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Hegemony is a term used to describe the dominance or overwhelming leadership of one group over another, usually regarding a dominant country or social group.

Regarding transnational Chinese cinema, the use of foreign capital and joint productions was a way of avoiding the domestic hegemony that would arise in China as local censorship increased and the domestic market shrunk. As a means of surviving this dual pressure and film censorship, transnational filmmaking became very commonplace. One notable director who played a key role in the globalization of Chinese cinema was Yimou Zhang. …


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I have to admit, I regret how long it took me to finally sit down and watch Parasite, but I am so glad that I did. The film was incredible both cinematically and narratively and I certainly understand the critical acclaim it warranted. To me it felt like a two act play, the first half focusing on the family’s takeover of household positions and the second being the mysterious unraveling of secrets. In the beginning, the film has a slower pace with a clear structure as Ki-woo infiltrates the Park family household and recommends his sister as an art tutor…


Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) may be one of my favorite foreign films that I’ve ever watched and I’m incredibly glad that I chose it for my blog entry. The film follows the story of Simran and Raj, two non-resident Indians living in London. The two meet when they and their friends take overlapping trips to Europe and their bickering back and forth quickly grows into true love. However, their trip only lasts a month and when they return home, Simran must go to India for her arranged marriage to her father, Baldev,’s life long friend’s son, Kuljeet. The first…


High and Low is a Japanese film by director Akira Kurosawa in 1963. It is based off of the novel King’s Ransom and tells the story of a wealthy executive, Kingo Gondo, who faces a challenging moral dilemma when his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped in place of his own son, Jun. Gondo has recently mortgaged his home and taken out a large loan to acquire sufficient funds to take the majority share of his company National Shoes. In the middle of discussing his plan, however, an anonymous caller says that he has kidnapped Gondo’s son and demands a large ransom…


“On the Lament of the Mother of God”

I think this poem masterfully captures what still art forms can not — true lamentation. Paintings, stained glass, frescoes, all of these art forms can and have portrayed this final moment between Jesus and Mary before his crucifixion and captured her sadness in a singular moment, but this poem affords Mary much more depth. It is not limited to one moment, but rather can tell the whole story in its verses and beautifully capture the myriad of emotions Mary is feeling. The repetition of the phrase “my Son and my God” is…


Free Chapel in Orange County

Admittedly I am not a frequent church goer; I am sporadic at best, but even that is not enough to be particularly familiar with many churches. However, the example of Christ Cathedral in Anaheim reminded me of a church from my hometown of Irvine — Free Chapel of Orange County. It is a contemporary Christian Church that initially caught my eye because of what I believed was its unusual architecture, given that I grew up attending classic Roman Catholic churches. I recall passing by after leaving my favorite sushi place, conveniently around the corner, and remarking to my friend, “Wait…


The first mass that I listened to was the Missa De Sanctis by the Dominican Liturgical Center (including Lord Have Mercy [Kyrie], Holy, Holy [Santus], Lamb of God [Agnus Dei]). It was an incredibly beautiful set of songs and it did make me feel slightly guilty for preferring highly performative church music like “Requiem”. However, the performance of the Missa De Sanctis was lovely and I thought wonderfully captured the conversational aspect of liturgical music through its use of time. Begbie states that, “we try to show how the experience of music can serve to open up features of a…


Worship makes it possible to engage with an image as an “icon” by expanding the way one looks at a piece of art. Approaching a piece of art worshipfully is precisely what differentiates between viewing something as an idol and as an icon. To only seek surface level enjoyment or beauty from art is to make it an idol and, as Marion states, “the viewer thus maintains a perverse and impotent relationship with the world” (Marion 50), but worship transforms the idol into an icon by inviting a deeper understanding. Not only does the icon encourage a more involved meditation…


Personally, I think Christian worship is incredibly playful. It may not be playful in the traditional sense one would think, and I couldn’t honestly say I find it particularly fun at times, but in the sense that there is movement it is certainly playful. Christian worship, and in particular the liturgy, is a way of orienting oneself towards God. As Guardini puts it, “in the liturgy man is no longer concerned with himself; his gaze is directed towards God” and it is this intentional orientation that constitutes playful movement. There is a greater purpose, but each action is not just…


Drawing from Balthasar, beauty and divine revelation are related to one another through the parallels drawn between the way we interact with beautiful things and the way we encounter divine revelation. In analyzing Mozart’s “Symphony 41, Jupiter”, the connection is easily seen. Though one can perceive certain parts of the symphony on their own and hear individual movements, without fully immersing in the symphony, the listener could never truly understand nor imagine the symphony as a whole as Mozart presents it. To call back to Gadamer and Pieper, one must immerse themselves in the experience and be an active participant…

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