Zachary Ward

Zachary Ward

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    Legality and Morality in Breaking Bad

    At one point, Walter White mentions prohibition and how alcohol became a legal market just a matter of years later. Discuss the parallel between Walt cooking meth and Hank, the show’s authority symbol, experimenting with home-brewing. Would the legalization of meth have prevented the destruction Walt caused? How much does the law really play into his morals?

    • This is certainly an interesting topic, but I wonder if it would deviate too much from Breaking Bad and head into legal territory. While an analysis of Walt and his metamorphosis of the course of the show could draw parallels to prohibition, I think that concentrating on prohibition itself and the current idea that legalizing drugs would help curtail the drug wars would involve much more political rhetoric and analysis than cinematic analysis. In essence, I suggest that perhaps this topic should deal more with how Walt decides to bend the law to his will and the implications of that rather than how our legal system is portrayed in the show. – August Merz 5 years ago
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    Zachary Ward

    I imagine that if her were still alive he would collaborate with Lady Gaga. They both have a sort of unique, self-aware approach to fame, pop culture, and consumerism.

    Andy Warhol: Innovator of the Selfie, YouTube, Reality TV and Gay Cowboys
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    This was an excellent deconstruction of how German filmmakers at the time understood and represented the state of their country in their films. It made me think of Metropolis and how ahead of its time it was in terms of critiquing class structure and big industry/government. I haven’t studied Caligari as closely, so thank you!

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: Dark Relationship With Postwar Germany
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    Great topic! I don’t seek out foreign films enough, so I appreciate being introduced to them

    Four Films about Paris that are NOT Amélie
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    Aronofsky has such crazy detail to attention. I remember one scene where Randy is standing in front of a storefront that says, “Jesuchristo es el Senor – pare de sufrir”, Spanish for “Jesus Christ is man, stop suffering”. Considering the film’s Christ/martyr symbolism when it comes to Randy’s suffering/demise, there’s no way that was an accident. Brilliant!

    The Wrestler: The Inevitability of Growing Old