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Horror Movies for Feminists: Candyman (1992)

Synopsis: A pair of grad students, Helen and Bernadette, are writing a paper on urban legends. Thanks to a tip, they explore the famed Cabrini-Green public housing development in Chicago on a hunt to find out more about “Candyman”, the ghost of an artist and son of a slave who was murdered on that land…

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Horror Movies for Feminists: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Synopsis: Ana misses an emergency news bulletin one night, and wakes up the next morning to discover her world has been eclipsed by the zombie apocalypse. She and a scrappy band of survivors retreat to a suburban shopping mall where they battle zombies – and each other – in their quest to resist the zombie…

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Horror Movies for Feminists: Day of the Dead (1985)

This series on “horror for feminists” looks at the horror movie canon and argues for the need for contemporary feminist storytelling in the horror genre.

Horror Movies for Feminists: The Shining (1980)

This grand haunted hotel is an extended metaphor for the writer’s own alcoholism and domestic violence.

Horror Movies for Feminists: Alien (1979)

This series on “horror for feminists” looks at the horror movie canon and argues for the need for contemporary feminist storytelling in the horror genre.

Horror Movies for Feminists: Halloween (1978)

Only “good girls” like smart, chaste Laurie prevail.

Horror Movies for Feminists: Carrie (1976)

Fear of the teenage girl is expressed over and over again in horror movies, fear of their unruly bodies, their explosive anger, insatiable appetites for consumption, resistance (or adherence) to control, and their perceived power over parents and strangers.

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Welcome to Leith (2015)

In “Welcome to Leith,” a documentary about tiny North Dakota town with a population of 24 (“including children,” the residents boast), the residents explain how they usually bent over backwards to welcome new neighbors to the area. Then they discovered that the new guy in the neighborhood, who was buying up property and inviting others…

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Review: Bastards of the Party

As the New York Times puts it, Bastards of the Party is the “genealogy for the institution of the gang. This feature-length documentary “traces the origin of black American gang history, from the great migration of African-Americans from the South to northern and western industrial cities, to the rise and demise of the Black Panther…

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Blue Apron Taught Me Some New Tricks

A friend gave me a free week of Blue Apron, a weekly cooking and grocery service that provides you with high quality produce, including seasonal ingredients directly from farms, importers and family-run purveyors, and easy instructions on how to use them. I like good food and I’m a good cook, so I decided to try it…

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I Wrote a Thing: Secret Fine Dining, Local Food, and Red Tape with Pop-Up Lafayette

A review of Pop-Up Lafayette, the new, elusive, all local and organic “supper club” that is taking over the imaginations of area foodies. “Our political philosophies are layer upon layer,” one chef said. Another said, “We just want to cook beautiful food in an interesting way.” Another said, “We want to cook food we are…

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