One of the most pleasant cinematic surprises I’ve had this year, easily, was Sophia Takal’s Always Shine. A reflection on the stringent and demoralizing expectations faced by women in Hollywood – and everywhere else – as well as the frightening and often gruesome length they are pushed to if they hope to assimilate to a male-tailored culture. But it’s not just a ninety minute lecture on Women’s Studies. It’s also a dang good horror film. Always Shine is available to stream on Shudder.
– Grindhouse Team