Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Wachowskis and The Matrix

Bound was a fascinating introduction to Andy and Lana Wachowski.  Watching the Matrix movies, it’s easy to think that they need a huge budget and massive special effects in order to make exciting movies, but the incredibly clever Bound proves … Continue reading Continue reading

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Symbolism in “Bound”

As I thought about “Bound” after the film screening, I realized there are a lot of really interesting symbols and images throughout the film.  Some of the most titillating symbols were blood and money, fingers, night/darkness, paint, and characters’ names.  … Continue reading Continue reading

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Is bound film noir?

When first watching this film, I thought it was simply going to be a film about two lesbians trying to escape together from the annoyance of Vi’s husband. Yet in fact, it turns into a mob film with less of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Merging Reality with Fanstasy

Though, when separate, realism and fantasy are harmless, “The Sandman” shows that unifying the two, whether in a person such as Nathaniel or in practice as in alchemy, leads to the creation of the uncanny.
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Will Shinto and Buddhism ever be equal?

Religion is Japan has always been very socially centered from local ideals to more imperialistic views on what religions should and should not be. Buddhism was used in the 6th century by the emperor as a means of applying laws … Continue reading Continue reading

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Is Shintō an extension of Buddhism?

Shintō has long been considered the indigenous religion of Japan. But even with a set of practices and religious places of worship, can Shintō be regarded as an independent religion? Kuroda Toshio in his Essay makes the argument that Shintō … Continue reading Continue reading

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Is Shinto Outdated in Modern Japan?

Shinto has been a part of Japanese society and culture for centuries. It has held a variety of meanings, both to the Japanese and to scholars (Dobbins & Gay, 451). It has long been tied to society, with the Kojiki … Continue reading Continue reading

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Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch

Love You Forever, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw, is a heartwarming story about the enduring nature of a mother’s love for her baby boy. When she holds her newborn son, the young woman softly sings to him: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my baby […] Continue reading

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Looking Through the Glass

Coppola’s spyglass facilitates a dynamic shift in Nathaneil’s mental stability by blurring the line between the real and the fantastic and leads to his eventual destruction.
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Shinto: Culture or Religion?

The question of whether or not Shinto is a religion or a culture is still looming above our heads today. Some believe that Shinto must be a religion because of its teachings, rulers, and beliefs, whereas some believe that Shinto … Continue reading Continue reading

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