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O Brother Where Art Thou : Utilizing the Hero’s Journey

O Brother Where Art Thou follows the adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro), and Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson) as they journey across depression era Mississippi to find a stash of money that Ulysses has supposedly hidden from the robbery that landed him in prison.

MCU Under Review: Thor

Watching Thor navigate earth for the first time is extremely comical, but seeing his story of redemption unfold is downright amazing.


 While many of the movie’s more nuanced elements will sail over young one’s heads like so many tumbleweeds, this is an enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Four Great Post-Hardcore Albums From 2019
The recent slump in popular rock music has been great for punk.

Flatfoot 56: Odd Boat

Odd Boat is as adrenaline filled as ever, just the way a punk listener likes it.

Weezer’s Black Album: The Importance of Artistic Integrity
Unfortunately, on their latest release, Weezer seems to be trying way too hard to prove themselves with a batch of their most soulless, algorithmically composed music yet.