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10 Film Analogies for My Grief

               Grief is weird. And, if you’re like me, you get tired of people asking how you’re feeling or if you’re okay because the answer is no or some flavor of fine, but most people don’t want to hear that. When you lose someone close to you—a beloved pet in my case—you should be allowed… Continue reading 10 Film Analogies for My Grief

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My Favorite Movies of 2021

               Thanks to a semi-active Letterboxd account, I can share that I watched about 118 films for the first time in 2021. I also re-watched 106 movies. I saw my usual bout of horror films thanks to OcTerror and a vigorous research project. A lot of new movies were released digitally and in theaters. While… Continue reading My Favorite Movies of 2021

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10 Frightening Kid-Friendly Flicks 2021

October may be the time of year for hard-R horror movies, but it’s also the month of pumpkin carving, superhero and clown costumes, trick or treating, and eating so much candy you get a stomachache. In short, Halloween is different for kids than for adults. It’s a magical night when anything is possible, and kids… Continue reading 10 Frightening Kid-Friendly Flicks 2021

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Friday Fright Fest 2021: The Experiment

Horror movies have been around since the creation of film. They often lurked in the darkness of genre, occasionally becoming mainstream or cult classics, but mostly went unrecognized when compared to action, drama, or comedy. A horror movie can contain all three of those things in addition to the death, screams, and scares. There are… Continue reading Friday Fright Fest 2021: The Experiment

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The Year of Nora & Nancy: Lesser Known Crimes

   While Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers are better known for their rom-coms and female-oriented comedies, they have enough films between them that some have slipped into the past. For two filmmakers with decade-spanning careers, it’s understandable to have movies that might be forgettable or lesser known compared to the ‘greatest hits’ but this month… Continue reading The Year of Nora & Nancy: Lesser Known Crimes

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The Year of Nora & Nancy: Dads & Divorce

               Last month I paid attention to how Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers portrayed mothers in their filmography. While the results weren’t overly surprising, I wanted to give men the same treatment in June for Father’s Day. Despite both women’s reputations for primarily focusing on rom-coms or women’s stories onscreen, we can still find men… Continue reading The Year of Nora & Nancy: Dads & Divorce

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The Year of Nora & Nancy: Motherhood & Mansions

            For May and Mother’s Day, I wanted to delve into the films of Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers’ that featured motherhood as one of the major plot points. A woman writing about pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood is an acceptable practice and kind of an expectation. However, no two women will write or have the… Continue reading The Year of Nora & Nancy: Motherhood & Mansions

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The Year of Nora & Nancy: Voices & Votes

            Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers have, undoubtedly, contributed to women’s history within Hollywood. They’ve been nominated for various awards and won and created their own styles and oeuvres over long careers in a male-dominated field. Nora Ephron, additionally, has a prize at the Tribeca Film Festival for women writers or filmmakers “with a distinctive… Continue reading The Year of Nora & Nancy: Voices & Votes

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The Year of Nora & Nancy: Love and Other Lessons

            Both Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers are better known for their rom-coms, and they do have a slew of titles to choose from. However, I have a schedule and a whole year to spread out across so I tried to pick only the most romantic and appropriate films for this month. I’d seen two… Continue reading The Year of Nora & Nancy: Love and Other Lessons

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The Year of Nora & Nancy: New Beginnings

            I could write a whole paragraph about gender inequality in Hollywood, especially behind the camera. I could write about the women who are continually breaking the glass ceiling in the director’s chair, the editing room, or fighting for more diverse roles. I could write about the cost of harassment or assault since I’ve watched… Continue reading The Year of Nora & Nancy: New Beginnings