Stalled Beat: Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden

Stalled Beat: Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden

Midway through Mia Hansen-Løve’s sprawling, electronic dance music–themed Eden, French DJ Paul (the perpetually doe-eyed Félix de Givry) meets a Chicago DJ with whom he has been corresponding. “Man, you look young,” the man states bluntly....
Killer Waves: Beach Girls and the Monster

Killer Waves: Beach Girls and the Monster

In his review of Muscle Beach Party in the New York Times on May 28, 1964, Bosley Crowther, the granddaddy of mid-century film criticism, succinctly describes one of the central features of the new genre of “beach party film”: “a tangle of vigorous young people with...
Bloody Fun: The Menstrual Horror of Ginger Snaps

Bloody Fun: The Menstrual Horror of Ginger Snaps

Brian de Palma’s 1976 film Carrie has become a seminal text in female horror for its blending of the trials of adolescence with a dash of the supernatural. The film opens with Carrie’s first menstruation, a mysterious and shameful event for the sheltered outcast....
’90s Teen Party Movies and the Golden Age™ of Feminist Film?

’90s Teen Party Movies and the Golden Age™ of Feminist Film?

There ain’t no party like a parents-out-of-town, geek-gets-drunk, Seth-Green-gets-laid nineties teen movie party. Even if you weren’t old enough—or cool enough—to attend any such rager yourself, you could still party vicariously through revelrous classics...
Women to Watch: Sylvia Schedelbauer

Women to Watch: Sylvia Schedelbauer

A new regular column, Women To Watch features profiles of women working in all positions and genres of film. Experimental filmmaker Sylvia Schedelbauer’s work stages confrontations between images and their histories. Through associational and oppositional editing...