Double Indemnity: How the Femme Fatale of Noir Stacks Up to the Gothic Heroine of Yore

By Canese Jarboe

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Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurry in Double Indemnity

Pulp fiction contains the lurid, the underbelly, and it’s supposed to be cheap. Despite what Raymond Chandler may have thought, James M. Cain’s writing in Double Indemnity often self-consciously broke through this lacquer and pulled from the long literary tradition of Gothic fiction. However, Cain’s careful depiction of Phyllis as a romanticized consort of Death was largely removed by Chandler and distantly depicted in one of the latter scenes of the film.

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I Like Things That Look Like Mistakes: Frances Ha Film Review

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Frances and Sophie

“I should sleep in my own bed,” says Frances, her face shadowed and obscured in a dark room.

“Why?” Another woman is next to her in bed, distracted by the light of her laptop.

“Because I bought it.”

“Stay,” says the woman. Frances smiles. “But take your socks off.” Continue reading “I Like Things That Look Like Mistakes: Frances Ha Film Review”

Women in the Media: Latina Women in Television

By: Madison Meyer

 

Media is often a mirror of our society. Ideally, it is a conscious platform for creators to express their concerns about what is going on in the world around us. Whether their material is motivated by concern over the status quo or something else, it’s no secret that the goal is to relate to the largest population possible in order to gain an audience. This often results in stereotypes and tropes about minorities being played out on screen.

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Get Ready For International Women’s Day

By Shanda Glover

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate than by supporting and watching films by, for and about women.

Lunafest Logo for the film festivalThe Women’s Center will be hosting the LUNAFEST Women’s Film Festival in Moscow tomorrow, March 8th. The films begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. There will be a pre-screening reception at 6:30 p.m. with beverages by Camas Prairie Winery and complimentary appetizers by Nectar.

The festival includes six award-winning films. These address topics including women in labor, intimate relationships and personal identity. Their stories span across the globe, including stories focusing on women from Cuba, the Philippines, the United States, Finland, and Iran.

Tickets for the reception are $6 for students with valid ID, $12 for general admission. Tickets include the film screenings, appetizers, and one ticket to a raffle of gift items donated by local businesses and individuals. Admission to the films only is $3 for students and $6 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the Women’s Center in Memorial Gym 109 or at the door. Continue reading “Get Ready For International Women’s Day”

The Bechdel Test

By Morgan Fisher

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While brainstorming things to write about this week, my mom very excitedly asked me if I’d ever heard of the Bechdel Test. I’ve been researching it for five days now, and it’s so fascinating that I have no clue how I’d never heard of it before.

The Bechdel Test comes from a 1985 Alison Bechdel comic called “Dykes to Watch Out For.” According to Bechdel, in order for a movie to pass this test, there have to be: two female characters; they have to talk to each other; and they have to talk to each other about something other than men.

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