No art is made in a vacuum. Humans–and thus all of their creative endeavors–are unbreakably connected to the myths, movements, and moments of our cultures. Such connection is not unilateral, however; it is intrinsically bidirectional. Culture works on art by providing raw materials (present social moments, meaningful settings, relevant characters, etc.) and informing assumptions (onContinue reading “Reading Underneath The Screen”
Just as Bryan’s rearview mirror reflects upon his eyes as he drives through the Alabama night, illuminating his sight in spite of the darkness around him, we as an audience are challenged to open our eyes, to hear the stories, to fight for justice with a radical hope that transcends our broken systems. Maybe then we will see what just a little mercy can do.
Release Date: July 3rd, 2020 Director: Thomas Kail | MPAA Rating: N/A | LeavittLens Rating: 8/10 I can’t help but feel–as one of the many people who were unable to see Hamilton in its original stage delivery–that I am somehow late to the party. Half a decade has passed since its debut at the RogersContinue reading “Hamilton”
Release Date: December 25th, 2014 Director: Ava DuVernay | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | LeavittLens Rating: 8/10 In a world full of explanations, inundated with reasoning and argumentation, it remains metaphor that speaks most directly to our hearts, rattling our individualized cages and opening our eyes to truth otherwise hidden. As Denise Levertow puts it, “StraightContinue reading “Selma”