Both of my grandfathers died before my grandmothers (one of whom, my mother’s mother, is still with us), and what remained following their deaths was a peculiar phenomenon that I had never considered before. As women of the 1940s, they… Read More ›
Caitlin Moran is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, talk show host, and a screenwriter. Here, on this Meet Me at the Movies extra, Caitlin chats with Noel T. Manning II about adapting her semi-autobiographical book How to Build a Girl for… Read More ›
The horror genre is arguably the most diverse genre in Hollywood when you take into consideration of all the sub-genres that it offers. Slasher, zombies, paranormal, and psychological are all prime examples of sub-genres of horror movies, but one should… Read More ›
Justin Kurzel’s rendering of Ned Kelly and his gang in “True History of the Kelly Gang” sizzles with punk rock energy.
Every culture has their notorious outlaws, and in Australia, probably no such figure looms larger than bushranger Ned Kelly, who famously wore a suit made of bulletproof armor during his last standoff with local authorities. While at least 10 movies… Read More ›
Feminist folktale horror film “The Other Lamb” is resonant and memorable, but loses itself in symbolism.
If Céline Sciamma’s recently-released Portrait of a Lady on Fire paints a picture of female community and camaraderie at its best, honing in on the lives of women as they create space for each other outside of patriarchal society, then… Read More ›
“Swallow” physically manifests the psychological act of piled-on abuse. [Final Girls Berlin Film Festival]
Horror being used as a social allegory is a tale as old as time, even if less informed audiences might try to convince you that it is an entirely new phenomenon. From the earliest days of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to… Read More ›
Though often uncomfortable, “Three Christs” is a moving, thought-provoking film exploring the detriments of mental illness and the positive power of humanity.
Director Jon Avnet and co-writer Eric Nazarian helm the new IFC Films production, Three Christs, showcasing a star-studded cast including Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford, Charlotte Hope, and Julliana Margulies. Adapted from Dr. Milton Rokeach’s published psychiatric… Read More ›
Despite a subversion of genre tropes and bevy of homages, Jennifer Reeder’s “Knives and Skin” isn’t as sharp as it aims to be.
The textbook definition of “teen movie” has taken a sharp left turn in the past decade. Gone are the days of lighthearted slapstick comedies à la American Pie and Superbad, or the mushy romance films like She’s All That and… Read More ›
Ode to Joy, Jason Winer’s return to the cinema screen after 2008’s Arthur remake, takes the traditional romantic comedy story arc and adds a genetic disease into the mix. Unlike films that came before it, the mix of a humorous… Read More ›
IFC Film’s “Ophelia” reimagines Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and, in doing so, reinvigorates the centuries old play.
There exists a problem in classic literature and it resides in the presentation of women. They are rarely given any agency, any sense of control over their fates, and are, instead, merely fodder for whatever Hero’s Journey the male lead… Read More ›
Simply hearing the name “Charles Manson” is enough to send a chill down the spine of most people even somewhat familiar with this disturbingly vile and despicable figure. Known as the infamous cult leader responsible for the deaths of nine… Read More ›
IFC Film’s “Mary Magdalene” offers a challenging, thought-provoking film exploring the themes of humanity, society, and faith.
The story of Jesus of Nazareth may very well be the most famous biblical narrative of all time. Billions of people throughout the generations, across a wide array of races, religions, and cultural backgrounds are familiar with the essential elements… Read More ›
When it comes to often-trod-upon Hollywood genres, there might not be one more used than that of the American Western. The Western has received a bit of a boost in the last decade with films like True Grit, Bone Tomahawk,… Read More ›
Bolstered by strong performances, “The Wedding Guest” transforms a focused narrative into an engaging character piece.
Given his roles in Slumdog Millionaire, Chappie, and HBO’s The Newsroom, the last person audiences would picture as a methodical badass is Dev Patel. That’s bound to change after audiences get a glimpse of him in writer/director Michael Winterbottom’s The… Read More ›
Writing partners Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson are likely not names you’d know though you’re likely familiar with their work. Nyman’s an actor who’s worked on The League of Gentlemen, The Brothers Bloom, and Despicable Me 3, whereas Dyson’s spent… Read More ›