Institution and Religion: A Comparison of the First Two Star Wars Trilogies

A fan-made poster containing characters from both the original and prequel trilogies Star Wars is a franchise so large and popular that it has almost become a religion in and of itself. What has truly captivated audiences throughout decades is the mythology that tightly binds the fictional universe together. That mythology of course being the … Continue reading Institution and Religion: A Comparison of the First Two Star Wars Trilogies

Enter the Void: a Trip Into Life and Death

Directed by the eccentric Gaspar Noé, Enter the Void (2009) is quite literally an out-of-body experience. I would describe it as more of an immersive experience rather than a movie; shot through the perspective of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), the viewers were taken on a tour of his afterlife and reincarnation. It is incredibly immersive, the … Continue reading Enter the Void: a Trip Into Life and Death

The Power of “The Lord” and “The Ring”

The Lord of the Rings movies consists of three movies released throughout 2001-2003, directed by Peter Jackson and based on the book by J.R.R Tolkien. Tolkien thought up the story as one singular novel but it was published in three parts and therefore in movie format it became a trilogy. The Fellowship of the Ring, … Continue reading The Power of “The Lord” and “The Ring”

The Gospel of Silent Bob: The Funny Thing About Faith in Dogma

Released amidst considerable controversy – to the point that the film was branded as blasphemy by the Catholic League – Kevin Smith’s 1999 fantasy comedy film Dogma dives head-first into the nature of faith and worship in contemporary America and makes a case for the modernization of a religion that he believes is “not celebrated, … Continue reading The Gospel of Silent Bob: The Funny Thing About Faith in Dogma

Us: A Film that Intertwines Religion and Horror in a Unique Way 

Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson in Us The idea of clones has fascinated the human mind for a long time and the film Us brings that idea to life in a subversive and brilliantly terrifying way. Directed by Jordan Peele and released in 2019, this outstanding movie is about the experience of a family who travels to their beach house and is faced with their evil clones, known … Continue reading Us: A Film that Intertwines Religion and Horror in a Unique Way 

Religion and Its Effect on Mother Earth

“Mother!”, The cinematic universe displaying what it’s like to be mother earth facing the destructiveness of humanity and having to endure it all while trying to salvage the little world there is left. Released in 2017, as well as, directed and written by Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence stars as Mother, her co-star, Javier Bardem plays … Continue reading Religion and Its Effect on Mother Earth

Examining the Critique of Xenophobia and Western Christian Disengagement in Ari Aster’s Midsommar

Midsommar is a 2019 psychological horror film directed by Ari Aster, who made his feature directorial debut with Hereditary in 2018. The film primarily explores grief and ritualism, as the main character Dani (Florence Pugh) suffers the loss of her sister and both her parents in a murder-suicide and within the following weeks accompanies her … Continue reading Examining the Critique of Xenophobia and Western Christian Disengagement in Ari Aster’s Midsommar

The Book of Eli: Faith, The Warrior, The Prophet, The Disciple, and The Scholar in a Brutal Wasteland

The Book of Eli is a 2010 action film written by Gary Whitta and directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. The film follows the story of Eli, who is played by Denzel Washington, as he journeys west through a post-apocalyptic with a very important book. This important book, Eli's Book, is the last copy of … Continue reading The Book of Eli: Faith, The Warrior, The Prophet, The Disciple, and The Scholar in a Brutal Wasteland

Chance Vs. Destiny in Forrest Gump

On first watch 1994’s Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis, is a film that reflects the American ideals of perseverance and rising from the throes of society to carve out a place for yourself. The film follows the life of Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks, a slow witted man who seemingly influences many of … Continue reading Chance Vs. Destiny in Forrest Gump

Shinto Ideals in Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke

Shintoism has been prevalent in Japan for several hundreds of years now, and its heavy influence on Japanese culture is evident to anyone; from the many festivals like the Daijosai to the plentitude of shrines in cities like Kyoto and Ise (Ellwood), it’s no surprise to see Shinto influence Japan’s popular culture as well. 1997’s … Continue reading Shinto Ideals in Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke