Study Guides

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Fate or Freedom

Elijah Davidson
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Fate or Freedom
The Goblet of Fire belches forth complications concerning Harry's fate.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Expect a Protector

Elijah Davidson
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Expect a Protector
There's a lot to be afraid of in the wizarding world. Harry Potter learns to handle his fear.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Revealing Hidden Things

Elijah Davidson
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Revealing Hidden Things
Harry Potter is keeping secrets, and his friends are getting hurt.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Good Vs. Evil

Elijah Davidson
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Good Vs. Evil
Harry Potter's world is full of good and evil. How can Harry tell them apart?

The Dark Knight - Fear Itself

Elijah Davidson
The Dark Knight - Fear Itself
As it rushes on and Gotham is besieged by terror—terror initiated by both Gotham's villains and heroes—The Dark Knight constructs an increasingly complex moral landscape. The characters we assume to be good are increasingly twisted toward evil by the film's events...

The Avengers - Participate in the Story

Elijah Davidson
The Avengers - Participate in the Story
The Avengers are rallying around the audience. They are fighting on behalf of the people in the theater seats watching them on the silver screen. The Avengers assemble for us. And this, I think, is this series' greatest strength...

Spider-Man - A Divided Man

Elijah Davidson
Spider-Man - A Divided Man
Peter Parker has responsibilities to his friends and family and the city. How can he balance them? How can we learn how to balance our lives from his struggles? Might Spider-Man have something to say to married and single folk alike?

Wolverine - Holding Onto Life With Both Claws

Elijah Davidson
Wolverine - Holding Onto Life With Both Claws
All the problems are the result of one man's fear of death. Rather than life the lifespan appointed to him and pass on his legacy to the next generation, Yashida clings foolishly to life and threatens to take anyone else's life he needs to take to ensure he stays alive...

Iron Man - Real Enemies and Real Peace

Kutter Callaway (Questions) and Elijah Davidson (Reflection)
Iron Man - Real Enemies and Real Peace
How might a more permanent peace be established? It would, necessarily, involve moving past fear. It would also, necessarily, involve the destruction of all weapons. It would also involve continuously rejecting violence...

Man of Steel - A Hero We Will Accept

Kutter Callaway (Questions) and Elijah Davidson (Reflection)
Man of Steel - A Hero We Will Accept
Man of Steel is aptly titled. The movie hits with the force of girder beam accidentally dropped from the top of a skyscraper during construction, shattering the sidewalk below and claiming the lives of a couple of hapless pedestrians in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time, he doesn't soar. Superman smashes.
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