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Terror and Taboo: Analyzing The Babadook

As the buzz surrounding Jennifer Kent’s debut feature The Babadook continues, horror fans would be forgiven for their skepticism. The praise is reaching critical mass. Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist) has “never seen a more terrifying film.” Stephen King has called it “deeply disturbing and highly recommended.” It has a near-perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes, […]

The Feminism of Demonic Possession Horror

At the Devil’s Door is the new movie from IFC Midnight, by writer/director Nicolas McCarthy. On its face, Devil’s Door delivers a skillfully atmospheric story of demonic possession, at once familiar and fresh in its narrative. The film benefits from McCarthy’s labored minimalism, trading graphic visuals for a sense of smooth, unyielding uneasiness. Tweet

Ultraviolence and Lana Del Rey’s Sad Girl Aesthetic

The most fascinating and divisive pop icon of the last three years has just released what looks to be this year’s most interesting album. For a sophomore effort, Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence is remarkably confident in its sonic template, representing a sensible but conspicuously fresh artistic direction for her. Tweet

MUSIC REVIEW: Beyoncé – Beyoncé

In the early hours of December 13, 2013, Beyoncé released an unannounced self-titled album, causing pandemonium among fans, foiling year-end lists of critics and tumblr-geeks, and striking envy into the hearts of lady popstars everywhere. Tweet

Feminism and Male Inadequacy in the Films of Russ Meyer

  A dual biopic exploring the friendship between Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer is apparently in the works. Simpsons/SNL writer Christopher Cluess penned the script, which focuses on Meyer and Ebert’s formative collaboration on Fox’s big-budget fiasco Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970). Though it will be fun to see young Ebert in his humble side-burned glory, […]