Author: Clara Mae

Jailbreak is a Gorgeously Shot Ode to Cambodia’s Martial Art

Jailbreak Jimmy Henderson (director), Godefroy Ryckewaert (cinematographer), Amit Dubey, Jimmy Henderson (editors) Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our, Tharoth Sam, Céline Tran, Savin Phillip, Dara Phang (cast) September 23, 2017 (Fantastic Fest), October 6, 2017 (London Film Festival) Jailbreak is an ambitious, kinetic, and wildly enjoyable action film hailing from Cambodia, a country whose film industry is slowly making a comeback after it was all but decimated under the Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970s. Cambodia’s Khmer Times touts Jailbreak as Cambodia’s first blockbuster and first Khmer action film, and notes that it’s the first Cambodian film to make it into...

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Good Manners Is a Romance Film Seeped in Magical Realism

Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas (directors), Rui Poças (cinematography), Caetano Gotardo (editor) Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Cida Moreira, Miguel Lobo (cast) Released September 24, 2017 (Fantastic Fest), October 11, 2017 (BFI London Film Festival) “Lady, beware, quicken your pace…all kinds of creatures hide in the night,” a woman sings as the Good Manners’ protagonist sprints past her into the night. Seeped in the Latin American tradition of magical realism, Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas’ São Paulo-based film interweaves everyday drama with supernatural and fantastical elements. Good Manners tells the story of Clara Macedo, a nurse...

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Backlight: Emmys and Fantastic Fest

This week we saw a range of diverse creators receive the recognition they deserve. We also saw further repercussions around Tim League quietly employing Devin Faraci; the whole ordeal has been revealing and frustrating, and serves as a reminder that this industry still has a long way to go before it’s fully inclusive and safe for women. Marginalized Creators Win at This Years Emmy’s Queer creators and people of color made waves at this year’s Emmy Awards. Lena Waithe made history on Sunday by becoming the first Black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy...

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On Dream Daddy, Authenticity, and Games by Queer Creators

The pitch for the Dream Daddy dating simulator was simple: play as a queer daddy who gets to romance other, much hotter, queer daddies. With “dadbod” entering our social lexicon, calling hot celebrities “daddy” a common online occurrence, and “daddy” being very much a type within the gay community, it’s clearly an idea that struck the right chord for many; the official Dream Daddy Twitter has over 75,000 followers, and it made Steam’s top ten best sellers list in the first week of its release. Fandometrics, a database that tracks Tumblr trends, reported that Dream Daddy dethroned Overwatch as...

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Backlight: Your Movie and TV News Roundup

Whew it’s been…a week. Joss Whedon, Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals On Sunday Kai Cole, the ex-wife of Joss Whedon, wrote a scalding essay about Whedon’s multiple affairs with both fans and actresses. “I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist,” wrote Cole. Most recently Whedon was lambasted for his grossly sexist Wonder Woman script, and for many Cole’s letter was the final last straw. Whedonesque, a Whedon fan website...

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