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‘Brokeback Mountain’: More than 20 years later, the film and short story redefine queerness

Much of my interest in alterity and otherness stems from personal identity, and so many of my pursuits have investigated the concept. Nevertheless, I have explored the concepts of alterity mostly through science fiction, so upon rewatching “Brokeback Mountain” and re-reading Anne Proulx’s short story upon which the film is based (both the original New…

Film review: Crime western ‘Hell or High Water’ is worth watching

“Hell or High Water” is a remarkably entertaining film that opened during the tail end of this summer. It was written by James Sheridan, the same screenwriter behind last year’s stellar “Sicario.” Both films share a few superficial similarities. They’re crime-thrillers. They’re set in modern-day rural America. (You know, the part of the country most Hollywood…