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“What are we holding onto, Sam?” Sam: “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

A Glorious Bastard

January 22nd, 2019|

The Witness of Alec Guiness In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing the illegitimate Don John plots to spoil the happiness and prosperity of all. His skullduggery springs from the brooding dark moods, resentment and [...]

Nietzsche, Napoleon and Narcissism

January 3rd, 2019|

“I’m better than everybody else” is the disturbing theme underlying Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film Rope. Dostoevsky developed the same idea in Crime and Punishment as did George Bernard Shaw in Man and Superman. Rooted [...]

A Monastic Response to Islam

November 7th, 2018|

“What can man do against such reckless hate?” asks the trapped and helpless Theoden King in Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers. He speaks for us all when faced with the orcs of ISIS rising [...]

Downton Abbey: The Fairytale

August 15th, 2018|

The roaring success of the English television drama Downton Abbey had little to do with the grand house, the sumptuous costumes, the superb cast and intricately intriguing storyline. Having just finished watching the final [...]

The Orphaned Hero

July 31st, 2018|

When I was studying screenwriting we spent a good deal of time analyzing the construction of characters for our story. Those who do not create stories may wonder how characters are imagined and brought [...]

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