Peach Trees

Writings about film and other visual mediums by David Gower.


April 2017

Gender in Kill la Kill

The characters of Kill la Kill are not defined by their gender but instead by their actions, and because of this the series avoids the pitfalls that many anime fall into.


The Merits of Subtlety

By committing disservice to the issue of social inequality, Elysium condemns itself to be a subpar science fiction tale is it is bogged down by the very issue that it is intending to work through.

Ugetsu and Consequence

Ugetsu uses the tale of Genjurô to reflect on the culture and behavior of Japan during World War II while also cautioning against the same behaviors.

Not the Racism You Expect

By displaying it as more than an “us vs. them” narrative, Get Out portrays racism as a complex issue that cannot be concisely summarized, and as a result it provides a basis for a more complex and intimate argument than most films lend themselves to.


Ghost in the Shell never dares to dig as deep into the questions of humanity as the 1995 original did, and as a result this effort becomes nothing more than a middle-of-the-road science fiction thriller.

Shifting the Line

Sicario examines the more than just the drug trade as it presents a world where good and evil are nothing more than labels for those that do not understand the nature of what they are facing.


Adaptation is deftly aware of itself and because of this it can capably examine its own conventions and become an overall reflection of its medium.

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