Always Shine (2016)

Always Shine (Takal 2016)

Black Christmas (Takal 2019) was Marshall’s favorite horror film of 2019. This inspired us to go back to this, Takal’s first film, for a viewing. This film left us quite divided. We both enjoyed the film and thought it had great potential, but we diverged on how that potential was utilized. This potential includes exploring issues of hegemonic femininity, the male gaze, and how women are socialized to see one another as competition for men. We invite you to see if we used our potential fully in discussing the film.


Always Shine (Takal 2016) – please watch the film before listening!

TOPIC INDEX – Always Shine (Takal 2016) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
3:30 – Discussion begins
7:30 – Character continuum
12:30 – the ending
15:00 – men
26:00 – compare to Black Christmas (Takal 2019)
31:30 – how could the film be improved
42:30 – potentially missed potential
54:10 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

Related Episodes
Black Christmas (Takal 2019)
I Spit on Your Grave (Zarchi 1978)
Come to Daddy (Timpson 2019)
Assassination Nation (Levinson 2018)


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Episode 76

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