Star Wars: A Living Legacy

Star Wars was first released in 1977, and to this day it remains the most profitable saga in cinematic history. It’s fanbase is rabid and devoted, grown bitter and angry over the many years it seemed the original creator and central ideas turned their backs on the franchise. We live in a world spoiled by sequels…

Beauty and the Beast: The Limitations of Adaptations

I visited my hometown this morning. I got off the turnpike, made my way across the expressway and ended up at a stoplight I’d seen so many times before. Up to that point, everything looked the same. And then I went into the town itself. That’s when I started noticing all the dents in my…

Hail, Caesar: Divine Presence To Be Shot

When Christianity first began gaining traction and churches rose out of the cellars of secrecy, the followers of Christ encountered a problem. Few besides the rich could read, and because Christianity first rose in popularity amongst the common people, a distance between the clergy and parishioners became imminent. In order to combat this, priests instructed…

Hot Girls Wanted: Exploitation, Objectification, & Autonomy

Documentaries are never unbiased. Everything is shot with intention and meaning, every angle and close-up indicative of a larger, broader tile in the mosaic of the director’s idea. They want to sell you something–whether it’s a conspiracy, a new perspective, a scandal, the documentarian will make sure the audience can piece it together with as…

Kids: Childhood With Consequences

Spoilers for the movie Kids One of the most enduring factors of childhood is innocence. Take that away and you’re left with little else. Childhood takes up such a small fraction of every person’s life, and yet its subsequent influences can be lifelong if left untreated. The habits one creates in his or her formative…

Sweeney Todd: If I Cannot Fly, Let Me Sing

Johanna sings of her resentment and envy towards her caged bird in a pivotal scene near Sweeney Todd‘s beginning. The song illustrates her desire to break free from her lavish confines or, failing that, at least learn how to accept her fate. Johanna doesn’t know much about the world outside, having lived as a ward…