Modern Cinema From Around the World, A Series: A Review of Aleksey Balabnov’s “Brother [Брат]”

Danila: You said the city is a force, and yet everybody is feeble here.
German: The city is an evil force. The strong come and become feeble. The city takes the strength away. And now you’ve fallen.

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Directed by Aleksey Balabanov, Brother [Браt] is a gritty cult-film from 1997 that exemplifies Russian gangster life in the 1990s. The film is filled with catchy Russian rock music, both diegetic and not, with a central focus on our calculating main character who is a traditional anti-hero, Danila Bagrov (Sergey Bodrov). What makes Brother [Браt] a special experience is the main character, and the unique take on city life and criminality. Our character is consumed into a criminal lifestyle, but also searches for his own happiness in a pursuit that seems futile at the end of his stay in St. Petersburg. Danil’s savior mentality ends in the realization that his money does not bring the people he tries to save closer to him in his own version of happiness.

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Meet the Editors: Jo Spangler

Welcome to our first “Meet the Editors” post for this semester, and a wonderful Sunday! This week’s editor highlight is Jo Spangler, who is starting as a film blogger for us in these upcoming weeks.

Jo Spangler

Jo Spangler is a junior at Lewis University, majoring in English Literature and Language with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a writing tutor in the Lewis Writing Center and a Youth Enrichment Aide for the YMCA. In her free time, Jo enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and watching movies. She has been to 10 countries outside the United States, including England, Italy, Turkey, and Austria. One of Jo’s favorite book series is The All Souls Trilogy, by Deborah Harkness, because of how she mixes the supernatural with history and the focus on character development. In the future, Spangler hopes to go into the publishing industry to help find new and exciting books for people to read.

Below is our Q&A with Jo:

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Artist Portfolio: Lennart Lundh

Collected below is an inquisitive collection of photography by Lennart Lundh, which considers the common small details of our everyday lives.

Lennart Lundh
Lennart Lundh

Lennart Lundh’s Bio:

Lennart Lundh (b. Chicago, 1948) is a fine art (2010 to the present) and documentary (1968-2008) photographer, as well as an internationally recognized poet, short-fictionist, and historian. His images have appeared in numerous books, anthologies, journals, and magazines since 1984, while some ten thousand documentary images are now held in private collections and the reference archives at several aviation and transportation museums. Len has also donated works sold in the Rochester, New York, Community Art Center’s “ROCO6x6” fundraiser for the last seven years.

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Banner Art by Daisy Patton

Daisy Patton’s work will be appearing in Jet Fuel Review‘s Issue #18, which is coming soon!

From Los Angeles, California, Daisy Patton’s practice is focused on history, memory, and social commentary; her work explores the meaning and social conventions of families, little discussed or hidden histories, and what it is to be a person living in our contemporary world. Currently residing in western Massachusetts, Patton has a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma with minors in History and Art History and an Honors degree. Her MFA is from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, a multi-disciplinary program. Patton has completed artist residencies at Minerva Projects, Anderson Ranch, the Studios at MASS MoCA, RedLine Denver, and Eastside International in Los Angeles. She has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally, including her first museum solo at the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado. K Contemporary represents Patton in Denver, CO, and J. Rinehart represents her in Seattle, WA.

Student Feature: Roundtable Reviews of “Halloween (2018)”

Found below are three different perspectives of David Gordon Green’s 2018  horror film, Halloween. Reviews are written by Lewis University students Chanon Penvari, Lucas Mickelson, and Braden Bentley. 

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Chanon Penvari: Halloween (2018)

This film is not a remake film of Halloween (1978); instead, this is the story that takes place 40 years after. Since Michael Myers was first introduced in Halloween (1978), Myers has become one of the most iconic serial killers of all time. And, because Halloween’s (2018) timeline is 40 years after the first Halloween (1978), this means Michael Myers has killed five people, and it has been established that Laurie Strode and Michael Myers are not siblings. Michael Myers in Halloween (2018) is hungry for blood after being locked up in the hospital for 40 years.

Halloween (2018) utilizes many close-up shots to help make the viewer uncomfortable, and it also contains a long-take scene that is both thrilling and beautiful. In Halloween (1978), Myers’s signature act was standing still in the background, waiting patiently for the right time to kill. For this particular scene, the director, David Gordon Green, uses rack focus to increase the excitement for the viewer when they see Michael Myers blur in the background, then disappear.

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Faculty Feature: Lewis University’s Leslie Colonna

Welcome to a selection from Professor Leslie Colonna’s deeply imaginative, experimental watercolor collection, Spring 2019.

Leslie Colonna is an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Lewis University. We are proud to be able to feature her here. We have interlaced eight hand-picked pieces with Colonna’s bio and her artist statement. We hope you enjoy!

Leslie Colonna Head Shot
Leslie Colonna

Leslie Colonna’s Bio:

Leslie Colonna (b. Tulsa, OK) received her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and teaches studio art at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. As a working artist and professor, her sculpture has been exhibited nationally and she has been commissioned to create figurative portraits. Her architectural watercolors were published in the book Yale, A Celebration. 

Colonna Spring Series 19 Horizon

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JFR Faculty Advisor Dr. Jackie White Receives Major Award!

Congratulations to JFR Faculty Advisor Dr. Jackie White who received the Reid H. Montgomery Distinguished Service Award!

This award given by the College Media Association is “presented to an individual or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to collegiate media.”












Dr. White is the author of three chapbooks–Bestiary Charming, winner of the 2007 Anabiosis Press Award; Petal Tearing & Variations (Finishing Line Press, 2008); and Come clearing (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), and served as an assistant editor for the collaborative anthology, They Said (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). She is also co-translator of Cesar Rondon’s Book of Salsa (North Carolina Press, 2008) and her translations and poems have appeared in such journals as Fifth Wednesday, Quarter after Eight, Spoon River, and Third Coast. Recent poems appear in Tupelo Quarterly, along with collaborative poems published or forthcoming in Pleiades, The Journal, Isthmus, Posit, Bennington Review, Hypertext, Ecotone, and Cincinnati Review. An editor with RHINO for ten years, she is now a faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review and has been the recipient of fellowships at Ragdale, VCCA, and the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts. She is a Professor of English at Lewis University, teaching courses in poetry, Native American, Latinx, and Latin American literatures.