The 13th Floor

Films 

No, THE CRAFT is Not a Feminist Film

Spiked collars. Heavy eye makeup. Upside-down cross earrings and rosaries worn as necklaces. These are timeworn cultural symbols of rebellion and outsiderhood. The 1996 film THE CRAFT was full of these juicy plastic goodies – superficial signifiers of otherness that sang to my adolescent spirit at the time of the movie’s release (I was fourteen […]

Films 

Is Disney’s MALEFICENT Actually a Rape-Revenge Movie?

Warning: We’re about to talk about some uncomfortable topics. Imagine this: you have to write a film in which the hero is a woman who puts a death curse on an infant. That’s a tough job. How do you tell that story and make her sympathetic? Well, if you’re Disney, you give her a past […]

Films 

Never Forget Your Mama: Looking Back at the Still-Controversial MOTHER’S DAY

Sure, there’s a dedicated day for it on your calendar, but you really shouldn’t need a reminder to do right by your mom… even if you’re a homicidal inbred psycho who collects human heads and eats cereal and cat food from a bucket. That’s the gist of Charles Kaufman’s controversial backwoods horror and rape/revenge flick MOTHER’S DAY — […]