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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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Satantango Movie Review

Satantango Movie Review

Satantango opens with a man staring out a window. He looks out, and back in, out, and in again. Minutes pass in this scene in real-time, and when he moves away from the window, the camera holds still, no people in sight, for minutes more. Through this, a distant sound is heard – the mixture …

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Dark Souls 3 Review

Dark Souls 3 Review

Introduction: The flame has been reignited as extinguished time and time again for millennia, leaving the world covered in layers of fine, gray ash with each passing fire. A new, and possibly final, hero is born from this ash with the ringing of a bell, hopefully to end the cycle for good. Dark Souls 3 …

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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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The Seventh Seal Analysis

The Seventh Seal Analysis

A disillusioned knight and his squire return from the crusades to find the world they left behind now ravaged by the plague. They had left the land to fight for God and to spread his word – to pass along his supposed goodness and forgiveness. Yet after likely killing so many in his name, they …

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Dark Souls Remastered Review

Dark Souls Remastered Review

A world of dragons and lords has gone to war, and with the lords coming out victorious, they set out to mold the lands to their choosing. Many years after, the light in the world is now dying, so one of the great lords, Gwyn, has kindled the bonfire to keep the world alive and …

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The Recognitions Review

The Recognitions Review and Analysis

Introduction William Gaddis’ debut maximalist novel, The Recognitions, at times parallels Faust’s deal with the devil, and in order to write on this novel, I feel like I’d need to do the same. Nonetheless, I’ll give it a shot. The Recognitions is a book that is the first of its kind. Maximalism was semi-present in …

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Do the Right Thing analysis

Do the Right Thing Analysis

In 2019, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman lost the Best Picture award to Green Book. Whether or not Lee’s film deserved the award more than other films that year is obviously debatable, but its loss to Green Book struck me as both ironic and telling based on the current events at the time. I decided to rewatch …

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Halo Reach Review

Halo Reach Review

Halo: Reach was Bungie’s final foray into the Halo series, and served as a prequel to the original trilogy. Throughout the first three games, there have been various mentions about “what happened on Reach” by a number of characters. This story was left as a mystery for gamers until Halo: Reach made its release nine …

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The Wire Season 4 Review

The Wire Season 4 Review

Introduction The Wire Season 4 premiered on HBO in 2006. It continued the stories of the past seasons, following Carcetti into his mayoral campaign, Bunny into his post-police life, and a variety of other old characters from Bubs to Omar to the BPD cast. This season introduces a new element as well: a group of …

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