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Last Man Standing: ‘The Walking Dead’ Review

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Last Man Standing: A Review and Defense of AMC’s The Walking Dead By Carly Twehous   Admittedly, I am rather late on jumping on The Walking Dead wagon train. I’ve always had this disproportionate, yet completely reasonable fear of cannibals and, well, flesh-eating zombies fit the bill. Eventually, I broke down. It was finals week, I’d just finished my traditional …

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An American Horror Story: Review of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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— By Carly Twehous — Best-selling author, Margaret Atwood, published her prolific dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, in 1985, a year after George Orwell’s famous Big Brother society was supposed to take place. Western culture, it seems, has an innate fascination with end-of-society epics and forlorn, tragic heroes. There an inherent cultural fear that began with Orwell and Aldus Huxley …

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‘Alien: Covenant’—Michael Fassbender(s) Steals the Show

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(2017—Director: Ridley Scott) ★★★ 1/2  (out of 5 stars) (Potential spoilers below) 2017 marks the fortieth year in the career of celebrated director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, The Martian). Scott at the moment appears to devote the majority of his interests and seasoned talents in returning to the roots of Alien, his 1979 commercial breakthrough, through a more intelligent …

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Family and Heartbreak: ‘This Is Us’ Review

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— By Carly Twehous — Randall is a moderately successful lawyer, with a wife, two daughters, and an estranged, terminally ill biological father who’s now living in the guest bedroom. Kevin is the dreamer of improbable dreams, whose face is plastered on every billboard across America, but loses a piece of his soul every time he steps in front of …

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Too Little, Too Late: 13 Reasons Why

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— By Carly Twehous — [Warning for spoilers and discussion on suicide.] Since it hit Netflix last month, 13 Reasons Why has been a subject of debate, discussion, and deliberation among both critics and the general audiences. Whether negative or positive, 13 Reasons has caused quite a stir, given its graphic depiction of suicide in the final episode. School districts …

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The Perils of Corporate Omniscience: The Circle Review

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(2017—Director: James Ponsoldt) ★★ (out of 5 stars) One of The Circle’s first trailers, released last December, starts off with a modified version of the scene in which Emma Watson’s character undergoes an interview for a job at the titular Internet corporation. The interviewer presses her, “You’re most scared of…?” to which she replies, “Unfulfilled potential.” In that case, the …

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The Darkest Corners of the Internet

In Faith, Film, and Culture, Featured, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

An Open Discussion on Fan-Fiction Part Two: The Darkest Corners of the Internet By Carly Twehous If we’re going to have an open and frank discussion on fan-fiction, I believe it is important to first get the facts straight. Of the main platforms of fan-fiction distribution—Archive of Our Own (AO3), Tumblr, Fanfiction.net, and LiveJournal—only AO3 has a sufficient enough tagging …

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An Open Discussion on Fan-Fiction

In Faith, Film, and Culture, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

(This is the first in a series of articles, in which JPCatholic student Carly Twehous discusses erotic written pornography, specifically fan-fiction. Through these articles Carly will explore the dangers, addiction, history, and statistics related to this type of fan-fiction and its harmful effects on our culture. Carly is also working on a documentary on this subject.) Part One: A Brief and …