For the Girls
Honoring all of the Women and Girls in Film
Zombie comedies are an entertaining group of films that contain some of the oldest, most comedy-worthy monsters in horror history. They shake you to the core with laughter, and they almost always have a heart-warming story line that drives their popularity through the decades. From Shaun of the Dead's story of friendship, Warm Bodies' romance story, and Life After Beth's coming to terms with loss and mourning, zombie comedies are some of the best stories about the undead reminding us how to be human.
Cassie Howard: An Important Tale of Self-Love
Sam Levinson's HBO drama, "Euphoria," has proven to be a raw, and sometimes disturbingly realistic, representation of high school in this day and age. From depression, abuse, sexual identity, drug addiction, and more, these characters showcase a variety of real life issues teens and young adults struggle with- sometimes alone.
In a show that tackles many topics so gracefully, Cassie's story arc, all too familiar, is one that should be always be taught.
One of the most influential story lines in the 1st season of 'She's Gotta Have It' centers around Nola and her "My Name Isn't" street campaign. At the end of the first episode of the season, Nola Darling is harassed and assaulted by a stranger as she is walking home at night. It was a perfectly direct situational reference to the beginning of the episode- when the episode highlights, in a light manner, the cat calls Nola receives while walking down the street. As funny as that beginning scene may be, when it's not funny anymore and when it's no longer just a cat-call, it can be terrifying and life threatening.
Social media made me feel like I would, and should, hate this movie, but I absolutely, unashamedly did not. Although Booksmart did have its' flaws, it was overall charming and fun to watch. There are some really noteworthy moments in this film that I cannot allow to be overshadowed, just because its' biggest fault was trying too hard.
When I first saw the trailer for Midsommar, I was enthusiastic, and honestly, for good reason. I had already seen Hereditary, and I was convinced that Ari Aster was a genius writer and director. The emotion he provokes out of his audience, the visuals he presents, and the bone-chilling stories he imagines are a force to be reckoned with.
To start off, Midsommar was the most brightly lit horror film I have ever seen. I had never experienced a film like this, because all of the horrors that happen in the dark of the usual scary movie were brought to light in this film, with nowhere to hide and nowhere for the audience to look away to.
Films like Bridesmaids (2011), Life Partners (2014), and many more depict the very real struggle many best-friendships experience when one-half of the party gets into a serious relationship. It is no longer your best friend spending the night every night, calling you, and gossiping about the guy she's kinda, sorta seeing. This guy is now the person your best friend is calling. They sleepover, and they have created the dynamic you and your best friend once had. It can genuinely be hard, and it can feel like a breakup for so many people. But what makes it so hard? Many films love to portray a sense of jealousy in the "dumpee" of the friendship, which can be the case. It's not jealousy in the sense that they are in love with their best friend, but it's jealousy in the feeling of the loss of a life partner.
Let's just get this right out there- Hustlers (2019) is the film of the summer, and yes summer, because it is not technically fall yet. It is also my new favorite performances from Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. It was a great blockbuster debut for Lili Reinhart. Keke Palmer truly shined, and Cardi B and Lizzo were absolutely fun to watch on screen. Hustlers (2019) is a female-dominated film, and it unapologetically steps on the necks of cis-males everywhere. Written and directed by Lorena Scafaria, this film handles the complexities of friendships, economic struggles, and sex all so gracefully.
"The Season of the Witch" is the Season of Women- A List of 10 of My Favorite Witch-y Sisterhoods in Film
It's spooky season, it's horror nights. The ghouls and vampires, the monsters and the creepy crawlies, the things that go bump in the night, they all slink out of their shadows for the next month and dominate the night. But before we get into the slasher films, the ancient monster tales, and the classic gore, let's talk about the baddest witches around, who thrive in the season of the witch.
The American Folklore talks about the season of the witch starting at the Autumn Equinox (Sept 23) and lasting until after the Wild Hunt. There are songs that hail this time of the year (Season of the Witch by Donovan) and films and television shows that date back decades- from Bewitched, The Craft, The Witches, and Charmed.