Editor’s Note: Flesh

Editor’s Note: Flesh

“People who say, ‘Why do women make films like this?’ still think that women don’t have vast territories to explore.” – Claire Denis on Trouble Every Day (2001) cléo was born of a rather inauspicious email. Last year I sent out a call to several writers with the...
Holy Motors: “I miss the cameras.”

Holy Motors: “I miss the cameras.”

After a thirteen-year hiatus, filmmaker Leos Carax returns with Holy Motors (2012), a kaleidoscopic dawn-to-dusk journey through Paris following the chameleon-like figure known only as Monsieur Oscar (frequent Carax collaborator, Denis Lavant). Oscar is an...
vol. 1, issue 1: flesh

vol. 1, issue 1: flesh

2012 has brought into stark relief our culture’s continual fixation on the legal boundaries of the female body. By no means a new topic of debate, what and how the body is controlled has nonetheless burst into mainstream media and thought with Canada’s Bill M312...
“It’s Biology”: Zero Dark Thirty and the Politics of the Body

“It’s Biology”: Zero Dark Thirty and the Politics of the Body

“In the end everyone breaks, bro. It’s biology.” Billing itself as “The Greatest Manhunt in History,” and similarly described by its director as a “first draft of history,” Zero Dark Thirty is a film that asks to be viewed as an impartial, reliable document of...
Haywire’s Body Talk

Haywire’s Body Talk

“Hey Wonder Woman, you said your piece. Now sit back and shut up.” Spoken by a portly cop mid-way through Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 Haywire, the superhero being told to stay quiet is Mallory, played by Gina Carano. Handcuffed in the back of a police car, her character...