Author Archive: Angelica Jade Bastien
Angelica Jade Bastien is a freelance writer and artist specializing in screenwriting, feminist film criticism, and creative nonfiction. When not working on her latest feature script she can be found reading comics, discussing the fine art of whiskey drinking, cooking up a storm, or planning an awesome shindig. She lives and loves to the fullest in Chicago with her lovely cat, Professor Butch Cassidy usually not far behind. You can follow her on Twitter @msangelicajade.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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) [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]