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Duty v. Inclination and Fatalism v. Optimism: Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954)

Duty v. Inclination and Fatalism v. Optimism: Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954)

Rashaan Pace, Impact Staff

July 6, 2015


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  Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film, Seven Samurai, is a film in which many of the different dichotomies entrenched within Japanese society are critically and effectively addressed. Through intense character analysis and observation of plot,  one can approach  these various dichotomies from many d...

Mildred Pierce, She Done Him Wrong, and their Representations of Women in Film

Mildred Pierce, She Done Him Wrong, and their Representations of Women in Film

Rashaan Pace, Impact Staff

May 2, 2015


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Throughout this history of mankind, our oral, written, and more recently, visual stories, have assisted with the identifying of oneself in correlation with personal development as well as understanding one's place in society. 1933's She Done Him Wrong and 1945's Mildred Pierce, offer very different not...

Cultural Fears, Unruly Children, and the Recurring Themes in Horror Films: A Comparison of Child’s Play (1988) and Orphan (2009)

Cultural Fears, Unruly Children, and the Recurring Themes in Horror Films: A Comparison of Child’s Play (1988) and Orphan (2009)

Rashaan Pace, Impact Staff

April 16, 2015


Filed under Movies and Television, True Story

  According to the Holy Bible’s story in Genesis, Chapter 4, which depicts the brutal slaying of Abel by his brother Cain, the concept of violence, in particular, murder is as old as creation. The story suggests that because of sin, the inability to control one’s emotions can lead various per...

George Melies’ Le Voyage Dans La Lune: Innovations in Film Technology, Contributions to Early Science Fiction Film, and a Reading of Dominant Culture

George Melies’ Le Voyage Dans La Lune: Innovations in Film Technology, Contributions to Early Science Fiction Film, and a Reading of Dominant Culture

Rashaan Pace, Impact Staff

April 14, 2015


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Throughout the duration of civilization many great cultural movements have taken place that have assisted in shaping and molding the world into the ever evolving product that can be seen today. For instance, during the classical era great thinkers such as Plato Aristotle, and Socrates thrived. During...

American Hustle: The Contemporary Film Noir?

American Hustle: The Contemporary Film Noir?

Rashaan Pace, Impact Staff

April 9, 2015


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  While many argue that Film Noir is a mode of film that blossomed in the 40’s and 50’s, then died out, just as the 80’s murdered disco, others may contend that Film Noir is a genre and/ or a style. That being said if indeed Film Noir is a style and genre, it  reserves the ability to transcend...

Oppositional, Dominant, and Negotiated readings Within Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Oppositional, Dominant, and Negotiated readings Within Steve McQueen’s  12 Years a Slave (2013)

Rashaan Pace, Impact staff

April 9, 2015


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Dialogue, plot/story, and action are key elements which have a profound effect on an audience's cinematic experience, and ultimately sway the manner in which they may interpret and read into a film. Based on the true accounts of Solomon Northup life, and set in the 1841, pre-civil war, antebellum south,...

The Color Purple 30 Years Later: Gender Roles, Repressed Sexuality, Dominant, and Oppositional Readings of Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple (1985)

The Color Purple 30 Years Later: Gender Roles, Repressed Sexuality, Dominant, and Oppositional Readings of  Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple (1985)

Rashaan Pace, Impact Staff

April 2, 2015


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Political scientist and feminist Jo Freeman once said “ Women learn to see how social structures and attitudes have molded them from birth and limited their opportunities”. Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel of the same name, Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film, The Color Purple, is the epitome of a f...

#BlackLivesMatter: The New Civil Rights Movement

#BlackLivesMatter: The New Civil Rights Movement

Rashaan Pace, Impact Staff

March 12, 2015


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The United States of America, the birthplace of many revolutionary ideals and documents such as the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution, rendered it’s citizens radical inspiring words such as, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal”, and “ We the...

12 Years a Slave, The Book of Negroes, and Why These Stories are Still Significant

12 Years a Slave, The Book of Negroes, and Why These Stories are Still Significant

Rashaan Pace, Impact Staff

February 24, 2015


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It is my belief that most people would agree that from about mid-January, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, until the end of February, which is Black history month, there is an influx of black ethnic programming and observance around the nation. With director, Ava Duvernay’s electrifying...

Prune Juice: The Cure to Life’s Struggles

Prune Juice: The Cure to Life’s Struggles

Rashaan Pace, Impact Staff

February 12, 2015


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I don't have any intention of dying anytime soon but when I do I'll be making it my duty to slap Adam and Eve clean across the face upon entering in the pearly gates,  because I'm already sure I'll make it in.  They say "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade," but what does that really mean...

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