The Implications of Materialism in Blowup

Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup is a slow and often confusing meditation on modern life. Given how much of the film’s events go unexplained, it can be difficult to understand what statement Antonioni is attempting… Continue reading

The Ending of The Graduate

The most discussed aspect of The Graduate is its ending, which is notable for being ambiguous and slightly ominous. When Ben and Elaine get on the bus heading away from the church, their… Continue reading

The Influence of Kurosawa on Star Wars

Akira Kurosawa’s films appear frequently on the list of George Lucas’ favorite movies. In addition to Rashomon, Ikiru, Yojimbo, The Hidden Fortress, and Kagemusha, Lucas cites The Seven Samurai as an influence. More… Continue reading

The Portrayal of the Media Industry in La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini’s portrayal of the Italian media and film industry in the 1960 movie La Dolce Vita is far from innocuous. La Dolce Vita has comic moments throughout, but there is an underlying… Continue reading

The Seventh Seal and the Poetry of George Herbert

George Herbert’s seventeenth century works consist of extremely devoted Christian poetry. The exception to these themes is his poem, “The Collar,” in which a priest questions God and expresses frustration with his line… Continue reading

Setting in Paris, Texas

At its core, the movie Paris, Texas is about a man’s failure to make connections with other people. Travis has been unsuccessful in his marriage to Jane, he has wandered off from his… Continue reading

The Harder They Come and the Spaghetti Western Genre

  During the ending moments of the cult classic The Harder They Come, Ivan evades the police while imagining himself in a western film. The images of Ivan’s fantasy audience are from the… Continue reading

Alienation in The Catcher in the Rye and Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese’s 1976 drama Taxi Driver is about post-war alienation and isolation. The main character, Travis Bickle, is having difficulty finding happiness after being discharged from his service in Vietnam. Another work that… Continue reading

The Nameless Protagonist in Drive

The nameless protagonist is hardly a new phenomenon in fiction. The aspect of this trope that changes over the years is its purpose. During the modernist era of literature, the nameless, anonymous status… Continue reading

The Extreme Settings of the Original Star Wars Trilogy

In the Star Wars universe, each planet is usually made up of one specific kind of environment. This is an interesting choice on the part of Star Wars writer George Lucas because, in… Continue reading