‘American Mary’: In Praise of the Amoral Final Girl

Screenshot_2014-12-27-21-41-54-1 Directed by the Soska sisters, American Mary features a complicated female protagonist who starts out as a likable badass but ends up as an amoral psycho. The film celebrates the power of bodily autonomy and depicts the horror of taking it away.

Trigger Warning: American Mary is a rape/revenge film and this essay discusses sexual violence.

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‘Mr. Jones’: Beautiful Nightmares and Bothersome Storytelling

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ESCAPE YOUR NIGHTMARES — unless your nightmares are about confusing movies, in which case ENTER YOUR NIGHTMARES

Lest you think I fall in love with every found footage film I see, I offer you my review of Mr. Jones — a film which takes fascinating approaches to its mythology, camerawork, and representations of gender, then smashes them on the ground into a boring, convoluted mess. Continue reading