Author Archive: Angelica Jade Bastien

Angelica Jade Bastien is a freelance writer specializing in screenwriting and feminist pop culture criticism. When not writing she can be found reading comics or discussing why Elizabeth Taylor is her cinematic spirit sister. She lives in Chicago with her lovely cat, Professor Butch Cassidy. You can follow her on Twitter @viperslut.

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a film striving for poetry that despite its visual beauty falters because of the improbability of its love story and poor writing. Taking place in 1970s Texas it creates a moody atmosphere to tell the story of doomed lovers Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara). The story […]

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A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

| November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Film noir is the kind of genre that grabs you by throat and doesn’t let go. It can be mean and fierce (Ace in the Hole). It can have startling commentary on gender politics and malignant desire (The Little Foxes). More recent films with significant traces of noir include Prisoners and Stoker. At its best, […]

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Fox Cinema Archives First Wave (Part Four)

Fox Cinema Archives First Wave (Part Four)

| August 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

In this article we will be looking at Fox Cinema Archives manufacture-on-demand (MOD) titles; Love is News (1937), Rings on Her Fingers (1942), and Dangerous Years (1947). The films while not pristine were in remarkably better condition than I expected. Each film is radically different displaying the triumphs and pitfalls of the rapid paced productions […]

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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express

| August 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic The Friendship Express is a rollicking extravaganza full of bright colors, incredibly layered writings with a surprising feminist take, and some of the most delightful storylines in recent animation. First off, throw away every misconception you have of My Little Pony. Yes, this is a candy colored show about […]

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Texas Killing Fields

Texas Killing Fields

| February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Texas Killing Fields is a film pregnant with possibilities and neo-noir intrigue. Unfortunately it never lives up to its potential, resulting in an unfulfilling and unmemorable story. The debut of director Ami Canaan Mann chronicles two mismatched police detectives tracking a serial killer across the bayous of Texas City, Texas. Brian Heigh (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) […]

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Dirty Girl

Dirty Girl

| February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Like its heroine, a wild teenager with little regard for authority named Danielle (Juno Temple), Dirty Girl only has the pretense of rebellion. The film establishes off the bat its anachronistic 1987 small town setting, rapid fire profanity, and brazen sexuality. But soon the story falters into a realm of teary-eyed cliché. Like many films […]

Come Have Coffee with Us

Come Have Coffee with Us

| December 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Despite the inelegant title, Alberto Lattuada’s 1970 Italian film, Come Have Coffee with Us, is a keen look at the defining pitfalls of middle-aged passion. The film tells the story of a middle-aged tax collector who forsakes the romantic adventures of his younger years to search for a wealthy wife. In a remarkably short amount […]

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A Little Help

A Little Help

| October 28, 2011

Available now on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital Download from Image Entertainment. A Little Help is a clumsy TV-level dramatic comedy about family dysfunction and life going off the rails. The film follows Laura (Jenna Fischer from The Office) , a Long Island dental hygienist, who wants nothing more than to gain control of her unruly […]

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