“Network’s” Interpretations of New 70s Culture and Ideology (May 2017)

Like many other films that came out during the 1970s, Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976) signaled the coming of a new cultural zeitgeist, and with it came new values and ideologies that left the old, outdated ones behind. Using a struggling fictional TV news network as satirical allegory, the film makes its modern stances on a … More “Network’s” Interpretations of New 70s Culture and Ideology (May 2017)

The Unheard Minority: College Students Underserved by the ADA (December 2016)

Even though the Americans With Disabilities Act has been federal law since 1990, the US Department of Education has found that some disabled college students still aren’t reaping all the benefits they deserve; ones that should make their time in school as stress-free and equal to that of their able-bodied peers as possible. Many of … More The Unheard Minority: College Students Underserved by the ADA (December 2016)

The Social Implications of Disability: Negativity and “Otherness” (November 2016)

In terms of its social and societal implications, disability definitely carries a number of connotations with it. Many have been ingrained and reinforced in the public consciousness for decades, if not centuries. These meanings and stigmas have, as Siebers says, created an oppressive and exclusionary environment for disabled people despite today’s supposedly more progressive social … More The Social Implications of Disability: Negativity and “Otherness” (November 2016)

More Human Than Human: Questions of Emotion and Humanity Raised By “Blade Runner” (1982) (May 2016)

For a film that, on the surface, deals with very fictional and non-human subject matter – a futuristic society, androids, and distant planets being able to sustain life – Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner is in fact an incredibly human story. Its protagonist, Rick Deckard, spends much of the plot facing up to his … More More Human Than Human: Questions of Emotion and Humanity Raised By “Blade Runner” (1982) (May 2016)

The Man is Non-Stop: The Success of Broadway’s “Hamilton” (May 2016)

Two years ago no one would have ever been able to guess that a musical based on the life of a founding father – one using rap in place of traditional song and dialogue at that – would be a smash hit not just on Broadway, but worldwide. However, Hamilton, which chronicles the meteoric rise … More The Man is Non-Stop: The Success of Broadway’s “Hamilton” (May 2016)

I’d Imagined a Different Life For Myself: “Brooklyn” (2015) (April 2016)

Audiences love coming of age stories, and they love success stories too; with John Crowley’s Brooklyn, they get both for the price of one. The film follows Eilis Lacey, a young woman emigrating from Ireland to live in New York in the 1950s. In this snapshot of her new life in the borough, we see … More I’d Imagined a Different Life For Myself: “Brooklyn” (2015) (April 2016)

The Starman Blows Our Minds One Last Time (February 2016)

David Bowie’s newest release, Blackstar, has been welcomed much like his previous work: with open ears and open minds. His recent return to the world of pop music after a decade-long hiatus with 2013’s The Next Day was considered long overdue. Still, could Bowie possibly create any more surprises? It turns out he had one … More The Starman Blows Our Minds One Last Time (February 2016)

What Will Your Verse Be?: An Analysis of Adolescence as Portrayed in “Dead Poets Society” (1989) (November 2015)

Peter Weir’s 1989 film Dead Poets Society focuses on the trials and tribulations of a group of boys attending an elite prep school in 1959. Being that the boys are high school-aged, they are of course dealing with a number of typical teenage problems. Some grapple with loneliness and a lack of confidence. Others want … More What Will Your Verse Be?: An Analysis of Adolescence as Portrayed in “Dead Poets Society” (1989) (November 2015)

Trade Publication Analysis: “Variety” Magazine (October 2015)

Throughout its nearly 110-year history, Variety has been a major player in entertainment news, particularly for people in show business industries. The magazine has followed entertainment trends since its beginnings, from the early years of cinema to today’s ever-growing digital media. Despite numerous changes in these fields, Variety has been able to keep up and … More Trade Publication Analysis: “Variety” Magazine (October 2015)