Tag: Abbey Lee

September 11, 2016 / / Main Slate Archive

In director Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film, The Neon Demon, everything is as it seems. A highly stylized dive into the corrupt world of high fashion modeling, the film is a natural fit for symbolism. The lush visual imagery is the most important facet of the film, with the plot coming in a distant second. It is one of the beautiful films that emphasize form over function. That being said, the film’s deliberate and careful themes coexist with the visual storytelling rather than fighting against it. Certain themes in the film are direct reflections of the pretty images dancing on screen. Notably, the interconnection of two of these themes, innocence and superficiality, is one of the more pervasive voices throughout The Neon Demon.

October 14, 2015 / / Main Slate Archive

When MAD MAX: FURY ROAD premiered this past May, the critical response was overwhelmingly positive. The film, directed by George Miller, was much better than a reboot of a decades-old franchise had any right to be. It featured a strong feminist backbone to go with the mind-blowing action choreography and breakneck pace. FURY ROAD was declared an action masterpiece, distinguishing itself from other blockbusters where female characters were props or damsels.