Ham on Rye: What Catcher in the Rye Could Never Be

Why do we read J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye? So we don’t feel so alone. So we’re reminded that others share the same struggle growing up. At least that’s how it’s presented in English Lit. But more importantly, we read Catcher in the Rye because Holden Caulfield is sexy. He’s intelligent, sharp, aloof, witty, always a little tipsy, always a little flirtatious, and always … Continue reading Ham on Rye: What Catcher in the Rye Could Never Be

The Green Inferno: A Critique of Millennials

It’s not news that Americans have a poor reputation abroad. We’re viewed as stupid, naive, and arrogant. Not the best self-image to have. Movies have responded by turning us into a trope. The silly Americans overseas. Think of the fat family in In Bruges. Or worse, National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Or Brian Mill’s daughter in Taken, who can’t seem to not get taken. All of … Continue reading The Green Inferno: A Critique of Millennials

Nightcrawler: A Portrait of an Angelino

Taking place on the streets of LA, Dan Gilroy’s neo-noir film, Nightcrawler, feels germane to the NYC crime movies like Taxi Driver and Mean Streets. But while Scorcese’s films strove to capture the perception and reality of a seedy 1970s New York, Gilroy’s Nightcrawler depicts LA, not as it’s perceived in 2014–with it’s sun-kissed beaches, yoga studios, and Kardashian gaudiness–but as an underworld of blackmail, … Continue reading Nightcrawler: A Portrait of an Angelino

Carol: A Study of Late Bloomers

Coming-of-age usually occurs in adolescence, when preteens and teenagers begin playacting at adulthood, realizing that they have the bodies, minds, and free choices of the elders they once thought were incorruptible. It is at this age that people first experiment with sexuality and drugs, as a kind of protest to the draconian and irrational restrictions placed on them since childhood. The curtain is drawn, the … Continue reading Carol: A Study of Late Bloomers