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Archive for January, 2010

James Cameron’s Avatar: Philosophical Roots

(Originally published on The function of the critic is twofold: Identify what the author/artist/filmmaker is trying to say, then evaluate how well they say it. Many critiques have identified the anti-technology, anti-Western feel of Avatar, but to understand it, and why it influences so many people, you need to understand its philosophical roots. The theme […]

Movie Review: ‘The Interrogation’

The Interrogation, written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Lilly Thomassian,debuted January 9 at the monthly meeting of the Alameda Writers Group. The short subject film deals with the interrogation of an Iraqi woman by an American soldier, but the reason for the interrogation is left vague. The focus of this study is not about politics or military […]

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