Alicia Fletcher, Author at Hollywood Suite

Alicia Fletcher — A film critic and programmer, Alicia hosts Silent Revue--Toronto's on-going examination of silent film held at the historic Revue Cinema--as well as Ladies of Burlesque, a film series pairing classic Hollywood films with live burlesque performances held at The Royal. Clearly born in the wrong era, Alicia manages to find ways of working vintage Hollywood into all things.

The Blob(s) Are Going to Get You: Comparing the Original to the Remake

“Beware of The Blob, it creeps And leaps and glides and slides Across the floor Right through the door” From the film’s opening title sequence, with a catchy jingle sung by the fictitious … Read More

A Gift of Anticipation: Gosford Park and its Inspirations

If you’re part of the ardent fan base for the television show and recent theatrical event Downton Abbey, you owe a great deal of gratitude to director Robert Altman. Twenty years ago, Altman directe… Read More

Alicia Fletcher traces the history of vampires in film, from the origins of motion pictures to today. Explore the movies that made cinematic history – watch A Year in Film, only on Hollywood Suit… Read More

The Alien Series After 40 Years

One of the most celebrated and scrutinized film series of all time, the Alien franchise has stood the test of time. Film expert Alicia Fletcher takes a look at a series that is still scaring audiences… Read More

Spotlight – Dance on Film

From Austin Powers to Reservoir Dogs, Alicia Fletcher takes a look at some of her favourite examples of dance on film. Highlights include, Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, James Cameron's True Lies, an… Read More

Scarface – How The Al Pacino Gangster Film Became a Pop Culture Legend

Scarface has become one of the most memorable films of 1983, thanks to Al Pacino's powerful performance, support from other filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, and its adoption by hip hop artists. Alicia… Read More

The Muppets Take Manhattan – Why It Might be the Best Muppet Movie

Directed by long-time Jim Henson collaborator Frank Oz, The Muppets Take Manhattan presents a darker, grittier look at the lives of the Muppets as they struggle to make it on Broadway. Alicia Fletcher… Read More

Spotlight: Edith Head

Film expert Alicia Fletcher highlights important moments in the career of legendary costume designer Edith Head, who holds a record of 8 Oscar wins. Read More

On Film: <i>Dr. Strangelove</i>

A look at some interesting details about Stanley Kubrick's 1964 black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb from curator, educator, and media archivist Alicia Fletcher. Read More

On Film: <i>Last Night</i>

Waiting for the world to end. Alicia Fletcher takes a look at Don McKellar's film Last Night. Last Night (1998), from Canadian director Don McKellar, focusses on the lives of people in Toronto as they wait for the world to end on New Years Eve 2000. Read More

On Film: <i>I’m Not There</i>

I'm Not There (2007) is a unique semi-biographical film featuring six actors portraying different aspects of Bob Dylan's personality and music. Film expert Alicia Fletcher tells us why she thinks its a special film, and which of the Bob Dylan portrayals s Read More

On Film: <i>Predator</i>

Does 1987 sci-fi action film Predator have an erotic striptease? Film expert and Predator fan Alicia Fletcher thinks so. And she shows us some of her Predator fan art too! Read More

Finding Mr. Corso: Locating an Oscar-nominated Production Designer

John Corso was born sometime in the 1930s – his IMDB page had very little information, even a birth year was elusive. A short bio was submitted by “a high school classmate of his niece.” Not exactly ironclad, but it was obscure enough to seem believable. Read More

<i>The Company of Wolves:</i> A Fairytale that Bites

As a fantasy-based horror film released in 1984, The Company of Wolves, with its masterful production design and ground-breaking special effects, influenced macabre masters the likes of Tim Burton, Guillermo del Toro, and Terry Gilliam. Read More

Gaslight(ing): The Ingrid Bergman-starring Gothic Thriller that Coined the Phrase

In December of 2016, when Teen Vogue published Lauren Duca’s article “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America,” a surge in interest surrounding the term “Gaslighting” issued forth. The deceptive… Read More

Film expert Alicia Fletcher explores some of Tim Burton's career highlights, including Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman and Big Fish, and how his knowledge of film history and inventive style made him a massive success. Read More

