Category Archives: Cultural Studies

Dead mothers, absent fathers: grief in Times Square

I watch many Hollywood films from the nineteen-thirties, forties and fifties. One cultural moment that I find to be a recurring representational trope is the treatment of death. More specifically, I am referring to its aftermath: in mainstream films from … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Fandom, film theory / review, Nicole "Nicky" Marotta, Pamela "Pammy" Pearl, Robin Johnson, Times Square (1980) movie, Trini Alvarado | 2 Comments

Nicky and Pammy’s blood oath: NYC, pre-HIV

In my previous post, I alluded — again! — to one of the many sites of loss in Times Square. Pamela (Trini Alvarado) has awoken to find Nicky (Robin Johnson) gone. The shot reverses to reveal Pamela’s viewpoint: Nicky’s now-empty … Continue reading

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Kamikaze Hearts in The Cleo Club

Pamela Pearl (Trini Alvarado)’s place of employ in Times Square, the Cleo Club, certainly has its sartorial splendour. As Magazine Machine writes, “Why can’t all strip clubs be like this one instead of a cheesy lucite heeled den of broken … Continue reading

Posted in Allan Moyle, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Fandom, film theory / review, Lesbian Representation, Nicole "Nicky" Marotta, Pamela "Pammy" Pearl, Popular Culture, Queer Spectatorship, Robin Johnson, Times Square (1980) movie, Times Square (location), Trini Alvarado | 10 Comments

Pamela Pearl is a RIOT GRRRL!

It is one hundred years since International Women’s Day was first celebrated, and today is International Women’s Day! In a wonderful article commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of Times Square‘s release, Ben Schulman writes in Venus, “Most impressive about the film … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Studies, Fandom, Lesbian Representation, Nicole "Nicky" Marotta, Pamela "Pammy" Pearl, Popular Culture, Queer Spectatorship, Robin Johnson, Times Square (1980) movie, Trini Alvarado | 5 Comments

Nicky + Pammy / White Girl + Cyclona: Times Square / Freeway II

In the commentary track on the Anchor Bay release of Times Square, Robin Johnson laments that the film is one of the few “where you have two female characters being the leads, and coming out in any way, shape, or … Continue reading

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The Voice of Revolution / Robin Johnson’s voice

In my post “Love Letter to Nikki/ Career Advice,” I suggested that successful (early career) representations of women who don’t fit into the tight strictures of appropriate womanhood — in that case, by playing a butch lesbian — is detrimental … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Studies, Fandom, film theory / review, Lesbian Representation, Nicole "Nicky" Marotta, Pamela "Pammy" Pearl, Popular Culture, Queer Spectatorship, Robin Johnson, Times Square (1980) movie, Trini Alvarado | 7 Comments

Passion! Fashion! Trashin’!: the costumes of Times Square

In my last post, “Times Square and the dearth of denim,” I discussed the relative lack of denim worn by Pammy and Nicky as the main signpost of their unique costuming. I also argued that the idiosyncratic costumes by Robert … Continue reading

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Times Square and the dearth of denim

In the Anchor Bay DVD commentary track of Times Square (2000), director Allan Moyle asks Robin Johnson (Nicky Marotta) if she likes the film’s costumes as “they seem like kind of clichéd now”. Johnson replies, “No! I don’t think any … Continue reading

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