• The Backrooms

    The Backrooms

    I haven’t been watching much of anything cause I’ve been
    A.) playing a lot of Pokémon red lol
    B.) watching euphoria 
    C.) trying to actually do my job

    BUT
    I found this randomly on YouTube and damn it is so cool, seriously one of the scariest shorts I’ve ever seen. Kudos to the crew that made this amazing student film, and mainstream horror movies please take notes of how you SHOULD use CGI monsters.

  • The Star Prince

    The Star Prince

    Female Film History: Before Varda

    Any magic and fantastic enjoyment that could have been derived from this is unfortunately trashed by the painful animal cruelty involved. Watching two baby bears be choked and dangled is a pretty big mood killer, especially when it’s played for cutesy laughs. And this really sucks because I was really excited for this one. A romantic fairytale about a baby prince from a fallen star, told with an all kids cast, sounds like exactly my cup of tea. It’s charming…until the awful animal rights atrocities.

  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    ★★★★★

    If you don’t get it, you don’t get it. I don’t know what to tell you.

    This film speaks to my soul so intensely. Seriously one of my favorite films of all time, for mostly sentimental reasons but also for the artistry put into it. The fourth wall is removed, the theatrics are brought forward, and we are thrust into the depths of every drama club kid’s dream high school musical. I don’t care about the limited plot arcs for…

  • High School Musical 2

    High School Musical 2

    ★★★★

    It still blows my mind that the baseball scene didn’t end with homoerotic wrestling.

  • Broadway Love

    Broadway Love

    Female Film History: Before Varda

    Nah this is NOT it. 

    I thought it had a promising beginning, but ends up being a manic-pixie-dream-modern-millie crap fest. Two guys competing over one woman, one who she saved from suicide and then another who tried to rape her and she jumped out of a car to escape him — AND SHE CHOOSES THE FUCKING RAPIST?!?! Not to mention she completely abandons her dreams and moves to Arizona nowhere with this guy, all because…

  • Idle Wives

    Idle Wives

    Female Film History: Before Varda 

    Another case of a partially lost film, only about the first half an hour of this film remains to this day. Which is a bummer, because it’s an intriguing set up. Like most of Weber’s work the film exists to communicate a moral message, it seems akin to Hypocrites in that it is reflecting archetypal people and their flaws.

    The most interesting aspect of this film is that it has a meta structure. In fact, it’s…

  • '49–'17

    '49–'17

    Female Film History: Before Varda

    A really interesting one here! Many subtitles and reviews call this a parody of the Western genre, I’m not convinced there. I’m bit even convinced it’s a comedy, cause in all honesty it’s not very funny. But it is fun!
     
    Made by those who would have witnessed the decline of the “Wild West”, the film deals with the nostalgia and grief for a time gone by. The main character, an aging judge who spent…

  • Unmasked

    Unmasked

    Female Film History: Before Varda

    And just like that, the first film in the “lost companion” list has been found! Thank you @servethenuts for giving me the link. 

    The film itself is sleek, stylish, sexy — all of the adjectives that should be associated with a heist/espionage film. The standout is Grace Cunard’s performance, as well as her and Ford’s direction. That opening shot with the necklace, and two hands creeping up the back, is igniting! Got me instantly engaged and excited for the rest of the film.

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★★½

    An absolutely perfect mix of love, animation excellence, and some kick ass songs. It gets a bit cheesy with the dialogue sometimes, but who cares? Not me. 

    Also, Lin Manuel Miranda makes me as uncomfortable as the next guy but the musical theater fan in me deeply appreciates his writing skills. That man can make some amazing music.


    EDIT: Oh also also, as someone who has taken classes and dabbled  in animation, the character designs in this film are amazing.…

  • The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West

    The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West

    Female Film History: Before Varda

    The first film ever directed by a Chinese-American, Marion Wong, The Curse Of Quon Gwon is a landmark in cinematic history. An independent amateur feature cast of almost entirely family and friends, the film only exists in fragments. All of the inter-titles, many scenes, and a variety of footage has been lost. In the restructured form, it plays out more like a montage film than a strict narrative. It is assumed that the plot was based…

  • Shoes

    Shoes

    Female Film History: Before Varda

    This has been on my watchlist for a long time, before I even knew who Lois Weber was, and it held up to my expectations. A harrowing, painful tale of poverty and sex work that still rings true today. Decades ahead of the second wave of feminism that would finally start discourse on these issues, Weber paints a picture of feminist storytelling in 1916. The revolutionary act is simply that this story is told. 

    And…

  • Where Are My Children?

    Where Are My Children?

    Female Film History: Before Varda

    An important reminder that simply because an artist is revolutionary and progressive in some ways, does not mean they align with modern values.

    Lois Weber is absolutely a political filmmaker. Even if they aren't always clearly stated such as here, all of her films are rooted in a message she's trying to communicate. The Dumb Girl Of Portici an anti-war work, Hypocrites a religion-based critique of society's double standards, etc. In this film, however, we…