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First Reformed (Movie Review), Tom Clark 2018 Dordt College

First Reformed (Movie Review), Tom Clark

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"The experience of watching First Reformed is deeply moving, unsettling, challenging, quieting, but above all worth it."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie First Reformed 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-first-reformed/


Revisionist Spectacle? Theatrical Remediation In Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman And Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Florian Zitzelsberger, Sarah E. Beyvers 2018 University of Passau, Germany

Revisionist Spectacle? Theatrical Remediation In Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman And Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Florian Zitzelsberger, Sarah E. Beyvers

Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies

Revisionist Spectacle? Theatrical Remediation in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

This article argues that the remediation of theatrical elements in film, i.e. the ample employment of non-systemic signs through the cinematic filter, facilitates a critical engagement with the medial properties of film. While theatrical production has expanded into the realm of film in recent years through mediatization and live broadcasting, a similar, yet inverse, development can be observed in film: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015) are just ...


The Rider (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

The Rider (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"Brady’s clear sense of calling, and the movie’s observations about his abilities, are part of The Rider’s validation of the Cowboy as an archetype that is actually alive and well in the 21st century."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie The Rider 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-rider/


Solo: A Star Wars Story (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"In Solo, Han tries to figure out who he is and what he belongs to, if anything."

Posting about the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story 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-solo/


Radical Social Ecology As Deep Pragmatism: A Call To The Abolition Of Systemic Dissonance And The Minimization Of Entropic Chaos, Arielle Brender 2018 Fordham University

Radical Social Ecology As Deep Pragmatism: A Call To The Abolition Of Systemic Dissonance And The Minimization Of Entropic Chaos, Arielle Brender

Student Theses 2015-Present

This paper aims to shed light on the dissonance caused by the superimposition of Dominant Human Systems on Natural Systems. I highlight the synthetic nature of Dominant Human Systems as egoic and linguistic phenomenon manufactured by a mere portion of the human population, which renders them inherently oppressive unto peoples and landscapes whose wisdom were barred from the design process. In pursuing a radical pragmatic approach to mending the simultaneous oppression and destruction of the human being and the earth, I highlight the necessity of minimizing entropic chaos caused by excess energy expenditure, an essential feature of systems that aim ...


Chappaquiddick (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

Chappaquiddick (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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“'Chappaquiddick' probes basic issues about the moral behaviors of American politicians and why voters elect them, even when politicians behave badly."

Posting about the movie Chappaquiddick 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-chappaquiddick/


A Quiet Place (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

A Quiet Place (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"The great accomplishment of A Quiet Place is its own soundscape, which gets us to listen to everything in it."

Posting about the movie A Quiet Place 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/a-quiet-place-review/


Party On, Derrida!: A Queer, Deconstructionist Look At Wayne's World, Glam, And The Losers Of Rock And Roll, Michelle A. Arp 2018 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Party On, Derrida!: A Queer, Deconstructionist Look At Wayne's World, Glam, And The Losers Of Rock And Roll, Michelle A. Arp

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What do you get when you mix a girl from Long Island, critical theory, a movie based on a Saturday Night Live sketch, David Bowie, and alternative rock of the early 2000s? A lot of losers, a lot of queerness, and plenty of room for deconstruction.

Part performance studies, part queer studies, and part memoir, this study is a cross-genre and experimental analysis of postmodern ideologies, rock and roll, and comedy. More specifically, I use Jacques Derrida’s notion of “the slash” (Of Grammatology, 1967) in relation to high and low culture via comedies, such that of Wayne’s World ...


Ready Player One (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

Ready Player One (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie Ready Player One 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/ready-player-one-review/


Purgatorio, Rosie Pineda 2018 Bowling Green State University

Purgatorio, Rosie Pineda

Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies

Rodrigo Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of camerastylo, Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with ...


