Category Archives: Films

Confessions of a Librarian’s Daughter

I can’t stand when people watch a movie before they read the book. There. I said it. Even back in fourth grade when a film adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s renowned Diary of a Wimpy Kid hit theaters, I was appalled by my young cohort watching in awe from front row seats, so mindless of the […] Continue reading

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Technology, Culture, and the Perception of Horror

Horror is an incredibly subjective genre. Your perception of horror is greatly influenced by your own life and experiences. While watching a horror film, one viewer may have their hands over their eyes and scream while the girl runs up the stairs with a murderer in the house, while another may just laugh at her […] Continue reading

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The New Age of Technology and Sports

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the overall number of student athletes in high school sports has consecutively increased for the 29thyear now. As students get older, this increase in popularity for sports will likely extend into college and to the professional level. Consistent with this prediction, statistics from professional leagues […] Continue reading

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More than just a tree: Avatar and Heidegger’s “Standing Reserve”

James Cameron’s Avatar is by no means an original work. In one comedic picture after the movie aired, the Huffington Post derisively labeled it “’Pocahontas’ in Space.”[1]  Moreover, it is not the only example of media that tries to espouse the viewer to think critically about our own relationship with nature and the world around […] Continue reading

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Foreshadowing in “Ex Machina”

“Ex Machina” is a 2014 film in which programmer Caleb Smith, who works at a Google-like company, is not-so-randomly chosen for a private retreat at the CEO’s compound. The CEO—Nathan Bateman—lives alone, with the exception of a servant named Kyoko that doesn’t speak English and a humanoid robot named Ava. Caleb is brought to the […] Continue reading

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Music of the Future as Depicted in Science Fiction Films

Have you ever wondered how cultures might change in the future? Will people hold on to their customs, or will individual cultures dissipate into an ever-growing melting pot? Science fiction has somewhat answered that question through its filmic presentation of music in technologically advanced worlds. Science fiction has integrated technology into current musical and cultural […] Continue reading

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Consciousness and Personal Identity

A philosophical analysis of speculative fiction film Get Out Get Out is a speculative fiction film I’m sure many of you have seen. The premise: a community of wealthy white individuals that kidnap black people, and insert their brains—and consciousnesses—into the “physically advantageous” black people’s bodies. The consciousnesses of the black people go into the “sunken […] Continue reading

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Leave the Ethics at Home- It’s Superpower Time.

Growing up, I’m pretty sure we all asked each other the same question: If you could have any superpower, what would it be? There’s always the go-to flight because, c’mon, who wouldn’t want to see the world on a non-stop roller coaster?! Invisibility. Sneaking out just peaked. Telepathy. Because reading minds and putting thoughts into […] Continue reading

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Health care in the future?

Health care is a human right. We all have the right to the highest quality of physical and mental health care, which includes access to medical services, healthy working conditions, sanitation, and a clean environment. Since health care is so essential to human life, why have we rarely read about creative medical advancements in science […] Continue reading

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Donnie Darko: Science Fiction and Philosophy

When I believe, I am crazy. When I don’t believe,I suffer psychotic depression. — Philip K. Dick In the 2001 sci-fi movie Donnie Darko, director Richard Kelly explores the boundaries and limitations of fate and free will through the story of a teenage boy played by a young Jake Gyllenhaal. Between the original cut and […] Continue reading

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