The Politics of The Mummy in 1932, 1999, and 2017

Fictional monsters have often been used to examine the “other” within ourselves. But the various incarnations of The Mummy — in 1932, 1999, and now 2017 — have touched on America’s interactions with foreign, exotic “others.” In a nutshell, each version follows the same narrative: stupid English-speaking people unearth an ancient mummy that brings bad

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Ripley’s Shame: The Backsliding Feminism of the New Alien Movies

In 1979 director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Dan O’Bannon gave audiences the scare of a lifetime with Alien and a feminist action heroine with Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley. The blue-collar woman with ‘80s curls transformed into a kick-ass action heroine, a small step for women in a landscape that’s still male-dominated. Weaver’s character hasn’t arrived

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Where Are the Spring Break Movies for Women?

Over the next several weeks countless college-age teens will descend upon exotic locales to enjoy spring break, that idyllic period of drunken debauchery that MTV wants us to think is fun but is really a rum-soaked panic attack with less dancing and more groping. This free-spirited mentality is something Hollywood’s latched onto with countless movies

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How ‘Logan’ Fits in Trump’s America

Comics, like movies, are texts ripe for deconstruction. Animators and writers deliberately plot their stories for audience entertainment, while simultaneously commenting on the world around us. The power of the comic book is so strong that in 1954 a United States Senate Subcommittee convened to inquire as to whether (among other things) Batman and Robin’s

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‘Unbreakable’ Through the Eyes of Someone with Osteogenesis Imperfecta

The success of M. Night Shyamalan’s mind-bending thriller Split has inspired the director to announce plans to make a sequel to Unbreakable — a film that, until last week, I’d spent more than 16 years avoiding. Why avoid Unbreakable? To properly contextualize, let’s go back to Thanksgiving 2000, when Shyamalan, off the critical and commercial

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