2 items from 2015
Epistemology of the Closet: Dunn’s Impressive Debut a Pronounced Portrait of Agitated Angst
Notable short filmmaker Stephen Dunn (Pop-up Porno, 2015) makes an impressive feature debut with Closet Monster, a film easily classified as a coming-of-age/coming-out drama but augmented by a masterful sense of tone and visual authority. As ambient as a thriller but without the frills of genre as metaphor, you’d be hard pressed to recall a recent cinematic endeavor that so vividly and compellingly relates the modern queer teen’s terrified angst so effectively. Grappling with familiar yet nevertheless pertinent issues in regards to the heteronormative machinations Lgbt youth struggle to navigate, the Canadian helmer unveils an original and moody psychological portrait of agonized adolescence.
Oscar (Connor Jessup) is an aspiring special effects make-up artist finishing up his last year of high school in small town Newfoundland. Hanging out with his friend Gemma (Sofia Banzhof), who »
- Nicholas Bell
If you've watched a romantic comedy over the last decade or so you'll no doubt have encountered the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
The term, coined by film critic Nathan Rabin regarding Kirsten Dunst's character in Elizabethtown, refers to a stock female character who exists only to serve a male protagonist. Think Natalie Portman in Garden State and Kate Hudson in Almost Famous.
Author John Green is keen to dismantle the character: The Fault in Our Stars's Augustus Waters is a flip on the notion (meet the Manic Pixie Dream Boy), while Cara Delevingne's Margo Roth Spiegelman makes a bid to break the mould in Paper Towns.
Whether the movie adaptation of Paper Towns is successful in its ambitions is up for interpretation, but Green is eager to push against the Mpdg in his work.
Speaking to Digital Spy, he described the Mpdg as "a very lazy trope »
2 items from 2015
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