Category Archives: film theory / review

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

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Robin Johnson, Trini Alvarado and Tim Curry in “Film Review”

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Robin Johnson in “Film Review,” Oct. 1980

This article is from the October 1980 issue of Film Review. It is part of a two-page feature on new films about young women in music; the preceding page focuses on Hazel O’Connor in Breaking Glass (dir. Brian Gibson, 1980). … 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

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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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Times Square review in “Monthly Film Bulletin”

As a review published contemporaneous to Times Square‘s release, Gilbert Adair’s review in the November 1980 issue of Monthly Film Bulletin is somewhat anomalous, in that it is largely positive towards Allan Moyle’s film. Due to its format and very … 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

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Timesqueer: POV editing

Point of view editing is a common technique of narrative cinema (also known as mainstream or Hollywood cinema), whereby we see the relationship between two shots, and they are connected by the “point-of-view” of a specific character. Simply, we first … Continue reading

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