This is What Happens When We Give Women Wuthering Heights

|Veda Lawrence| “Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” For all my adoration for Austen, I must admit that she never wrote a single confession of love that comes close to rivaling even a throwaway sentence in Wuthering Heights in terms of romanticism and ferocity. That said, ...

Devil in a New Dress  

|Nazeeh Alghazawneh| As a pimp, the optics of being an absent, deadbeat parent are bad, but the optics of being a bad dancer are far worse—to abandon your child is your choice, but to falter in the corporeal shimmy-shimmy of a hot-blooded mambo dance...

The Attraction of the Pedaling Ankle: The Body as the Voice in The Piano

|Sophie Durbin| While procrastinating on my research for this piece on The Piano, I decided to learn everything I could about Michael Nyman’s lush original score. The track titles are as romantic and sensual as you’d expect: “The Heart Asks Pleasure First,” “The Scent of Love,” ...
This is What Happens When We Give Women Wuthering Heights

This is What Happens When We Give Women Wuthering Heights

|Veda Lawrence| “Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” For all my adoration for Austen, I must admit that she never wrote a single confession of love that comes close to rivaling even a throwaway sentence in Wuthering Heights in terms of romanticism and ferocity. That said, ...
Devil in a New Dress  

Devil in a New Dress  

|Nazeeh Alghazawneh| As a pimp, the optics of being an absent, deadbeat parent are bad, but the optics of being a bad dancer are far worse—to abandon your child is your choice, but to falter in the corporeal shimmy-shimmy of a hot-blooded mambo dance...
The Attraction of the Pedaling Ankle: The Body as the Voice in The Piano

The Attraction of the Pedaling Ankle: The Body as the Voice in The Piano

|Sophie Durbin| While procrastinating on my research for this piece on The Piano, I decided to learn everything I could about Michael Nyman’s lush original score. The track titles are as romantic and sensual as you’d expect: “The Heart Asks Pleasure First,” “The Scent of Love,” ...
Remaking Breathless: A Bizarre Choice, Starring Richard Gere

Remaking Breathless: A Bizarre Choice, Starring Richard Gere

|Jake Rudegeair| Ever seen First Knight (1995)? I didn’t think so. It was my first tangle with Gere as the famous Sir Lancelot of legend. I was ten and even then I wasn’t buying it. He’s an invincible swordsman and a treasonous Don Juan? I was put off by the cool-guy affect, anachronistic...
I Want All the Bisexuals To Know: If I Can Edit a Film Blog, You Can Too

I Want All the Bisexuals To Know: If I Can Edit a Film Blog, You Can Too

|Finn Odum| Several weeks ago, in the monotonous gray cubes of the Mall of America® office tower, I dared to make a joke about my gender identity. This is how it went: Finn, 24, strikingly gorgeous and wickedly funny email specialist: Now, I’m not like most women—in that I’m not one...
Lost in the Dream

Lost in the Dream

|Natalie Marlin| When we dream, unconscious shapes fill in the blanks. Vague visages that recall someone we know, or perhaps the half-formed images of blurry memories—those specters of past days, buried, submerged, just waiting for free association to emerge—fill what is otherwise vacant. In my dreams...
Mockumentaries peaked with “Real Life”

Mockumentaries peaked with “Real Life”

|Matt Lambert| I used to think the death of culture was Aretha Franklin songs played in Applebee's' commercials to sell cheap chicken wings and obscenely sauced slabs of ribs. I now know that the death of culture was when Albert Brooks stopped making movies...
What Is Beach Blanket Bingo?

What Is Beach Blanket Bingo?

|Courtney Kowalke| Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) is on my list of movies I want to watch before I die. It’s on page two, between Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Avanti (1972). I do not remember why I put Beach Blanket Bingo on my list, but it’s there and has been...
Sandra Dee’s Gidget Traipses Through Sexual Politics and a Troubled World

Sandra Dee’s Gidget Traipses Through Sexual Politics and a Troubled World

|Penny Folger| Gidget. What springs to mind for people when they hear this name, that is, if in 2024 they still know the reference? The beach? Actors surfing in front of a green screen? Maybe Sally Field? Gidget, from 1959 as directed by Paul Wendkos and starring Sandra Dee...
An Insolent Heart Hath Damned Thee: Original Sin at Miller’s Crossing

An Insolent Heart Hath Damned Thee: Original Sin at Miller’s Crossing

|Kevin Obsatz| I have a confession to make. I don’t know that I’ve ever “liked” a Coen Brothers movie on the first viewing. Possibly Raising Arizona—but I was probably only half paying attention to that one, as an eight or nine-year-old, on VHS. I doubt my parents would...
Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Hat

Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Hat

|Lucas Hardwick| I’m a bald guy, so when the temperatures drop and there's a perpetual nip in the air, I often find the top of my head gets a little uncomfortably cool. While confined to the contentment of my own home, where the dress code is free of the hassle of coordination and everyone is at liberty...
Paranoia, Failure, and Female Representation: Brian De Palma’s Blow Out

Paranoia, Failure, and Female Representation: Brian De Palma’s Blow Out

|Penny Folger| “There was no bigger disaster than Blow Out,” reminisces director Brian De Palma on the reception his film received when it was originally released in 1981. It’s a film that, 43 years later, is held in much higher esteem, even cited by Quentin Tarantino as...