Confederate General Thomas “Stonewell” Jackson stands on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol

The call for the removal of certain statues and monuments is not the erasing of history; it is recognizing history.

Dear Reader,

Recently speakers at the Republican National Convention voiced their opinions and platforms on why you — the voter — should vote for the re-election of Donald Trump. Regardless of your opinion on that matter, over the course of four days I heard some troubling remarks that made me feel that voicing my opinion was important.

Over the course of four days, a few speakers referenced monuments, statues and historic memory (while other speakers have voiced their opinion on this matter in the recent months) and used those topics to attack their opponents.

Setsuko Hara (the lone woman) and Yasujirō Ozu (hands on his hips in the white hat behind Hara) on the set of TOKYO STORY, their third movie together

How Yasujirō Ozu and Setsuko Hara’s First Film Together Cemented Their Legacy

Late Spring is a revolutionary film.

Its director, sometimes referred to as the “most Japanese director of all time”, and star are both Japanese icons, though the duo are rarely viewed as a revolutionary combination. Yet, Late Spring was made during a period in Japan’s history after World War II when American forces occupied the country. The American-backed censor made sure films coming out of Japan shy-ed away from subject matter that glorified the politics and culture of pre-war Japan. Additionally, the censor wanted new films to include Western cultural themes and icons whenever possible. …

The Simpson family

With the help of my friend, Lauren, we chose are favorite “The Simpsons” episodes

The Simpsons — among the few shows that is heralded as the greatest show ever — is nearing 700 total episodes and 32 years on television.

That’s insane. For years, the show was hard to stream fully. Within the last five years, Simpsonsworld — thanks to a rights deal with FX — made it possible for anyone with an FX subscription to watch The Simpsons’ entire run. Within the past year, that changed as Disney bought FOX (the channel the show airs on) and launched Disney+, a streaming service for all of Disney’s properties.

Now, The Simpsons is the easiest…

How Pete Seeger chose to unite us through song

Pete Seeger was a musician with a dream.

On his way back from serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, his eyes gleamed brightly and his mind raced with an uplifting idea. A stronger and more mature singer and leader than he was before the war, Seeger planned on making history through what he knew best: music. He yearned for unity and peace in the world and believed those ideals could be achieved by singing any chance he could get.

In Seeger’s ideal world, any person, no matter their background, should not be afraid to speak freely. Though…

Dylan performing in 1962 (from

Looking back at my favorite Bob Dylan songs

For me, all roads lead to and from Bob Dylan.

The White Stripes cover him; Jimi Hendrix cover him; Pete Seeger cover him.

Those three artists are among my favorite bands and musicians, as well as being among the many acts who have covered a Bob Dylan song. The musical footprint of Dylan — who bursted onto the musical stage during the folk revival movement of the 1960s — is epic in scale. He changed music in its presentation (how to be a “rockstar”) but also gave his audiences a deeper connection with the music he performed.

Dylan mastered the…

Here is my list of my favorite films of the 2010s; Are any of yours on the list?

In 2010, I was in high school — two years until from graduation. Today, I have completed 6 years of college and have two degrees. A decade really is a loooooong amount of time.

At the start of this decade, I was an average film-goer. I saw the big name releases and enjoyed films as entertaining ways to spend an evening with friends. In 2012, I took a class that took a deeper look — certainly a more of an in-depth look than I was ever used to — into films as an art-form. I was hooked. Watching and learning…

Lauren, myself and I with Opa

The Life Lessons of My Sisters

As kids on Saturday afternoons, my sisters, Lauren and Grace, and I trekked with our dad to Oma’s (German for grandmother) to hangout and have dinner. I always enjoyed the 40 minute drive from our house to Oma’s, sprawling through Chicago’s southwest suburbs to its north suburbs. Once there, we caught Oma up with everything going on in our lives. She listened to every detail with incredible interest, though never shying away to voice an opinion.

Oma sat at one end of the table; Lauren sat at the other end. My dad quietly listened to us as we talked on…

Greta Garbo ‘Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise’ by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1931

How one of film history’s greatest legends wanted nothing to do with fame

Despite her ailing body and her elderly age, Greta Gustafsson loved to walk. The location — upstate New York, admist the villages in the Swiss Alps or her place of birth of Sweden — never mattered; she found herself happiest during her daily walks. And, despite whatever the temperature might be, Gustafsson wore clothes to hide herself: dark sunglasses, large hats and loose (yet comfortable) clothing. She claimed this was partially because of her doctor’s orders of keeping out of the sun. Recently, she had had an operation on her nose to remove cancerous skin cells and she was to…

Breaking down how the movie absolutely nails its emotional heartbeat

About half-way through Spider-Man: Far From Home — the latest (and greatest?) from Marvel Studios — Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Quentin Beck (Jack Gyllenhaal) are sitting at a bar and taking it easy after defeating a lava monster known as an “elemental”. Their small talk is followed by Parker’s decision to hand over to Beck an important technological advantage that ushers in the scenarios for the second part of the movie. It is a huge moment in the Far From Home, but what follows is more crucial.

Parker is in a rush to go: he wants to meet-up with…

Exploring how loneliness is defined in Nicholas Ray’s “In a Lonely Place”

Gloria Grahame and Humphrey Bogart in “In a Lonely Place”

Film noirs are known for their dark explorations of human nature. Some of that darkness is overblown for dramatic effect; some of it feels as real as life itself. In a Lonely Place (currently streaming on the Criterion Channel) is a prime example of a dark noir. The film digs deep and explores situations of abuse and loneliness, unlike most other Hollywood noirs at the time. Culturally, In a Lonely Place is crucial to Hollywood history. The film features three film icons, all in different spots in their careers. …

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