Happy hot girl summer everyone! After spending a rocky awards season (remember that only a few months ago?) and a even rockier school/work season, we’re finally back on our feet to create some new and wonderful content for our Patreon. As you may know, Much Ado About Cinema is volunteer run and no one at our team from Editor-in-Chief to Staff Writer earns any money. We rely heavily on the money we gain from our Patreon to run the website. Our hope is that in the future we’ll save enough money to pay our writers. So far we’ve been offering early access to our videos and podcasts on top of our Patreon exclusive podcast, “Chatter,” to our patrons but we’ve been a lacking on the writing side. Well not anymore! Starting in August we have three wonderful columns and a new podcast for our patrons. All these new additions will be available to different tiers on our Patreon in addition to early access and “Chatter.” Keep reading to find out more about the new additions to Much Ado About Cinema and click here to join our Patreon.
SINema, a monthly essay series by Adriana Gomez-Weston
Artists have been obsessed with exploring human desire. Since cinema’s inception, it’s found ways to depict desire onscreen in the most discreet and bold of ways. Years ago, Adriana found liberation is viewing films about human nature. Through writing, she wants others to feel free of shame from enjoying “dirty” and “taboo” films. Each month, Adriana will view different erotic films from different eras in time and from around the globe for the first time. It will be a foray into cinematic virgin territory, where we dive into the history, culture, and psychology that’s behind sexuality on screen. The main mission of SINema is to break down boundaries surrounding enjoying pleasure on screen, and discussing that pleasure as well. While there are many films that depict the act of sex, they aren’t always “sexy” and it’s important to know the difference. Following the first month, Patreon supporters will be able to vote on films for Adriana to watch for the first time, as well as suggest hot topics to discuss in her essays. Alongside the sexual, Adriana seeks to explore religion, horror, coming-of-age, and so much more. To Adriana, enjoying any kind of film without shame is an act of defiance in itself. On Patreon only.
Hate To Love It, a monthly podcast by Mary Beth McAndrews & Dilara Elbir
Hate to Love It is a podcast about awful movies that you can’t stop watching. Join Much Ado’s editor-in-chief Dilara Elbir and senior editor Mary Beth McAndrews as they speak with guests about their guilty pleasures. It’ll be a glorious celebration of trash. You’ll hate it, you’ll love it, you’ll Hate to Love It. On Patreon only.
Enter Avant-garde, a monthly essay series by Kareem Baholzer
Avant-garde cinema often seems difficult to access. While it’s true that its just not made for the viewing habits of general audiences, which often gives it a “pretentious“ aura to outsiders, Kareem would like to try and show you how approaching this subgenre with different expectations can enrich your viewing experience— maybe you’ll even enjoy it without any prior knowledge. In short, in his bi-weekly series, he wants to offer you a guide and perhaps get you interested. Kareem wants to explore how avant-garde works—the act of watching is prioritized, impressions and moments etc are more important than narrative or themes. Watching an avant-garde film means opening up your mind; you have to let go of logic and conventional structure. Additionally, he will focus on the permanent conversation around avant-garde films within commercial/art-house cinema and how that enables narrative filmmakers like Claire Denis, Chloe Zhao and more to find inspiration and ideas that they convert into their more accessible form. Finally, the case for avant-garde film isn’t merely because it’s an endless well for ideas and inspiration for filmmakers and lovers, but also because it’s a wonderful world to immerse yourself in. Many of these films are easily and legally accessible online and can offer you a second to relax and just immerse yourself in visual landscapes. A specific selection of short and feature films as a sort of starter canon for avant-garde cinema will be presented to you, showcasing individual films and filmmakers and what makes their work outstanding. Kareem will connect them to the canon, historically and aesthetically, thus giving you a tight, informal package to work with and maybe awaken a desire for more.
On Patreon only.
Why Did You Do That?, a monthly column by Sydney Urbanek
In A Star Is Born (2018), Ally’s performance of “Why Did You Do That?” on SNL seems to confirm her pop sell-out status, driving husband Jackson Maine to drink again. At the same time, it nabs her a bunch of Grammy nominations. In real life, many people read the song as a brutal and deserved send-up of the average Top 40 hit. Others couldn’t stop listening to it, arguing that it was as much of a banger as “Shallow.” In Sydney’s opinion, the best pop music—fictional or not—is the kind that stirs debate. And as someone who lives for music videos in particular, she couldn’t help but notice that the conversations had around Ally’s star-making single were the ones we always seem to be having about the newest Ariana or Carly Rae video: Is this even good? What purpose does it serve? Does that matter? If “WDYDT?” had been given a visual, it surely would’ve broken the internet, if only from people disputing its value. In this series, Sydney revisits a pop video that warranted more critical attention or respect than it got—maybe it didn’t break the internet in the first place; perhaps it wasn’t thought to be anything more than “a song about an ass” (to borrow “WDYDT?” songwriter Diane Warren’s words). She’ll discuss its origin story (why the artist did that, if you will), offer her ideas for how we might read it, and argue why it shouldn’t be slept on going forward.
Early access on Patreon.