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August 20, 2019
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Something To Do With A Girl Named Marla – Eros And Gender In Fincher’s “Fight Club”, Part 3 (Vernon Cisney)

The following is the third installment of a three-part series.  The first can be found here.  The second is here. Something to Do With a Girl Named Marla The most significant shortcoming of Tyler’s pure yang energy, however, resides in the fact that it is powerless or unable to love. As…

August 10, 2019
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Something To Do With A Girl Named Marla – Eros And Gender In Fincher’s “Fight Club”, Part 2 (Vernon Cisney)

The following is the second installment of a three-part series.  The first can be found here. This interaction prompts the narrator’s first visit to a support group for men with testicular cancer, most of whom had lost their testicles.  Here too, we learn a great deal more about the nature…

August 1, 2019
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Something To Do With A Girl Named Marla – Eros And Gender In Fincher’s “Fight Club”, Part 1 (Vernon Cisney)

The following is the first installment of a three-part series. A way that can be walked is not The Way A name that can be named is not The Name —Tao Te Ching, Verse 1 The first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club.The second rule…

April 9, 2019
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James Bond And Jack Sparrow – Literary Archetypes Of Contrasting Economic Eras (Marianne Kimura)

Commander James Bond and Captain Jack Sparrow. Both are British. Both are fictional characters. Both are heroes. Both are clever. Both appeal to the opposite sex. Both are good-looking, quick with comebacks, original in their approaches to adversity, and adroit with weapons. Both are seemingly mesmerizing to movie audiences and…

March 15, 2019
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The Equisapien Encounter – Reading Enrique Dussel In Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” (Conor Ramón Rasmusen)

The following is republished from The New Polis, January 30, 2019. When Boots Riley’s film Sorry To Bother You burst into U.S. theatres this past July, reviewers exclaimed that it was “going off the rails” and “crazy” but was absolutely adored by its viewers. While Riley’s film is both deeply conceptual and simultaneously materially critical of…

May 3, 2018
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Gender And Sexuality In The Animated Films Of Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki, Part 3 (Hiroko Miyashita)

The following is the third of a three-part series.  The first installment can be found here, the second one here. Storylines and Narrative Forms of Disney and Miyazaki Finally, I examine the three animated films from the perspective of narratology. When watching these three animated films, it is simple to…

April 26, 2018
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Gender And Sexuality In The Animated Films Of Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki, Part 2 (Hiroko Miyashita)

The following is the second of a three-part series.  The first installment can be found here. In general, as Laura Mulvey argues, female characters in past, traditional stories were portrayed as quiet and weak. At that time, women were not considered as important as men in society, therefore the stories…

April 18, 2018
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Gender And Sexuality In The Animated Films Of Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki, Part 1 (Hiroko Miyashita)

The following is the first installment of a three-part series. Hayao Miyazaki and Walt Disney are the two best-known and world famous directors in the history of animated film. Despite Miyazaki and Disney’s differences in style, themes, and approach when making animated films, both are extremely popular both in the…

November 29, 2016
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Baz’s Bronx – Get Down Or Let Down? (Lachlan MacDowall)

On August 12 Netflix screened the latest project by Australian film director Baz Luhrmann. The Get Down is a twelve-part television series set in the Bronx in the 1970s that chronicles the birth of disco, punk and particularly hip-hop, through the lives of four teenagers. In one sense, the broad story of hip-hop…