Girls in Horror Movies 2015-2020

Girls have long been an integral part of horror movies, from Final Girls to girls possessed by demons, so many of the best victims and heroes in horror are little girls or teenage Scream Queens. For part four of my spooky season series, I took a look at horror movies released in the last five … Continue reading

Women in Baseball and Movies

Baseball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Although I’m still getting teased by my mom (a great softball player) for making daisy chains in the outfield in tee-ball, there are many amazing stories about my brother in Little League and in high school he was the greatest … Continue reading

Rest in Peace, Roger Ebert

I have written movie reviews for a local paper since I was a sophomore in high school. When I started out, I was young and still developing my voice, so it was important to me to have role models. I took it very seriously. I checked out or bought many books of film reviews, but … Continue reading

Evil Little Girls on Film

Since I spend so much time studying the portrayal of girlhood in popular culture, it was only fitting that for Halloween I post about evil little girls*. The portrayal of little girls as the potential or real villains of scary stories is not a new phenomenon. Consider Henry James’s masterful The Turn of the Screw … Continue reading

The New Brave Trailer: Some Questions

Between The Hunger Games and Brave, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been practicing a lot of archery on my Wii. I’ll also admit that I am excited that Pixar is finally making a movie with a female lead. But, as Peggy Orenstein has already pointed out, that shouldn’t be a big deal. In all … Continue reading