Why Criticism Matters More Than Ever in 2018

To approach even the thought of criticism in 2018 feels like a minefield waiting for too heavy a step. It won’t trigger one explosion, aimed only at you and your ideas, but a succession of explosions that come for all those who dare offer criticism that may veer off the intended path, or pose questions that…

The Best Books on Film for Aspiring Filmmakers + Movie Lovers | My top 10 picks at onecriticalbitch.com

The 10 Best Books on Film

*Danger, Will Robinson: Affiliate Links Ahead! I’ve put together an easy list of books for you to grab on Amazon, and when you buy through my links, I make some cash. For full disclosure, scroll to the end of this post!* Books on film, about films, for filmmakers, for film lovers… Now that we’ve been doing…

How To Take Shit: 5 ways you can learn to take criticism better (and weed out the shit that doesn't matter) | Read it on onecriticalbitch.com

Receiving Criticism: Or, How to Take Shit

People hate criticism. Writers, artists, scientists, your Mom – no one wants to hear all the ways they’re screwing up. The only thing they hate more than the criticism itself? The jerk who doles it out. As a self-proclaimed critical bitch, I like to think I know something about criticism. But the general presumption about…

Creativity at All Costs: The Art of Working With Illness | onecriticalbitch.com

Creativity at All Cost: The Art of Working with Illness

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for creativity and me. I’m tired. I’m anxious. I’m having a hard time sitting down and focusing long enough to write the blog posts I’d like to. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to give you advice on “how to take shit,” something I’m usually pretty good at, when I…

Goodnight Mommy is an unsettling horror/thriller from Austrian directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala| See the full review and join in on #ChickFlickFebruary at onecriticalbitch.com

Goodnight Mommy and the Alienation of Women

Fair warning: Goodnight Mommy may not be your chick flick style. But it’s mine. Goodnight Mommy (2014) Our mother wouldn’t do that. There’s a reason I’ve asked everyone sending me recommendations this month to hashtag their choices with #thischickpicks. Goodnight Mommy is that reason. A horror/thriller with torture tendencies may not be your idea of a…

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…

Jeremy Irons Dead Ringers Watercolor Illustration

#11: Dead Ringers

This is not a horror movie, per say. But it is most certainly not an erotic thriller as the box description would have you believe. At least, I have an exceptionally hard time finding any part of this Cronenberg feature “erotic.” But maybe that’s because I am a woman, and my vagina is under attack…

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