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Profile of Julia Rhodes


Julia Rhodes graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Communication and Culture. She’s always been passionate about movies and media, and is particularly fond of horror and feminist film theory, but has a soft spot for teen romances and black comedies. She also loves animals and vegetarian cooking; who says horror geeks aren’t compassionate and gentle? Google+

Articles written for the California Literary Review:

  • Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty
    Posted on 12 Jan 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Despite Bret Easton Ellis’s claims to the contrary, Bigelow is an interesting filmmaker because of her talent and perspective. Certainly, she’s beaten a path through the Hollywood boys’ club and been the first female to win the Best Director Oscar. These things are notable wholly because of her gender. More important, though, is the fact that she continues to produce work that amazes us with its artful tension, nuance, and complexity. In this sense, you may feel, watching Maya face off against the men in suits, barreling a hundred miles an hour toward a seemingly impossible goal, that you’re getting a glimpse at Bigelow’s own struggles.

  • Movie Review: West of Memphis
    Posted on 27 Dec 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Damien Echols was a “strange” young man. His long hair was dyed jet black, contrasting with his pallid skin and piercing eyes. He wore black and scribbled childish graffiti under overpasses, some of it punctuated with pentagrams. Echols considered himself Pagan.

  • The Walking Dead Recap: “Made to Suffer” (Season 3, Episode 8)
    Posted on 03 Dec 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    Last night’s midseason finale of The Walking Dead brought yet more new faces, pitted brother against brother and sister against sister, and ended with a fabulous cliffhanger. Smoke and mirrors keep our characters from seeing one another’s true nature, and from seeing the overarching truth…until it’s too late. Dear writers: You’re doing it right. Tyreese […]

  • The Walking Dead Recap: “When the Dead Come Knocking” (Season 3, Episode 7)
    Posted on 26 Nov 2012 in Movies & TV, Television, Thrillers

    It seems that while The Walking Dead suffered in the wake of Frank Darabont’s unceremonious departure (hence the slog of last season), writers, composers, and actors have seriously stepped up their game for season three. Last night’s episode was one of the best acted, most nerve-wracking, suspenseful episodes of the series thus far. It’s remarkable […]

  • Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook
    Posted on 21 Nov 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Much of the time, a movie just can’t offer the sort of character depth and development a book does. It’s totally implausible that a man recently released from a psychiatric hospital would find himself with the weight of his family’s livelihood on his shoulders as he performs in a dance competition with a recently widowed, slightly nymphomaniac young woman.

  • The Walking Dead Recap: “Hounded” (Season 3, Episode 6)
    Posted on 20 Nov 2012 in Movies & TV, Television, Thrillers

    I haven’t been out of bed much in the last few days and can’t guarantee the most incisive look at this week’s The Walking Dead. I can report that this episode was another goodie in a rather long string of them. In the opening of the episode, Merle, some young kid, and two others are […]

  • Movie Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
    Posted on 17 Nov 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Here’s where the movie diverges from the book. In Meyer’s version, there is no battle. There are “warring” factions of vampires standing in a snowy field giving each other the side-eye, and then it’s over. What kind of end to your “saga” is that? Condon and writer Melissa Rosenberg devised a brilliant scheme; a gruesome vampire/wolf melee has most of the series’ important characters dying horrible deaths.

  • The Walking Dead Recap: “Say the Word” (Season 3, Episode 5)
    Posted on 13 Nov 2012 in Movies & TV, Television, Thrillers

    I went out of town at precisely the wrong moment (though being in Washington, DC on election night was a thrill) and missed recapping arguably the most important episode of the series so far. Rest in peace, Lori, T-Dog, and Carole (?), and mazel tov on the new addition! It’s all well and good to […]

  • Movie Review: The Man with the Iron Fists
    Posted on 03 Nov 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    The Man with the Iron Fists is nothing if not enthusiastic, its narrative fits and starts punctuated with glorious kung fu and layered with bright pinks and delicate silks. Set in nineteenth century China (and filmed entirely in and around Shanghai), it tells the tale of a freed slave who flees America and becomes the blacksmith in a small town in China.

  • The Walking Dead Recap: “Walk with Me” (Season 3, Episode 3)
    Posted on 29 Oct 2012 in Movies & TV, Television, Thrillers

    After the rough, brutal reintroduction to The Walking Dead‘s post-apocalyptic dystopia this season, this week’s episode ushers us back into a bizarre normalcy. “Walk with Me” begins with a helicopter crash – but who’s flying, and how did they get here? Michonne and Andrea follow the smoke – as the old adage says, where there’s […]

  • Movie Review: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
    Posted on 27 Oct 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    At least in the first film, the various creatures and characters were new and well done. There was a shrewd, unsubtle (some might even say shrill) commentary on dogmatic thinking, rape, and female villains. The second film features nothing new, lacks even the most rudimentary analysis of its own mythology, and is laid out like an increasingly stupid haunted house.

  • The Walking Dead Recap: “Sick” (Season 3, Episode 2)
    Posted on 22 Oct 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV, Television

    Last week’s season premiere of The Walking Dead plunged us into a whole new world, one in which our protagonists have become brutal and vicious out of a simple need to survive. The little niggling dramas that held the cast at Hershel’s farm for most of last season are no more. Pacing and writing were […]

  • The Walking Dead Recap: “Seed” (Season 3, Episode 1)
    Posted on 15 Oct 2012 in Movies & TV, Television, Thrillers

    Not quite singing Kumbaya. Photo credit Gene Page/AMC. The third season of The Walking Dead opens on an extreme closeup and slowly zooms away from the veined, glazed eye of one of the titular dead. After a full season of gazing inward, of trying to figure out the reason behind it all, of contemplating why […]

  • Movie Review: Sinister
    Posted on 13 Oct 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Sinister has its flaws; it’s all a little too neat, the ghosts too visible. The “twist” ending isn’t, at least for anyone watching carefully. Everything is tied up at the end, packaged with a neat, bloodred bow, and the director can’t resist getting in one last jump scare. If it weren’t for these things – which could have been imposed by the studio for all we know – it would be a nearly perfect horror film.

  • Movie Review: Pitch Perfect
    Posted on 06 Oct 2012 in Movies, Movies & TV

    In Pitch Perfect, nobody’s more than The Fat One, The Sexy One, The Dumb One, The Alternative One, and The Gay One. Basically, Pitch Perfect took The Breakfast Club, Bridesmaids, Glee, and Bring It On and squashed them into a messy blob that leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

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