Film Essays and Analysis

Straightwashing Removes All Rainbows: Removing Bisexuals from Comic Book Films - In 2022, the blockbuster sphere's choices in representation must face more scrutiny, particularly with regard to straightwashing bisexual comic book characters. Essay by Paul Klein.
‘Blue My Mind’ and New Female Monsters - 'Blue My Mind' cathartically redefines the old-fashioned film logic that pain must be felt in the coming-of-age period and thus redefines the rulings of the monstrous feminine. Essay by Grace Britten.
Is Marvel’s Insistence on Being So Firmly On-The-Nose Rooted in a Distrust of Its Audience? - In 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness', Marvel, writer Michael Waldron and director Sam Raimi, tell rather than show. Is this because they don't trust us to understand film language? Essay by Callum McGuigan.
What Film Can Teach Us About Heartbreak - "Real life is often nonsensical and absurd – if art can truly mirror that experience, something special can occur." What abstract ideas in film can teach us about heartbreak. Essay by Sam Florsheim.
The Before Trilogy: How to Capture a Moment - A love story is made of moments, and in no place are those moments captured better than in Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy - Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight. Essay on why, by Jack Fanning.
Cooper Raiff and the Strength of Vulnerability - Cooper Raiff uses his films 'Sh*thouse' and 'Cha Cha Real Smooth' to re-evaluate the limits of masculinity, confronting limited stereotypes to present vulnerability as a strength. Essay by Tina Kakadelis.
Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’ VFX Remain the Industry’s Gold Standard - How Steven Spielberg's direction helped to make the visual effects on 'Jurassic Park' (1993) not only revolutionary but the Gold Standard of Hollywood CGI. Article by Joseph Wade.
In Defense of the Happy Ending: Alice Wu and LGBTQ+ Movies - For so long, Hollywood has made it seem like only white, cisgender, non-disabled, heterosexual people fall in love. The films of Alice Wu offer condolence for those outside of that box. Essay by Tina Kakadelis.



How ‘The Worst Person in the World’ Redefines Romantic Cinema - How Joachim Trier rewrites the rules of silver screen romance to create one of the best romantic dramas of recent years, 'The Worst Person in the World'. Essay by Rehana Nurmahi.
‘Wanderlust’ and Its ‘Bizarro Cut’ at 10: How David Wain Split His Sensibility in Two for the Studio System - 10 years on from the release of David Wain's cult comedy 'Wanderlust', starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, its 'Bizarro Cut' remains transparent about the comedy process. Essay by Nicholas Armstrong.