Originally a novel, Gerald’s Game follows a married couple embarking on a romantic vacation. While enjoying their serene getaway, a kinky game goes awry, causing the wife to experience psychosis. While the surface level plot is engrossing, the underlying symbolism and themes are even more captivating.
Stanley Kubrick, the director and writer, considered Eyes Wide Shut to be his best film — and for good reasons. There are compelling, dark and eye opening themes in addition to fantastic acting and cinematography.
The Others is a film about a woman named Grace, played by Nicole Kidman, and her two children who are photosensitive. Sinister things begin to happen as the family follows oppressive, religious inspired and odd rules designed to protect the children from sunlight… and other things.
Mavis Gary is an alcoholic, young adult fiction writer. The film follows her journey after she decides to rekindle the romance with her highschool sweetheart who recently had a baby and is happily married. In the end, Mavis doesn’t find what she’s looking for, but she does learn more about herself.
The Neon Demon movie was released in 2016 and was created by Nicolas Winding Refn. In this Neon Demon analysis, Caitlin Devon deep dives into the prevalent themes of youth, naivete and allure — in addition to how far people are willing to go to embody it.
The plot follows a newly orphaned teenage girl who moves to Los Angeles to pursue a career in modelling. Immediately, she is faced with envy and jealousy due to her immense beauty and youth which may end up being menacing.
The plot follows Dorothy Shaw, played by Jane Russell, and Lorelei Lee, played by Marilyn Monroe, on their adventure to Paris. Little do they know a private detective and a wealthy admirer follows them, among other interested men.
The film follows a middle aged woman in the midst of a conflict where she must choose between turning a profit or the cost of her own life. Released in 1997, Tarantino wrote and directed this film which was another mobster classic.
Devil’s Advocate is a 1997 film that follows a no-loss criminal defence attorney after he’s offered a high-end job at a New York City law firm. Kevin Lomax, played by Keanu Reeves, begins to have devilish apparitions while working beneath his new boss, John Milton played by Al Pacino.
In 1994, the figure skater, Nancy Kerrigan, made headlines when she was attacked by Tonya Harding and her boyfriend, Jeff Gillooly, over their extreme desire to win the Winter Olympics. Over two decades later, the Harding-Kerrigan scandal is revisited in the film, I, Tonya, which was released in 2017.