By Mique Watson **This piece contains spoilers for the end of “Promising Young Woman.” If you have not seen the film, you may want to check out this piece afterwards.** “Promising Young Woman” (2020) premiered last year at the Sundance film festival. It debuted with a whopping 99% approval rating on the Tomatometer, and was associated with much anticipation. In reality, this was one of … Continue reading Why the Ending of Promising Young Woman Works
By James Cain [Content warning: The following article discusses themes of sexual assault] There’s a scene in Emerald Fennell’s jet-black comedy “Promising Young Woman” that mines terror from the idea of an underage girl hanging out with a group of boys she doesn’t know in a university dorm room. We’re given no particular to doubt these young men, but we do know that boys will … Continue reading Why every growing boy needs a “Promising Young Woman”
Year: 2020 Runtime: 113 minutes Writer/Director: Emerald Fennell Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Jennifer Coolidge, Clancy Brown, Alfred Molina, Connie Britton, Chris Lowell, Max Greenfield By Morgan Roberts The review contains references to assault and suicide. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. “Promising Young Woman” follows Cassie, (Carey Mulligan), a young woman seeking vengeance against those who wronged her … Continue reading Review: “Promising Young Woman”
“Promising Young Woman” is one of those films that begins with a very good idea. Ideas that involve the camera lasciviously objectifying men on a dance floor the way women typically are. Granted, it’s played for laughs rather than sex appeal, since there’s nothing resembling eye candy, but you can’t have everything. Or maybe it’s an early indicator of what the movie’s real agenda is, which is condemning anyone who violates its ideas of what good behaviour should be, rather than people who suffer from such expectations.
Not that it’s a bad idea to condemn violence, which is the real villain in “Promising Young Woman.” In case the marketing left any doubt, the movie addresses a very specific kind of violence that dares not speak its name here. Continue reading Sundance Exclusive Review: Promising Young Woman
Over the years, genre cinema has had a lot of examples of crime dramas from the female perspective. We have had stellar examples further in the past like Kathryn Bigelow’s sharp “Blue Steel” (1990) and F. Gary Gray’s “Set It Off” (1996) and just recently, we had Lorene Scarafia’s vibrant “Hustlers” (2019) and Andrea Berloff’s problematic “The Kitchen” (2019). On the more ambitious side, we have had crime films that meld with other genres like Park Chan-wook’s artistic “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” (2005), Carol Morley’s “Out of Blue” (2018) and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” (2012).
In the case of Abner Pastoll’s “A Good Woman Is Hard To Find” (2019), we have that perspective alongside other promising notions that make the film look great on paper. Firstly, it is a British film; and British cinema is well-known for their intensity within crime stories like James Watkins’ “Eden Lake” (2008) and Daniel Barber’s “Harry Brown” (2009). Continue reading Review: A Good Woman Is Hard To Find
By Morgan Roberts With the Oscars inching closer, the conversation around the films nominated is intensifying. And one conversation is sparking debate on representation in film and intent behind that representation. In Paul Thomas Anderson’s film “Licorice Pizza”(2022), you will find more than a killer 1970’s soundtrack and a strong performance by Alana Haim. You will also get to watch a character make a racist … Continue reading Editorial: The Intent of It All
Year: 2022 Runtime: 114 minutes Director: Mimi Cave Writer: Lauryn Kahn Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jonica T. Gibbs, Andrea Bang, Charlotte Le Bon By Morgan Roberts Many people are going to compare this film with the 2000 film “American Psycho.” It is understandable. Both films take on and subvert toxic masculinity. However, there is a deliciously wicked side to “Fresh”(2022) that gives this type … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Fresh”
By Valerie Kalfrin A Polaroid tends to fade over time. The one that Thelma and Louise took before their fateful road trip certainly didn’t survive, blown away in the wind. Yet that Polaroid selfie — indeed, their whole adventure — only grows richer and sharper after 30 years. It’s a snapshot in time that captures not just the way things are but how we’d like … Continue reading “Thelma & Louise” and the long road still ahead
The moment of truth is upon us! Here are the top 5 films of our list. Enjoy! 5. Never Rarely Sometimes Always By: Bianca Garner 2020 has been the year of the female filmmaker. There have been many female-directed films that have impressed me, such as “Nomadland,” “The Assistant,” and “First Cow,” all of which made a lasting impression. However, I’ve found myself repeatedly returning … Continue reading Top 15 Female-Directed Films of 2020 #5-#1
Year: 2021 Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes Director: Simon Stone Writers: Moira Buffini, John Preston Stars: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James By Valerie Kalfrin Years from now, what would someone make of the things we touched and used during our time here? It’s hard not to watch the quiet, contemplative drama “The Dig” and not think of such questions. Framed around the real-life excavation … Continue reading Review: The Dig