The Self-Reflecting Art Gallery: Lowry’s Consul and Goethe’s Faust

Have you ever seen yourself, peeking out between the strokes of colour on a canvas?  Artists often portray the human condition as seen through their individual perceptions, so it is not unlikely that you, or I, or Faust may be trapped on a wall somewhere. Not literally of course, but some aspect of personality, desire,…

The Old Man: A worthy foil to Mephistopheles in Dr. Faustus

            Does access to unlimited knowledge and pleasure make you strong in character and faith? Christopher Marlow answers this question in his morality play Dr. Faustus. Faustus is a scholar who is consumed by the desire to experience life to the fullest and know more than his 16th century society can teach him. He turns…

The Hypertext Fiction Ride: Using structural metaphor to enhance fiction

We learn categorization of information and objects as early as preschool, so it is reasonable that we would compile information into categories on the Internet. Traditional Web site structure is hierarchical. The Web address takes the visitor to the top or opening page through which the other site pages can be accessed through navigational categories….

Hypertext Fiction: It’s natural for a reader to follow an associative path

            Long have fiction readers succumbed to the imagery of settings, empathized with characters and thrilled along the plot line of introduction, climax and resolution. Absorbing words and turning pages, fiction readers followed a linear path that was carefully constructed by authors to fit the format of the printed book. This has been the way…

“Big Eyes” Witnessed it all – The Conning of Margaret Keane

As a young girl, I had two Keane paintings hanging in my bedroom–the harlequins with the multi-coloured dresses and the mandolins. I spent many hours staring at the harlequin’s big eyes, and basking my young brain in the colours of the paintings. Little did I know, the artist who had painted them had been mistreated…

“Targeted” is a tightly paced thriller

“Targeted” is a tightly paced thriller that takes place at a Honduras resort where Canadian tourists, Jordan and Ellie arrive, hoping for peace and relaxation. The story’s tension starts the minute the girls exit the plane to stand, unknowingly, in the view of a character peeping at them through binoculars. His glance lingers “on the…

A Blissful Variation of “Female in Love”: Shroud of Roses by Gloria Ferris

Mystery is not my genre of choice, but I’ve read Corpse Flower and Shroud of Roses by Gloria Ferris, and have thoroughly enjoyed both novels because of the outrageous antics the main protagonist, Bliss, gets up to. She’s a meddling, sometimes intuitive, self-made detective who won’t listen to orders, especially those delivered by a man in uniform. (I’m not talking the postman here).

Mail Order Prostitutes in the Old West: Juliet James’ “Emily”

At first glance, especially at the cover, and in the second and third chapters, you might think “Emily” by Juliet James is a light read. However, as you read further you will be surprised to discover, just as I was, a dark undercurrent running through the mail-order-bride plot.

FILM SHOT ANALYSIS Lost Season 1 Episode 1

This episode starts with an extreme close-up camera shot of an eye. The eye opens. It’s green and it is instantly alert. Our “frame” is limited by the close-up frame, but we see enough to know something is not right.

We now see through the man’s eyes or point-of-view. We’re looking up at tall bamboo stalks. The distortion of the stalks rising so high, and swaying against the blue sky creates a sense of instability for the viewer, helping us connect to the confusion of the man. It also creates a sense of helplessness, making it seem as if the person seeing those overly tall plants is small and insignificant. This is foreshadowing for the upcoming conflict of man VS nature.