AFI 2020 – Found Family and Femininity in ‘She Paradise’

Coming of age films have the rare opportunity of exploring all facets of the young adult experience: the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, apart from notable examples like Moonlight, nonwhite teenagers are rarely given the opportunity to have their teen experiences shown on screen. The center of the genre is mostly white teens, which makes any story with a predominantly or completely nonwhite … Continue reading AFI 2020 – Found Family and Femininity in ‘She Paradise’

AFI 2020 – ‘Sound of Metal’ as a Study in Healing

The portrayal of disabilities in media is akin to a game of Russian roulette. Portrayals can range from slightly tone-deaf to some form of maudlin plea to downright vile demonization depending on what disability the film, show, or book focuses on. Rarely, if ever, does the disabled person in question receive any form of development, and instead they’re used as a learning tool for other … Continue reading AFI 2020 – ‘Sound of Metal’ as a Study in Healing

AFI 2020 – ‘Belushi’: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

The term “revolutionary”, at least in the entertainment industry, is highly subjective. How big of an impact is enough to even be considered for the label? What level of stardom does one have to reach? Hypothetically, the criteria are endless and ever-shifting. But, once in a blue moon there’s a figure that undeniably makes an impact on the industry– shifting the perception and boundaries of … Continue reading AFI 2020 – ‘Belushi’: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’: Dark Humor and Catharsis

In psychology there’s a phenomenon referred to as the emotional spillover effect that describes how one emotion can create a cascade into another; for example, when we get agitated a common reaction is to start laughing as a means of recovery. Horror movies choose to make use of emotional spillover by occasionally implementing humor as a counterweight to whatever method of fright precedes or follows. … Continue reading ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’: Dark Humor and Catharsis