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The Clothing Tells the Story: a Look at the Costumes of ‘Promising Young Woman’

Recently, the Hollywood Foreign Press released their nominations for this year’s upcoming Golden Globes ceremony. Women artists – especially women artists of color – are snubbed so regularly by these organizations that it’s become expected. And of course, I have my opinions on who was cheated this time around and who did not deserve the nominations they did get (Emily in Paris? Really?). But there did come one welcome surprise this year: Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020) and its four nominations, including for Best Drama Motion Picture and Best Director. Before the buzz around this dark-comedy thriller subsides, and since I’ve been writing so much lately about costume design, I thought I’d talk about its costumes, which play a key role in the film’s storytelling.

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From a 2020 Perspective, ‘My American Cousin’ (1985) is Pretty Creepy

TCM will feature films from 12 decades—and representing 44 countries—totaling 100 classic and current titles all created by women. Read more about this here! The 80s were a weird time in American history, because they were far enough along to recognize the problems of the 1950s but not quite far enough along to change almost anything […]

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We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is More Uncomfortably Relevant than Ever

TCM will feature films from 12 decades—and representing 44 countries—totaling 100 classic and current titles all created by women. Read more about this here!  There’s an otherwise unremarkable scene in We Need To Talk About Kevin that will disorient the 2020 viewer. When psychopathic son Kevin (Ezra Miller) opens the package of bike locks he will […]

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‘Krane’s Confectionary’ Shows How Women Police Each Other

TCM will feature films from 12 decades—and representing 44 countries—totaling 100 classic and current titles all created by women. Read more about this here!  Many of us who have made feminism a big part of our lives are aware that women can often police other women just as much as we are all oppressed by men. […]

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Zero Motivation Isn’t Quite Sure What It’s Trying To Say About Israel

TCM will feature films from 12 decades—and representing 44 countries—totaling 100 classic and current titles all created by women. Read more about this here!  The war comedy is an odd genre, considering the subject material it attempts to make humorous. When I’ve see war comedies based on the American military, I’ve often liked or disliked the […]

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‘Loving Couples’ (1964) Challenges Motherhood and Patriarchy

TCM will feature films from 12 decades—and representing 44 countries—totaling 100 classic and current titles all created by women. Read more about this here!  Loving Couples begins with a bird’s eye view–black and white tiles, over which patients at a maternity clinic pass on their way to appointments with their doctors. Likewise, we see the women […]

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