Posts by Marie and Zoe, Film critics

An introduction to feminist horror

Painting of Judith mit dem Haupt des Holofernes by Lucas Cranach the Elder. (Image taken from Wikimedia Commons)

Zoe Doucette If you grow up as a girl, you are taught to fear from a young age. Fear becomes one of your best friends, because it is with you all the time, even when you’re not aware of it. Your body is objectified and reviled by your culture. You are taught not to display…

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Flicks Month of Blood: Week One

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Zoe: October is Flicks’ MONTH OF BLOOD: Flicks will be exploring all things spooky and depraved with special horror-themed columns through the month of October, from apparitions to zombies. Here are four skin-crawling web-based videos to get you in the mood for terror.  The Short Film: I LOVE SARAH JANE (2009) A young Mia Wasikowska…

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The book was better

Sept. 30, 2012 Dear Friend, I am writing to you because the film adaptation of classic teen-angst novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set for local release on Oct. 5, and I for one am not planning to see it. Not even a little. Who would voluntarily pay to have their childhood memories…

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The Worlds Beyond The Wardrobe Department

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As that Polonius guy once said, “clothes make the man.” He couldn’t have been more correct in the case of movies. Costumes make all the difference between success and failure in a predominantly visual medium like film. Imagine how different The Godfather or I Know Who Killed Me would be if all the actors were…

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Road to joy

roadtojoy - comfort movies. Graphic by Zoe Doucette.

There are times in life which call for direct action and goal-setting. Then, there are times in life which call for yoga pants, carbohydrates, whiskey, and uncontrollable sobbing interspersed with hyper-ventilation. We’re talking times when you’re knee deep in some serious existential shit, when you don’t even have the energy to crack open your copy…

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The People’s Theatre pt. 2

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Video art is frequently mocked in popular culture. It’s weird and non-linear. People ‘don’t get it.’ Usually there is at least one naked person and none of the actors ever smile. Video art is too earnest and wears ponchos and doesn’t blink enough. Video art may fit this description, but it is also equally rewarding,…

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The People’s Theatre

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This is the first installment of a series on local and web-based resources offering smart, life-changing films to the public for free.  Libraries are amazing. They  are a vital resource for self-directed education. They have Internet access and comfy couches and they never have muzak playing. You can sit in a library all day and,…

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Flicks: The Artist

Marie: There are two ways that I can describe Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist (2012) right off the top of my head: 1) It is an endearing and affective love letter to the art and history of cinema, and 2) It is a novelty film, it being the first feature-length silent film since the 1920s. Starring French…

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Flicks: A Dangerous Method

ZOE:   The David Cronenberg/Viggo Mortensen collaboration party continues in A Dangerous Method (2011), a departure from the gory A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007).  Method dives into the conflicts and heady discoveries of psychoanalysis as it emerged in early 20th century Vienna and Zurich. Theoretically, the  talent and subject matter promise an energetic, scathing take on human fallibility contorting  ‘progress’  –…

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