Identity, Illusion, & Industry: Exploring Hollywood Through Hagsploitation

WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN was one of several films to emerge in the wake of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, capitalizing on the profitable hagsploitation boom. It is also the only one to directly tackle the same material upon which BABY JANE was built: namely, Hollywood and its illusory charm. Other contemporary genre installments […]

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Bette Davis & The Queer Protagonist

While rightfully remembered for her immortalizing portrayal of Margo Channing in ALL ABOUT EVE, such an association often — though not on purpose — creates a specific subjective construct that reduces the career and personality of Bette Davis to a few select bullet points. Within this box lies the dissolved essence of a powerful and […]

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REVIEW: THE WICKHAM WAY — A Phenomenal Ode to the Concurrent Strength & Fragility of the Human Experience

I vehemently maintain that the most brilliant discoveries are often stumbled upon without rhyme, reason, or warning. It’s why I strictly adhere to the tenets of keeping an open mind, despite being set in my ways: for as much as I’d love to rewatch that Bette Davis film again, I should expand my repertoire and […]

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