I got the wonderful opportunity to be a guest contributor on the fantastic film site Back Row, and I wrote about one of the most...talked about movies of the year, Don't Worry Darling. Specifically, the film's flawed portrayal of female desire (I also gave some love to one of my all time favorite movies, Belle de Jour) check out what I had to say here!
I read E.M. Forster's A Room with a View over the summer, and I didn't particularly like it. But, I was still very interested in seeing the film, both because it's one of Bellamy's favorites and because the book had a lot of potential to be made into a great film. And it was! This is a masterclass is adaptation. What is removed improves the story (minus the excision of the socialist politics of Mr. Emerson), streamlining the narrative as…
There is a throwaway line in Hollywood where Ernie, hoping the film he's starred in will win Best Sound Editing, is frustrated when that Oscar actually goes to Body and Soul. He calls Body and Soul "that piece of shit".
Hollywood is built around self congratulatory masturbation for its creators. Lord knows how proud Ryan Murphy must be for rewriting Hollywood history in an attempt to give a voice to Black men and women, Asian-American women, and gay men who…
The Housemaid is basically only male anxiety. Male anxiety about what would happen if women treated men like how men treat women (systemically not individually). Our main male character is technically in the position of power as a patriarch and a teacher, and when his power goes unchecked, his world is safe and normal. But as soon as a student is inappropriate to him, his grip on male power (specifically sexual dominance) disappears. He is the one being desired inappropriately.…