Advertisements
Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘film’

“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
(more…)

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

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.”

Spoiler Free Version

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.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

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.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

More information on screenings of Hafu/ハーフ documentary in Osaka courtesy of Japan Sociology:

JAPANsociology

Folks in the Kansai region who missed seeing the Hafu film during its run in Kobe are in luck. The film is showing at Osaka’s Nanagei Cinema , within walking distance of Juso station , until February 21. The film plays once a day, at 6:45pm until February 14, and at 8:35pm from February 15 to 21.

This blog has discussed the film and related issues regarding hafu (people of mixed Japanese ancestry) many times, and the fine folks at the Hafu Project have graced our classrooms on several occasions. This film is an important step in a movement toward a more inclusive notion of Japanese identity. Come be a part of the conversation, and see the film in Osaka before it closes on February 21.

View original post 65 more words

Read Full Post »

Last month, four Swedish cinemas decided to start adding Bechdel-test ratings for movies in order to address gender parity in the film industry.*

Bechdel-test champion Miyazaki consistently has female representation in films.  Enjoy this screenshot from my senior thesis(!)

Enjoy this screenshot from my senior thesis! Bechdel-test champion Miyazaki consistently has female representation in films, and not just in the form of antagonists like San and Eboshi from Mononoke-hime, but real female friends (not frenemies), allies, coworkers, and sisters. Why, it’s almost as if female characters were capable of having as many different types of relationships as male ones…

The Bechdel Test, as we know, is simply a way to evaluate female representation in a film. It is not a test of quality or of feminist themes, only of female representation (or racial representation for Racial Bechdel). (more…)

Read Full Post »

Happy Halloween, everyone! Here are a variety of links from across the web to get you in the holiday spirit!

(more…)

Read Full Post »

The official trailers for Ôoku: Tanjô and Ôoku: Eien have both been released. (For the full index of posts on the series, see here.)

Ôoku: Tanjô (Iemitsu/Arikoto)

(more…)

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »