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The Devils in the Details: Representations of Evil in the Satanic Panic Movement

How we view the devil defines what we believe to be good and evil in the world. The role of the devil defines the society as a whole and our place in it. As a cinematic device, the devil affords us the opportunity to examine our values, repressed desires, and our fears. We each bring our own biases and doctrines to our viewing. The devil can act as a metaphor for the ills of this world or an agent of social control. Satan can be the liberator or the enslaver.

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Main Hoon Dracula

In 1948, French artist Jean Dubuffet coined the term art brut, which became “outsider art” in 1972 when critic Roger Cardinal imported it to English. Initially, it referred to art created outside of a recognized art school or defined philosophy ...

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“I’m Going to Go Back There Someday”: The Incurable Romance and Magic of The Muppet Movie (1979)

What Jim Henson and his team did for the world of children’s entertainment is not only historically important, but undeniably life affirming. It is a portrait of a culturally significant belief in the fact that adults can always hang onto what the Muppets represented: fun, laughs, camaraderie, sentimentality, irreverence, warmth, sweetness, silliness and above all else, a dedication to creativity and art.

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