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Furiosa’s Road: Mad Max as Feminist Ally

Posted on May 19th, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

“I cannot make liberty my aim unless I make that of others equally my aim.” — Jean-Paul Sartre WARNING: This article contains plot spoilers and possibly PTSD triggers. Please proceed with caution. I was already excited to see George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Mad Max after a 30 year hiatus, but when I read […]

Myth and Meaning in Aronofsky’s Noah

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

“Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, ‘Understandest thou what thou readest?’” — Acts 8:30 (KJV) Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, Noah, an adaptation of the Judeo-Christian global flood myth, has garnered both admiration and condemnation from critics and audiences around the world. The film’s reception from the Christian […]

Man of Steel / Son of Man

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

I’ve been a fan of both Jesus and Superman for almost as long as I’ve been alive, and one thing I can tell you about both men is that their stories fit the mythic hero archetype. This is why, whether intentional or otherwise, Superman can be seen as an allegory of any one of handfuls […]