The Last Emperor, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, is a fantastic film about the life of the puppet Emperor left in place after the revolution. This film won many awards, one of them being an award for it’s cinematography. This is understandable, being it was beautifully shot. Watching it was pleasurable not only for the exquisite … Continue reading The Placement of a King; A Visual Analysis of Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor”
The 1994 film To Live, directed by Chinese cinematographer Yimou Zhang, is a film that captures the three decades from the 1940’s to the 70’s in China, from the Communist uprising to the cultural revolution. Its story is centered around a wealthy family’s fall from grace, from wealthy landowners to working-class citizens. In this film, Yimou Zhang presents … Continue reading The Revolutionary: A Criticism of Communism
Ann Hu’s film, Shadow Magic, tells the story of a western man bringing the art of film and the joy of cinema to traditional Peking, China. This man, Raymond Wallace, fights to win the hearts of the people with his silent movies so that he may earn his fortune and win back his wife. In … Continue reading A Clash of Cultures: An Analysis of Ann Hu’s Shadow Magic
Henry sipped his drink slowly, savoring the bitter notes of the dark porter, feeling the small bubbles of carbonation pop on his teeth and tongue. He sat alone at the bar, having arrived too early, waiting for his party to arrive. He saw his reflection in a mirror on the wall. His jeans were nice, … Continue reading The Man in the Mirror
“That’ll be $32.95,” he repeated, as he finished packing the customer’s books into the brown paper bag. He folded the paper carefully, and taped it shut along the seam to protect the literature from the ceaseless rain outdoors. The customer, a bald man in his early thirties wearing a gym shirt and sneakers fumbled with … Continue reading The Bookseller
He awoke to the sound of rain on his window and he opened his eyes to see the dull, gray morning light seeping through his open window. He felt the cool, wet autumn breeze on his barely exposed face, just peeking out from under his warm, soft bed cover. The contrasting sensations set his finer … Continue reading Rain & Coffee
The Sun Also Rises is a story of a journey, both a physical one and a spiritual one. As Jake and co. travel, they all struggle to come to terms with their scars, their injuries of the mind and, in Jake’s case, of the body. At the beginning of the novel, Jake clearly struggles with … Continue reading The Sun Also Riseth, but Will It Goeth Down? Maybe Not.