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Book Review: Southern Reach Trilogy

Thirty years ago, an ecological event closed off an area of land referred to as “the forgotten coast.” Saying that it was an environmental catastrophe, the government named the bordered off area “Area X.” But the government didn’t set up those borders; in fact, something else created the invisible barrier that for a long time was impenetrable. When passage into […]

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Grief and Motherhood in The Babadook

Snap Synopsis: A widowed mom tries to hold it together when she realizes her son’s night terrors might be real. Trigger Warning: The dog dies.

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31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween — Day 23, Bloody Reunion

Without waxing sentimental, let’s acknowledge that teachers have a long-term impact on our upbringing and adult character. Sometimes, though, horrible people can hold such positions of authority over tender young psyches. Many of us have had some horrendous nightmare of a teacher who still gets our hackles up when we think about them. We wish that […]

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Movies

Oculus: Or Why I Was Right to be Scared of Mirrors

Official Synopsis: A brother and sister reunite 11 years after a tragedy in order to destroy the evil mirror responsible for the death of their parents. Snap Synopsis: HAUNTED MIRROR. NOPE. “OH SHIT!” Moments: Lost track. Just never buy antiques or peer into a mirror ever again.

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 28 — The Betrayal of Women in Bedevilled

Before I start, you need to know this about Bedevilled. Aside from massive trigger warnings of violence, sexual assault, betrayal (you name it): This movie is a gutwrencher. The first half of the movie sets the stage with cruel and unjust situations that will leave you cringing and sad, and the film has no qualms in […]

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Books

31 Days of Halloween, Day 21 — “We’re No. 1!” Ghosts, Monsters, and Anarchy

We’re No. 1! is a weekly feature looking at first issues in new comic series, as well as one-offs and special releases. In his reviews, Jeff highlights stories with diverse characters and plot lines Geekquality readers can care about, as well as points out comics that miss the mark.

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 14 — The Descent

When it comes to interesting roles for women in horror movies, it’s slim pickings. If they are the leading characters, it’s because they’re the target of a male gaze gone terribly wrong (stalking, haunting, hunting), or they’re on a revenge mission, usually because of rape. The standard depictions tend to run the gamut of heaving […]

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 7 — The Virgin’s Revenge and Moral Dichotomy in Arang

[Slay — As part of the 31 Days series, I’ll be featuring guest posts from different authors. Lois from Geekquality ran an interesting series looking at revenge films — following is her analysis of the South Korean horror film, Arang. This post originally ran on Geekquality on May 9, 2012.]

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Crosspost: Interview with Malinda Lo

Regular visitors to our site will probably know that a few of us here are unabashed fans of good YA fiction, and we’ve been particularly fond of the books by Bay Area-based author Malinda Lo. In Ash, Lo brought us a beautifully reimagined Cinderella story; Huntress served as a prequel, deeply influenced by Chinese legends; her latest […]

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Supersonic: Third Wave Feminism and the Importance of the “Hard Femme”-Cee

It’s a widely accepted idea that music, like fashion, social movements, and menstruation, runs in cycles. Sometimes this theory runs less true than others, but right now I think it’s pretty applicable. Because right now, in the year of our Lord 2012, three things are making a huge media comeback: feminism, babydoll dresses, and female […]