Saturday, February 17, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 5: In Wolf's Clothing


Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction.

In chapter 4 of Films of the New French Extremity, Alexandra West examined movies that explore the relationships have with women, people of color, and/or those seen as being in lower classes, particularly in terms of sexuality.  Not surprisingly, such exploration finds these relationships to be fundamentally flawed as they are measured by their value to straight, white, men.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 4: Body Commodification


Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction.

In the last installment, Alexandra West guided us through the films of Gaspar Noe that dare audiences to reflect on the vile and brutal realities that many people in France would have liked to have kept in the shadows after World War II.  For my part, I acknowledged that while Noe's films have cultural significance, I probably wouldn't have the stomach to visit them myself.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 3: Time Destroys All Things


Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction from January 14th.  

The time has come.  We've been given the appropriate primers on French history and cinema, and Alexandra West is ready to take us down the rabbit hole that is the New French Extremity.  For those hoping that we'd get to ease our way into the dark subject matter, I've got some bad news:  one of the earliest filmmakers attributed to the New French Extremity also appears to be one of its most brutal.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 2: Cinema pour Tous

 

Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction from January 14th.  

When we last left Films of New French Extremity, Alexandra West had given us the dime tour of the France's history, with special attention given to the internal conflict that would play a large role in the New French Extremity.  But when they weren't fighting, the French did manage to produce some art now and then, particularly in the medium of film.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 1: Viva La Revolucion!


Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction from January 14th.  

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY by Alexandra West (Introduction)


Happy New Year, horror fans.  As 2017 came to a close I, like many people, found myself taking stock and looking at what I wanted to make a priority in 2018.  When I realized how woefully neglected this site was, I realized I needed to figure out what I wanted to get out of it lest I let it wither away completely.  Combined with the fact that one of my annual (re: unfulfilled) resolutions is to read more, I came up with an idea:  I'll finally start getting to read the ever increasing list of horror-based writing that I've been meaning to get to, and I'll take you with me for the ride.  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Horror That Made Me Happy in 2017


Wow, I've really let this place go, haven't I?  I've been putting together some high-quality excuses but frankly the year just got away from me while I've also been trying to figure out the best way to move forward with this site.  The good news is that I think I've got an idea for 2018 (more on that later).  But first, I just couldn't let the year end without at least sticking to the one annual tradition I've got on here.

With that, I bring you the 2017 edition of the Horror That Made Me Happy.  As always, this won't necessarily be stuff that was released this year.  It's just the stuff that I discovered this year, because I'm narcissistic and if I don't see it then it doesn't matter.  With that, to the list!