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The Vampire as Sophisticated Blonde Belle Dame Sans Merci

The Vampire as Sophisticated Blonde Belle Dame Sans Merci

Daughters of Darkness (1971) and The Hunger (1983)   I normally don’t write two reviews in a single post but these two films have quite a few similarities that I find interesting as well as differences that I wish to discuss. I’ll give a synopsis of both while examining the similarities and contrasts. WARNING! SPOILERS! ‘Daughters of Darkness’ directed by Belgian Harry Kumel in 1971 opens with newlyweds Stefan (John...

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Elena Undone (2010)

Elena Undone (2010)

The movie opens with a male voiceover speaking of love “In love, one and one are…one. Seldom do we get to experience the art in love;” and even referencing Emily Bronte. We soon observe that the voice is that of a pastor (Gary Weeks) during a sermon in church. Seated in the pews are, amongst others, his lovely wife, Elena (Necar Zadegan) and their teenage son, Nash (Connor Kramme). Pastor Barry is on an anti-gay marriage crusade...

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Lost & Delirious (2001)

Lost & Delirious (2001)

Before she was singing ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’ to Don Draper on Mad Men, French-Canadian actress, Jessica Pare, was breaking Piper Perabo’s heart (and ours) in ‘Lost and Delirious’. Filmed in Ontario, Canada by director Lea Pool and adapted from Susan Swan’s novel ‘The Wives of Bath’, the movie follows the friendship of three students at a posh all-girl boarding school. The narrator and witness to the unfolding events is Mary :Mouse” Bradford...

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Girl Seeks Girl AKA Chica Busca Chica (2007)

Girl Seeks Girl AKA Chica Busca Chica (2007)

This lighthearted comedy is set in Madrid and revolves around the lives of four women (three lesbians and one heterosexual with possible bi potential). There’s Nines (Celia Freijeiro), the resident lothario and aspiring comic book artist when she’s not bartending at the local lesbian watering hole, ‘Chica Busca Chica’. And while there are four main characters, the cast centerpiece is clearly Nines. She is a player and an incorrigible liar...

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The Children’s Hour (1961)

The Children’s Hour (1961)

The first time I saw this movie I was 12 years old. It was a lazy afternoon and I was channel surfing. If you’ve watched “The Children’s Hour” then you can imagine the impact this film had on me, not only because of my tender age but also because I was becoming aware at that age (experiencing my first HUGE crush) that I was “different” from the other girls. The movie stayed with me for days. Based on Lillian Hellman’s smash Broadway play,...

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Released in 1975, this film has the twofold distinction of being the first Australian movie widely distributed to international audiences as well as being acclaimed director Peter Weir’s only second feature film. Set in an all-girl boarding school in South Australia, it’s difficult to place Picnic at Hanging Rock in any genre as it defies categorization; part mystery, part supernatural gothic and part visual poem to lost innocence, the...

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