Detour (1945), Why Al Roberts is not an Unreliable Narrator

Roger Ebert’s review introduces Detour perfectly: Edgar Ulmer’s Detour is a cult classic. It’s a B movie. It’s a film noir. It’s the film noir with (one of) the highest profit margins of them all. From the start, Detour has been surrounded by unreliable stories. Ulmer said he filmed it within a week on a… Read More Detour (1945), Why Al Roberts is not an Unreliable Narrator

Ich bin Dein Mensch / I am Your Man (2021), What a Male Robot Shows About Love

In the accompanying clips of the movie Maria Schrader, director of I am Your Man, giggles when it comes to the male protagonist Robot Tom. He is good looking, she says. A clip of the lead actress shows the same happy smile. And he looks good, she beams. Schrader says the movie is basically a… Read More Ich bin Dein Mensch / I am Your Man (2021), What a Male Robot Shows About Love

Titane (2021), Why it’s not Queer, but the Horrific Reversal of a Romantic Comedy

The physical body – its desired appearance, how you care for it, what it needs, the stages it has to go through in life, the pains it should or should not endure, the amount of exercise and sleep it needs – is an expression of social cultural categories, according to anthropologists Marcel Mauss and Mary… Read More Titane (2021), Why it’s not Queer, but the Horrific Reversal of a Romantic Comedy

The Invisible Man (1933) versus (2020), Horrific Changes in Science and Love

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novel from 1897, written by H. G. Wells, and since then it has turned into movies and television shows multiple times, including spin-offs and sequels. What changed between the first and the last movie? Both are tales of a mad scientist, but the same story has sparked different… Read More The Invisible Man (1933) versus (2020), Horrific Changes in Science and Love

Why Psycho’s (1960) Psychiatrist Scene is More Important Than You Think

Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) follows protagonists like a relay race. We start with Marion, until the iconic shower scene. We take over with Arbogast, until the stairs-shot-from-above scene. We continue with Lila and Sam, until the basement (reveal) scene. And then something strange happens. We find ourselves with a psychiatrist who explains it all to us,… Read More Why Psycho’s (1960) Psychiatrist Scene is More Important Than You Think

Swallow (2019), Horror and the Bathroom Scene

Swallow, written and directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis, is a beautifully stylized movie, about Hunter, a young, rich, beautiful married woman whose life looks Instagram perfect. On the outside. It is also a movie that brought me very close to understanding the attraction to want to ingest uneatable objects. Cold, smooth objects. And sharp, dangerous objects.… Read More Swallow (2019), Horror and the Bathroom Scene