Casey is a Film Features Writer here at Bustle. She enjoys sci-fi, feminism, fairy tales, Disney, Star Trek, and other nerdy things. She also writes for Women and Hollywood.

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We Need To Talk About That Crazy Twist In Pixar's 'Coco'

Spoilers for Coco ahead. The Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos revolves around praying for and remembering the lives of friends and family members who have died. So a few years ago, when Pixar announced that its next project would be about the ho…
By Casey Cipriani

Why Women Are Mad At How 'Justice League' Handled Wonder Woman & The Amazons

Since the incredible success of this summer's Wonder Woman, fans of the character have been eagerly awaiting more of Gal Gadot's Amazonian warrior princess. Thankfully, we only had to go a few months, as Diana of Themyscira makes her second film appe…
By Casey Cipriani

'Star Trek: Discovery' Doesn't Need Romance...Yet

Spoilers ahead for Season 1 Episode 9 of Star Trek: Discovery. Star Trek: Discovery, the first Star Trek series on television in over a decade, wrapped up the first half of its inaugural season this week. The show is, for sure, still working through …
By Casey Cipriani

This Chilling 'Three Billboards' Scene Shows How Easy It Is For Domestic Violence To Be Normalized

Writer and director Martin McDonagh does not shy away from harsh depictions of violence in his many films, like Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges, and his latest movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, doesn't disappoint in that aspect. Like …
By Casey Cipriani

It Took Years For Greta Gerwig To Become A Director & Here's Why That's A Problem

Greta Gerwig's magnificent movie Lady Bird has earned critical acclaim and financial success, having maintained a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and boasting the best per theater average at the specialty box office. The well-deserved acc…
By Casey Cipriani

'Lady Bird' Is The Movie That Finally Gets Why That Time Between High School & College Is So Confusing

The bad choices we made and regrets we all have from our teenage years could probably fill the pages of anyone's memoir. Adolescence is the time during which we change the most, grow the most, and learn the most, but that growth doesn't come without …
By Casey Cipriani

'Harry Potter' & 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' Star Kelly Macdonald Knows Why Adults Love Kids' Stories, Too

It's no surprise that during or immediately after tough times in the world, adults tend to turn to children's stories as a method of comfort and escapism. As the new film Goodbye Christopher Robin details, grown-ups found joy in A.A. Milne's Winnie t…
By Casey Cipriani

Here's Why Movies & TV Are Suddenly So Obsessed With The '80s Again

Right now, it feels like we're in a serious '80s pop culture nostalgia moment. October's release of Stranger Things Season 2, set during that decade, comes after a string of 2017 movies giving off major '80s vibes; this summer, there was Charlize The…
By Casey Cipriani

What 'Mother!' Gets So Right About The Way Women's Needs Are Treated By Men

One of the first things audiences may notice about mother!, director Darren Aronofsky's mind-bending horror-thriller, is the age gap between its two stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Despite the fact that Bardem is about 20 years older than…
By Casey Cipriani

The Message You Might've Missed In 'Mother!' Is So Spooky

Darren Aronofsky's mother! is one of the most talked-about, contentious, and debated films in recent memory. The horror-thriller, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple whose serene existence is interrupted by home invaders, has …
By Casey Cipriani

Why The Trend Of Movies About “Crazed” Women Isn’t As Sexist As You Think It Is

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, goes the saying. But what about women who just crumble under pressure? Or women who lose control out of an act of revenge? Whatever the reason, we love watching ladies lose their sh*t on-screen, as proven by th…
By Casey Cipriani

Here's What 'Mother!' Actually Means So You Can Talk About The Movie With Your Friends

One of the most mysterious and secretive films of this fall season is Mother!, director Darren Aronofsky's latest mind-bending thriller. Since the movie comes from the same director who brought us Black Swan, Pi, and The Fountain, audiences no doubt …
By Casey Cipriani

The Insane Story Behind 'Tulip Fever's Release Is More Entertaining Than The Actual Movie

If you decided to head to a movie theater on Labor Day weekend, you probably found slim pickings. August and September can be a weak time for films, as it's after the big blockbusters of the summer season, but before the prestige films of awards seas…
By Casey Cipriani

If This Dany Theory Is True, Everything On ‘GoT’ Is About To Change

Game of Thrones hasn't always been female friendly. Despite now having a plethora of female characters in positions of power, the show has a problematic history of unnecessary violence towards women. That history is why it's been so rewarding rooting…
By Casey Cipriani

Arya's Big Feminist Moment In 'Game Of Thrones' Had Nothing To Do With Revenge

If Game of Thrones has evolved in any way over the past few years, its done so within the stories of its female characters. Women who were once sidelined, underestimated, and mere supporting characters have taken charge and are advancing their own ag…
By Casey Cipriani

Seeing 'Dunkirk' Just For Harry Styles Is OK

There's power in numbers, and if Hollywood has learned anything in the past few decades, it's that teenage girls pack a lot of power. From their spending habits to their use of social media, teen girls and young adult women bring in the dollars, part…
By Casey Cipriani

'The Beguiled' Boils Women Down To Their Base Sexual Urges

In early June, director Sofia Coppola put her foot in her mouth when discussing how her latest movie, The Beguiled, omitted a black character featured in its source material. The filmmaker told Buzzfeed News that she didn't want to brush over a heavy…
By Casey Cipriani

'The Mummy' Uses Mass Death As A Gag

Tom Cruise has been an action star for a couple of decades now, and one thing he does particularly well is combine his fighting chops with light, relatable charm. It's served him well in movies like Edge of Tomorrow, War of the Worlds, and Minority R…
By Casey Cipriani

The Subtle Anti-Gun Message of 'Wonder Woman'

In the riveting opening battle of Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor, played by the charming Chris Pine, looks up at the horde of female Amazonian warriors standing on a cliff, ready to battle the German soldiers attacking them on the beach below. He senses …
By Casey Cipriani

'Wonder Woman' Finally Made Me A Fan Of The Character

For a few years now, Wonder Woman, both the character and the new movie, have been on everyone's minds. Ever since Man of Steel introduced a new Superman, and DC started down the long line of multiple, interconnected movies in the style of Marvel, it…
By Casey Cipriani