Tracing a Dark Circle: Revisiting Ringu & The Ring

Facts & Figures At the time of its release in 1998, Ringu (pronounced as Ring, even though it is written as Ringu or リング) became the highest-grossing horror film in Japan. The American adaptation, The Ring, was released in 2002, and was also financially successful, grossing close to $250 million. Although they share similar plot points and themes, …

Kidding: Every Pain Needs a Name (Episode 3)

In “Every Pain Needs a Name," Kidding increases in both intensity and complexity. This episode revolves around the construct of identity; mostly regarding how identity is altered by trauma, but also how identity is reinforced by those around us, whether they are our family or millions of unknown viewers around the world. In this article, I …

The Long Beach Comic-Con 2018: Conversations with Cast at the Twin Peaks Panel

Long Beach Comic-Con 2018 Conversations with the Cast  I arrived at Long Beach Comic-Con just before the event officially opened at 10am. My press pass allowed me access to the convention center about thirty minutes earlier than regular tickets. I was surprised to see tables and backdrops being assembled, and cosplayers in various states of …

The Awakening of a Mystery: True Detective, Revisited (Part 3)

Part 3: Dreams, Symbols, and Soul Retrieval “Wherever the mythological mood prevails, tragedy is impossible. A quality rather of dream prevails. True being, meanwhile, is not in the shapes but in the dreamer.”  (Campbell, 1949/2008, p. 231). Louisiana is Dreaming Louisiana is the mythological matrix of True Detective. People have inhabited her land for thousands of years, long …

The Awakening of a Mystery: True Detective, Revisited (Part 2)

The Awakening of a Mystery Part 2: The Psychopathology of True Detective The etymology of the word psychopathology is quite illuminating: Psyche, meaning mind or soul; Pathos, meaning suffer or grief; Logos, meaning discourse, word, or logic. Rather than imagining "psychopathology" as a dry, clinical term, we can define it as the speech of the …