GoodTrash Critique: The Shape of Water

Guillermo Del Toro Presents: The Shape of Water Looking for Holiday movies off the beaten path? The Shape of Water is a great place to look. Del Toro is Back! The specific Guillermo Del Toro that I mean is the one who directed Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. […]


Shake Up The Canon! Post-Trump Films

I continue getting political with my scholarship this week as I discuss and destroy The Canon.   What is “The Canon”? The term is derived from Greek which creates the word-image of a rule as in both a law and a ruler (you know, the stick by which we measure stuff). Applied to film and literature, it is […]


December 1941 in Casablanca: Post-Trump Films

Disclaimer: this is a highly political post. Eye Protein has always been politically committed and is more explicitly politically engaged than other areas of the site. “It’s December 1941 in Casablanca right now, what time is it in New York?” The world is changing, I can feel it in the air… No, I am not […]

Heartland and The Female Voice

One of the major highlights of my time covering the deadCenter Film Festival this year was seeing Heartland and talking with the creative team including screenwriter/actress Velinda Godfrey and director, Maura Anderson.  Just seeing the trailer and having this interview got me very excited to see the film and it did not disappoint! Watch out dear reader, this is […]

Modernist AND Classical: Bordwell Was Wrong

Modernist AND Classical: Bordwell was Wrong! Part 1 This is part of a series that will interrogate the notion of a classical Hollywood Style. In this section I am going to drop the gauntlet and take on film studies giant, David Bordwell. However, the broadly generalizing nature of his argument that Hollywood film is overwhelming […]

52 Films By Women Mid-Year Report

Last January I took the 52 Films By Women Pledge brought to you by the nice folks at Women in Film. At week 19 I am a little bit ahead, thanks in large part to short subject offerings from the wave of experimental feminist filmmakers in the 1960s. Unfortunately, my Letterboxd only has me at […]


Technicolor Gothic: The Italian Giallo Films

This week’s Eye Protein comes drenched in pasta sauce as we stay in Italy and talk about another major genre from the boot-shaped peninsula, the Giallo Film. The name literally means yellow film. This is because the detective and thriller novels upon which many of these films were based were sold in cheap paperback formats […]