“The Witch” Review: A Creeping Tale of Terrorism
Film & Television / Reviews

“The Witch” Review: A Creeping Tale of Terrorism

In what circumstances is evil created? It’s a question many terrorism films attempt to answer, but few horror stories work to understand the underpinnings of malevolence as much as they often merely present it as fact. Not so in “The Witch,” Robert Eggers’ absorbing new horror thriller that is indeed also a terrorism story – … Continue reading

“Mustang” Review: Compels, but Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Film & Television / Reviews

“Mustang” Review: Compels, but Doesn’t Go Far Enough

The crime of summer horseplay is enough to imprison the five Turkish sisters at the heart of Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s captivating but tepid “Mustang,” France’s current Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film In a small, provincial village where women sheath themselves head-to-toe in colorless drapery and keep a watchful gaze on the behavior … Continue reading

Spanx Spanx Revolution
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Spanx Spanx Revolution

Last May I found myself in what many women would consider a living nightmare: I forgot to bring Spanx. TO MY COLLEGE REUNION. Look, we all know Spanx are a joke writer’s dream. They’re stretchy, they make the wearer look like Mrs. Doubtfire in her underwear, and they seem to encapsulate every single insecurity that’s ever … Continue reading

Why “Maleficent” is the Rape Revenge Film That We Need
Analysis / Feminism / Film & Television

Why “Maleficent” is the Rape Revenge Film That We Need

Reposted from an article I wrote for Indiewire in June 2014.  Not since I Spit on Your Grave have I seen such an intrepid and compelling rape-revenge film. I am talking, of course, about Disney’s Maleficent, the latest in a long line of revisionist fairy-tale epics to hit theaters in the last few years, though this might … Continue reading