On Unbecoming a Hero: Why and How ‘Ad Astra’ Resembles The Odyssey

Midway through Ad Astra, Brad Pitt’s Roy McBride boards a ship to Mars. When they see his name on the manifest, the crew asks if he is that Roy McBride. He says he is and they celebrate; they’re honored to transport the son of a hero, the son of the greatest astronaut there ever was.…

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Falling into Place: Balance, Power, and ‘Suspiria’ (2018)

“Movement is never mute” is a quote from the 2018 film Suspiria, a “reimagining” of the 1977 film of the same name. Many are quick to associate the film with the iconic shot of Dakota Johnson with a gaping hole in her chest. However, the film’s subtext also provides a visceral experience as it touches…

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The Healing Potential of Being Present

The plotlines of Lost in Translation (2003), Paterson (2014) and Columbus (2017) are discussed below. “The world in which you live from day to day is made from habit and memory. The perilous zones are the times when the self, also made from habit and memory, gives way. Then, if only for a moment, you…

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Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Tony Montana in ‘Scarface’ (1983)

Matthew 16:26 asks the question “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”. Strangely enough, Scarface has the answer. Scarface has been dubbed a ‘dudebro’ favorite for its iconic dialogue, tropical aesthetic, and excessive ultraviolence. While this reputation intimidates many moviegoers from Brian De Palma’s film,…

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The Longevity of ‘Scooby-Doo’: 50 Year Retrospective

Ghosts and goblins and ghouls, like Zoinks! This sounds like a case for our favorite gang of mystery-solving teens: Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy, and their talking Great Dane Scooby-Doo. On September 13th 1969 the first episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, was released as a Saturday morning…

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The Lasting Relatability of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ 20 Years Later

There are very few TV shows that depict the awkwardness and confusion of being a teenager quite like Freaks and Geeks. Although it premiered in 1999 and only ended up running for one season, it has since gained a following of loyal fans thanks to word-of-mouth praise, and the ability to stream the show on…

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Looking Back on Fight Club, Twenty Years Later

*Spoilers for Fight Club* Those in tune with recent film festival coverage may have struggled to miss the most widely anticipated and fervently discussed release sparking a new tirade of furious tweets – that of course being Joker. This new origin for DC’s most popular super-villain has either been heralded as the epitome of cinema…

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Fall, and Get Back Up – Skateboarding in Film

Have you ever found yourself completely enthralled by skateboarding videos on YouTube? The sheer talent alone can keep you stuck watching videos for hours straight. Maybe you even skate yourself. Skateboarding films capture the awe-inspiring talent of skateboarding, but they also capture the family-like environment and the “never-stay-down” attitude that circles around the culture of…

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The Father’s Frontier: Familial Separation in Modern Space Movies

With a fully-armed and operational Star Wars franchise in play, cinematic portrayals of the great unknown which don’t belong to a galaxy far, far away have truly had their work cut out. Financially and in terms of sheer screen space, the Skywalker saga (and its various spin-offs) has dominated the sci-fi landscape. But as this…

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“I’ll Be Seeing You”: Falling Apart and Together in ‘Out of Blue’

Carol Morley’s Out of Blue follows Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson), a detective investigating the apparent murder of astrophysicist Jennifer Rockwell (Mamie Gummer) in a New Orleans observatory. As Mike attempts to unravel the many mysteries surrounding the incident, her own sense of reality and sense of herself fall apart and then back together again. I…

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