After a long hiatus, our film studies newsletter returns. The months since COVID disrupted our lives have seemed like years, and in the meantime all of our relationships to the moving picture have changed: suffering in some ways, and blossoming in others. Continue reading From the Director: Film Studies in the Time of Corona
Monthly Archives: October 2020
Meet the Crew
The Fall 2020 Film Studies Crew is a mix of new and familiar faces. We thought we’d introduce ourselves. Continue reading Meet the Crew
Still Relevant: A “Cuties” Review
If you thought the hubbub over Cuties was over, think again. News has just dropped that Netflix now faces a grand jury indictment in Texas for promoting lewd visual material. Is Cuties irredeemably lurid? Does it criticize precisely what its critics find offensive about it?
Cuties (French: Mignonnes) is not an easy movie to talk about. A heated discourse developed around it since Netflix announced the film’s release on its platform with a marketing campaign that sparked outrage due to the sexually suggestive behavior of the pre-adolescent characters in promotional material. The controversy has continued to grow since the movie’s release on September 9th with rumors being spread about grooming and child pornography. What is fascinating about this phenomenon is that the film’s content clearly sides with its detractors. That being said it is not immune to criticism on how it presents its critique of the sexualization of young girls. Continue reading Still Relevant: A “Cuties” Review
As part of our efforts to combat social-distancing restrictions, the FIU Film Studies program has started implementing virtual movie screenings. Be sure to join us for this week’s Spooky October screening of Sam Rami’s The Evil Dead (1981).
Held every Thursday at 8:00 PM via Netflix Party, our Thursday night screenings allow our interns to pick some of their favorite movies and share them with the FIU community. They also give our interns a chance to interact with fellow FIU movie-lovers as they discuss their favorite parts of the film during each screening. (If you haven’t used it before, here’s How to Netflix Party.) Continue reading Thursday Screenings