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Queer Fear: The “Fear Street” Trilogy Refuses to Bury Its Gays

Fear Street refuses to prioritize straight, white leads like the slasher films of the past.

Cruella Is an Irredeemable Villain—and Disney Should Keep Her That Way

Just because a villain is a woman doesn’t mean she needs to be redeemed. Read more »

We Still Don’t Believe Mentally Ill Women

Anna Fox is the epitome of a tragic, hysterical woman—the kind of character who’s easy to write off and should be a victim rather than a heroine. Read more »

Cat-Eared Brainwashing: “Josie and the Pussycats” Prophesied the Age of Influencers

It’s a film that tickles the absurdities of the past and, in doing so, has successfully determined the misfortunes of our future. Read more »

Botch Goddess: How Bridget Jones Redefined Career Failure

The unlikely icon made fallibility as a career asset. Read more »

Let’s Go to the Tape: Filmmaker Amy Ziering on Bias and Belief in HBO’s “Allen v. Farrow”

“The fact that you hear a victim speak out doesn’t make it biased.” Read more »

In Its Joy, “Minari” Expands the Boundaries of the American Dream

The art of storytelling involves a series of critical decisions about what you leave in and what you edit out. Read more »

Her House: Queen Latifah Recreated the Rom-Com in Her Image

Queen Latifah’s oeuvre demonstrates that satisfying Black rom-coms for fat women are possible, even if Hollywood is resistant to making them. Read more »

Soul Makeover: “The Princess Diaries” Is a Time Capsule of the Girl Power Era

The one positive outcome that sometimes arises from the genre is a makeover of the soul. Read more »

What, like It’s Hard?: The Enduring Legacy of “Legally Blonde”

Elle is not only harassed, but also has the harassment weaponized against her.  Read more »

Dream Sequence: “To All the Boys” Ends Less Sugary Sweet Than It Began

The film ultimately lacks the essential nutrients of a satisfying conclusion. Read more »

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"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »

One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »