‘Creep 2’: The Struggle To Make ‘Good’ Art

A Recap There are three key take-aways from Creep (2014).  Josef has killed before.  Josef will kill again.  Josef is a filmmaker, albeit an incredibly unethical one.  Grave Encounters Where Creep is a slow descent into the unknown, Creep 2 (2017) is the process of unpacking what we’ve witnessed in the last installment. This ‘unpacking’ is done by our new protagonist, Sara (Desiree Akhavan) who … Continue reading ‘Creep 2’: The Struggle To Make ‘Good’ Art

Bold Patterns & Bright Prints: An ‘Emily in Paris’ Style Critique

Oh, Paris… the fashion capital of the world. From berets to plaid sets to an abundant amount of floral prints, it was easy to see what Netflix’s Emily in Paris was trying to pull off. However, the outdated pieces and vibrant prints have led to many commentaries and confusion from viewers worldwide.   The show stars Lily Collins as Emily, a young woman working in the marketing field with a focus on social media engagement. She starts off in … Continue reading Bold Patterns & Bright Prints: An ‘Emily in Paris’ Style Critique

‘Halloweentown’: A Celebration of Individuality and Community

There is no better holiday to celebrate individuality and community than Halloween, a holiday that has its roots in the festival of Samhain and All Saints Day. Historically seen as a time in which the boundaries between our world and the ‘Otherworld’ are weakened, Halloween is when communities would come together to give offerings to the spirits and remember or reconnect with the dead. Today, … Continue reading ‘Halloweentown’: A Celebration of Individuality and Community

‘Locke & Key’: Irresponsibility and Consequences

[Editors note: this article contains minor spoilers for Locke & Key Season 1 and the comic book series] Coming-of-age stories have an almost universal appeal. It’s easy to connect with characters struggling through adolescence when you yourself have dealt with similar growing pains. So why is it that the first season of Netflix’s coming-of-age fantasy drama Locke & Key is such a frustrating watch?   The plot follows the Locke family who return … Continue reading ‘Locke & Key’: Irresponsibility and Consequences

Disenfranchised Youth and the Suburban Wasteland in ‘Ghost World’

Terry Zwigoff’s 2001 film Ghost World encapsulates the life of the disillusioned teen. Based on Dan Clowes graphic novel of the same name, the cult classic is a sardonic insight into late-adolescence ennui, as seen through the eyes of its ‘too cool for school’ protagonist Enid (Thora Birch) and featuring her best friend Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson). Though joined at the hip in their cynicism, the … Continue reading Disenfranchised Youth and the Suburban Wasteland in ‘Ghost World’

‘The Thing’: How John Carpenter’s Film Colors Its Descent into Hell

Paranoia and dread reign supreme in The Thing, John Carpenter’s claustrophobic 1982 Arctic nightmare. There’s a creeping sense of fatalism and doom you get watching the film, set among the ill-fated researchers at an isolated base at the South Pole. The psychological horror and grim tone have led The Thing to enjoy some reappraisal in our lockdown era — Ennio Morricone’s score playing in your … Continue reading ‘The Thing’: How John Carpenter’s Film Colors Its Descent into Hell

‘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

The Girls Will Wake Up when They Are Hungry: Feminist Horror ‘House’

A feminine phantasmagoria, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House uses meta-narrative, fairytale allusion, and surreal imagery alongside the classic horror trope of a bunch of teenage girls left alone in an old dark house to create a truly singular cinematic experience. Using the homestead as the ultimate symbol of female power and dominance, HOUSE explores female desire through the lens of increasingly bizarre supernatural happenings, but also never … Continue reading The Girls Will Wake Up when They Are Hungry: Feminist Horror ‘House’

‘Homeland’ Ended This Year, What Was It All About?

[This article contains spoilers for Homeland]  Between everything that’s happened this year, you would be forgiven for not realising that Showtime’s long running spy drama Homeland wrapped it’s 8 season run. In need of a show to binge watch during lockdown; I delved into the murky world of CIA espionage, foreign policy, mental illness and interpersonal relationships and watched the series end to end. So what was it all about?     Premiering … Continue reading ‘Homeland’ Ended This Year, What Was It All About?

‘Virus Tropical’ is a Visually Unforgettable Coming of Age

While at its core it is similar to any other female-centred coming-of-age film you’ve ever seen, Virus Tropical has two distinct and incredibly memorable elements. Its South American focus proves consistently interesting as it is not a location we see too often in this genre. Paola’s family have a unique quality to them and not only act as a nice look into a slightly different … Continue reading ‘Virus Tropical’ is a Visually Unforgettable Coming of Age

The Emergence of the Lesbian True Love’s Kiss

True love’s kiss is so ubiquitous a trope as to feel timeless, as though from the start humankind was telling stories about beautiful princesses being brought back to life by dashing princes laying one on them. So it’s weird that it’s pretty much just a Disney invention. Grimm’s fairy tales do feature a couple of magical kisses, but certainly not as many as you might … Continue reading The Emergence of the Lesbian True Love’s Kiss

The Beautiful Chaos of Brian Jordan Alvarez

As is the case with most internet creatives, Brian Jordan Alvarez’s name may not mean much to general audiences, while online he enjoys a well-earned passionate and dedicated fanbase. His unique and bizarre sense of humour has been circulating YouTube for half a dozen years in the form of sketches and webseries, each of them taking an ultra-specific observation of dating and social etiquette and … Continue reading The Beautiful Chaos of Brian Jordan Alvarez