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Dream is Destiny

Context: Richard Linklater is currently my favorite director. He tells stories about what he knows- a bunch of white guys hanging out in Texas. Beyond the surface level masculinity and stoner art house film vibes, there is an incredibly serious man, telling incredibly important stories using the medium of cinema. Quiet stories about the present moment, the passage of time, and the experience of dream. This essay served as the

Meta-theory: Hermeneutic, Post-Positivism, and Critical Theory

Theory, in a very general sense, is the system of ideas used to explain something. This post will be to explore some of theory behind theories: meta-theory. The goal of theory is to direct your research. Theory generates questions. This is different than the Theory of relativity for example, which is an explanation for a certain phenomena. Theories derive from the theorists who believe differently about the social world and

Star Wars and the Success of Manipulated Genre

Context: Here is another academic essay. Star Wars is pretty beat to death, but it’s still fairly fun to write about. One correction of sorts would be the fact that Star Wars is heavily influenced by the space opera genre. While this is true, I still believe that the Western holds some serious weight as well. George Lucas’ Star Wars (1977) walks the traditional line of a Hollywood science fiction

Donnie Darko, Jesus Christ, and Religion in the 80s

Context: This is an essay I wrote for a film analysis class, as such, tone is very formal.  Movies are much more fun than they sound in an academic essay. None the less, Donnie Darko is a neat film, and it was great to combine my interests of cinema and religious studies. The cinematic experience is inherently dreamlike. How many times have you walked out of a movie theater in

The Notebooks

Three years ago, I tried something new and began to carry around a notebook in my back pocket. This turned out to be more significant than one would think (I have received more comments about carrying my passport around than an international student at the liquor store). Since that first day, I haven’t gone without one. It actually stresses me out not having a pen with me. In the beginning, the