Emily Kubincanek

Emily Kubincanek is a Senior Contributor for Film School Rejects and resident classic Hollywood fan. When she's not writing about old films, she works as a librarian and film archivist. You can find her tweeting about Cary Grant and hockey here: @emilykub_
It Happened On Th Avenue

‘It Happened on 5th Avenue’: the Holiday Movie That Frank Capra Passed Up

By Emily Kubincanek 

This rediscovered Christmas movie has a fascinating history and is the perfect watch for this year’s turbulent holiday season.

They Made Me A Criminal John Garfield

‘They Made Me a Criminal’ and the Persecution of an Innocent Star

By Emily Kubincanek 

John Garfield stars in this precursor to film noir, a tragic representation of the happy ending he never got to have.

Island Of Lost Souls Creature

The Real Evil in ‘Island of Lost Souls’

By Emily Kubincanek 

This Universal horror movie from 1932 didn’t shy away from the violence of a mad scientist, making it the most realistic sci-fi movie of its time.

Rebecca Movie Comparison

How Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’ Differs from Alfred Hitchcock’s Award-Winning Version

By Emily Kubincanek 

As Wheatley’s new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s hit novel hits Netflix, we look at how it compares to the most famous version in cinema history.

French Exit

‘French Exit’ is an Absurd Satire Better Enjoyed at Another Time

By Emily Kubincanek 

Michelle Pfeiffer’s captivating performance can’t overcome the faults of this bougie comedy.

The Old Dark House

The Unconventional Haunts in ‘The Old Dark House’

By Emily Kubincanek 

No ghosts or spirits inhabit the haunted house in this once lost Universal horror film. What is still alive is much scarier.

The Devil And Miss Jones

How ‘The Devil and Miss Jones’ Disguises Class Politics as Screwball Comedy

By Emily Kubincanek 

In one of Old Hollywood’s positive depictions of the working class, this screwball challenges the negative legacy of workers’ protest in movies made during and after the Depression.

Small Axe Lovers Rock

‘Lovers Rock’ Immerses Us in an Energetic Reggae House Party

By Emily Kubincanek 

Steve McQueen revitalizes what we all miss about house parties and depicts an experience unique to the vibrant West Indian community in London circa 1980.

Sin Of Nora Moran

Pre-Code Surrealism in ‘The Sin of Nora Moran’

By Emily Kubincanek 

This existential nonlinear Pre-Code melodrama has remained largely unseen, but the film is just as exciting to watch today as it was in 1933.