The Cinematic Universe of Sufjan Stevens’ Soundtracks

“Stevens’ songs are the soundtrack to falling in and out of love.” With his melodramatic tones and heartfelt lyrics, Sufjan Stevens is a master of emotional projection. With lyrics and melodies that tug at heartstrings, Stevens’ haunting sound conjures the heavenliest of songs. Perhaps in the most Sufjan Stevens move that Sufjan Stevens could have…

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Summer Lovin’: Romantic and Sexual Liberation in Coming of Age Films

There’s plenty of teenage kicks in summer flicks, with the good ol’ wet hot summer having always been the backdrop for young love. Summer holidays are portrayed as a pivotal passage for development, with teenagers transitioning into young adults. One such trope of dawning adulthood is love and the loss of “innocence” (otherwise known as…

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Five Stages of Young Love in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

This piece contains spoilers for the film ‘Call Me By Your Name’ “What does one do around here?” “Wait for the summer to end.” Watching the hazy blue skies, sun-sheened skin and absorbing romance of Luca Guadagnino’s much-loved ‘Call Me By Your Name’, you wouldn’t be blamed for hoping that autumn never comes. A Best…

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