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

Confronting Privilege and Feminine Constructs in the Gilmore Girls Revival
Feminist Criticism / TV

Confronting Privilege and Feminine Constructs in the Gilmore Girls Revival

The much-anticipated revival of Gilmore Girls was met with various criticisms. Most were directed at the “sudden” unlikeablitiy of the girls themselves, particularly the Ivy League princess Rory. As the Washington Post’s overtly harsh headline put it, the revival confirmed that “Rory Gilmore is a Monster.” But was Rory Gilmore ever meant to be “liked” … Continue reading

Riding in Cars with ‘Carol’
Anything and Everything / Feminist Criticism

Riding in Cars with ‘Carol’

Todd Haynes’s postmodern take on 1950s melodrama is crystallized in his film Carol, with its nod to Douglas Sirk’s production style, as well as the narrative focus on the relationship dynamics of queer characters. Carol tells the story of a romance between Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), and Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara). The women cross paths … Continue reading

The Love That’s Really Real: American Psycho as Romantic Comedy
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

The Love That’s Really Real: American Psycho as Romantic Comedy

A 2006 YouTube video created a parodic trailer envisioning American Psycho (2000) as romantic comedy. While the stark juxtapositions between the classic boy meets girl formula and a horrifying portrait of a psychopathic murder are amusing, the sentiments between them are not so far-fetched. Although primarily a horror film, American Psycho has a satiric backbone … Continue reading

A Feminist Approach to Sound in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Anything and Everything / Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

A Feminist Approach to Sound in We Need to Talk About Kevin

Beginning two years after Kevin goes on a killing spree at his high school, Lynne Ramsay’s 2011 film We Need to Talk About Kevin follows Eva Khatchadourian’s attempts to navigate the consequences of being his mother. We see her struggle exemplified in the film’s form. Rebelling against Hollywood’s tendency to privilege the dialogue, Ramsay’s film … Continue reading

Beyond ‘Charade’: Grease 2 as feminist masterpiece
Feminist Criticism / Women Film-makers

Beyond ‘Charade’: Grease 2 as feminist masterpiece

Many sweeping and consequential happenings gave rise to the year that was nineteen hundred and eighty-two: European anti-caning laws, the Lebanese Civil War, America’s embargo on Libyan oil imports, the birth of the Toyota Camry, computers, China, Drew Barrymore, Lethal Injection, EPCOT Center. And Grease 2. Yes, I said Grease 2. Grease 2, the widely … Continue reading