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July 16, 2012


Since being gifted to the United States, The Statue of Liberty has been widely viewed as a symbol of freedom and independence. Say what you will about the French but damn they know how to give a gift right? Merci beaucoup mes chéres. As a result, Lady Liberty’s become a popular icon who has been regularly featured in pop culture. She can even be considered a bit of a movie star – sometimes, as a background player who barely gets any screen time. Other times, she’s the location of a climatic showdown between good and evil. However, she’s usually being destroyed on film as a way to signal the loss/threat to our freedom. Aliens attacking, again? You can bet your bottom dollar that they’ve got their eyes on our lovely...


July 9, 2012


No one can deny that there’s a certain amount of freedom and independence to be gained by getting your driver’s license. Seriously, it’s been culturally ingrained into our collective consciouness that this is a serious rite of passage. To act of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and going pretty much anywhere is an amazing concept once you actually experience it. There’s an enormous amount of responsibility one holds in getting behind the wheel of a car. Not only do you have to be aware of your surroundings and worry about yourself but also to be hyper-aware of other people that you are sharing the road with. Now, I don’t know what it is about movies centered around road trips but something is always falling to pieces. Always. There’s...


July 1, 2012


Okay, we’ve made it through our inaugural theme of Summer and we’re taking the whole month of July to celebrate various acts of Independence and the necessity of Freedom. Almost everyone has to struggle with how to declare their own independence and what that means to them. When we are children, we have to listen to and adhere to what our parents/elders tell us but eventually we learn to discover the world for ourselves and decide how we want to live our life. There are so many examples of freedom and acts of independence for us to draw from. Here in the United States, the 4th of July is right around the corner, which signals the birth of our country as an independent nation free from the rule of England...