I Experience, Therefore I Am: A Case for an Evolutionary View of Self from Plato to Blade Runner to Arrival

Plato’s allegory of the cave tells the story of a group of men bound together in chains from birth, locked away from the world in a deep, dark cave. They are forced to stare at the wall of the cave and are unable to look around at each other and their surroundings. One day, one … Read moreI Experience, Therefore I Am: A Case for an Evolutionary View of Self from Plato to Blade Runner to Arrival

The Neglected Victim: Alma and her Agony

In the short story, Brokeback Mountain, by Annie Proulx, page 11 describes Alma’s one encounter with Jack. After witnessing her husband kiss another man, she faces them both quietly and uncomfortably, but does not otherwise convey any dramatic emotion and remains surprisingly collected. She attempts to stop Ennis once when she gets money so that … Read moreThe Neglected Victim: Alma and her Agony

Erik Killmonger: Constructing the Perfect Antagonist

As the popular statement goes, the hero is as good as his nemesis, this applies to multiple superhero films; however, Black Panther accomplishes this feat on a profound level. Presenting Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger as the main antagonist to Chadwick Boseman’s protagonist King T’Challa, the film offers one of the most insightful, complex, and … Read moreErik Killmonger: Constructing the Perfect Antagonist

The Film Version of ‘Call Me by Your Name’ – Research on Masculinity and Sexuality

“This gorgeous coming-of-age tale oozes nostalgic melancholy and avoids the clichés in many films about gay love,” (Jones, 2018). Set in 1983, Luca Guadagnino’s film Call Me by Your Name, embodies a profound interpretation of sexuality (in particular, same-sex love) and masculinity. Based on the 2007 novel by André Aciman, protagonist Elio Perlman, played by … Read moreThe Film Version of ‘Call Me by Your Name’ – Research on Masculinity and Sexuality

Badlands: A Modernist Meditation on Existence and Lawlessness

Terrence Malick’s 1973 film Badlands transforms the real-life killing spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate into a modernist film that questions the purpose and belonging of youth in the suburban Midwest. Badlands philosophizes on the defining power that law and societal expectation have on youth through the heavy use of modernist cinematic techniques, … Read moreBadlands: A Modernist Meditation on Existence and Lawlessness

The Double Entendre of Doubles: An Exploration of Doppelgängers in ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ and ‘Black Swan’

In modern times, the term doppelgänger colloquially refers to anyone who looks like or acts like another person. While this is not a grand departure from the word’s origin, it neglects the original connotation of evil associated with a doppelgänger. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary defines doppelgänger (under the English adaptation of “double-ganger”) as … Read moreThe Double Entendre of Doubles: An Exploration of Doppelgängers in ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ and ‘Black Swan’

The Image of the “Other” in Children of Men, Babel, and Cronos

In filmmaking, directors have subtly ascribed roles of the Self and the Other in discourse. Examining the movies, Children of Men, Babel, and Cronos, one sees the Self as the one who prevails in forming the worldview and conforming the viewers’ opinion to his own perspective; whereas the Other who has a secondary role in … Read moreThe Image of the “Other” in Children of Men, Babel, and Cronos

Away with the Gods, the Magic Suffices: An Analysis of Die Nibelungen and the Nibelungenlied

The purpose of a myth is to promote an ideology and to set standards for society. In this way, according to Bidney, the myth is the source of morality and religion (Myth, Symbolism, and Truth 22). This would explain the various connections between Christianity and the Germanic and Norse mythology. For example, the story of … Read moreAway with the Gods, the Magic Suffices: An Analysis of Die Nibelungen and the Nibelungenlied

How and Why Bob Fosse Transforms Key Elements of “Goodbye to Berlin” in “Cabaret”

Transformation allows for a re-interpretation of a text from a different perspective. The relationship between the composer, responder, text and context are integral in this metamorphosis. Christopher Isherwood’s novella Goodbye to Berlin (1939) and Bob Fosse’s film Cabaret (1972) demonstrates this, Fosse transforming Goodbye to Berlin’s key ideas about the rise of Nazism and the … Read moreHow and Why Bob Fosse Transforms Key Elements of “Goodbye to Berlin” in “Cabaret”