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HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ Subverts the Dead Girl Trope

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Amy Adams gives a performance unlike any other in “Sharp Objects”

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“We are a culture obsessed with dead girls — so much so that the trope is now a wildly popular sub-genre.

The misogyny of Dead Girl narratives is evident in recent additions like Twin Peaks, True Detective, 13 Reasons Why, The Night Of, and countless others. Most use the corpses of beautiful young women as a vehicle for the growth of male characters.

And that’s just the surface-level issue.

I myself am guilty of an irresistible attraction to the Dead Girl genre. But I’ve always been baffled by its failure to engage with the reality and trauma of everyday violence against women.

Until the new must-watch HBO mini-series Sharp Objects came along, that is, and featured one of the most hypnotically compelling reversals of that cliché.

Starring Amy Adams in a raw and Emmy-worthy performance, the show isn’t just a slow burn. It’s the kind of mystery that festers inside you, like the half-remembered memories of girlhood trauma, boiling under your skin in the unforgiving Southern heat.

Adora (Patricia Clarkson) insists on whitewashing everything in “Sharp Objects”

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It’s the latest adaptation of another bestseller from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, brought to the screen by Emmy-award winning Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée. Add the craftsmanship of creator and showrunner Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and you’ve got a story that deals equally in entertainment and profundity, in unrelenting dread and an ineffable aliveness.

The first seven episodes given to press unravel its well-controlled murder mystery, revealing the much more unruly underbelly at its core. Each episode adds to your mounting suspicion that something rotten lies beneath the white lace frills of Wind Gap, a small town in Missouri.

At the heart of that mystery is a single question, asked with faux concern by a gaggle of gossiping mothers: “How can someone hurt little girls?”

Or, in truth – who doesn’t hurt little girls?

Our introduction to Adams’ Camille Preaker finds the reporter drinking vodka in a beat-up car, face slick with sweat and some unknown horror, as her editor urges her to return home for an investigation. The brutalized bodies of young girls are piling up in Wind Gap, and Camille is the only one for the job.

Richard (Chris Messina) as the hunky outsider detective from the big city

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She agrees.

Meeting her estranged mother, Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), is our first clue into what’s behind Camille’s mascara-smudged……..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/08/sharp-objects-hbo-review/

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The Twilight Zone – Official Trailer

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Witness the re-imagining of the most iconic series of all time. Hosted by Academy Award® winner Jordan Peele, The Twilight Zone premieres April 1, exclusively on CBS All Access.

 

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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger | Official Season 2 Trailer

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Starring Olivia Holt & Aubrey Joseph

There is a new evil growing in New Orleans, and Tandy and Tyrone are the only ones who can stop it. Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger season 2 premieres Thursday, April 4 on Freeform.

 

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The Man in the High Castle Season 4 Teaser | Prime Video

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The final season of The Man in the High Castle will be rocked by war and revolution. The Resistance becomes a full-blown rebellion, driven by Juliana Crain’s (Alexa Davalos) visions of a better world. A new Black insurgent movement emerges to fight the forces of Nazism and imperialism. As empires teeter, Chief Inspector Takeshi Kido (Joel De La Fuente) will find himself torn between his duty to his country and the bonds of family. Meanwhile, Reichsmarschall John Smith (Rufus Sewell) will be drawn towards the portal the Nazis have built to another universe, and the tantalizing possibility of stepping through a gateway to the path not taken.

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