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His House Movie Review

His House Movie Review

Bol and Rial, a recently arrived refugee couple from South Sudan, have finally been accepted for probational asylum and are given a home. Their first few days are spent trying to assimilate and they are simply excited to have escaped their war-torn country despite the less-than-standard living conditions they’ve been given. As they become settled, …

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The End of the Road Review

The End of the Road Review and Analysis

Jacob Horner, stressed beyond belief, sat down at a train station one day and was unable to move for the entire night. He sat there unwilling to admit paralysis. In the morning, a Doctor passed by and immediately knew what to do. He recruited Jacob to attend a meeting with him at his clinic, and …

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Metzengerstein Analysis

Metzengerstein Analysis and Review

Edgar Allen Poe published Metzengerstein, his first short story, in 1832. It was a Gothic tale of the supernatural which both used and satirized traditional German Gothic horror elements. It’s a story of prophecy, overcoming death, and pride. Two houses in Hungary have been pitted against each other – the Metzengersteins and the Berlifitzings. A …

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Dhalgren Review

Dhalgren Review and Analysis

The city of Bellona lies dying at the center of America. There has been some event that left it in this state, uncommunicative with the outside world as those other cities around it move on through normal day-to-day life. A young man who has forgotten his name and his past, soon to be dubbed The …

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The Floating Opera Review

The Floating Opera Review

One day, Todd Andrews wakes up and begins his day with the thought in his mind that he must commit suicide. To him, it was not a depressing thought, but a revelatory one. From some future time, Todd tells the story of this nearly final day – where he moves through the rest of his …

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Minari Review

Minari Review (2020)

A 50-acre open field, carpeted by thick natural grass and surrounded by forests with hidden ponds. This is where the Yi family, having immigrated from Korea to the US, has decided to set up after leaving California for something better. It is rural Arkansas, far away from any hospital and from the city itself, and …

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Taxi Driver Review

Taxi Driver Review

Travis Bickle, a Vietnam veteran, at a medical level suffers from mental instability, at a societal level suffers from bigotry, and at a personal level from loneliness and the inability to connect with anyone around him. He cannot sleep and so drives his taxi around at incredibly late hours while staring out the windows at, …

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Nomadland Review

Nomadland Review (2020)

America’s obsession with work culture has created a world where people cannot live without a job both economically and psychologically. They are forced to work until the end of their life and not to experience true “free-time” or to live out dreams they had outside of the job realm – or, as a character in …

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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline Review

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline Analysis and Review

Introduction: The decaying theme park CivilWarLand finds itself hiring a mentally deranged Vietnam War veteran to protect the park from gangs; an obese employee at a faux-humane raccoon pest control agency suffers ridicule from his coworkers; a man working at a wave-making machine suffers the emotional repercussions of having accidentally killed a boy. These are …

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Omensetter's Luck review

Omensetter’s Luck Review

In the late 19th-century. Brackett Omensetter and his family, a pregnant wife and two daughters, move from the country into Gilean, a small backwater Ohio town. Omensetter finds work and a place to rent by the river. His landlord, Henry Pimber, becomes nearly obsessed with Omensetter’s personality and his naturalistic, nonchalant lifestyle. After Pimber realizes …

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