“To watch Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is to take a master class in image construction. In 2011, she severed professional ties with her father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, who’d had a strong hand in controlling her image. In the nine years since, she has evolved dramatically as a […]
Angelica Jade Bastién considers Keanu Reeves. “Throughout his career, Reeves has eschewed obvious transformation in favor of something trickier and more subtle. What has allowed him to remain a star, 30 years later, is a blend of virility, vulnerability, and an aura of mystery, hearkening to a bygone […]
Angelica Jade Bastién writes about Killing Eve as Bluebeard at Vulture. “Killing Eve is deeply indebted to film noir, a genre whose backbone is the ways people lose their soul in the face of desire — from the stories of lone stylish assassins (Le Samouraï) to femme-fatale-led worlds […]
Angelica Jade Bastién shares 33 neo-noirs worth seeing and talks a bit about the history of noir and neo-noirs films.
At Vulture, Angelica Jade Bastién writes about Now, Voyager, its presentation of mental illness and hope. “In the years since its release, the film has garnered a reputation as Davis’s best performance and a quintessential example of the women’s picture, a proto-feminist subgenre that took shape in 1930s […]
At RogerEbert.com’s “Balder & Dash,” Angelica Jade Bastien writes about the complexity of Joan Crawford, her career and her image. “The image I hold of Crawford is one crafted from her various roles and interviews that have far more complexity than Mommie Dearest and her current legacy do. […]