, I always thought I was one of the lucky ones; one of the very few who knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life.

My n...

July 18, 2018

The depiction of killer women in Hollywood films oftentimes reduces them to pseudo-tough, sexually liberal, skinny characters that are always somehow inferior or weaker than the men around them.

Sherri Inness'  Tough Girls: Women Warriors + Wonder Women in Pop...

December 18, 2017

This is my ABSOLUTE favorite film of this year. That is a huge statement for me, but I mean it with every fiber of my being. Luca's work of pure art set my body aflame--igniting a sense of insurmountable passion, love, and longing. He transports us, back in time, to th...

November 29, 2017

Wow. Casper said that this was his second favorite Spielberg film after Jaws; I can see why. Empire of the Sun touched on so many themes simultaneously--it was incredibly poignant and I loved it. Also, CHRISTIAN BALE IS A FUCKING CHAMP; probably best acting I've ever s...

November 16, 2017

 Ughhhhhh. My hearrrrt.

To start off, The Color Purple on Broadway was one of the most profound experiences I've ever had in an audience. Currently bumping that soundtrack to get me in the right mindset. The film is long as hell, so I'm gonna condense in the shortest wa...

November 9, 2017

Last year was the first time I ever watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind; It was required viewing for a research paper on the evolution of the Sci-fy genre. Considering my assignment was to comparethe film with Forbidden Planet (1956), I really lik...

October 10, 2017

For me, this movie was neither great nor terrible. It was what I would consider to be a passable film. Why? Well, you know the fate of Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin too soon. There was no way they would ever get away with stealing a car, crashing it, kidnapping a cop, hij...

July 25, 2017

I am a pretty big Christopher Nolan fan; I've always liked how brilliantly he can manipulate his audience. Films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and the Prestige are some of my personal favs with their open-endedness and profundity. He seems to definitely take no...

July 21, 2017

***SPOILER ALERT***

Spiderman: Homecoming was certainly entertaining film and, as a superhero-flick, you get pretty much what you'd expect. Tom Holland was an awesome (not amazing--pun intended) spidey and it didn't hurt to have RDJ, Keaton, and Jon Favreau on...

July 6, 2017

***SPOILER ALERT***

Wow. I found the preview for this film whilst stalking Ansel and his gorgeous, dancer girlfriend, Violetta Komyshan, on Instagram. I was instantly intrigued; Cinderella, Don DraperDjango, and KEVIN FUCKING SPACEY. If you've read any of my...

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