The Simulacra of Death in ‘This is Us’

Simulacra: (noun) an image or a representation of something Has anyone else been choked up all week, after watching ‘This is Us’? While often a difficult concept to accurately capture, how perfectly did ‘This is Us’ represent death in ‘Super Bowl Sunday’ and ‘The Car’? I remember going to church the day after my grandpa […]

‘The Last Word’

I recently watched ‘The Last Word’, which is a movie about a lady (Harriet, played by Shirley MacLaine) who is perceived as a control freak, realizes that no one likes her, and asks a writer (Anne, played by Amanda Seyfried) to write Harriet’s pre-obituary. The movie itself is predictable (you know that Anne, who is […]

What Death Brings

The mysterious graffiti artist, Banksy, once said, “I mean, they say you die twice; one time when you stop breathing, and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time”. Death brings reality: Just like ‘love’ and ‘romance’, our culture is embedded with these unrealistic narratives of death; […]