The Movie Money ball review

The Movie Money ball is based on the true events happened in Billy Beane’s life, He is he General Manager of the Oakland A’s Baseball team. Beane and his Assistant GM, Peter Brand hired under-valued players, so that they could reduce the budget with less than 40% of their competitors. In the 2001-02 season, the … Read more

Grendel’s Solipsism and Its Consequences

In 1971, John Gardner changed the way people think about the English epic Beowulf when he published his novel Grendel. In his retelling of the story from the monster Grendel’s perspective, he repeatedly makes references to the philosophy of solipsism: the belief that one’s self is the only thing that exists and matters. As Gardner’s … Read more

An Analysis of the Film, White Man’s Burden

We watched an in-class movie called White Man’s Burden. The premise of this movie was what life would be in an alternate universe where the stereotypical Caucasian and African-American roles in society were reversed. The African-Americans were living luxuriously and in wealth while the Caucasians were living in poverty-living paycheck to paycheck. I think this … Read more

Freewill vs. morality in a Clockwork Orange

Following the publication of his most notable work, A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess commented on the function of literature in a mutable society. There is not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character. (Burgess viii) Consequently, this … Read more

Carolyn Burnham’s Way

The final glimpse given to the audience of the character Carolyn Burnham in Sam Mendes’ 1999 film, American Beauty, is a point-of-view shot taken from her husband’s perspective on a fast spinning carnival ride. Carolyn is thrilled and bursting with passionate joy; perfectly in focus while the world around the two lovers appears as a … Read more

The Dangers of the Imagination in Atonement

In Atonement, Ian McEwan suggests the dangers of confusing our fantasies with reality; that we have become so accustomed to choosing to see what we wish to see rather than reality and this leads to destruction in our lives. Our refusal to accept or want to see reality creates a cycle in which we become … Read more

Life Of Pi: The Contrast Between Words And Visuals

Uniqueness is a struggle to find throughout literature, especially within recreations of previously published stories. Once a story is told, the originality begins to dissipate and the audience skews the story. Popular novels transforming into films can be altered as well. This is specifically noticeable in the critically acclaimed story, Life of Pi, originally written … Read more

Literary Review of the Haunted House

The short story “A Haunted House” is story with meaning, by portraying to us the treasure of life. When two ghosts are searching through their old house, looking for their “Treasure”, the treasure or meaning is revealed to us. The joy and love shared between two people is the treasure, the treasure of life. By … Read more

Defining and Defying Female Stereotypes: A Comparison of Charlotte Temple and Katniss Everdeen

In today’s society, women are frequently thought of as helpless “damsels in distress,” or that they must rely on a man to rescue them from difficult tasks. This stereotype is furthered by television, literature, and Hollywood. An article by Salma Yaqoob speaks of such stereotyping among Muslim women. She says, “The perception of Muslim women … Read more

‘Daffodils’ and ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’ Analysis

William Wordsworth himself once said, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.” Wordsworth, like most romantic poets, had a strong attitude towards the rebellion against the industrial revolution and strove to revert back to the “bliss” of nature. He believed that by returning to nature, mankind would become unrestricted by the constraints imposed upon … Read more

Movie Review of Gattaca and Wall-E

Many humans have tried to predict the future of humanity. While the predictions of futurism are often vastly different, they often have a similar underlining. The feature films Gattaca and WALL-Ediffer in regards to the current state of the Earth, the physicality of humans, and the mentality of humans, but converge on the idea of … Read more

A Reflection of Being a Director in Catching the Big Fish, a Memoir by David Lynch

In his memoir Catching The Big Fish, David Lynch reflects on himself as a director. Additionally, he discusses various arts outside of cinema. Though he provides insight into his other arts, an analysis on how these arts overlap and influence each other is unfortunately absent. Lynch doesn’t provide description of his work but only describes … Read more

“The Archaeologist in the Cocoon” Analysis

Season 8, Episode 11: “The Archaeologist in the Cocoon”, episode of the show Bones, begins with the discovery of a body wrapped inside of a cocoon. This cocoon is hanging on a tree branch beside a man who was caught in the tree while skydiving. Dr. Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the FBI, states that the … Read more

Proverbs and False Comfort in Blindness

In Blindness, Jos? Saramago questions the morals innately present in human nature through characters who ignore or misuse the advice provided by sayings. By inserting old, vague, and contradictory proverbs, Saramago demonstrates that in bewildering times, sayings become a comfort rather than actual guidance. He criticizes the use of sayings when one doesn’t follow their … Read more

Sense and Sensibility and House of Mirth: How Society’s Expectation Define Relationships

