Want to engage with the movies you watch? I've created a Visual Literacy Primer to make your trips to the theatre more interesting, informative, and empowering. Part 2 is all about learning to read "the shot" and figure out just what the filmmaker means | Read it at onecriticalbitch.com

Visual Literacy: Reading the Shot

Visual Literacy is how we make meaning from art. Remember the first post in this series? In our increasingly digital, fast-paced, and visual world, visual literacy – knowing how to read an image (that is, determine its implied meaning and direction) – is absolutely the most important thing you can learn to do right now…

A Reading of David Bowie's Blackstar Music Video: In Memoriam | onecriticalbitch.com | Original illustration by Alex Landers

Blackstar: Making Meaning of David Bowie’s Death

Blackstar at first appeared a typical oddity. When I posted the music video for Blackstar upon its release, I didn’t know what to make of it. Like his previous work, Blackstar was strange, often inexplicable, and surreal. It wasn’t colorful Bowie, or garish Ziggy. It was darker and drearier and, frankly, scarier. I watched it, I enjoyed it,…

Where Are The Women Directors? | #featurefriday looks at the problematic Director Roundtable from The Hollywood Reporter | onecriticalbitch.com

Women Directors Not Invited: The THR Director Roundtable

Where are the women directors? This was my first question when The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Director Roundtable appeared on my Devour feed this week. Women directors in Hollywood exist, do they not? Many worked brilliantly last year, didn’t they? Their absence, probably because I am a woman, was glaring from just the screenshot – six…

Bitch, Please! Why choosing to use "bitch" in my branding is the BEST thing I could have done for myself AND my blog | onecriticalbitch.com

Bitch, Please: Branding with Bad Words

There are RULES when branding a new blog. Like, a real, honest-to-goodness, professional one. For instance, when creating your blog or online business, good branding requires you to: Always self-host. WordPress is best Define your niche. Streamline your fonts and images. Pin the shit out of it. Relate to human beings on social media. And NEVER use a bad word in…

How To Actively Watch A Film: The Visual Literacy Primer | onecriticalbitch.com

How To Actively Watch a Film

So you saw Citizen Kane, read about the “Male Gaze,” and brushed up on your German Expressionism – now what? You can see every GREAT work – film, painting, sculpture, any art – that others tell you is important, and still have… well, not a lot to say. Art is only as important as it is relevant…

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