The need for diversity in filmmaking has (slowly) begun to be reflected in wider releases, as studios and producers come to understand that maybe there’s more to this world than a bunch of upper-middle-class white people. But indie film has always seen a greater scope of cinematic storytelling […]
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.
This past week included the celebration of Dracula Day, a day dedicated to the King of Vampires and his many permutations. But we often forget about the other vampires, the vampires that were on the scene before old Drac arrived to twirl his mustache, seduce young ladies, and […]
There’s not a single bad film in the Criterion Channel’s Columbia Noir collection, but there are more than a few that I was surprised I hadn’t heard of. Like: My Name is Julia Ross, a gothic narrative that makes use of all the tropes even as it subtly undercuts […]
When discussing mainstream noir directors, we tend to forget about Frank Borzage, who absorbed the style and substance of German Expressionist filmmakers and imported them to the US in his noirs. His 1948 film Moonrise is a unique noir in style and subject, evading a total condemnation of […]
One of the things that I missed most about FilmStruck was its curation, its ability to recommend and publicize films that I’d never even heard of. And while we lost that to a degree, I’m glad to report that the Criterion Channel is still trying to fill that […]
The Citizen Dames spend a lot of time talking about women and with Mother’s Day this weekend they’re turning their attention towards the women who give us life. We’re looking at our five favorite depictions of motherhood in movies! Leave us your favorite movie moms in the comments […]
In a time of new political upheaval, it’s somehow not surprising that a number of films are turning to the 1960s and 70s to take on the permutations of radical action. One of the more notorious cases was the Patty Hearst kidnapping in 1974, when Hearst was kidnapped […]