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 →

A Japanese Lesson in Romantic Obsession

The word obsession translates to shuuchaku しゅうちゃく in Japanese and is a staple theme in most Japanese entertainment. In fact, many relationships in Japanese films start because of a persistent obsession from one of the lead characters. This is a good thing, otherwise the Japanese characters might never marry. I find it funny that obsession... Continue Reading →

The Maze Runner: Leaders Three

For the uninformed, The Maze Runner is a dystopian film about a community of boys trapped in a Glade located in the middle of a Maze where the walls change their configuration during the night. In the night, evil creatures called Grievers hunt in the Maze, and woe be to any Glader caught outside the... Continue Reading →

To Sidney, with Love

Sidney Poitier. How do I describe a man who stood beside Martin Luther King Jr. during his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963? How do I describe a man who often was the only African American on the set of his movies? How do I describe a man who makes me laugh and breaks... Continue Reading →

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