<i>To Catch a Thief:</i> Haute Hitchcock and 1950s glamour

To Catch a Thief is rarely considered one of Hitchcock’s top masterpieces. Yet, its picturesque locale, phenomenal star pairing of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, as well as its exquisite production design, and glamourous costumes make it a rare delight. Read More

Camille Claudel: 19th century rebel artist

Long relegated to a footnote (or if generous, a short precis) in the biography of master sculptor Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel was the leading woman artist of Paris’s Belle Époque. Read More

<i>Popeye</i>: The WTF masterstroke in Robert Altman’s filmography  

Awarded 1980’s Worst Picture by the Hastings Bad Cinema Society, Popeye – Robert Altman’s musical adaptation of the beloved Depression-era comic strip and animated cartoon – is an enigma. Read More

Long live <i>Barbarella</i>, Queen of the Galaxy

1968’s Barbarella is an iconic cult masterpiece; one which a half-century after its release continues to incite orgasmic euphoria with its stunning, bizarre art direction, as well as the mesmerizing beauty and buoyant performance of its star, Jane Fonda. Read More

<i>Picnic at Hanging Rock</i>: An enduring mystery

"What we see and what we seem is but a dream. A dream within a dream.” Picnic at Hanging Rock is a beguiling, revisionist quasi-horror film conducted with a stylish flare that bestows a haunting, disturbing impression on viewers. Read More

"I coulda been a contender." Thoughts on the two Oscar-winning performances in On the Waterfront – Marlon Brando's groundbreaking style and Eva Marie Saint's debut – from curator, educator, and media archivist Alicia Fletcher. Read More

<i>The Marriage Of Maria Braun</i>: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s explosive masterpiece

Prodigious auteur, provocative storyteller, and visual innovator: German director, writer, actor, and producer Rainer Werner Fassbinder was the poster child of the New German Cinema of the 1970s, as well as one of film history’s most notorious renegades. Read More

<i>Eraserhead</i>: David Lynch’s most personal nightmare

The 1977 release of David Lynch’s debut feature Eraserhead reinforced an era of midnight movies, gave credence to the grotesque on screen, and ushered in a new brand of art house surrealism. Read More

Better bring a hanky: <i>City Lights</i> and Chaplin’s heartache

City Lights – inarguably, one of the true masterworks of the silent era – is the quintessential silent film, yet it was released well into the sound era. Read More

<i>The Eyes of Laura Mars</i>: Disco meets slasher horror

Gaudy, graphic, and provocative, The Eyes of Laura Mars was a Hitchcockian thriller for the Studio 54 scene (picture the music video for Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” – if it had been directed by Brian De Palma). Read More

Alicia Fletcher shares her insights on how director Richard Linklater manipulates time in his films. Read More

<i>Finding Vivian Maier</i>… and then losing her again

Paradoxical, bold, mysterious, and intensely private, Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was an artist of the highest calibre, yet at the time of her death, less than a decade ago, she was unknown. She was not … Read More

“The biggest MOTHER of them all.” Mommie Dearest: an unintentional camp masterpiece

The subject of renewed interest and a certain re-evaluation of its previously overlooked merits, Mommie Dearest is a classic in its own right, paving the way for camp-infused, nostalgic, revisionist fantasies the likes of the wildly popular Feud. Read More

<I>Belle De Jour</I>: Buñuel’s Surrealist Erotic Masterpiece

Belle De Jour is sexually explicit, transgressive, and truly visionary – it is also, thanks to an iconic performance from Catherine Deneuve, wildly arousing. Read More

Beauty and the Beast: Cocteau’s Fairy Tale Masterpiece

Once upon a time a French filmmaker cast a spell on international audiences, and produced a film so magical and hypnotic that it is considered the key work within the genre of the fantasy film. Read More

Bittersweet Realities: The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and La La Land

With clear references to the MGM musical spectacles of the 1940s and 1950s, La La Land knows its Hollywood lore. Yet, upon closer inspection, Chazelle (who is of French parentage) is more indebted to the work of French New Waver Jacques Demy. Read More


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