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Archives for Ambivalence


Exploring Mother & Daughter in “Postcards from the Edge”

Further exploring various dynamics of the mother and daughter relationship [For the first part in this series click here], we’ll have a look at a scene from Postcards from the Edge (1990).

This film is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Carrie Fisher (daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds). Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) plays the addiction-prone actress daughter of movie star Doris Mann (Shirley Maclaine). Doris is portrayed...
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Harry Potter vs. The Lord of the Rings, Part III

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In the Harry Potter books and films, the forces for good magic are victorious while Voldemort is destroyed and the wizards who practice the dark arts are vanquished.  The good characters presumably go on to live happily ever after, continuing to practice their good forms of magic.

In The Lord of the Rings, however, the conclusion has a bittersweet tone.  Despite the fact that Frodo and Sam destroy the one ring on Mount...
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Harry Potter vs. The Lord of the Rings, Part II

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The splitting of good and bad characters in The Lord of the Rings trilogy is just as pronounced as it is in the Harry Potter films.  Hobbits in general are endearing and gentle creatures with some irritating quirks but no real malice in their nature; in particular, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin are loyal and devoted friends who risk their lives for one another out of love.

Sauron, by contrast, represents pure evil and has absolutely no redeeming...
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