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Knives Out: Entitlement and Inheritence in America

Rian Johnson uses the allegory of a family to discuss entitlement, inheritance, and immigration in the U.S..

Catherine: Full of Metaphor

Catherine: Full Body uses its wealth of metaphor and Biblical allusions to subvert common moral contemplations on relationships by insisting commitment to one's desires is "true freedom".

Kaguya-sama: Relentless War

Kaguya-sama: Love is War uses stubborn characterization and expressive animation to demonstrate the frivolity of dating.

A Rebuttal for Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino's ninth film gives insight into the psyche of a Hollywood elite to rebut generalizations about residents of Tinseltown.

Cells Not at All at Work!

I grill the shortcomings of the popular "Cells at Work!".

Kurosawa and Akutagawa on Egotism and Truth

I provide a rough and brief analysis on the changes Akira Kurosawa makes to Ryuunosuke Akutagawa's "In a Grove".

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke: Environmental Disillusionment

I compare the environmental commentary of two Studio Ghibli films and that of two Western animated films to analyze the former's unique conveyance of theme.

Ghost in the Shell: Descartes in 2029 Japan

I use the classic 1995 film Ghost in the Shell as a challenge to an Enlightenment thinker's understanding of consciousness and existence.

Hal and Colorful: The Power of the Twist

I take Hal and Colorful as examples of how films can use twists to expand their meaning and value.

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