Thursday, December 04, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

America’s Selfie

A self-affirmation of America’s political role as global policeman.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monsters Inc.

Moslems, Inc.

The Uses of Disenchantment in the film that is set after but made before Monsters University.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

The Law of the Sea

Davy Jones administers the trade in the souls of men.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Clockwork Orange / The Parallax View

Medium Dick

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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
Knight and Day posterInception poster

Knight and Day vs. Inception

More Than This

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

Sunday, January 02, 2011
Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Explaining the Madness

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

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Books to Phlog

Understanding Jaques EllulUnderstanding Jacques Ellul, by Greenman, Schuchardt, and Toly, will be of special interest to Metaphilm readers as Jacques Ellul understood cinema as one of the chief tools of propaganda used by the state to distract the masses from that which matters.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Science Of Cinema

Can neuroscience make super movies?

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Fight Club Assessed by the Obsessed

Under the narcotic of complete and total pathological narcissism, nothing is real, including the people you interact with, the stories you tell each other about each other, and pretty much everything else: that’s the message of this Fight Club analysis for the truly obsessed Fight Club fan. What this analysis reveals is just how close Fight Club is to Pahlaniuk’s first novel, Invisible Monsters, which was a narcissistic tripelganger and which, up to that point, had never been done before in English literature.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Boy from Jurassic Park Writes A College Application Essay

The kids these days...

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Kevin Kelly on HFR in Cinema

If Kevin Kelly doesn’t like the high frame rate of new high-def movies like The Hobbit trilogy, then neither will you.  Perhaps it’s simply this:  reality is at 48 frames per second; at 24 frames per second, we get to escape from reality. 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


The Onion points out about Fight Club what you knew all along.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Best Films To Watch on Netflix

Here is a great list, at least half of which you’ve never heard of but should certainly see.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Despecialized Star Wars

Were you in the movie theater audience as an eleven-year old when the original Star Wars came out?  Did you love it then, and miss it now?  The Star Wars George Lucas Doesn’t Want You To See has an army of fans restoring the special versions to new, unimproved, “despecialized” versions. 

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Summary Bug Creates Unintended Cinematic Beauties

You cannot see, but maybe you could make, one of these summaries into a compelling film. 

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

See it live

CNN is happy to share with us the Best U.S. movie locations to visit. Fine, it’s link bait. But it caught us. Click.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Sizzling Bacon is HERE at Long Last

The Netflix original film you foodies have all been waiting for.  Sizzling Bacon!

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