The Power of Rage

Dear Weirdlings,

The rain is pouring down — our first true storm of the year.

What might such a storm bring with it?


Movies

Scum Manifesto: Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell, 2020)

In their discussion of Promising Young Woman, Jude Ellison Sady Doyle takes a deep, thoughtful dive into how the media portrays female rage on screen. They write,

“To do rage justice, you need to understand why people like watching it. There is a reason why we’re so electrified by the sight of Kirsten Wiig kicking a rapist half to death, or Fairuza Balk cackling and breaking a different rapist’s neck. Both women are clearly out of control, ‘unhinged’ and ‘crazy’ in all the ways women are taught to dread being, but they are also both radiant with excitement and pleasure, smiling and laughing the whole way through the scene. The dirtiest secret of rage is that it lives next door to joy.”

Epic Kaiju Mayhem Unleashed in Wild Godzilla vs. Kong Trailer (Bloody Disgusting)

The monster blockbuster is expected to be released in theaters and HBO Max on March 26.


TV

The Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV and Film Coming in 2021 (New Atlas)

From waning galactic empires to post-apocalyptic futures, there are some amazing shows scheduled to come out this year — a number of which I’m personally excited to view.


Games

Video Games Predict A Grim 2021 (Kotaku)

Only a few games feature storylines set in the year 2021. Nevertheless, those games that are predict some alarming developments ahead.


Literature

Who Was Mary Shelley? An Exploration Of Her Life (Book Riot)

Shelley is an iconic figure in the history science fiction and horror. This piece explores her work and life, which is fascinating in its own right.


Short of the Week

“100,000 Acres of Pine,” directed by Jennifer Alice Wright, is a beautiful and unsettlingly animated horror film. The story: Ranger Megan Patel must uncover the mystery surrounding her brother’s death. But following his footsteps, Megan discovers a darkness she might not escape.

Andrea Blythe
Andrea Blythe writes speculative poetry and fiction. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including Twelve: Poems Inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale (Interstellar Flight Press, 2020).