All For Love: Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is not about the horror of ghosts, but the horror of humanity. It’s a thread that runs through all of his films. Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, and The Shape of Water are all populated with wondrous (and monstrous) creatures, yet all get cast in sympathetic lights as close-minded, destructive humans... Continue Reading →

Manipulative Evil: Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca

I don’t remember the first time I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, but I feel in love with it as a teenager. I read the novel, then saw every other available adaptation. Mrs. Danvers, the serene housekeeper that slowly undermines the psyche of the nameless heroine, stands out in my memory as one of literature’s great... Continue Reading →

Scream

Scream is a 90s slasher film. It’s special because it knows exactly what it is and makes fun of its own genre. There’s something fun about a show and its characters being aware of their own circumstances and openly mocking it. It’s part of a franchise with four movies under its belt and a 5th one due... Continue Reading →

Marvel Villains: Understanding the Enemy

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.”Ender’s Game The Marvel Cinematic Universe now boasts... Continue Reading →

Lady Susan

Like heroes, villains come in all shapes and sizes. However, not all villains desire world domination or commit evil against humanity. Some villains wreak havoc on ordinary lives. Some villains are the protagonist of the story. Jane Austen is best known for her moral novels of social satire/comedy of manners. When you pick up an... Continue Reading →

The Only Villain I Love

It’s hard for me to love a villain. “But of course,” you think. “No one loves a villain. Instead, we love to hate them.” That’s exactly what I mean. If you enjoy hating a villain, then you enjoy their presence on the screen or page. You appreciate the dark energy they bring to the story,... Continue Reading →

LOST: Ben Linus

If you’ve watched Lost (whether you liked the show or not), you know the characters were memorable and well-rounded. The story lines moved quickly, even if every episode seemed to ask more questions than it answered. One of my favorite aspects was how the people on the island felt like real people. You could feel... Continue Reading →

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