Category: av club
Riverdale: “Death Proof”
Riverdale: "Death Proof"“When I heard what happened at Nick’s party, I decided that we should come together…to deal with this motley crew of liars, dope fiends, and fornicators.”…
A Belated Nonfiction Catch-up Post
A Belated Nonfiction Catch-up PostHow belated? Well, I hope you’re following me on Twitter if you want news, that’s all I can say for myself; the first thing on this list is from January 5. (I tried to alert everyone to the live-action drinking game that is the Shannara Chronicles.) I’ve been keeping more regular tabs on Reign, which has vacillated wildly between being sort of dreadful and being camp glory, with no real internal logic as to how any given episode reaches either one of those goalposts.…
Recent Work: The SuperGoth Edition
Recent Work: The SuperGoth EditionSo, in October, Crimson Peak came out, and it turns out it was basically a Kodachrome bouncy castle of the High Gothic, which means I loved it. It heralded a Halloween season in which I basically couldn’t stop talking about things that go bump in the night. At AV Club, I talked about Crimson Peak at play in the family tree of the Gothic (a working headline they understandably changed for reasons of Too Victorian), including both its influences and the stylistic and thematic subversions del Toro employed.…
Reign: Season 3 So Far
Reign: Season 3 So FarSo, I am recapping Reign at AV Club this season, which is very fun for analytical purposes, but I missed talking nonsense about the dresses and Catherine’s facial expressions enough to come back and check in. As usual, a lot has happened! I actually sometimes forget how much plot goes into an episode of Reign until I watch another soap-paced show—even Scream Queens (which I watched as a sub-in on AV Club; it’s essentially an essay on manufacturing camp, because that show is trying to do it harder than any show has ever tried to do anything) doesn’t hold a candle to what Reign can do.…
Aliens, Incest, Time Travel, & a Robot Cinderella
Aliens, Incest, Time Travel, & a Robot CinderellaYou’d think that’s the most random catch-up collection yet. You’d be right! Turns out I’ve been away from the blog so long that an entire site shut down in between my last post and this one. :sobs quietly: The Dissolve, a wonderfully erudite and passionate site about film, closed its doors last week.…
Dracula’s Daughters, Attics, & Anna May Wong
Dracula's Daughters, Attics, & Anna May WongTime for a nonfiction roundup! Recently I wrote my first piece for The Dissolve! Originally titled “Dracula’s Daughters” and then a long post-colon title, because it’s me, the essay examines how the woman vampire became cinematic shorthand for feminism over the last eighty years. This was a camp delight to research, and I really enjoyed writing it.…