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The Trouble with the Movie MA

I never finished watching The Help. This wasn’t due to trying, it was mostly out of frustration and exhaustion. I hate the “noble negro” archetype used in the film, one of black people putting aside their personal wellbeing and happiness for the benefit of a white person. When one of the characters declines payment for…

Warning! These 1950s Movie Gimmicks Will Shock You

Welcome to summer movie hell—another blockbuster season filled with costly digital effects that disappoint more often than they surprise. During a University of Southern California film symposium in June, two directors guilty of creating this trend, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, predicted the imminent collapse of their mega-budget film industry. In its place, they suggested…

10 Rising Female Horror Directors to Watch

Women don’t get a lot of credit in the horror genre. Seeking titles other than scream queen or final girl, more and more women are taking charge behind the camera, opting for roles writing and directing the stories that dare to terrify us. With the rise of a new generation of female filmmakers, these new voices in the…