Alex Garland’s Men opens with Harper who wants to get a divorce from James. James threatens to kill himself if she goes through with it. They get into an argument, he hits her, she throws him out and minutes later she sees him fall down through her window fall. Their eyes lock for a moment.… Read More Why Men (2022) is About Men Embodying Femininity
One article describes Ti West’s movie X as a hard movie to watch for anyone with a female body, another spoke of yet another portrayal of older women’s naked bodies as a source of fear and repulsion and more than once I read that X‘s geriatric villains are its weakest link. Dated horror tropes that… Read More ‘X’ (2022) versus the Male Gaze and Seventies’ Feminism
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
Villeneuve’s Dune, opening night and I was there, in a seat exactly in the middle of the screen (I love that). Still, I wasn’t too excited because I expected to be deeply disappointed but – of course – I had to see Dune anyway. However, Dune took me by surprise and Villeneuve’s portrayal of the… Read More Dune’s Bene Gesserit, Three Visual Portrayals Compared
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
Before I’ll talk about The House that Jack Built I want to share two anecdotes. The first about a viewing of Good Manners. This film was promoted as a social critique, a story about a mother’s love, a touch of musical and maybe, just maybe also horror but! but! not to worry, a super sweet… Read More The House that Jack Built (2018), about Meta Meta Horror
If you haven’t watched this movie yet but intend to do so, don’t read further! It is best to go in blind. Horror and fantasy are genres that transgress our usual cultural or scientific categories, so they could potentially show radically different portrayals of women. Guadagnino intended to use the horror genre to make a… Read More Gräns / Border (2018), Trolling Feminism
A remake of such an iconic film as Argento’s Suspira (1977) needs to have a different take. This is exactly what Guadagnino has done. Narrative and style are wildly different and only the basic story elements are kept: an American girl goes to a famous German dance school, where something strange is going on… Witches!… Read More Suspiria (2018) vs. Suspiria (1977), Which is More Feminist?