Sunday, May 01, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Pearls Before Swine

An action-adventure movie based on a kids ride at a theme park is hiding a real national treasure.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011
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Knight and Day vs. Inception

More Than This

Knight and Day delivers all the profundity that Inception only promises. 

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Sunday, January 02, 2011
Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Explaining the Madness

A new theory to help the viewer unravel the cult classic.

By Erik A. Coburn ::: (36) Comments
Monday, November 22, 2010
Inception poster


Through the Maze

Meaning is where you make it.

By Quinn A.C. Nicholson ::: (10) Comments
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Serious Man

Aerial Act

There is a God and he is pissed.

By Artislav Mel ::: (41) Comments
Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Film’s New Adventure

Pixar’s Defense of Animation

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Friday, September 04, 2009
Faust woodcut

Sympathy for the Devil

Dorothy Sayers and the American Faust Film

How a British Detective Novelist Can Help Us Understand an American Film Obsession

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Other Recent Long Stuff

The Maltese Falcon
Neo’s Passport
The Dark Knight
A Copy of a Copy of a Copy
The Dreamers
The Dreamers
Reading Inland Empire
The Straight Story
Mean Streets

Ten Years of Film Interpretation

In Metaphilm, and in these books . . .

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Monday, January 23, 2012

I’ll take my clothes off, and it will be shameless…

...Cuz everyone knows, that’s how you get famous.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Descendants on the Couch

... of The Last Psychiatrist.  You may not be a terrible person, but you may be better able to understand why you liked American Beauty and Indecent Proposal so much. 

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Thursday, January 12, 2012


This is what movies look like in one vibrating, colorized, sliced and diced symbolic image:  interesting.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

“Nuked the Fridge” is the new “Jumped the Shark”

Straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, but You CAN Judge A Movie By Its Poster

13 Movie poster patterns and what they tell us about the likelihood of what’s in the film.  Unless of course, the film has Tilda Swinton…

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

These are the movies of The Moviegoer

In order of their appearance in Walker Percy’s 1961 novel:  Stage Coach, The Third Man, Panic in the Streets, It Happened One Night, Red River, Holiday, The Oxbow Incident, All Quiet On the Western Front, Fort Dobbs, Dark Waters, The Young Philadelphians.  And this is the conference celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its publication. 

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Hollywood Star Makes Good

We love a happy ending:  Cinema, the new cathedral, leads one unique soul back to the original Cathedral.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Synecdoche, New York

Metaphilm fan and filmmaker Cody Clarke has some thoughts on Synecdoche, New York as doing what The Social Network failed to do in exploring the metaphysics of Facebook. Thanks, Cody!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Truman Burbank, Call Your Office, STAT

This is indeed ”an unusual occurrence.”

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Brent Plate Gets Even Closer to the Core of The Tree of Life

Worth your time:  S. Brent Plate’s meditations on The Tree of Life.  See also this piece.

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Happy 70th Birthday, Citizen Kane
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Inland Empire explained
Happy 80th Birthday, Neil Postman
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