My Month in Film: June 2014

A roundup of this month’s content, plus capsule reviews of Frozen, Jersey Boys, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and more.

On May 23, the “Isla Vista killings” occurred. Wikipedia describes killer Elliott Rodger’s motive as being “a desire to punish women for rejecting him and also a desire to punish sexually active men for living a better life than him.” This opened up what I’ll loosely define as “a conversation” on the subject of misogyny in American culture, with phrases like “#NotAllMen” and “#YesAllWomen” entering the vernacular.

The Isla Vista killings and the subsequent “discussion” (again, a loose definition of the word here) on the subject of rape culture informed my readings of several films this month. All Cheerleaders Die was a no-brainer, because Lucky McKee has a history of addressing feminist themes in his work, but I also saw it in Missing and Alyce Kills, and my write-ups of +1 and Heavy Metal also addressed misogyny.

I don’t think this is all that big of a coincidence, because independent horror films have been addressing feminist themes for quite some time, and mainstream horror movies are almost pathologically obsessed with “final girls.” But watching these films through the filter of current events made me see them a bit differently.

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My Month in Film: May 2014

Capsule reviews of Despicable Me, Godzilla, 12 Years a Slave, and more

This month I published full write-ups of:

I also reviewed the back half of Hannibal’s second season:

Forced Viewing Podcast episode 28’s featured films were Cheerleader Massacre (Drudgie’s pick), The Asphyx (my pick) and We Are What We Are (Jori’s pick), which we discussed with Mr. Benzedrine.

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