Hellboy

Guillermo Del Tori's unique approach to an iconic horned character, and why he will not return for a third film.

Not Just Black & White: Dido Elizabeth Belle

In the halls of Kenwood House, a mysterious portrait has fascinated art scholars for hundreds of years. On paper the story seems generic. The Earl and Countess of Mansfield commissioned it, and it portrays their two nieces, Dido Elizabeth Belle and Elizabeth Murray. It’s only when you look at the portrait you see the story,... Continue Reading →

The Remarkable Mary Seacole

Alongside Florence Nightingale, known as the “Lady with the Lamp,” was another woman who improved the desperate conditions of soldiers in the Crimean War—Mary Seacole. For this edition of Femnista, I hope to show the racial prejudices, personal, and financial struggles this remarkable woman faced in caring for her fellow human beings. Born around 1805... Continue Reading →

The Theories of Donnie Darko

NOV / DEC 2017: BY SCARLET GRANT A family friend first recommended Donnie Darko (2001) when I was a moody teenager. At first I brushed off this initial introduction, and it wasn’t until I happened upon the film playing late at night a year later that I watched it. Guess what, I loved it. Donnie... Continue Reading →

Busting Through Time

NOV / DEC 2017: BY SCARLETT GRANT Nearly every single film, novel, or television show which features time travel always discusses the importance of maintaining the “space-time continuum” as it is often referred to. In Back To The Future (1985), Marty McFly saw his siblings, and himself disappear due to his unintentional meddling. But what... Continue Reading →

The Elephant Man

HALLOWEEN 2017: BY SCARLETT GRANT “I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!” these are the words proclaimed by John Hurt in the 1980 David Lynch classic The Elephant Man. Hurt plays Joseph Merrick, the titular Elephant Man. But who was Joseph Merrick, and... Continue Reading →

Calamity Jane

JULY / AUG 2017: BY SCARLETT GRANT American culture immortalized Calamity Jane. Portrayed by Doris Day in the 1953 musical film as a pretty, petite blonde, she starts out as a frontier hero wearing men’s clothing. By the end she has become feminized and is in a relationship with Wild Bill Hickok. In the HBO... Continue Reading →

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