Calm Before the Storm: Analyzing Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”

When it comes to iconic directors of the Studio Era of Hollywood, one cannot overlook the masterful movies of Alfred Hitchcock. A visionary behind the camera and a good eye for talent, his movies were cinematically stunning as well as incredibly entertaining. North by Northwest is a perfect example of this talent. Every actor isContinue reading “Calm Before the Storm: Analyzing Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest””

Inspiration – Questioning Morality with The Boondock Saints

“And shepherds we shall be. For Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand. That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. And we shall flow a river forth to Thee. And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomine Patris, Et Fili, Et Spiritus Sancti.” ~ The MacManusContinue reading “Inspiration – Questioning Morality with The Boondock Saints”

Inspiration – Making Connections with 1776

Seeing as how it’s Presidents’ Day tomorrow, it feels only fitting to talk about a show which captures the very beginnings of the United States of America, 1776. 1776 opened on Broadway in spring of 1969 and was well received by critics and the public. A film adaptation was later produced, released in 1972, starringContinue reading “Inspiration – Making Connections with 1776”

Coming Out of the Closet: “Carrie”, “Halloween”, and the Duality of Safe Spaces (Part 1 of 2)

Marilyn Ferguson, a founding member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology, observed that “Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? … Your fears are a treasure-house of self-knowledge if you explore them” (Moncur). Horror movies are one of the unique tools that human beings implement to explore their deepest fears. AudiencesContinue reading “Coming Out of the Closet: “Carrie”, “Halloween”, and the Duality of Safe Spaces (Part 1 of 2)”

Inspiration – The Mystery of Laura and Love

My recent posts about the similarity between the figures of the Fembot and the Femme Fatale from classic film noir have put me in a singularly shadowy mood. What better way to indulge this sense of sensual melodrama than viewing of one of my favorite films, Otto Preminger’s Laura. Released in 1944, Laura stars GeneContinue reading “Inspiration – The Mystery of Laura and Love”