Casting a New Spell: Remaking The Craft

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In this entry, I consider the ongoing significance of the teen horror film The Craft, and talk about my wishes for the ideal remake.

Trigger/content warnings: This entry contains discussions of racism (including racist slurs), ableism, misogyny, bullying, mental illness, suicide, self-harm and homophobia.

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Bring It On (2000)

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Plot summary: High school senior Torrance is ecstatic to be named captain of her prestigious squad, the Toros, and eager to lead them to their sixth national cheerleading championship – until she finds that all of their routines were stolen from an inner-city squad, the Clovers.

Trigger/content warnings: This blog entry contains discussions of misogyny, homophobia (including some slurs) and racism.

In this entry, I discuss the representation of cheerleaders as athletes, verbal ass-kicking, race and gender in the 2000 cheerleading comedy Bring It On.

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Hide and Seek (2005)

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Plot summary: After the passing of her mother, nine-year-old Emily devises an imaginary friend, Charlie, whose influence over Emily troubles her father. When people close to Emily begin getting hurt, David must ask: is Emily behind this … or is Charlie real?

Trigger/content warnings: This blog entry contains discussions of mental illness, suicide, murder, animal abuse, paedophilia, spousal/family violence and horror themes. There are also heavy spoilers for the film Hide and Seek.

This blog entry discusses the figure of the sinister girl-child and the representation of trauma and mental illness in the 2005 psychological thriller film Hide and Seek.

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A Little Princess (1995)

main Plot Summary: 1914. When her adoring father enlists to fight for the British in the First World War, Sara Crewe is sent to a New York boarding school, where her kindness and imagination transform her classmates’ lives for the better. However, Sara’s belief that all girls are princesses is tested when word comes that her father was killed in action.

Trigger/content warnings: This blog entry contains discussions of the death of a parent, the separation of children from parents, cultural appropriation, racism, colonialism and classism.

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Girlfight (2000)

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Plot Summary: Diana, a troubled Latina teenager from Brooklyn, decides to become a boxer, despite the scorn of both her father and men involved in the sport. When she masters the sport, she is presented with a dilemma when she must enter a bout against her boyfriend, a fellow boxer in her weight class.

Trigger/content warnings: This blog entry contains discussions of racism, suicide, domestic abuse, misgendering and fear of attacks/murder by men.

Girlfight is a sports drama film that deserves to be a classic. Released at the turn of the millennium alongside other independent films about young people mastering sports not traditionally considered appropriate for their gender (such as Billy Elliot and Bend It Like Beckham), Girlfight is an electrifying look at a girl of colour who learns to value herself and demand respect through mastering a sport. (The content under the cut contains spoilers.)

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The Hairy Bird (1998)

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Plot Summary: 1963. At Miss Godard’s, an upscale Connecticut girls’ academy, five ambitious and rebellious girls have formed a secret society, where they work to realise their most cherished dreams of what they want to be. But their group is split in two when they discover that Miss Godard’s will be merging with St Ambrose Academy, a boys’ school.

Trigger/content warnings: This blog post contains discussions of bulimia/eating disorders, racism, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

I have never met a woman or girl who didn’t enjoy The Hairy Bird (also known as Strike! in Canada and All I Wanna Do in the USA). My twenty-eight year-old sister loves it, my sixteen-year-old sister loves it (and has done since she was about six), my toddler nieces … will be booted out of the family if they don’t succumb to The Hairy Bird’s siren song as soon as they’re old enough to sit through a movie which includes the phrase, “Go snarf the big kielbasa, Mr Dewey!” (The content under the cut contains spoilers.)

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