Trying to arrange a date is an immense task, and some Hollywood films make it appear ever so easy! There's never any issues getting a resturant reservation, nobody gets held up in traffic and no-one walks into the resturant with their blouse inside out (not, that this has happened to me *ahem*). Everything seems to go according to plan and the couple have a great time. It's enough to make you feel just a little bit down. However, don't worry! I have managed to find some pretty awful dates that didn't go well for the characters involved. Happy Belated Valentines Day everyone!
The 3rd December just happens to be Julianne Moore's birthday, and over at ITOL we decided to celebrate by revisiting some of our favourite movies starring Julianne Moore. Moore is perhaps best know for her roles as troubled women, featuring in films such as "Magnolia", "The Kids are All Right", "Hannibal", "Carrie", "Don Jon", "The Hours", "Far From Heaven" among others. She has received a whopping five Academy Award nominations, nine Golden Globe nominations, seven SAG nominations, and four BAFTA nominations. She has gone on to win an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and two SAG Awards.
What does "Suspiria", "Carrie", "The Witch" and "The Hunger" have in common? Well, these horror films are not only directed by a male director and are terrifying to watch, but they also pass the Bechdel Test. If you have managed to make it through our 31 Days of Horror countdown and you're still looking to be well and truly creeped out, then ITOL recommends these horror films which see women at the centre of their plot. The films included on this list aren't necessarily directed by a female filmmaker, but they are unique because they all pass the Bechdel Test. The films below all meet the criteria set out by the test: (1) it [the film] has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. So, without any further ado, here are some must-see horror films this Halloween. Enjoy!
The trope of the ‘Final Girl’ is a hallmark for slasher films. But what hallmark for women is seen in supernatural and possession movies? Oh, haven’t heard of it? There definitely is one, and it is not always the most flattering. When it comes to demon possession or ghost hauntings, the fear of losing control comes to mind. A sinister presence creeping in. The women of those films tend to have one thing in common: hormones. From “The Conjuring” to “The Exorcist”, women in possession films are at a flux in their own lives, but that vulnerability is weaponized against them.
Brian De Palma's "Carrie" (1976) is such a staple of American horror that any director (regardless of their gender) would have had trouble trying to step into De Palma's shoes. When it was first announced that there would be a remake of Stephen King's Carrie, many of us held our breath. However, director Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") manages to pull off this challenge and modernizes the text for a Generation Y audience who have been brought up on a diet of social media and the internet. Stepping into the prom shoes of Sissy Spacek is Chloe Grace Moretz who delivers a decent performance, making her version of Carrie a lot more likable and relatable. Moretz's Carrie has a unique vulnerability to her performance and we see the pain she is going through captured in her wide eyes.