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Theme of the Month: War

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Braden Turk

April 29, 2020

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. This month’s (delayed) theme is “War.” “Yesterday’s Enemy” “Sixpence for a poppy and two minutes’ silence once a year. Yesterday’s ene...

Theme of the Month: Road Trip

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Braden Turk

February 12, 2020

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. This month’s theme (after a two-month hiatus!) is “Road Trip.” “not simple” A story within a story, A book within a book, A tale about the search ...

Theme of the Month: Growing Pains

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Braden Turk

November 18, 2019

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. This month's theme is "Growing Pains," or works that are part of the coming-of-age genre. “Mysterious Skin” Adapted from the book by Scott Heim, “Mysterious ...

Theme of the Month: Midnight Movies (Part Two)

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Braden Turk

October 29, 2019

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. The following works are all “midnight movies,” or films that have gained a cult following since their releases. “The Zodiac Killer” The only film made with the int...

Theme of the Month: Midnight Movies (Part One)

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Braden Turk

October 9, 2019

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. The following works are all “midnight movies,” or films that have gained a cult following since their releases. "Night of the Demon" Chosen… singled out to die… victim...

Theme of the Month: Man vs. Society

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Braden Turk

May 6, 2019

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. The following works feature conflict between an individual and the collective surrounding them.   “Old Stone” The feature directorial debut of Chinese filmmaker ...

Theme of the Month: Anthologies

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Braden Turk

March 31, 2019

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. The following works are anthologies, or media that serves as a collection of various stories.   “Horror Stories” An ordinary high school student is abducted ...

Theme of the Month: Revenge

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Braden Turk

February 24, 2019

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate the best examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. These works explore the topic of revenge and how it can affect people in surprising ways.   "Blue Ruin" Before Jeremy Saulnier made the tense, hor...

Theme of the Month: Love

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Braden Turk

January 23, 2019

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate the best examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. These works tackle their own ideas of love and the forms it can take. "Blue Valentine" "When I was a child I had two nightmares -- nuclear war ...

Theme of the Month: Chance Encounters

Theme of the Month: Chance Encounters

Braden Turk

October 10, 2018

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate the best examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. This month focuses on chance encounters, in which the work's plot hinges upon coincidence.   "Right Now, Wrong Then" As the film begins and sports the title...

Theme of the Month: Starting Over

Theme of the Month: Starting Over

Braden Turk

April 17, 2018

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate the best examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. This month focuses on starting over, or works that feature completed (or attempted) facial reconstruction as a major plot point. 1. “Eyes Without a Face...

Theme of the Month: Perils of Technology

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Braden Turk

March 11, 2018

Theme of the Month is an article series designed to investigate the best examples of film, television, and writing that fall under a certain category. This month focuses on "perils of technology:" works that showcase what consequences the tech-heavy world of today could give if we're not careful.   "I...

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