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I have a new book (and film) review of Makoto Shinkai’s your name. on Contemporary Japanese Literature. your-name

your name. is a novelization of director Makoto Shinkai’s your name., an animated film that tells the story of Mitsuha, a high school girl from rural Gifu prefecture who wishes she could be a boy in Tokyo in her next life. After an incredibly vivid dream in which she wakes up as “Taki,” a high school boy living in downtown Tokyo, she discovers it’s not a dream at all – and Taki is also switching bodies with her. As the two teenagers try to navigate each other’s lives and relationships, only able to communicate with each other only by writing notes in each other’s cell phones when they switch, they begin to unravel a mystery involving Mitsuha’s town.

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GET OUT posterHappy Halloween, spooky readers! Feminist Halloween is back for our 4th annual review of horror media and Halloween culture. I didn’t watch as many new horror films this year because I wasn’t really interested in anything that came out (It, Mother!). I mean, we’re also living in a high-key political horror story right now but OKAY.

The one horror film I did see this year was Get Out, which is one of the most densely and well crafted films I’ve seen in a long time. 

[mildest spoilers, all major spoilers are in the links section]

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Reader Ali suggested the 2015 film The Falling in a comment, so I checked it out!

Via The Guardian. [Image: a group of British schoolgirls stand in a circle clasping hands]

Via The Guardian. [Image: a group of British schoolgirls stand in a circle clasping hands]

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Friendly reminder from your neighborhood queer AFAB type that “lesbian” is not the same as “queer women” ~~~~~☆

THAT SAID, this genius list of fake queer-lady horror films is hilarious (and BTQ inclusive):

Image: Fake Movie Poster for "Single Cis Straight White Female" with trans activist/actress Laverne Cox looking rightfully pissed at a white actress

Image: Fake Movie Poster for “Single Cis Straight White Female” with trans activist/actress Laverne Cox (as character Sophia Burset) looking rightfully pissed at a white actress Source: Autostraddle

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Still looking for the perfect costume? If you’re considering being a lady monster, get some inspiration on Part-Time Monster‘s Monster Mondays, a celebration of social commentary on female monsters.

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Ah, the days when you couldn’t just Google your dates.

brb gotta change my mooncup [Image: Edith from Crimson Peak with her hands, face, and dress bloodied] Via io9

Aspiring writer, Mary-Shelley fan, and adorable nerd Edith Cushing meets uh, vampire Loki British baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe and his creepy sister, and sparks fly, so she returns to Britain with him to the Murder Estate.

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MV5BMzk0ODc1NDMxOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTAzMzgwOA@@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_I first encountered this film because–can’t make this stuff up–someone on tumblr posted a fancasting of Femlock (Sherlock Holmes as a woman) with Rebecca Hall as Sherlock and Carey Mulligan as Jane Watson. The image of Hall was from The Awakening (2011), and I was not disappointed.

The year is 1921. Florence Cathcart (Hall) is a skeptic “ghost hunter” and author who crashes spiritualist gatherings to expose the charlatans robbing grieving Londoners of their money. Robert Mallory (Dominic West), a teacher from a private boarding school, contacts her regarding a haunting at his school — not to find out who the ghostly little boy in the class photos is, but to investigate the recent death of a pupil who claimed to have seen the ghost shortly before his death.

“You, being all, uh, mysterious with your… cheekbones, and turning your coat collar up so you look cool.” Source
[Image of Florence Cathcart, being mysterious with her cheekbones, and Mallory, in front of the school.]

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“Lemme ask you this. What are you doing with a cellular telephone, son?”

Scream Cell Phone

Scream was my JAM in 1996, so I rewatched Scream 1-3 this summer for Feminist Halloween. I have no idea how my sister and I got away with watching all the scary movies as kids, we’re both horror fans and huge nerds as adults. Scream is what made me eventually watch all the classic slasher films of the 80s so I could get the references. Let’s take our time machine back to 1996, when butterfly clips, layered bobs, sarcasm bordering on nihilism, and powder blue were in vogue–

A Very Simple Formula
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imagesWelcome, dear readers, to the 2015 edition of Feminist Halloween, 31 days of spooky media for those who love horror but hate the problematic elements in the genre. These recommendations come with content notes about the films, stories, books, and other media so you can make an informed decision about how you want to be scared!

I’m kicking off this year with Jennifer Kent’s horror film The Babadook, which was the scariest movie I saw in 2014, but not for the reasons  you might think.

“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.”

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Widowed mother Amelia (Essie Davis), an underpaid careworker, experiences increasing behavioral problems with her precocious but “out of control” six-year-old son Samuel. One night, they read a pop-up book he finds on his bookshelf called Mister Babadook,which describes a monster of sorts who cannot be gotten rid of. Samuel is convinced the Babadook is trying to kill his mother, and he might be right.

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IMG_0597For those of you looking for a brief but in-depth run-through of all the lady monsters and their tropes in horror films, check out “Women That Go Bump In the Night: Lady-Monsters Of Cinema” by Stef on Autostraddle.

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