On Identity-Coding in Children’s Animation

Featured Illustration: Drew Buchanan Coding, in television and film, is a technique that implies a fictional non-human character has a particularly human quality or identity. By paying attention to the ways in which animated characters are drawn, behave, and speak, one can make conclusions about the identities they would have if they were a human […]

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A Scene from “Brief Encounter”

Featured Artwork: ‘Brief Encounter’ by Stephen Pannell In David Lean’s 1945 film Brief Encounter, a middle-aged housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) meets the married doctor Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard) by chance at an English train station. With a friendly conversation over tea, a speck of coal caught under the eye, and a series of arranged […]

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Women at the End of the World

Featured Image: Robert Koorenny Ever since I was young, I’ve been aware of the environment’s fragility and how acute disturbances could elicit monumental changes. I credit most of this consciousness to natural disaster flicks, as juvenile and nonsensical as it seems. To maintain suspense and entertainment, these movies often speed up the severity of threats […]

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