Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar: The Film We Need in 2021

It’s officially been a year since the pandemic began. 2020 was a year full of death, illness, incredibly challenging and confrontational political events, and isolation for many. I lost my job due to the pandemic and working on my dissertation full-time has been particularly taxing on top of everything. Film was one of the main […]

Review: Dykes, Camera, Action!

New Queer Cinema is a film movement that I have researched for my academic work throughout grad school. It’s something that I have been interested in since college when I was first really exposed to more challenging queer cinema. Coming from a more rural area in Ohio, it’s not always easy to seek out LGBTQ-driven […]

Review: Malcolm and Marie (2021)

From the opening frame of Malcolm and Marie (Sam Levinson, 2021), it’s clear that the entirety of the film that follows will be beautifully shot as we get to know the titular couple. Director Sam Levinson is the creator of HBO’s Euphoria, a show that highlights the incredible performance and acting skillset of Zendaya who […]

Sundance Film Festival 2021: The World to Come

Contrasting in the extreme to the Nicolas Cage film earlier today, Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come is a subdued tale of secretive and forbidden queer desire on the 19th century frontier. When Tallie (Vanessa Kirby) and her husband (Christopher Abbott) move to the area, Abigail (Katherine Waterston) is quickly drawn to the enigmatic red-haired […]

Sundance Film Festival 2021: Prisoners of the Ghostland

Nicolas Cage films are always a wild ride. In general, you kind of know what you’re in for when you pop one of Cage’s more recent films in. Prisoners of the Ghostland is Japanese auteur Sion Sono’s first film to be shot in English. Known for his violent films like Suicide Club (2001), Sono gives […]

Sundance Film Festival 2021: Eight For Silver

For the third Sundance screening of the week, we were presented with Sean Ellis’ Eight For Silver, a werewolf film set in the 19th century. Ellis’ period horror film breathes some new life into the werewolf sub-genre, which made for a very interesting and unique vision. John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) arrives in a small British […]

Sundance Film Festival 2021: In The Earth

For the second Sundance screening of the week, we were presented with Ben Wheatley’s experimental plague horror film. I had absolutely no expectations for this film, as I’ve only seen Wheatley’s earlier film A Field in England (2013). Martin (Joel Fry) is able to get out of the city following the seemingly global pandemic, that […]

Sundance Film Festival 2021: Censor

This week I find myself lucky enough to be friends with someone who has passes for six films being shown virtually in the Sundance Film Festival. Honestly, it has always been a dream of mine to go to a legitimate film festival, so this is a really amazing and fun opportunity in the middle of […]

Review: The Kid Detective (2020)

When I was growing up, I was constantly reading books featuring kid sleuths like Encyclopedia Brown, Nate the Great, the Hardy Boys, the Boxcar Children, and Cam Jansen. You could say that mysteries were among my favorites as a kid. It was always a fun challenge to see if you could uncover the identity of […]


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