Don’t Rubber Duckie My Religion

Watching the Oscars on your birthday is the worst thing you can do. You are sitting there in your yoga pants eating chocolate when it occurs to you that you are roughly the same age as Natalie Portman, and you feel like a slacker loser because you haven’t made a film based upon the work [Read More…]

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The Justice of True Grit

True Grit is about justice—both human and Divine. It starts with a call for both Old Testament and American justice on the 1870s frontier. It ends with a neat demonstration of the Law of Return. The main players in this morality tale are Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), the lawman who acts as if he is [Read More…]

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Know Thyself: The King’s Speech

“Know thyself,” admonished the Oracle of Delphi. “If that which you seek you find not within, you will never find it without,” wrote Doreen Valiente. When I saw The King’s Speech, I thought about those quotes. And about the kinds of power represented—power that comes from within, from knowing one’s self and having a healthy [Read More…]

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Guest Post: Kathy Nance on Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone is named for an old saying. To “throw someone a bone” is to give her a scrap of kindness, a small favor out of one’s larger store. To give less, in other words, than one could ultimately afford to give. Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) and her family live on the bones and scraps [Read More…]

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Going for “Gay Gold” at the Oscars

At this year’s Oscars, the film The Kids Are All Right is up (amongst an unprecedented ten nominees) for Best Picture, and Annette Benning is also a nominee for Best Actress in her role as Nic in this film. It will be interesting to see whether or not the film and Benning end up the [Read More…]

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Guest Post: Kathy Nance on The Black Swan

Inside each of us is a shadow. For Natalie Portman’s brittle ballerina in The Black Swan, that shadow could have been her salvation. Instead, it drove her mad. In Jungian psychological terms, our shadows are the parts of us that we deny, but which must be explored and incorporated in order for us to be [Read More…]

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Divine Drama in The Social Network

With very little reluctance, I must admit I’m more than a bit of a luddite. I see computers as something of a necessary evil, and held off from composing any sort of writing directly on the computer well into my first year of graduate education (1998). The mobile phone I currently own barely answers calls [Read More…]

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