“It’s one thing to learn to watch movies ‘professionally,’ but it is another to live with those movies that watched us grow up and saw us — prematurely hostage to our coming biographies — already entangled in the snare of our history.” — Serge Daney (1992) Literary depictions of the experience of childhood tend to… Read more »
Within horror criticism, much has been made of the relationship between female monstrosity and the girl monster’s emerging sexuality. Going back to feminist film scholar Barbara Creed, the girl monster’s transformation has been linked with menstruation and forbidden desire. Films themselves have taken up these themes, including the films I look at in my video.
The end of the 2010s and the beginning of the 2020s marks a few important turning points in cinema that would seem out of the question in the burgeoning 21st century mindset of the 2000s. Keanu Reeves’s star has once again risen (I would argue we are in the third Keanu-ssance, the “Bronze Age” of… Read more »
“To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee; For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.” – Herman Melville “What interests me the most is human behavior.” – Neil Simon Director Robert Eggers has named many influences on his new nautical horror film The Lighthouse. They include filmmakers… Read more »
Every month A Place for Film will bring you a selection of films from our group of regular bloggers. Even though these films aren’t currently being screened at the IU Cinema, this series will reflect the varied programming that can be found at the Cinema, as well as demonstrate the eclectic tastes of the bloggers…. Read more »
The witch is a longstanding media archetype, one featured frequently in 20th century Disney films. In this video, I look at the delightfully evil Sanderson Sisters from the 1993 Disney film, Hocus Pocus (dir. Kenny Ortega), connecting the sisters to other Disney villains, the history of the witch, and what it means for women to defy… Read more »