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1811) is a novel of society and manners, following two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, in their bids for love and marriage. Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth (1905) focuses on New York’s high society and the struggle of a well-born socialite, Lily Bart. Both novels explore the integral themes of … Read more

Codes and Conventions of Three Different Film Genres

This paper discusses critically the codes and conventions of three different genres of film and how they effectively communicate to an audience. You might wonder, “What is a film genre?” Well, simply put, a genre is a category/group of films characterized by a particular style, form or content (Merriam-Webster, 2018). The three groups/categories of films … Read more

Farley Mowat’s A Whale for the Killing, The People of the Deer, and Never Cry Wolf’s Depiction of the Significance of Naturalism

Farley Mowat’s three novels Never Cry Wolf (1963), The People of the Deer (1952), and A Whale for the Killing all agree on the role of naturalism, the plight of the animal, the commercialization of hunting, ruthlessness of man, and survival of the fittest. Mowat records that “my early years as a naturalist were free … Read more

Understanding Chicago, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, And Oklahoma Musical’s Political Significance

“Miss Saigon” is one of the world’s four most famous musical dramas, created by Claude-Michel Schoenberg and Alain Boublil. The story takes place during the Vietnam War and revolves around a romance between an American soldier and a Vietnam hostess, the heroine Kim, who sacrifices her life without hesitation for her child. As far as … Read more

Titanic: Love Story Of All The Time

Love or Lies? The RMS Titanic, known as the “unsinkable” ship, tragically went down in the middle of the ocean, leaving many to freeze in the icy waters. The boat may not have been unsinkable, but it was still the most extravagant adventure of the time. However, for the story to completely captivate viewers, the … Read more

Erik of the Phantom of the Opera and Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights as Byronic Heroes

The Byronic Hero is a variant of the Romantic Hero who possesses an “expression which indicates a mixture of contempt and gloom”[1] and whose behaviour is unpredictable, “moodily taciturn and violently explosive.”[2] However, the Byronic Hero has a redeeming characteristic or quality that earns him the title ‘hero.’ Leslie Fielder defines the “hero-villain as indeed … Read more

Grave of the Fireflies

Formalism is an approach which contains intrinsic properties and treats each work as a distinct or unique work of art. The historical context, the author, or any other external contexts are not necessary or important in interpreting the meaning (Barrot &Sipacio, 2016). It tackles more on the formal features of the text or story like … Read more

The Significance of Thomas Character

Thomas: The Game Changer Can one person really change everything? Well, in books they can. In the non-fiction novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner, there are multiple boys stuck in a place called ‘The Glade’, they have no memory of who they are and who they once were, all they can remember is their … Read more

“Fight Club” movie review

When the movie “Fight Club” directed by David Fincher released on the 1st of January 1999 it opened to a somewhat disappointing business there was a widespread misjudgement that Fight Club was an action movie about underground bare-knuckle boxing contests Where in actuality, it’s a horror/thriller movie which literally begins in the fear-centre of its … Read more

Black Widow in Age of Ultron

Gray argues that the definition of a superheroine’s “hotness” is “the establishment of a delicate balance of both sex appeal and physical strength” (Gray 91). This definition is applicable to the superheroine Black Widow in the film Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (2015). Black Widow, or Natasha Romanoff (played by Scarlet Johanson), is a spy … Read more

The Cultural Allegories behind Twelve Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men is an allegorical play written by Reginald Rose in 1955. It depicts the way in which economic, social and cultural factors can have a significant impact on the process of justice. Rose encapsulates 1950s America through each of the 12 jurors, giving them back-stories relating to economic, social and cultural factors. Post-war … Read more

Henry David Thoreau’s Illustration of the Concept of Escape as Described in His Book, Where I Lived, And What I Lived For

The Escapists Expectations and standards rise up like mental bile, contributing to the mess of stress and confusion. Reality tends to lose its appeal when charred with anxiety and peppered with self-destruction. The bittersweet battle continues as the mind fights to cease its distortion complex against reality. In Where I Lived, and What I Lived … Read more

Gettysburg: Three Perspectives on the Movie

Imagine a movie that is suspenseful, historical, and full of action. In 1863, an epic event occurred in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania which was made in to a movie in 1992. This location is now visited by thousands of visitors and is considered a historical landmark. “Gettysburg”, the movie, featured an all-star cast that provided impeccable performances … Read more

Importance of Being Earnest Book vs Movie

When novels are adapted to films, often writers and directors make changes, especially if the book was written a significant time ago. They make these changes to draw modern viewers in. Oliver Parker composed the adaption of The Importance of Being Earnest. His adaptation is accurate to the film. The only true adaptations are when … Read more