When United 93 came out in 2006 watching it felt like a necessity. With the 9/11 terrorist attack happening just five years prior, there wasn’t necessarily a question about whether it was in good taste but that it was important to honor the victims by enmeshing ourselves in […]
A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.
There’s a moment in Norah Shapiro’s documentary, Time for Ilhan, when Ilhan Omar says men can just wake up one day and decide to be a politician while women aren’t afforded that luxury. Yet Omar herself defied the odds to become the first Somali woman ever elected to […]
As has been documented in books, documentaries, and this very website, horror is a gendered genre. The response a woman will have while watching a horror film is vastly different than if a male is watching. How women react to specific situations in a horror film can immediately […]
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When Shaun of the Dead came out it was touted as the first “rom-zom-com.” John McPhail’s Anna and the Apocalypse goes one better, by making a zom-com-musical! The headline is cheesy but let’s get the obvious out of the way: it’s a must-own and every word from hereon out […]
Scholars have analyzed horror features from nearly every angle, but it isn’t often that a documentary takes an incisive and, at times, blunt view of the way a minority group has been portrayed in cinema. As it’s stated in Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, now available […]