Archive of ‘My Favorite Things’ 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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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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Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable

Anand’s use of what seem to be ‘non-European’ words, words which do not describe Western standards–ugliness, misery, uncongenial, odor, dirt, filth and offensive stink–help to portray the hopeless lives of outcastes, particularly Bakha. Mention of excrements, of the abject, Read more…

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A Few of my Favorite Quotes

You live on in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here; death ends a life, not a relationship…There is no such thing as ‘too late’ in life…Love is when you are as concerned about someone else’s situation as you are about your own…Aging is not decay; it’s growth. This culture worships youth. – Morrie Schwartz Read more…

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The Small Things

The notion of “small things” contrasts with the broader, more expansive “big” ideals such as: an honorable family, the caste system, political affiliations and marriage. The novel focuses on “the whisper and scurry of small lives,” of secrets, sins and desires people refuse to acknowledge for the sake of maintaining a cohesive national identity. Read more…

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Harry’s Journey to Self-Discovery

Bravery cannot exist where defense of the weak is easy. It is defined in terms of a character, or hero’s willingness to perform potentially hazardous, frightening actions. In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the protagonist embarks upon an adventure motivated by self-discovery and understanding; as he Read more…

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Well Done, Cork

One thing of which I am sure is that were we not so unceremoniously evicted, we wouldn’t have been in the lobby as Mark, a good ‘ole Cork boy, was coming out from the staff room after changing into his pajamas. I instinctively looked at his crotch and my eyes widened. With a sense of urgency, I turned to my lady boy Jorge and tried to whisper to him about what was going on in Mark’s pants. Jorge was Read more…

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