The Shawshank Redemption

When you first think of Stephen King, what comes to mind? Is it a scary clown or the monster under your bed? He’s known as the king of horror for good reason, but he didn’t get where he is by being a mediocre storyteller or caring only about what scares his readers. That shines clearly... Continue Reading →

Escaping Injustice: The Fugitive

All my life, I’ve felt drawn to stories about people unjustly thrown in jail who then escape. This may have started with the 1973 animated version of Robin Hood and the big jail break section where Robin Hood and Little John break all the other animals out of Prince John’s prison, where they’re being held because they... Continue Reading →

Death and Growing Up in My Girl

Vada Sultenfuss has lived her first eleven years surrounded by death. Her father owns and runs a funeral home, and he talks about cadavers and funerals with his daughter (and anyone else who might be around) as though that’s a perfectly ordinary topic of conversation. Which, as a funeral home director, maybe it is. Nevertheless,... Continue Reading →

Falling into Dark Water: Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet is a cinematic marvel, an intriguing combination of Shakespeare’s historic prose in modern settings. Filmed in cities in Mexico, it transforms Shakespeare’s traditional Verona into a hyper-religious community, awash with Catholic icons and massive statuary depicting Jesus Christ. It is a crumbling city, the result of violence and hatred, as... Continue Reading →

The Characters of Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg could have taken the easy way out. He had dinosaurs—arguably the greatest achievement in CGI up to that point in history. Jurassic Park already had its selling point, its hook, the shiny thing that would make every kid and his family hyped to see the film. Because of the dinosaurs, Spielberg could have... Continue Reading →

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies for many reasons. It has some of my favorite actors, feel-good themes of love, forgiveness, hope, etc., and it allowed my teenage self to go, “See? School is a waste of time! Look how smart he is, and he doesn’t go to school.” However, my favorite... Continue Reading →

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