The early 1960s are identical to the 1950s in popular culture… largely tame and conservative. A late studio era musical, Bye Bye Birdie is a snapshot of this period. While it’s largely clean-cut and standard, an interesting tension boils beneath the surface. While the United States was still […]
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You can’t say we don’t try to get our money’s worth out of an anniversary. As with last week’s top 5, this week’s deals with the 25th anniversary of Reality Bites (its actual birthday is this week) which, not so coincidentally, coincides with Valentine’s Day. If you’ve seen […]
Sitting down to think about Sunset Boulevard, the movie all at once seems inherently complicated when considering questions of feminism and gender relations. Billy Wilder’s critique of mid-century Hollywood all-at once crafts fascinating female characters and fascinating questions exist. Is it the film asking these questions? Or is […]
Next week marks the 25th anniversary of the ’90s romantic drama, Reality Bites and if you’re like one of these Dames (*coughKristencough*) then you probably have fond memories of watching Winona Ryder and her crew navigate the world of Gap and psychic hotlines. In fact, Reality Bites is […]
I come to you as a long-time who’s gone through an untold number of “phases”. Now, the weirdest ones are the individuals to creep up on you. There’s nothing special about them the first time out. In fact, some of them sit on the edge of your consciousness, […]
Thanks to Patreon supporter James Hart for this week’s Top 5 Screenwriters are responsible for crafting the characters on-screen. They have to infuse them with life, backstory, and personality. But for some screenwriters women are just a bizarre mystery that can’t be conveyed on film. And we’re looking […]
In today’s installment of Feminist Friday, we’re tackling “The Duke” himself, John Wayne. The legendary actor has a long string of movies spanning 40 years, building himself a solid (and unchanging) star persona. John Wayne is John Wayne. In his 1962 film, Hatari, Wayne combines with Howard Hawks […]