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Gender, Race, And Class In Various Aspects Of American Literature: A Portfolio, Harry Olafsen 2020 Bowling Green State University

Gender, Race, And Class In Various Aspects Of American Literature: A Portfolio, Harry Olafsen

Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects

In this portfolio, Harry Olafsen takes a closer look at various texts in American Literature, including women in 1960s country music, Us directed by Jordan Peele, and southern women's diaries from the Civil War.


Film Review: 12 Years A Slave (2013), Lauren Kirschke, Jasmin Gonzalez, Moriah Schnose, Haley Carter 2020 CSUSB

Film Review: 12 Years A Slave (2013), Lauren Kirschke, Jasmin Gonzalez, Moriah Schnose, Haley Carter

History in the Making

No abstract provided.


Film Review: 42 (2013), Alexandra Martin 2020 CSUSB

Film Review: 42 (2013), Alexandra Martin

History in the Making

No abstract provided.


Film Review: The Attack (2012), Complex Issues Through A Cameras Lens, Steven Anthony 2020 CSUSB

Film Review: The Attack (2012), Complex Issues Through A Cameras Lens, Steven Anthony

History in the Making

No abstract provided.


Movie Review: Onward, Joshua Matthews 2020 Dordt University

Movie Review: Onward, Joshua Matthews

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"Onward is B-level Pixar, slightly above-average, warm-hearted entertainment."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie Onward from In All Things - an online journal for critical reflection on faith, culture, art, and every ordinary-yet-graced square inch of God’s creation.

https://inallthings.org/movie-review-onward/


Hail, Caesar! A Jesus Film In Search Of A Christ Figure, Jon Coutts 2020 Ambrose University, Calgary

Hail, Caesar! A Jesus Film In Search Of A Christ Figure, Jon Coutts

Journal of Religion & Film

For over a century the moving picture has been a medium ripe for propagation or exploration of the story of Christ. Since the first wave hit screens in the late 1890s and early 1900s, the list of so-called “Jesus films” has come to number in the dozens. Given that Joel and Ethan Coen’s 2016 Hail, Caesar!­ sets itself up as a reprisal of such films, the question is how to interpret it. To explore this, interpretation of the film is framed by consideration of the Coen brothers' attention to religious themes, is set against the backdrop of the second ...


Movie Review: Parasite, Joshua Matthews 2020 Dordt University

Movie Review: Parasite, Joshua Matthews

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"Although Parasite is above-average cinema... it is not the artistic and philosophical tour-de-force that an award-winning, 99%-approval-rated film ought to be."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie Parasite from In All Things - an online journal for critical reflection on faith, culture, art, and every ordinary-yet-graced square inch of God’s creation.

https://inallthings.org/movie-review-parasite/


The Others (2001) By Alejandro Amenábar In The Light Of Valentinian Thought, Fryderyk Kwiatkowski 2020 Jagiellonian University, Cracow and the University of Groningen

The Others (2001) By Alejandro Amenábar In The Light Of Valentinian Thought, Fryderyk Kwiatkowski

CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture

The article offers a Valentinian interpretation of the Hollywood film The Others (2001). A particular attention is paid to the ways in which cinematic motifs and narrative elements of the film draw on myths, ideas and symbolic imagery present in Valentinian works, especially in the Gospel of Truth (NHC I, 3) and the Gospel of Philip (NHC II, 3). In the course of the heuristic analysis, the paper argues that although the film employs Valentinian ideas, it depicts different understanding of the world. This issue is addressed in the last part of the article by situating the film within broader ...


Movie Review: 1917, Joshua Matthews 2020 Dordt University

Movie Review: 1917, Joshua Matthews

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"1917 might seem like it’s in the distant past. But, the war’s horrific effects will extend long into the future, making Mendes’ movie relevant for a long time into the future."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie 1917 from In All Things - an online journal for critical reflection on faith, culture, art, and every ordinary-yet-graced square inch of God’s creation.

https://inallthings.org/movie-review-1917/


Movie Review: The Rise Of Skywalker, Tom Clark 2020 Dordt University

Movie Review: The Rise Of Skywalker, Tom Clark

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"If all you wanted was more Star Wars content, then this latest installment will not let you down."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie The Rise of Skywalker from In All Things - an online journal for critical reflection on faith, culture, art, and every ordinary-yet-graced square inch of God’s creation.

https://inallthings.org/movie-review-the-rise-of-skywalker/


The Monster And The Comics: Frankenstein, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder And America Popular Culture, Aaron Barlow 2020 CUNY New York City College of Technology

The Monster And The Comics: Frankenstein, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder And America Popular Culture, Aaron Barlow

Publications and Research

No abstract provided.


