Argo and American Exceptionalism

argoBen Affleck and his team won the Academy Award of Best Picture for Argo, and deservedly so. The movie artistically depicts CIA officer Tony Mendez’s heroic ploy to rescue six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. On top of that, the movie elaborates upon America’s values of morality, individual creativity, and personal initiative, and how they not only make America one of the most influential countries, but also one of the main providers of security throughout the entire world. Continue reading

The Simplicity of Something Complex (An Introduction)

Film is chemically printed onto frames that are 35 millimeters wide. Each of these individual frames are capable of maintaining enormous detail, regardless of their small sizes. A light projector scrolls through the film reel and enlarges their images onto a silver screen at a rate of about 24 frames per second. However, the average movie-goer does not know everything behind this technical process. Similarly, the content, or the deeper meaning behind each film feels almost disguised. Ideas, political biases, and slanted philosophies are all incorporated into film in such a subtle way that they are completely hidden to the average movie-goer. Therefore, it only makes sense to become “projectors” in the figurative sense–to bring these messages to light and to take something as simple as 35mm wide frame and explore the extent of its complexity.