In this series, Team FC scours the best of the internet every week to bring you a list of great reads, watches and more, from the world of film and entertainment.
10 Single-Location Movies That Show You Don’t Need a Big Budget to Tell a Good Story
In the light of the lockdown we’ve all been through in the last year, this detailed list looks at ten (Hollywood) films that were set in a single location and yet managed to tell a damn good story, from classics like Rear Window and 12 Angry Men to Ryan Reynolds’s Buried. You can read the list here.
It’s Ryan Murphy’s World—Halston Is Just Living in It
Critic Naomi Fry reviews the prolific Ryan Murphy’s latest Netflix miniseries, Halston, and examines how it falls right into his oeuvre. You can read the review here.
On My Octopus Teacher (and Why it Resonated with Me)
Film historian Jai Arjun Singh writes an essay on the Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher, which told the story of the filmmaker’s unusual relationship with an octopus. Singh uses it to examine his own relationship with animals, especially dogs. You can read it here.
The Girlboss Onscreen
This video essay studies the ‘girlboss’ in films and TV: the female character who takes charge, is in control, wields power and authority, and may also exude a sexy confidence. The films looked at include Hustlers and the recent Promising Young Woman.
The Bubble-gum Misogyny of 2000s Pop Culture
How did the so-called postfeminist era of pop culture in the first decade of this century continue to belittle, sexualise and objectify women? Vox critic Constance Grady writes about this, looking at Britney Spears and how documentaries like Allen v. Farrow and Framing Britney Spears could never have been made then. You can read the essay here.