An image from the film Yojimbo of Toshiro Mifune stroking his beard, looking away, as a villager tries to speak to him.

Masculinity in Shane and Yojimbo

I've been going through some of my notes from a film genre class I took in graduate school. One week, we watched *Shane* and *Yojimbo* as cross-cultural examples of the western, which historically commingled with the samurai film in Japan.

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An image from the film Men of Harper, looking scared, in a tunnel.

Men (2022)

A few weeks ago, I went to see Alex Garland's film Men. I really enjoyed, especially in the context of my growing interest in both film genre studies and the specific genre of horror.

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Moira, one of the principal characters in The Wanting Mare.

Two Films on Catastrophe

Last night I watched Nicholas Ashe Bateman's The Wanting Mare and Adam McKay's Don't Look Up. Each suggests a similar conclusion-in a senseless world, codependence is the only way to find meaning.

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A shelf filled with labeled three-ring binders.

Memory, Document, Archive

By collecting and categorizing historical artifacts, archives deeply influence the historical record. But they exist in complicated institutional settings, and archivists can't always have full control over how their archives present history. Researchers have to consider the archive less as a neutral place and more as a motivated and rhetorical construction.

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