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Art by Danielle Pajak Illustrations.

And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” — Luke 17:1–2

I have desired to share my thoughts on the topic of Netflix’s Cuties. My thoughts are coming from a place that desires to elevate Art and Storytelling, as I truly believe they are something sacred and valuable. Art and imagery are powerful and provocative tools, and as an artist myself, I do not believe these tools should be taken lightly. …


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“And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. “— Luke 18:18–19

As most people, I am a fan of NBC’s The Good Place. At first I didn’t think it would be something I would like, but it grew on me over time, and in the end I was very impressed by this clever science fiction show — and by that definition, I mean a show that deals with philosophical themes. What I loved about The Good Place (besides the endearing characters) was the fact that it was basically one long argument, and to me some of the best science fiction is a discourse — a discourse disguised as a story. Isaac Asimov was supreme at writing this kind of science fiction, and Christopher Nolan is another one who does this genre well. The dilemmas that each of the character’s face are significant for their own stories, of course, but there are those broader themes about good and evil, ethical dilemmas, moral responsibility, and what truly makes a person “good” that the show was working towards. …


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Art work by Danielle Pajak Illustrations.

“You can almost see it from here.”

“What?”

“Home.”

As what I have come to expect from a Nolan film, Dunkirk is an entirely unique and profound experience. Although I’m not a war or history buff, Nolan’s cinematic portrait of the struggle and survival of the men at Dunkirk is deeply moving and beautiful to behold. I could only describe the feeling as being like looking upon a painting of one of the Masters. When studying a work of art from Rembrandt, Carvaggio, El Greco or Da Vinci, what you notice is the meticulous and intentional care in how they apply their brushstrokes, how the light and shadows create mood and atmosphere, and how they capture depth and meaning in what they choose to depict. …


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I feel compelled to record my experience watching Tarantino’s latest film. I haven’t been keeping up with all the controversies surrounding this film, so you must forgive me if I speak like I am out of the loop, because I literally am. On top of that, I didn’t even know what the Manson Family Murders were until I decided to go watch this movie. (History isn’t my strong suit.) Reading the history of this terrible tragedy was mind-blowing and awful. …


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Art work by Danielle Pajak Illustrations.

In my previous post, I outlined the flawed narrative structure of the conclusion of Game of Thrones. I focused primarily on Daenerys and how her story did not communicate effectively what Benioff and Weiss were wanting to accomplish with her, i.e. her becoming “Mad Queen” Targaryen. I then asked what it was that they did communicate through her story. Here is where I would like to begin.

As an artist and visual storyteller, I have become exceedingly grieved and disgusted with a lot of the stories in our entertainment today. Every one of my favorite shows one right after another ended in disappointment for me. I asked myself, why? Why were all these amazing shows, many of whom have exceptional talent working on them, crashing and burning, in my less than humble opinion? I believe the answer is multi-faceted, but I am going to zero in on one aspect for the sake of time and my argument. …


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“The poet must stir souls, not nurture idolaters.“ — Andrei Tarkovsky

I feel compelled to talk about one of the most controversial episodes of Game of Thrones. The reason I feel drawn to speak is twofold, because I am an artist and I love Art. It is my passion and my life’s work, and I am most particularly passionate about the Art of Cinema, which includes series and television shows. Entertainment, for the lack of a better word, although it is so much deeper than that word implies. …


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Sometimes I feel nobody gives me no warning
Find my head is always up in the clouds
In a dream world it’s not easy
Living on my own, my own, my own
Dee do de de, dee do de de. . .” —
Living on My Own (1985)

I know this film is pretty controversial for many reasons, but watching it gave me a lot to think about and I was especially drawn to one point in particular -

Although, first I just have to get on the Rami Malek obvious train — he was absolutely amazing. It was so surreal watching him because even if I am not familiar with Queen or Freddie Mercury, I didn’t think of Rami as Rami — but just Freddie. It was like the spirit of Freddie Mercury took possession of him and he was performing his own life. …

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