Why Nerve is the selfie generation's Desperately Seeking Susan
Discussing Nerve and immersive gaming in film with Naomi Alderman on BBC Front Row on Radio 4 on August 11th and iplayer after. The Green Dress. I knew I'd seen it somewhere before in New York the moment it appeared on screen. It helped that I"d avoided the trailer and any prior reviews or images of the film. Nerve works its power best if you don't watch the trailer which is full of spoilers. This post avoids big ones but assumes you've seen it. Then suddenly it came to me: the green dress is a tribute (subconscious or deliberate?) to Rosanna Arquette's in Desperately Seeking Susan. And then the parallels wouldn't stop coming: Emma Roberts has the same gangly, toothy beauty and charm. Like Rosanna's New Jersey housewife, this Staten Island Venus is a shy, uncool suburbanite who commutes into the city and dreams of escape. That green dress: With its sparkles and its shortness the green dress is in both films a Wizard of Oz like Emerald metaphor for transformation and new powers. Our