Renee Jeanne Falconetti as Joan of Arc in one of the film’s most iconic shots.

The Passion of Joan of Arc is one of those films you first probably heard of right around the time you started getting really deep into the idea that is cinema. I first saw it on a list of 500 Must See Films Before You Die and didn’t think much of it. Only after my interest in foreign films and history did the film reach my circle of attention. There was something about those films that I found entirely captivating that I just can’t see in Hollywood movies. In my first obsessive wave I saw the likes of Tarkovsky, Fellini…


Hunter S. Thompson next to his car, The Red Shark. | Photo by; Christopher Felver

It’s a little past midnight and I am sitting alone in my new apartment. Two weeks have passed since the move here, and there’s been plenty of time to get accustomed. The place is located at the back-end of a complex of four apartments; it only has one room and bathroom, with a small corridor leading to the kitchen, and it has a/c, which was a must in my book. The environment has been perfect to read and relax, the one thing that impossible for me to do in the place I used to live.

I have spent most of…


Lynch at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival | Photo by: Matthias Nareyek, Getty Images

Finding bliss and comfort in this world sounds more like a task than an inherent reality of existence. Lately you’re probably getting a feeling that something tough and difficult is brooding in the corner, waiting to take your happiness away, or it already has. As the pressures pile on in your daily existence you begin to wonder how of if you’re ever going to the space and time needed to work on your craft and become the professional you want to be, and this only makes things worse.

I can’t speak for everyone, but this is definitely my state of…


There are not many ways to describe why The Shining is a stunning masterpiece of the art of cinema. It is a film where even knowing the entire plot simply won’t do it justice; you must experience the story for yourself to really understand its hypnotic quality. Such is the case that when one attempts to talk about the film they inevitably end up talking more about what’s behind the imagery than the story itself.

The 1980 film by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has made such an immense impact in American popular culture that it has left what can best…


A look into the many aspects that made the show a timeless masterpiece.

*This essay contains spoilers. *

The Sopranos is currently in the middle of a cultural revival. Debuting in 1999 and concluding in 2007, it revitalized the dying genre of the TV drama, bringing a whole new level of nuance and sophistication never-before seen on the medium. No show has influenced television more in the 21st Century; it set the tone and style which would later influence practically every television series that came after. …


The two best teams in football duke it out this Sunday night in what’s expected to be a Super Bowl shootout.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes stepping up and throwing on the run. Photo by Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images.

There’s no shortage for anticipation leading up to a Super Bowl. Every day, no matter how busy or tired, if you are a true football fan, you are counting every waking moment for the big game.

This is how I have normally spent my days, all while getting used to a new environment. The nights are always cozy and chilly despite the lukewarm bed, and entertainment is never an issue, but keeping focus and excitement is. I originally wanted to spend more time on football, but the academics kept me busy and distracted me for most of the time leading…


After a close game and a blowout, the Buccaneers and the Chiefs get ready to face each other in Super Bowl 55.

Tom Brady facing pressure vs. the Chiefs. Photo by Mike Erhmann, Getty Images.

Two games down, and only one to go. The board is set to the final moves. The first game of the day ended with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship on Lambeau Fields 31–26 on their way to advancing to the second Super Bowl in franchise history. This would mark the 10th time Bucs QB Tom Brady has reached the big game, an unprecedented feat that continues to baffle practically the entire football world. …


The four best offenses in the NFL will face each other in what promises to be a memorable Sunday.

Rodgers takes a snap from center. Photo Mike Erhmann, Getty Images.

Well my friends, football’s conclusion is getting closer and closer each minute of every day. It’s somethingI dread every year; my heart becomes an empty hole of confusion and frustration whenever Sundays go by without any football, but this is no time to wallow in pity or defeat. There are two very important games this Sunday, and all eyes of the football-viewing world are on them.

These are perhaps the most hyped championship games since the 2006 NFL Championships, when the Colts and Patriots battled it out in the AFC down to the wire and the Saints and Bears played…


QB Patrick Mahomes watching the game from the sidelines. Photo by Jaime Squire, Getty Images.

The final week of the NFL season has come to a close. The season played out as I predicted in my piece covering kickoff weekend. Offense was the name of the game, and defenses were mostly in charge of bending but not breaking. The league MVP will most likely be Aaron Rodgers, who led the Green Bay Packers to a 13–3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC, finishing the season with 48 touchdown passes the second highest passer rating for a season in NFL history, only behind his own 2011 season. Many pick Patrick Mahomes as the second…


MUSIC

How an international rivalry resulted in three of the most influential rock albums in history

Since their first breakout hits in 1963, The Beatles were on top of the world. They proceeded to dominate the charts with constant record-breaking singles and chart-topping albums with little to no market competition. However, despite their success, the reputation they gathered was that of a pop group, with little to no musical or artistic praise. In the same discussion where The Beach Boys, who were looked upon the same light but with a more West Coast sound. Every Beatles song around that time was about love, and every Beach Boys song was about love and… beaches.

It was during…

Ezra T. James

Absurd journalist and essayist from the outskirts of Shambhala.

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