Shakespeare and Political Commentary in 2017

So I was reading a Shakespeare play today (Richard II) and came across this line:   For heaven’s sake let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories about the death of kings: How some have been deposed, some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed, Some poisoned by their… Continue reading Shakespeare and Political Commentary in 2017

“Death Note” and Morality

(NOTE: While I am quite familiar with the Death Note manga, the anime, and previous film adaptations, I am not going to compare this recent adaptation to those. Yes, it’s an Americanized version for an Americanized audience, and such things are generally problematic. For the sake of avoiding the same tired arguments about adaptation, I’m… Continue reading “Death Note” and Morality

The Problems With Creating a Female “Lord of the Flies”

According to the news site Deadline Hollywood, Warner Bros. announced that they have hired Scott McGhee and David Siegel to write and direct a contemporized all-female adaptation of William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies.  According to Scott McGhee, “taking the opportunity to tell the story in a way that hasn’t been told before,… Continue reading The Problems With Creating a Female “Lord of the Flies”

Elizabeth Banks, Steven Spielberg, and “The Color Purple”

The issue of female representation in Hollywood films is a popular issue. From the controversy surrounding how people reacted to last summer’s female-led Ghostbusters film, to recent discussions about Wonder Women, the desire for more women in leading roles continues to be a passionately debated topic. Therefore, when Elizabeth Banks made comments at an awards ceremony regarding… Continue reading Elizabeth Banks, Steven Spielberg, and “The Color Purple”

What Hitchcock Got Wrong With “Marnie”

Recently, while researching another article, I came across this quote from filmmaker Anna Biller as she discussed films of the 1960’s and the men who made them. Of these she said: “those films were made for men’s pleasure. They didn’t include women as a viewer or spectator, whereas a movie like Marnie does” (Patterson 1).… Continue reading What Hitchcock Got Wrong With “Marnie”

Women in Prison: The Big Doll House

After finishing off the fifth season of “Orange is the New Black,” I’ve found myself in the mood to revisit some classics of the Women in Prison (WiP) genre of films. Years ago, when I had first started Geek Juice, I’d done an entire month of articles, videos, podcasts all about Women in Prison, where I… Continue reading Women in Prison: The Big Doll House

The Problem of a “Gay” Babadook

Recently, due to an error on Netflix’s part, the 2014 Australian horror film, The Babadook, was listed under LGBT films. The film, about a single mother and her struggles as they involve an evil monster (the eponymous Babadook) bent on destroying her child, is anything but an LGBT-themed film. However, when a photo of Netflix’s… Continue reading The Problem of a “Gay” Babadook