The Sound of One Heel Clacking:  Performing Sonic Femininity in Almodóvar’s High Heels
Anything and Everything / Feminist Criticism

The Sound of One Heel Clacking: Performing Sonic Femininity in Almodóvar’s High Heels

Pedro Almodóvar consistently challenges his audience’s notions of gender and sexuality. His depictions of marginalized bodies and relationships outside of the heterosexual norm earn him critical acclaim on an international scale, and his attention to the power of the film sound track has not passed unnoticed. Almodóvar often employs music as a method of constructing … Continue reading

American Mary’s Med School
Anything and Everything / Women Film-makers

American Mary’s Med School

Dear Dr. Mason, Congratulations! This letter is to inform you that the Norma Bates Award for Excellence in Murder is being conferred upon Mary Mason’s Academy of Medical Arts. Our committee is thoroughly impressed with your personal story of tenacity, resilience, and resourcefulness when faced with financial issues. Your story takes on the all-too-common reality … Continue reading

Pan’s Labyrinth and the importance of reflecting on human atrocities
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Pan’s Labyrinth and the importance of reflecting on human atrocities

Art, I often find, is at its best when it responds to the darkest of times. When it addresses the failings and atrocities of humanity, it serves as one of the most powerful platforms around, and allows us to reflect upon actions, our decisions and our nature. For this reason, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, Guillermo del Toro’s … Continue reading

The Darjeeling Limited and Orientalism
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The Darjeeling Limited and Orientalism

Edward Said coined the term ‘Orientalism’ as an dogma which seeks to secure a persistent understanding of the East as Other[1]. Said describes a repertoire of images which generate this impression[2]: backwardness, timelessness and exotic sensuality. All of Said’s theoretical tropes are played out in The Darjeeling Limited (Anderson: 2007); a film that follows three … Continue reading

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