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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

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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 ...


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

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"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.

https://inallthings.org/the-1517-to-paris-movie-review/


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/


An American Myth In The (Re)Making: The Timeless Fantasy Appeal Of 'The King And I', Lina Purtscher 2018 Scripps College

An American Myth In The (Re)Making: The Timeless Fantasy Appeal Of 'The King And I', Lina Purtscher

Scripps Senior Theses

It is now well-known that The King and I has little claim to truth. Recent research has exposed the inaccuracy of the “biographical” works on which the musical is based: Anna Leonowens invented many things about her personal background and experiences. Much of her life, then, is a contrived fantasy. Yet her life of fantasy has been resurrected in countless adaptations, including the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and its 2015 revival production, that ceaselessly draw audiences. The fascination of American audiences with Anna’s tale lies their belief in the timeless American ideals that her fantasy employs: those of ...


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2017 Dordt College

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"'Three Billboards' is in no way a crime movie. It is instead a profound movie with a deep insight into the human heart."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­one of the 2018 Golden Globes Best Motion Picture Drama nominees 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/three-billboards-review/


American Made (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2017 Dordt College

American Made (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"Seal is the subject of the new quasi-biopic 'American Made,' a man whose story by itself ought to destroy all sanctity and high-mindedness about America’s War on Drugs."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie American Made 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/american-made/


Review: Swimming In Hong Kong, Stephanie Chan 2017 Foothill College

Review: Swimming In Hong Kong, Stephanie Chan

Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies

A review of Swimming in Hong Kong (2016), a short story collection by Stephanie Han.


Introduction To Volume Eight: Wins And Losses, Noelle Brada-Williams 2017 San Jose State University

Introduction To Volume Eight: Wins And Losses, Noelle Brada-Williams

Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies

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Blade Runner 2049 (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2017 Dordt College

Blade Runner 2049 (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"'Blade Runner 2049' tries to ask the question of whether androids, like humans, are souls."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie Blade Runner 2049 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/blade-runner-2049/


Fixing Ground Zero: Race And Religion In Francis Lawrence’S I Am Legend, Michael E. Heyes 2017 University of South Florida

Fixing Ground Zero: Race And Religion In Francis Lawrence’S I Am Legend, Michael E. Heyes

Journal of Religion & Film

Francis Lawrence’s I Am Legend is a complex intertext of Matheson’s novel of the same name and its two previous film adaptations. While the film attempts to depict racism as monstrous, the frequent invocation of 9/11 imagery and Christian symbolism throughout the film recodes the vampiric dark-seekers as radical Islamic terrorists. This serves to further enshrine an us/Christians vs. them/Muslim dichotomy present in post-9/11 America, a dichotomy that the film presents as “curable” through the spread of Christianity and the fall of Islam.


Impressive Failures: Mavericks Of Film Authorship And The Impossibility Of Success In Hollywood, Tom S. Davies 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Impressive Failures: Mavericks Of Film Authorship And The Impossibility Of Success In Hollywood, Tom S. Davies

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This dissertation directly challenges the critical and commercial primacy of success attached to Hollywood films and their filmmakers, especially when one argues for or against their quality and/or importance within cinematic history. Through a process of shifting and multiplying perspectives within a broader narrative that is critical of what separates success and failure, certain films and filmmakers that were judged as failures or disappointments under impossible prerequisites of creating a successful film––commercially, aesthetically, or both–– are, instead, reconsidered as constructive counterpoints to the expectations of the Hollywood economic field of production as well as to the inevitable disappointment ...


Logan Lucky (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2017 Dordt College

Logan Lucky (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"If it’s watched closely, 'Logan Lucky' offers a complete artistic experience. It is a movie that both exists in and transcends its genre."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie Logan Lucky 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/logan-lucky/


The Dark Tower (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews 2017 Dordt College

The Dark Tower (Movie Review), Joshua Matthews

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"The Dark Tower destroys, through its reductive vision, creative possibilities for good fantasy storytelling."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­the movie The Dark Tower 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.

http://inallthings.org/the-dark-tower/


Noir Westerns After World War Ii, Kenneth Estes Hall, Chritian Krug 2017 East Tennessee State University

Noir Westerns After World War Ii, Kenneth Estes Hall, Chritian Krug

Kenneth Estes Hall

Excerpt: Towards the end of Ethan and Joel Coen's Academy-Award winning No Country for Old Men (2007), Carla Jean Moss's life depends on the toss of a coin. Heads or tails will decide whether she lives or dies.


Apaches And Comanches On Screen, Kenneth Estes Hall 2017 East Tennessee State University

Apaches And Comanches On Screen, Kenneth Estes Hall

Kenneth Estes Hall

Excerpt: A generally accurate appraisal of Western films might claim that Indians as hostiles are grouped into one undifferentiated mass. Popular hostile groups include the Sioux (without much differentiation between tribes or bands, the Apaches, and the Comanches).


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