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SXSW film festival analysis: the benefits of representing urban communities

SXSW film festival analysis: the benefits of representing urban communities

Zach Ienatsch

March 16, 2018


Filed under Film Reviews, Opinions, Reviews, SXSW

An important quality of a diverse collection of stories is the inclusion of underrepresented communities. Not an abstract conception of a group of people with similar qualities but quite literally a physical community in which the residents live, work and produce culture. In this case at SXSW, it’s...

Hatred of veganism is rooted in toxic masculinity

Hatred of veganism is rooted in toxic masculinity

Zach Ienatsch

March 15, 2018


Filed under Opinions

For vegans and vegetarians, adherence to a plant-based diet can sometimes draw the ire of friends, family or random strangers while eating for nourishment. The strawman of vegans frequently and strongly interjecting their diet into all facets of conversation is an easy target to poke fun at, whether...

SXSW film festival analysis: the unexpected power of comedy

SXSW film festival analysis: the unexpected power of comedy

Zach Ienatsch

March 14, 2018


Filed under Film Reviews, Opinions, Reviews, SXSW

Comedy is not just about making an audience laugh. The art of comedy allows artists to cross lines and provoke questions which cannot be done in a serious context. It allows audiences to contend with their own emotions and awkward situations in a relaxed yet stimulating approach. In film, two hours of...

SXSW film festival analysis: women in film

SXSW film festival analysis: women in film

Zach Ienatsch

March 12, 2018


Filed under Film Reviews, Opinions, Reviews, SXSW

With diversity being a hot button topic, there’s been a long overdue push to include more women in important conversations and in positions of power. The strive for inclusion not only promotes a more even playing field for filmmakers and executives regardless of gender, but also allows the film medium...

SXSW Film Review: “Blockers” a comedy for the modern era

SXSW Film Review: “Blockers” a comedy for the modern era

Zach Ienatsch

March 11, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Reviews, SXSW

The daring, sex comedy "Blockers" appears to be another standard predictable adult comedy at first glance. However, the movie dares, and accomplishes, to be so much more than its predecessors. Centered around a trio of well-meaning parents attempting to stop their daughters from losing their virginity...

SXSW Film review: Final Portrait

Zach Ienatsch

March 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions, SXSW, Uncategorized

Actor, writer and director Stanley Tucci’s latest addition to his portfolio, "Final Portrait", qualifies every aspect of the term “passion project”. Adapted from his favorite book, Tucci does an excellent job of painting his own portrait of an aged artist, while avoiding common cliche pitfalls,...

Voter participation is vital to democracy

Voter participation is vital to democracy

Zach Ienatsch

March 6, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

The foundation of any healthy democracy is enthusiastic, active civic engagement by the collective community. When the people are apathetic to the decisions of the people selected to represent them, the society is flawed and only marginally better than an oppressive state. If the right to vote is not...

Hostile architecture is ineffective and unethical

Hostile architecture is ineffective and unethical

Zach Ienatsch

March 1, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Examples of hostile architecture are all over urban areas; benches with dividers indicating where individuals should sit, front stoops with arrays of metallic spikes, even places for sitting replaced by inclined surfaces for leaning instead. This architecture exists in our parks, sidewalks and transportation terminals and serve...

Your webcam FBI agent is more than just a meme

Your webcam FBI agent is more than just a meme

Zach Ienatsch

February 26, 2018


Filed under Opinions

One of the latest meme trends on the web are comical scenarios between Internet users and their personal FBI agents assigned to spy on them through webcams. These scenarios usually cast the FBI agent as a sympathetic, unlikely friend who watches the user suffer relationship failures, binge Netflix show...

Kennedy’s response shows Democrats have a long way to go

Kennedy’s response shows Democrats have a long way to go

Zach Ienatsch

February 13, 2018


Filed under Opinions

With every State of the Union address, the opposition party of the sitting president is tasked with the predictable and rhetorically vacant duty of delivering a response the same evening. This year, the Democratic Party chose Massachusetts representative Joe Kennedy III—a young up-and-coming poster-boy...

Black history: Thurgood Marshall and the First Amendment

Zach Ienatsch

February 10, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Very few Supreme Court justices have championed the First Amendment as consistently as Thurgood Marshall, the Court’s first black justice. During his 14-year tenure on the Court, Justice Marshall sided with the freedom of speech and the press in several landmark cases which set the precedent for the...

Is graduate school still worth it?

Is graduate school still worth it?

Zach Ienatsch

February 9, 2018


Filed under Opinions, The Main Point

Education is unique as it is the one thing that can not be taken from an individual. It is a personal investment that never ends and immediately benefits the recipient. When undergraduate students contemplate continuing their formal education at the graduate level, the decision does not, and should not,...

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