Author: Rosie Knight

Netflix’s When We First Met is Actually a Horror Movie

When We First Met Ari Sandel (director), John Whittington (writer), David Hennings (cinematographer) Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario, Shelly Hennig, Andrew Bachelor, Robbie Amell (cast) February 9, 2018 (Netflix) Society is constantly conditioning women to accept the most awful behavior. Sometimes it’s done through endlessly problematic narratives that equate violence with passion, whilst other times it’s done through the equally dangerous idea of the Nice Guy. You know, the man to whom we owe our time, affection, and possibly even our body simply because he chose not to beat, abuse, or kill us. From Revenge of The Nerds to Chasing...

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The Oscars: Do They Even Matter?

The Oscars. I basically hate them. Oscar voters are notorious for not watching the films, and instead voting based on what their friends liked. And it took two years of fierce organizing online (April Reign’s #OscarsSoWhite) and offline for the Oscar voter base to expand and diversify. But as fake, absurd, and even gross as the Oscars can be, they still represent an important career milestone…and they present one of the year’s best spectacles. So, let’s talk Oscars. Do you see signs that the Oscars are making positive change? Either in terms of transforming the voting base to better...

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The Alienist is a Tired Retread of Period Procedural Tropes

The Alienist 1.01 & 01.02 Jakob Verbruggen (Director), Hossein Amini (Writer), Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Matt Lintz, Martin McCreadie, Matthew Shear, Douglas Smith, Brian Geraghty, Robert Wisdom (Cast) It’s hard to watch TNT’s newest mid-season prestige offering The Alienist without thinking about Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell. Both stories center around a series of brutal murders, set against the background of the burgeoning centralized police forces in bustling, filthy, and corrupt metropolitan cities in the 19th century. But where Moore and Campbell’s sprawling exploration of police corruption, conspiracy, and early criminology seemed to add something...

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The Women Of Autuer Film: How Mädchen Amick Broke the Mold

What is an Auteur? Well the technical definition is a simply a filmmaker who has a singular recognisable vision, though you can guarantee they’ll also be a man as no women have been deemed important or visionary enough to become members of this elite club. As we all know, the singular vision of men is pretty much all that has been written about for basically you know… ever, so in this column I’ll be avoiding that completely and exploring the women of auteur film. The muses, the artistic partners, and the long suffering foils of these sometimes talented, often...

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Netflix’s A Christmas Prince is a Very Meh-rry Christmas Movie

Netflix’s A Christmas Prince Alex Zamm (director), Karen Shaler and Nathan Atkins (writers), Viorel Sergov (Cinematographer) Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige, Honor Kneafsey (cast) I’ve always hated the idea that every woman’s dream is to marry a prince. It’s an outdated, strange, and incredibly classist idea, as well as fitting into around a million misogynist tropes. Last year I became aware of Hallmark’s Christmas movies and fell down a rabbit hole where I discovered amongst many other things a spate of stories–that begin around the time of the Royal Wedding–themed around the concept of a young middle class...

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