A Moral Dilemma in Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is one of my favorite novels because it’s written for middle schoolers/young adults, but it treats them like adults, just like the characters in the book, because it deals with such a tough topic: moral dilemma. Ender gets forced into situations where he battles enemies, friends, and—in what I feel is the most... Continue Reading →

Into the Black: Firefly and its ‘Verse

Outer space is a place of unknown mystery that is still being actively investigated, which makes it a place of unlimited possibilities that provides a fertile setting for creative on-screen storytelling. One immensely famous TV series called space “the final frontier,” which illustrates how the human imagination links it to another unexplored, dangerous place: the... Continue Reading →

May / June 2021: Space

Space… full of infinite possibilities, “the last frontier,” somewhere mankind looks forward to in expectation but also trepidation. Many wonderful books, movies, and television shows take place in this endless void full of … stars, aliens, planets, and strange encounters. Some of them come to earth to visit us, and in others, we reach for... Continue Reading →

‘90s Ever After: While You Were Sleeping

Hollywood has always provided audiences with love stories, both happy and tragic, but a romance with a generous amount of humor constitutes its own genre. From the years of classic studio filmmaking to the bright pop of the 1960s to today, romantic comedies have enjoyed significant popularity, and the decade of the 1990s was a... Continue Reading →

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 →

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