From Swing King To Swing Kids: The Jazz Era Of ‘Big Band Orchestras’ In World War Ii, Katie Victoria Burnopp 2018 Lynchburg College

From Swing King To Swing Kids: The Jazz Era Of ‘Big Band Orchestras’ In World War Ii, Katie Victoria Burnopp

Student Scholar Showcase

Known as the ‘King of Swing’, clarinetist and band leader Benny Goodman (1909-1986) threatened the Nazi cause during WWII. With intent of improving music pedagogy, the purpose of this research was to investigate swing music during World War II. The particular problems of this study were to: (1) identify how the swing music of Benny Goodman (1909-1986) influenced adolescents in the United States of America, United Kingdom, and Germany; (2) explore the Nazi party view on ‘swing’ music of the era; (3) examine how the music of Charlie and his Orchestra became used as a tool for Nazi propaganda; and ...


Modern American Cover Art: The Great Gatsby Through Time, Jessica Harrell 2018 University of South Carolina

Modern American Cover Art: The Great Gatsby Through Time, Jessica Harrell

Senior Theses

Book jackets and cover art are, more than anything, an advertising tool used to attract consumers, promote book sales, and establish company identity. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a staple in the canon of American literature whose cover art has drastically transformed in the ninety years since its original publication. This thesis traces these changes over time, focusing specifically on publishing history, art history, American culture, and thematic interpretations. In doing so, I found that the most substantial influences on these covers were publishing house identity, design trends, and available artistic techniques. Ultimately, The Great Gatsby’s ...


The Semi-Anti-Apocalypse Of Black Panther, Ken Derry 2018 University of Toronto

The Semi-Anti-Apocalypse Of Black Panther, Ken Derry

Journal of Religion & Film

This is one of a series of films reviews of Black Panther (2018), directed by Ryan Coogler.


Game Night (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

Game Night (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"Although Game Night is escapist in good ways, it’s just a fine draft of a movie."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie Game Night 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/game-night-movie-review/


The 15:17 To Paris (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

The 15:17 To Paris (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie The 15:17 to Paris 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.

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Hostiles (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

Hostiles (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"All of the characters are serious sufferers of multiple atrocities, and we feel that the movie earns the emotional weight it gives to them."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie Hostiles 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/hostiles-review/


How Lucille Ball Fought The Patriarchy, While Lucy Ricardo (Indirectly) Contributed To Second-Wave (White) Feminism, Anam Rana Afzal 2018 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

How Lucille Ball Fought The Patriarchy, While Lucy Ricardo (Indirectly) Contributed To Second-Wave (White) Feminism, Anam Rana Afzal

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Author Stephanie Coontz argues that our most powerful visions of traditional families derive from images that are still delivered to our homes in countless reruns of 1950s television sitcoms. In actuality, the happy, homogenous families that we “remember” from America in the 50s were a result of the media’s denial of diversity. Also, women’s retreat to housewifery after working during WWII was in many cases, not freely chosen. In his study of sitcoms, Saul Austerlitz claims that once television arrived in American cities after the war’s end, its impact was immediate and incontrovertible, and no sitcom caught ...


Darkest Hour (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

Darkest Hour (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"The Winston Churchill we get in 'Darkest Hour' is a flawed human being, one who doesn’t command as much respect as revered historical figures are supposed to."

Posting about the movie Darkest Hour 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/darkest-hour-review/


The Big Problems With Being Small, Joshua Matthews 2018 Dordt College

The Big Problems With Being Small, Joshua Matthews

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“'Downsizing' poses basic but necessary philosophical questions that all humans ought to deal with."

Posting about the movie Downsizing 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/the-big-problems-with-being-small/


Good Game, Greyory Blake 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Good Game, Greyory Blake

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis and its corresponding art installation, Lessons from Ziggy, attempts to deconstruct the variables prevalent within several complex systems, analyze their transformations, and propose a methodology for reasserting the soap box within the display pedestal. In this text, there are several key and specific examples of the transformation of various signifiers (i.e. media-bred fear’s transformation into a political tactic of surveillance, contemporary freneticism’s transformation into complacency, and community’s transformation into nationalism as a state weapon). In this essay, all of these concepts are contextualized within the exponential growth of new technologies. That is to say ...


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