Desirae recently began freelance writing in order to keep her two cats living in the style to which they'd become accustomed. When not providing for their comfort, she is a PhD student at Texas A&M where she studies film and media with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. Her work has appeared on Autostraddle, Vague Visages, Write out of L.A., and PopMatters, where she is currently an Associate Film Editor. She can be kept up with on Twitter (@ZeeSayre) and on her personal site.
If Mad Men’s slickness allow us to enjoy the existential emptiness at the heart of American identity without implicating us, Bronfen’s volume works to close that distance.
31 Aug 2016
Beautiful, classic, important, and thoroughly complex, Gilda is a real “aficionado” film, and yet it has an undeniable popular appeal.
20 Jun 2016
Not only does this collect all the film ephemera into one place for easy reference, it also serves as a springboard for the kinds of conversations that energize sci-fi fans.
25 Jan 2016
Flicker Alley’s recent release of 15 newly restored comedies from Chaplin’s time at Essanay Studios is another priceless intervention in the decay of Hollywood history.
11 Jan 2016
Cruising the Movies is film writing that delivers that magic with verve, wit, and self-deprecation.
10 Jan 2016
This box set represents a nuanced perspective not only of the crime fiction genre, but of women's contributions to mid-century American culture.
03 Dec 2015
At only halfway through the show’s second season, there is still a lot of space for Empire's writers to surprise us, but the further the show strays into melodramatic cliche, the less likely it seems they will.
24 Nov 2015
By introducing new plot lines and dramatic twists and turns without ever really capitalizing on the ones already set up, Empire's offering too many loose ends and half-developed characters about whom it's incredibly difficult to care.
16 Nov 2015
This week’s episode was full of the kinds of antics expected in the Empire universe; however, Lee Daniels and company showed with this week’s episode that there are any number of relationship dynamics still left to be explored.
26 Oct 2015
Ascension plays with the range of pleasures associated with the detective story, but framing it within the claustrophobic environment of a spaceship puts quite a spin on the old formulas.
18 Oct 2015
Dressed to Kill doesn't address itself to every viewer, but for those who love horror and the tradition of suspense that de Palma so expertly participates in, it will always deliver.
14 Oct 2015
Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.
06 Oct 2015
Jean-Jacques Annaud's classic naturalist dramatization of a "practically impossible friendship" between two bears gets a visual update but retains all its original emotion.
05 Oct 2015
The second episode of Empire's second season gives audiences more of what they came for: narrative, character development, and strained relationships.
02 Oct 2015
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