Fantasia in Montreal is always a smorgasbord of the great, the grisly, and the bizarre—making it one of my favorite fests to cover, albeit remotely (someday, Montreal, someday…). This year, the slate features a few known entities, from widely promoted films making their next stop on the festival […]
Lauren Humphries-Brooks is a writer, editor, and media journalist. She holds a Master’s degree in Cinema Studies from New York University, and in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She regularly contributes to film and pop culture websites, and has written extensively on Classical Hollywood, British horror films, and the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres. She currently works as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.
Oh, Shudder. How I have missed you. When it comes to horror, you can’t do much better than to spend some time sifting through Shudder’s ever-expanding catalogue of classic, cult, and, yes, even original and exclusive horror films. While I am somewhat discerning about my horror (not a […]
We’re officially at the halfway mark for the year and with that means a wealth of sites listing what’s been good, so far. The Dames are no different and want to honor the movies they’ve loved over the last six months. Did yours make the list? Leave us […]
Director Penelope Spheeris affected my life more than director other than Alfred Hitchcock, but it took me many years to discover that. Spheeris was responsible for Wayne’s World, one of my favorite films as child, the film that introduced me (and many others) to Queen, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, […]
Late Night opens with praise lavished on Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) as a pioneering late-night talk show host who has transformed the television landscape. Within the first fifteen minutes of the film, however, Katherine is facing cancellation, as her ratings drop and she clashes with her latest boss, […]
Premature is a slice-of-life film about one summer in the life of Ayanna (Zora Howard), a Harlem teenager getting ready go to college the following year. She spends her time hanging out with her friends, fighting with her mother, and writing poetry she allows no one else to […]
Dorothy Arzner was one of the most prolific female filmmakers of the Golden Age of Hollywood—and the only female feature director employed by the studios—yet somehow her influence has been reduced to a footnote, usually to Dance, Girl, Dance. Many of Arzner’s films are unavailable or available only […]