Movie Review: Ford V. Ferrari, Joshua Matthews 2019 Dordt University

Movie Review: Ford V. Ferrari, Joshua Matthews

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"The movie asks: do American companies care about making the highest quality goods?"

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie Ford v. Ferrari from In All Things - an online journal for critical reflection on faith, culture, art, and every ordinary-yet-graced square inch of God’s creation.

https://inallthings.org/movie-review-ford-v-ferrari/?highlight=ford%20v.%20ferrari


Review Of The Favourite, Scott Romo 2019 CSUSB

Review Of The Favourite, Scott Romo

History in the Making

No abstract provided.


Review Of Studio 54: The Documentary, Ryan Rodriguez 2019 CSUSB

Review Of Studio 54: The Documentary, Ryan Rodriguez

History in the Making

No abstract provided.


The Origins Of Classic Hollywood’S Male, Federico Guevara 2019 CSUSB

The Origins Of Classic Hollywood’S Male, Federico Guevara

History in the Making

Male dominance of Hollywood productions solidified inadvertently in the 1930s through the implementation of Catholic morality on screen, which precipitously narrowed the scope of experiences and desires of women depicted in entertainment media for the ensuing decades. Tracing back the behind-the-scenes origins and development of Hollywood’s persistent male gaze, it becomes clear that women in the entertainment industry had some real agency and power in the 1920s, prior to the Catholic Legion of Decency’s interference in movie making. These censorship rules, which became known as the Hays Code and were argued to be good for the whole of ...


Die Hard: A Case Study Of Masculine Romance, Elizabeth Tretter 2019 Murray State University

Die Hard: A Case Study Of Masculine Romance, Elizabeth Tretter

Scholars Week

Works of the Romance genre have long been regarded as “chick flicks” or “chick lit,” leaving scholars to question the long-standing, gendering stereotypes of romances as feminine and action/adventure works as masculine. This paper explores the connection between romances and action/adventure films by applying Northrop Frye’s six phases of romance outlined in his Anatomy of Criticism to the traditional masculine adventure film Die Hard. Not only does this application highlight strong evidence of romantic elements in Die Hard, but also, the analysis reveals a major gender disparity when it comes to feminizing the Romance genre. Why this ...


Infinity Wars: Post 9/11 Superhero Films And American Empire, Peter J. Bruno 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Infinity Wars: Post 9/11 Superhero Films And American Empire, Peter J. Bruno

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

In the last two decades, superhero films have accounted for some of the most popular and financially lucrative films of all time. This thesis analyzes some of the aesthetic and ideological dimensions of various superhero films following their post 9/11 boom. Beginning with America’s response to the events of 9/11 and a subsequent retreat into a Manichean world of good versus evil, I introduce the term “empirical reality” in order to account for the ways daily American life is shielded from the worst effects of U.S. foreign policy. On screen this manifests by perpetuating the myth ...


Movie Review: Toy Story 4, Tom Clark 2019 Dordt University

Movie Review: Toy Story 4, Tom Clark

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"There’s no question that whatever emerged from the animators would be good, but could it be great? Did it need to be made, or should the time and talent have been devoted to a new project, a new story?"

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie Toy Story 4 from In All Things - an online journal for critical reflection on faith, culture, art, and every ordinary-yet-graced square inch of God’s creation.

https://inallthings.org/movie-review-toy-story-4/


Anna May Wong: Chinese-American Actress, Katherine Anielak 2019 University of Nebraska at Kearney

Anna May Wong: Chinese-American Actress, Katherine Anielak

Undergraduate Research Journal

The United States’ film industry has an extensive and rich history that also offers insight into the development of American culture. However, the history of Hollywood includes many cases of discrimination, racism, and the use of stereotypes within roles. Films reflect societal constructs and beliefs, including stereotypes that European Americans had against non-white immigrants and citizens. Asian-Americans especially suffered from stereotypes and discrimination within the United States in the early 20th Century. Such stereotypes and racism appeared in both the films produced in Hollywood, and within Hollywood and the film industry itself. Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American film actress ...


'Tomboy' Is Anachronistic. But The Concept Still Has Something To Teach Us, Lynne Stahl 2019 West Virginia University

'Tomboy' Is Anachronistic. But The Concept Still Has Something To Teach Us, Lynne Stahl

Faculty & Staff Scholarship

This article explores the tomboy trope in film and literature and the "taming" that characterizes it, framing both in relation to contemporary debates about gender and sexual identity as well as cultural anxieties around queer, trans, and nonbinary identity. Examining texts from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women to the 1980 film Little Darlings, the article argues that even while the term tomboy may be obsolete, tomboy narratives document processes of rebellion that hold continuing value.


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