A Spotlight on Culture

Through reviews and longer articles, ArteFact keeps a finger on the pulse of how our culture is reflecting on itself.

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Bodies of Writing

Most anime offerings are shallow or crass, which makes the good ones stand out all the more. They not only provide magnificent artwork, storytelling and character development; they also give unexpected insights about the human condition, the virtues, and faith. Violet Evergarden, Taichi Ishidate’s quiet and beautifully animated adaption of the steampunk light novel series by Kana Akatsuki, does all of these.

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The Logos of Time

A review of Denis Villeneuve's Arrival (2016).

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Betraying the Good Place

By all normal “rules” of the world of television, a sitcom about the afterlife and moral philosophy should not have worked, but it did, not least because the writing is quick, clever, and smarter than most anything I’ve seen.

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The Good Divorce vs. The Great Divorce

A Review of Trevor Jimenez’s Weekends.

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To Believe Or Not To Believe

A Review of Netflix's Messiah.

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Growing Pains

A Review of Greta Gerwig's Little Women (2019).

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Walking the Path of Suffering

A Review of Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life (2019).

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Show Me the Magic

A Review of Paul Mazursky's Tempest (1982).

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Finding Hope in the Face of Horror

A Review of John Krasinski's A Quiet Place (2018).

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Stranger Things: The Deeper Meaning Behind a Netflix Sensation

The award-winning original Netflix series, Stranger Things, recently had fans glued to their laptops when all eight episodes of Season 3 were released online on the Fourth of July 2019. It has to be said, the series is not for the faint of heart.