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Thanks to Aaron Ducksworth, a 2023 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

November 10, 2023

Many movies of various genres have been made about the relationship between humans and anthropomorphic technology and the complicated relationship between them – think The Terminator franchise (1984-2019), I, Robot (2004), Virtuosity (1995), and The Matrix franchise (1999-2021). M3GAN is different! Not because it attempts to bridge the gap between horror and science fiction through an AI-based film,

 » Read more about: FILM REVIEW: Philosophical Roots in Tech-Horror  »

March 3, 2023

Thanks to Ally Zlatar, a 2023 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

Image Credits: Film Still, Miike, T. (Director). (2014). As the Gods Will. Toho.

Japanese death game films, also known as ‘Battle Royale’ films, typically depict a scenario where a group of individuals are forced to participate in a deadly game or competition,

 » Read more about: The Art of Japanese Death Game Films Through Analysis of As

March 11, 2022

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Last week marked the end of HMU’s Winter Film Series. I cannot express how much I love this series. If you were unable to join us, never fear, we will host another film series next winter. In the meantime, the following thoughts resulted from this wonderful discussion.

As usual, leader Gary Schoepfel opened discussion with some quotations focused on the idea of Truth.

 » Read more about: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Film Discussion  »

February 18, 2022

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

In Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film Rashomon few facts can be established. As with most murder mysteries, the viewer sees a tangled web of evidence unfold before them. Unlike most murder mysteries, the audience begins to assume the role of judge and jury. Though we never receive an answer to the crime, the audience weighs details from each testimonial.

 » Read more about: Truth in Rashomon  »

February 11, 2022

Thanks to Gabriel E. Etienne, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

The movie Moonlight is a coming-of-age story that details the complexity of the journey of boyhood to manhood of the character Little/Black/Chiron through the issues of authentic Blackness and hegemonic masculinity (Johnson 2003). This review uses the concepts of Quiet and Silence to view and understand the movie Moonlight.

 » Read more about: Film Review: Quiet and Silence in Moonlight  »

January 21, 2022

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

I have written about George Orwell’s novel 1984 in the past on this blog (see the links at the end of this post), but never the film. Today’s post focuses on the film adaptation, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The film stars John Hurt playing Winston and Richard Burton as O’Brien. (This film is the first of three discussions in our Winter Film Series which is dedicated to the great idea of Truth.

 » Read more about: Truth in Nineteen Eighty-Four  »

October 15, 2021

Thanks to Jaya Upadhyay, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

To the Bone (2017), a Netflix film, opens with two potent sequences. The first is a scene in which two stick-like figures emerge from the backdrop and approach the screen. These are women engaged in an eating disorder treatment program where the lead character, Ellen (Lily Collins) is enrolled. The second scene shows Ellen being weighed in her underclothes while her step mother Susan (Carrie Preston) questions her,

 » Read more about: FILM REVIEW: To the Bone  »

July 31, 2020

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

For an introduction to the film, listen to Johnny Flynn’s “Queen Bee” from the movie Emma.

I think that something about the practiced manner of public behavior attracts us yet today. Emma is the picture of etiquette in almost all instances. When she does behave badly, great lessons are learned.

 » Read more about: Film Review: Emma.  »

August 4, 2017

“As a student I wanted to stand up at the mic during Q and A to challenge the terms under which one applies the term myth not to mention legend but I did not because the line was long because the speaker was well-known well-respected in other words he was a legend but not a myth.” – Layli Long Soldier, “Whereas”

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

 » Read more about: Meeting the Gods  »

April 14, 2017

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

When reading historical documents, it may be easy to forget the more mundane effects that occur when two cultures collide. However, Shakespeare’s Henry the Fifth paints an example of this exact thing. In the play, the actual collision is often thought to take place in the battle between France and England, however it is actually through details of everyday life that Shakespeare exemplifies the angst of cultural divides.

 » Read more about: Shakespeare’s Henry V  »

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