Grand Theft My Heart (A Queer Edit of Grand Theft Auto V)

Grand Theft Auto V is considered to be one of, if not the most successful video games in history. It is the highest selling narrative game of all time; it surpassed a billion dollars of revenue within the first three days, making it the fastest selling entertainment product in history. A commercial and critical success (with over 35 … More Grand Theft My Heart (A Queer Edit of Grand Theft Auto V)

Carmen with a K

Karmen Geï  (2001) is a contemporary Senegalese take on the famous Carmen story; originally written by Prosper Mérimée, and later popularized as a opera by Georges Bizet in the late 19th century. Carmen, now portrayed as “Karmen” by Djeïnaba Diop Gaï, is the tale of a femme fatale-esque and transgressively sexual seductress. In the original opera, she lures a … More Carmen with a K

Fox and His Friends “Leaving for the Opera” Scene Analysis

Rainer Wener Fassbinder’s Fox and His Friends (1975) provides an exploitative look at the relation between the materialistic upper-class and the blue-collared working class, and, moreover, what happens when that relation is love. Franz “Fox” Bieberkopf (Fassbinder), an unsophisticated carnival worker is suddenly thrown into an upperclass circle of men after winning 500,000 marks in the lottery. … More Fox and His Friends “Leaving for the Opera” Scene Analysis

“XXY” Compared to Susan Stryker’s “My Words to Victor Frankenstein”

Lucía Puenzo’s film XXY and Susan Stryker’s piece My Words to Victor Frankenstein Above the Village of Chamouniz: Preforming Transgender Rage” are about different topics, but cover similar themes. Like a Venn Diagram, XXY‘s circle sits on one side, focusing on the life of a non-“normalized” Intersex teenager. On the other side, Stryker’s piece is about taking ownership of … More “XXY” Compared to Susan Stryker’s “My Words to Victor Frankenstein”

Saudi Arabia in the film Wadjda

Haifaa al-Mansour’s film Wadjda focuses its narrative on the titular spunky 11-year old girl living in present-day Saudi Arabia. With a patriarchal and religious country as her setting, young Wadjda faces the limitations and social constructs of her country through her journey to obtain a bicycle (a toy that’s not for girls). While Wadjda certainly does not veil itself from showing harsh gender politics of Saudi … More Saudi Arabia in the film Wadjda

Is Mad Max: Fury Road a Feminist Film?

Eileen Jones and Jessica Valenti stand opposite each other in their respective reviews of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Unfortunately, only Valenti reviews the film objectively, whereas Jones incorporates her own bias unrelated to Fury Road to shape an unprofessionally written article. I think there’s no question that Mad Max: Fury Road is, at … More Is Mad Max: Fury Road a Feminist Film?