Archive of ‘Personal’ category

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The Island (2005 Film)

The Island, like most science fiction, poses the question: Will the desire for perfection consistently lead to unchecked progress until human beings eventually become obsolete? The people on the island exist not as individuals with goals and desires and passions, but instead, they live like robots, with set schedules and prescribed performance duties. They exist as technology, Read more…

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Mr. Brooks (2007 Film)

Mr. Earl Brooks is a wealthy, intelligent, well-respected family man who is addicted to killing strangers. He craves the almost sexual rush he feels from committing acts of murder. The character’s disposition and hobby force viewers to question: what if a killer lives amongst us? What if the monster is indistinct and unrecognizable from the other members of society? Read more…

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The Woman Who Wrote The Slave

Oroonoko’s unyielding captors literally hack him apart, and his ultimate castration serves to feminize him in a way that further links him to Behn. His brutal death is an allegory for her feminine plight: she is not permitted to be whole but merely limited by her part, her gender.  Read more…

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Apocalypto, The New Western

By possessing principles of integrity, courageousness and self-sufficiency, and equipped with physical aptitude and inventiveness, Jaguar Paw proves his masculinity; like a cowboy, he comes from the land and is never lost. Furthermore, through a Christ-like sacrifice, he remains Read more…

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How My Year Alone Freed Me

I create and live by My Rules. Not supposed to quit your career job three years in and travel? Did it. Not supposed to kiss on the first date? Did it. (Twice.) Not supposed to live off savings and wait for the opportunity about which you’re passionate to come to fruition? Doing it. Read more…

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To Harambe, With Love

I am frustrated, for never is the caging of Harambe discussed. Where is the outrage for way Harambe was poached and involuntarily brought to exist in a manner foreign to his nature? No one wants to confront the forced captivity. Welcome to Living While Black In America.  Read more…

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The Sound

A baby crying is a miserable sound. Aside from my typically unfeeling nature, in which I only enjoy the children of people to whom I’m close, incessant blubbering from beloved dependents is just plain frustrating because I so often fail to understand the cause of their tears. This results in overwhelming Read more…

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