Feminist Friday: State Fair (1962)

The 1962 remake of the Oscar Hammerstein musical State Fair can’t seem to emerge from the shadow of its’ more popular original source material. In fact, the film is largely only available in box sets partnered with the 1945 feature. However, the later take on State Fair packs an A-list cast and brings […]

Madeline’s Madeline (Fantasia 2018)

Josephine Decker’s beautiful Madeline’s Madeline shows at Fantasia 2018 this week, and once again I am at a loss of how to describe it with justice. Told primarily from the close perspective of its main character, it’s both narrative and experimental, a dive into the complicated psyche of […]

Tigers Are Not Afraid (Fantasia 2018)

One of the opening scenes of Issa Lopez’s magical realist fabula Tigers Are Not Afraid depicts a group of Mexican schoolchildren discussing with their teacher the elements of a fairy tale. After they go through the litany – princesses and princes, castles, magic, tigers, three wishes – the […]

Number 37 (Fantasia 2018)

We toss the phrase “Hitchcockian thriller” around an awful lot. It’s become standard term for any thriller that uses clever plot devices, claustrophobic locations, or techniques that vaguely resemble something Hitchcock tried. But for once, there is a film that actually deserves the comparison. Nosipho Dumisa’s Number 37 […]

Feminist Friday: Pillow Talk

The on-screen partnership of Doris Day and Rock Hudson is a fondly remembered one in Hollywood history. The actors made three features together: Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Send Me No Flowers. Of these movies, Pillow Talk has been the most successful, finding an easy staying power in […]

The Witch In The Window (Fantasia 2018)

With the rise of so-called “prestige horror” and the mainstream establishment beginning (yet again) to take the genre seriously, contemporary horror films have the unenviable task of measuring up to a multitude of competitors for audience attention. But the increased emphasis on horror as a viable mainstream genre […]

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