Tolkien’s Cellar Door

Tolkien’s Cellar Door

At the beginning of May I saw Disney/Fox Searchlight’s new film Tolkien. Unlike the fictional literary works produced by the film’s titular character, this movie is not an epic adventure of good versus evil, but rather a depiction of Tolkien’s youth through his time...
One Genre to Rule Them All

One Genre to Rule Them All

It is a heck of a month to be a nerd. Two massively successful franchises, Marvel’s Avengers and HBO’s Game of Thrones, are closing out their story arcs. Both have achieved critical and commercial success; on the critical front, Game of Thrones has won thirty-eight...
Lessons from Dystopia

Lessons from Dystopia

I recently began watching the Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. Dystopian fiction, which has its roots in works such as Brave New World, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451, has seen a popular resurgence in the last ten...
The Human Thing to Do

The Human Thing to Do

In Warrior of Light, there is a scene where Quentiin, a slave, is captured after attempting to escape. In order to punish Quentiin, his captors (the malichons) select two other slaves at random, and they tell Quentiin they are going to kill one of the two slaves. They...

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