Introduction Recently I had the chance to see the independently produced “faith based” film God’s Not Dead. The movie, taking name from Nietzsche’s famous exclamation ‘God is dead’, has received quite mixed reviews with the overall consensus being fairly negative, at least on behalf of critics. Some of which is to be expected of an independent “faith […]

By Nikolai Brown [Spoiler warning] 12 Years a Slave is an acclaimed film about the real-life story of Solomon Northup, a freeman living in upstate New York with his family, who in 1841 was abducted, sold into slavery, and put to work on a plantation in Louisiana. Aesthetically the film is well made. Actor Chiwetel […]

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Within popular bourgeois media, the social contradictions of real life are overlooked yet alluded to through allegory. This is the case with Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt, 2011). In the CGI special effects-laden movie, a chimpanzee named Caesar is born with enhanced intellectual capacity. Caesar eventually comprehends his and other captive primates’ existence as starkly oppressed by humans and leads a revolt for freedom.

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