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How Andrea Arnold tackles poverty in ‘American Honey’
Anything and Everything / Women Film-makers

How Andrea Arnold tackles poverty in ‘American Honey’

Poverty in America is a polarising subject. It is open to much debate, it plays a key role in U.S politics, and it is rarely portrayed effectively in cinema. There are films that focus on the lives of blue-collar workers in the United States, I, personally, would cite ‘The Deer Hunter’ as the finest example … Continue reading

Targets: When meta-horror meets reality
Anything and Everything

Targets: When meta-horror meets reality

Peter Bogdonavich’s Targets (1968) draws the binaries between the constructivism of classic horror cinema and the verisimilitude of late 1960s America through Boris Karloff’s meta-performance and the use of a film-within-a-film. Boris Karloff plays a version of himself named Byron Orlok, a former horror icon whose star is waning. Meanwhile, a Vietnam War veteran Bobby … Continue reading

The limits of Lisa in Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’
Feminist Criticism

The limits of Lisa in Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’

Anomalisa centers on a morose middle-aged narcissist named Michael who seeks salvation from his cyclic mundanity through a female figure. Director Charlie Kaufman employs the subversive technique of stop-motion puppetry to signify Michael’s lack of control; the traveling self-help guru can help everyone but himself. Kaufman envisages Michael’s existentialist nightmare through the visual and sonic device … Continue reading

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- The Falling: On female dynamics and the strange ways of adolescence
Reviews / Women Film-makers

#DirectedByWomen REVIEW- The Falling: On female dynamics and the strange ways of adolescence

CONTAINS SPOILERS Mass hysteria – or otherwise known as psychogenic illness, has been around since the medieval times. It is most common in closed, womens communities, and to this day, psychologists haven’t figured out the reason to why it occurs in the first place. It often led to yet another reason to oppress women, and … Continue reading