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The Many Thrills and Kills in Pearl

Colored image: at center, portrait of Mia Goth as Pearl. Her hands are bloody and are on her cheeks.
Pearl (2022). Directed by Ti West. Starring Mia Goth.

Have you ever wanted something so bad you would kill for it? This question becomes the motivation for our protagonist in Pearl, the second installment to Ti West’s trilogy. As a prequel to the well received release of X earlier this year, Pearl explains the actions set forth in X, specifically Pearl’s rise to stardom. Having worked on both, Mia Goth and West create a film that simultaneously entertains and frightens the audience.

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Event Rundown: September 21-October 5

Image of cast from left to right: Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, David Lochary, John Waters, and Danny Mills
Pink Flamingo (1972). Directed by John Waters. Pictured from left to right: Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, David Lochary, John Waters, and Danny Mills.

Aside from the new releases hitting theaters, we here at FIU Film Studies invite you to explore your options outside of the mainstream circuit. Here’s what we have on our radar from now until October 5:

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Godard RIP… 5 Essential Films

Jean-Luc Godard with a film camera.
Jean-Luc Godard.

Jean-Luc Godard, pioneer of the French New Wave, and one of the most revered filmmakers of all time, has died at 91. His radical approach to cinema redefined the form and language of the medium and gave birth to a body of work that continues to inspire filmmakers today, even as it continues to challenge our notions of narrative structure and the craft of cinema.

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Christian Bale’s Best Performances

With his upcoming movie, Amsterdam, releasing this October 7th, it’s as good a time as any to do the impossible task of choosing Christian Bale’s five best performances. If you agree or even if you disagree with some of these, let us know on our instagram (@fiufilmstudies). Without further ado, let’s get into the rankings!

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Poltergeist at 40: It’s Heeeeeeere!

Original Poster of Poltergeist where little girl has her hands on buzzing TV
Copyright of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

You know a movie has got to be bold when the title is just a one word synonym for ghost. Released in 1982, Poltergeist is known as one of the scariest movies ever made due to its top-of-the-line special effects, clown dolls, and creepy little girls. When this movie came out, the American audience was weaning off the Amityville haunted house type of movie, and instead moving towards slasher flicks with Friday the 13th and Halloween. Poltergeist was an example of a subgenre going out with a blast (much like the implosion of the house at the end of the movie).  Continue reading Poltergeist at 40: It’s Heeeeeeere!

Movies about Royalty to Watch after the Queen’s Death

John Goodman as King Ralph
King Ralph (1991)
Directed by David S. Ward
Shown: John Goodman

The world has been rocked by the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s not everyday that a Queen dies and it’s not every day that we get a film that perfectly captures the nuance, drama, tragedy, and inherent silliness that comes with being royalty. As we reflect and mourn, here are 8 movies about royalty to watch: Continue reading Movies about Royalty to Watch after the Queen’s Death