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Gavin Larsen on the Agony & Ecstasy of Being a Ballerina

FF2 Guest Post by Martha Anne Toll

I spent long years tilling the writing vineyards before my debut novel, Three Muses, found its home with Regal House Publishing. (See link below!)

Having written a prima ballerina as a main character, I made it my business to read ballet books, particularly before and after I wrote my novel.… read more.

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Transforming Metal in Julia Ducournau’s Film ‘Titane’

Titane – the French spelling for the metal titanium –is a slasher flick which features no less than six murders in its first half-hour.

Watching writer/director Julia Ducournau’s new film wasn’t exactly a pleasurable experience for me. I frequently cringed, and had to force myself not to look away.… read more.

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Rethinking the Reboot in ‘The Matrix: Resurrections’

The Matrix Resurrections Poster
For a movie that so loves to talk about itself, The Matrix: Resurrections has nothing to say once tasked with having a plot.
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Delia Kropp Is Subtle & Sincere in Onscreen Debut

Delia Kropp

FF2 Guest post by Muffy Koster

Prominent Chicago actress, director, and LGBTQ advocate Delia Kropp makes her feature film debut in Landlocked, a heartfelt story of reconnection from indie director Timothy Hall. The film follows “Nick” (Dustin Gooch), an aspiring restaurateur, and his estranged mother “Briana” (Kropp), a transgender woman, as they reunite over the course of a road trip to scatter the ashes of Nick’s other, cisgender mother.  read more.

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“Ghosts All Over the Story of My Beginnings” — Jan Beatty

American Bastard by Jan Beatty

American Bastard by Ann BeattyWe are taught that a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We are taught that a girl who ventures on a quest to find her lost parents will become whole when she finds them; we are taught that this girl will find happiness.

But the truth is, life doesn’t usually happen in this way. Sometimes the “story begins at an impasse” as Patrice Staiger writes.… read more.

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Novel-in-Verse Brings Tejano Pop Star Selena Back to Us

FF2 Guest post by Hannah Lamb-Vines

I’ve never read a novel like Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s Dreaming of You before. In the novel in verse, a poet — who also happens to be named Melissa Lozada-Oliva — uses technology-infused ritual magic to resurrect Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Selena’s brief career and dramatic murder on March 31, 1995, at age 23, had a massive impact on pop culture and particular significance within the Latin American diaspora (of which Lozada-Oliva is a member).… read more.

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