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Author: Nicole Nguyen

Nicole M. Nguyen is a disabled writer, screenwriter, and scholar from Westminster, CA. She is particularly interested in literary adaptations and representations of disability in cinema.

Saltburn and the Bard

Frida Assistant Blog Editor Nicole Nguyen takes a look at Saltburn through the lens Shakespeare.
Man With A Movie Camera

Turning The Lens on A Higher Truth: Man with a Movie Camera

Frida Assistant Blog Editor Nicole Nguyen explores the revolutionary artistry of Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera.
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Pride and Prejudice, Period Dramas, and The Female Gaze

Frida Assistant Blog Editor Nicole Nguyen analyzes the "female gaze" in Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice.
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

A Disabled Lens on Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Frida Assistant Content Editor Nicole Nguyen analyzes the portrayal of disability in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
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Featured / Highlight

A Disabled Lens on Ari Aster’s Hereditary

Frida writing team member Nicole Nguyen takes a look at Hereditary and its portrayal of disability.
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Film Criticism

Vampires Are Supposed to Be Sexy!

Frida writing team member Nicole Nguyen examines the history of "sexy" vampires in film and literature.

30 Years of Paris Is Burning

Today, Paris remains one of the most valuable and illuminating pieces of LGBTQ-focused media that exists.
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Film Criticism

40 Years of The Shining

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining turns forty this year! And what a year it’s been. To be clear, that wasn’t an awkward attempt to shoehorn a
Film Criticism

“Stormy Weather,” Indeed

It hardly bears saying that Hollywood has historically had a problem with diverse representation on the silver screen, especially with regard to Black artists. The

Film Criticism

Growing Up: Ten Coming-of-Age Films

At some point, the end of August and the advent of September no longer holds much relevance for us. We grow beyond the back-to-school nerves

Film Criticism

“I Am No Gentleman”: Five Pre-Code Films

When it comes to classical Hollywood films (“old” films, if you will), we might have a tendency to think of them as proper or even

Film Criticism

Code of Silence: Rififi and the Red Scare

Jules Dassin’s 1955 film noir Rififi had been on my watchlist for a long time, and when The Frida offered it to stream, I finally