Life Without Consequences: Why Escapist Comedy Depresses Me (and You)

The first film review I reviewed was It: Chapter Two (2019) because I’d been let down by that film so profoundly. On reflection, I understand why:…


The Gods Trapped in Cocoons: Eugenics, Psychiatric Abuses, and Classist Liberal Tyranny in Get Out

The first time I walked into a therapist’s office at age eleven (I’d walk out diagnosed with depression), I asked if hypnotism was real, if it…


Venus, Mars, or Mercury Retrograde in Furs: Drag Performance, Crossdressing, and Trans Characters in Film

I fell in love with Julie Andrews when she punched a hustler while coming out a closet dressed in a suit. The symbolism couldn’t’ve been more…


Was it a Butterfly? False Transphobia and Real Abuse in The Silence of the Lambs

“Goodbye Horses” plays as Buffalo Bill poses in the mirror speaking to themselves. “Would you fuck me? I’d fuck me, I’d fuck me SO HARD.” The speech…


Feminist Horror: When Men Aren’t the Problem

Horror’s my genre. I write, read, watch, and rewatch it. It’s been an interest since my parents allowed me to watch movies alone. Why love horror? I…


I Need the Violent Revenge in Inglourious Basterds

I watch plenty of Nazi films. I don’t say that loudly at parties. As someone with Jewish heritage, I don’t say that in front of family. Or anyone.…


In Defense of (and an Accusation of) Shock

There’s a current online trend which challenges Internet personalities to descend through gauntlets of disturbing (at deepest levels, illegal)…


A Wee Bit of Pain in the Gulliver: Kubrick, the Moon, a B-52, The Shining, the Hollyweird Blacklist, a Headache

For a man who made only a dozen major motion pictures (sadly, he died before the final edit of Eyes Wide Shut), Stanley Kubrick was a Hollyweird…


It Chapter Two Offends All the Populations it Wants to Be Woke With

One way to start a deeply critical review begins with, “I had so much faith.” And I did. I was so impressed by the first half of this remake that I…