Posts Tagged: Film

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The Rumpus Review of 10 Cloverfield Lane


To hell with alien attacks; cinematically speaking, Hollywood’s destroying itself just fine. ...more

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The Slow Fall of the Hot Heroine


If nothing else, it’s the opinion of other women that encroaches on mine. Resemblances spark my joy; differences become character flaws. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with William Cusick


Director William Cusick discusses his new film, Pop Meets the Void, its unconventional narrative structure, simultaneously acting and directing, and the universal urge to create. ...more

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The Double Agency of Will Smith in Sci-Fi


Smith’s characters act as witnesses for the rehabilitated offender, the white-supremacist nation-state. ...more


#OscarsSoWhite: Calling Out Academy Bias


Instead of influencing our movie-going habits, The Academy can take its cues from us. We can continue to speak up through social media and—more importantly—our dollars. ...more

Learning From the Worst


The representation of writing students in film is an interesting one, as Leah Schnelbach explores for Electric Literature. There exists a trend in which writing students are shown to be young and innocent, learning from inadequate teachers. Schnelbach attempts to explain why this trend exists, and wonders if it can be changed:

…the public image of the writer is one of endless debauchery, drinking problems, deadline problems, and fuming ex-wives.



The Rumpus Interview with Phoebe Gloeckner


Artist and author Phoebe Gloeckner talks about her semi-autobiographical novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl, just adapted into a film starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, and what she's working on now. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Review: Güeros


It’s a literal confrontation of his metaphorical fear, a visual take on Rilke’s words: to view Güeros is to see a “thing poem” on the screen, to witness something like “The Panther” materialize. ...more


The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Patrick O’Neil


Patrick O'Neil talks about his debut memoir Gun Needle Spoon, being big in France, the drug/recovery genre, and writing through trauma. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Review of It Follows


It Follows interrogates its patriarchal ancestry and forges a unique and clever film in the process. ...more

The Idiot Follows


Scary movie of the hour It Follows is peppered with intertextual references to Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. Ben Apatoff looks for the connection (if there is one):

If anything, The Idiot enhances It Follows more than it represents it, augmenting the film’s foreboding atmosphere with quotes from a writer who could create anxiety and suspense as artfully as any of the Russian greats.


Getting It Right


People have been writing about civil rights for years, but it’s taken Hollywood until now to warm up to the subject (of course, not enough). Bill Morris traces the history of the movement’s cinematic representations leading up to Ava DuVernay’s recent triumph:

Movies about the civil rights movement — the successful ones– have tended to follow one of two strategies.