Stranger Things 3: The Power of Memories to Forge the Future

Stranger Things Season 3 burst forth with the energy of a firecracker unrolling one of the show's most terrifying seasons. The storyline builds up to a dramatic ending, highlighting an important theme of this season—the power of memory. *Spoilers ahead* On a hot summer’s day, Will is excited to be with his friends again, playing another intense… Continue reading Stranger Things 3: The Power of Memories to Forge the Future

Redeeming the Beast: The Unexpected Message of Shyamalan’s Glass

M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie Glass brings together three characters from his preceding movies Unbreakable and Split. While all three movies are intense with scenes of violence, the viewer is surprisingly moved to compassion. In Unbreakable, Bruce Willis plays David (aka the Overseer), a reluctant hero. His heroic powers are revealed as he is the… Continue reading Redeeming the Beast: The Unexpected Message of Shyamalan’s Glass

The Damage Done

A recently popular TED talk focused on how the biggest risk to our physical well being is exposure to one thing: childhood trauma.  The speaker explains how trauma actually affects how the brain develops. As one who has experienced childhood trauma, I found this TED talk extremely depressing. It often feels like the imprint of… Continue reading The Damage Done

Finding Freedom From the Law in Netflix’s Watership Down

It’s hard to imagine that a story about bunnies could be emotionally gripping, inspiring, and even terrifying. Yet this is absolutely the case with Richard Adams’ 1972 novel Watership Down, which was recently adapted into an animated Netflix miniseries. The story of a group of rabbits breaking away from their warren to find a new home,… Continue reading Finding Freedom From the Law in Netflix’s Watership Down

What Can We Learn About Failure and Family From Avengers: Endgame?

It’s easy to see how our heroes failed in Infinity War. For one, they had very little advance knowledge of their enemy. Banner’s warning to Dr. Strange and Iron Man came moments before Thanos’s henchman arrived. They are all spread out all over the world with little or no communication. Captain America and Iron Man aren’t… Continue reading What Can We Learn About Failure and Family From Avengers: Endgame?