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For parts one through three, click here Remember the “name game” we played in Part 2?  Well, I’ll ask you to grant me just a little further indulgence in this. I said that the name Elsa was a variant of Elizabeth, hence a connection with St. Elizabeth.  Well, Anna, as I also mentioned, is a […]

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Working on the fourth and final installment of my commentary on Disney’s “Frozen.”  I hadn’t intended for it to take this long, of course — but what with the holidays, the more time-sensitive “Advent, Waiting, and Preparation” posts, and the details of professional and personal life, I have had to stretch the series out a […]

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For parts one and two, click here “Beware the frozen heart.”  That’s the warning of the singing icemen in the opening scene of “Frozen.”  We take that as the theme of this third installment of our analysis. We turn to the unlikely “love experts” in the iceman Kristoff’s (Jonathan Groff) social circle: The Trolls. We […]

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For part 1, click here As you might expect, I feel I would be remiss in moving forward with my analysis of “Frozen” without first talking about how Jesus Christ fits into the history of the scapegoat mechanism. According to René Girard, Christ both reveals and rejects the scapegoat  mechanism by making Himself the scapegoat, […]

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For those of you who have already read part one (and this post will seem totally random and make no sense unless you have), it occurs to me that I did not sufficiently clarify the relationship between Prince Hans’ admonition to Elsa not to “become the monster they think you are” and the Garasene demoniac […]

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I don’t think I have ever physically kicked myself. But I am a little tempted to do so, in opposition to the generally accepted sense of the term, when I recall that Disney’s “Frozen” was playing in my local theater shortly after it first came out, and I did not go see it.  Had I […]

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Please note: This is not going to be an in-depth commentary on the film.  I intend to offer one of those in the very near future, but this particular post is more of a general observation/reflection. In a recent AP article, Sandy Cohen observes a trend in Disney films — most notably, the 2013 film […]

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Well, Joker was a breath of fresh air. I like pure escapism as much as anyone else, but I find myself too often frustrated with an unspoken rule in much of our popular entertainment: If it’s about Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, or whatever-man-or-woman, it must be presented cartoonishly.  Even when the “serious” moments occur, it has […]

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NOTE: Video embedded for aesthetic purposes only If you didn’t read part one, that’s fine — so long as you keep the following in mind: I believe that what we see in [Game of Thrones] (…) is a sort of quasi “first principle” on which much else is made to rest. Broadly, this is the […]

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For parts one through four, click here Well I guess our subject is both timely and apropos, given the recent sexual abuse allegations against various high profile media and entertainment figures. Sadly, this problem is very much like the Halloween franchise’s Michael Myers: It can be neutralized in individual circumstances, but it never really dies (not, […]

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