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Food Anxieties and Futures in The Divine Fist of the North Star

The Divine Fist of the North Star (1983-88) is a kick-ass manga series later adapted into an anime (1984-88) that follows a young man named Kenshiro who carries the legacy of a 2000-year-old assassination art that guides him towards his destiny as the saviour at the world’s end. After nuclear war ravaged the planet, civilizationContinue reading “Food Anxieties and Futures in The Divine Fist of the North Star”

Staunch Characters and Not-So-Fine Dining: Food and the Direct Cinema of Grey Gardens

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too, in life.”  “Oh, yes, I did. I did, I had my cake, loved it, masticated it, chewed it and had everything I wanted.” – “Little Edie” and “Big Edie” Beale The food in the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens (Albert and David Maysles) is strikingly unremarkable, whichContinue reading “Staunch Characters and Not-So-Fine Dining: Food and the Direct Cinema of Grey Gardens”

Fresh Meat

Food is an essential part of everyone’s life, and its primary purpose is to provide the nutrition that is necessary for the existence of any human being. However, throughout history, the concept of food has been appropriated by different cultures, and therefore acquired a variety of new meanings that could serve to indicate an individual’sContinue reading “Fresh Meat”

When Growing Up Rhymes with Isolation: Youth Alienation in Quebec Cinema

TW: Suicide, overdose Whenever the term ‘coming-of-age’ is being discussed, one would usually assume that the rite of passage undertook by the young protagonist would ultimately lead them through some form of resolution towards a newfound maturity, if not adulthood. But what happens when the opposite occurs? Narrating the last days of two teenage girlsContinue reading “When Growing Up Rhymes with Isolation: Youth Alienation in Quebec Cinema”

The Clovehitch Killer: Recognizing and rejecting a birthright

As a boy growing up in a sexist environment, my experience with patriarchal violence was often abstracted, rationalized, and ultimately hidden. There were so many ways in which I, and people who I knew to be good people, were complicit in perpetuating patriarchy without even realizing, simply by being a silent bystander. As a child,Continue reading “The Clovehitch Killer: Recognizing and rejecting a birthright”

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