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Question(s) of a Lifetime – Part One

Question(s) of a Lifetime – Part One

Steven Keehner, Impact Staff

February 18, 2018

Is there a God? What is the meaning of life? Is a hot dog a sandwich? These are all some of the greatest questions humanity has faced; here are some more.

A Writer’s Dilemma

A Writer’s Dilemma

Steven Keehner, Impact Staff

December 6, 2017

“All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resi...

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

  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...

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

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

  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

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

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...

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