Kelly Reichardt has directed two films set in the 19th century American West, Meek’s Cutoff (2010) and First Cow (2019). To explore how she differs from the traditional Western genre, we compare her films with Oregon-set Bend of the River (1952) and cow film Red River (1948).
Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete shares DNA with Kelly Reichardt’s westerns (e.g. Wendy and Lucy): both filmmakers are making modern westerns that deromanticize tired western tropes. This is an excerpt from our ebook on Lean on Pete. We will soon publish an ebook on the works of Kelly Reichardt.
Inspired by Eliza Hittman’s new drama, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, we discuss various depictions of abortion on screen ranging from this year’s Saint Frances to Obvious Child and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. For this discussion, Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney is joined by Executive Editor Orla Smith and guest Lindsay Pugh of Woman in Revolt.
Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man re-imagines the Universal Monsters character as a stalker. The theme reminded us of one of Seventh Row’s favourite films, Stephen Soderbergh’s Unsane (2018), so we had to discuss them in conversation with each other.
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In this episode, Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney and Executive Editor Orla Smith have a wide ranging conversation about film criticism and more specifically women in film criticism with Lindsay Pugh of Woman in Revolt. They begin discussing our new ebook, Portraits of Resistance: The Cinema of Céline Sciamma and the conversation evolves to cover Seventh Row’s approach to putting together books and the lack of good film criticism on women directors.
In this episode, we compare and contrast three adaptations of Emma: The 2020 Autumn de Wilde film, the 2009 BBC mini-series, and the 1996 Douglas McGrath films. We discuss the films’ differing approaches to characters, comedy, and class. Special guest Caitlin Merriman joins Executive Editor Orla Smith and episode host Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney.