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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.

Monday, November 22, 2010
Inception poster

Inception

Through the Maze

Meaning is where you make it.

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Other Recent Long Stuff

Up
Sympathy for the Devil
Watchmen
The Maltese Falcon
Neo’s Passport
The Dark Knight
A Copy of a Copy of a Copy
The Dreamers
The Dreamers
Reading Inland Empire

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.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Is Sandra Bullock the Cure for the Common Cold?

Dave White’s compelling interpretation of the psychosomatic relationship between Sandra Bullock’s films and the viewer’s health.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

This Is Not Happening

This Is Not Happening.
This Is Not Happening.
This Is Not Happening.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Matrix Meets YouTube

“You think that’s air that you’re breathing?”  Thanks, um, to Bob Gates for the link, we think.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

This Comes Highly Recommended

This comes highly recommended, from several sources.

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Da Vinci Code CleAVes You Wondering

From the “we can’t help but wonder” department:  notice the font similarities between the CLEAVE logo’s use of the AV (designed 1998, launched 1999) and the movie graphics for The Da Vinci Code, using the same AV design in which the A and V are inversions of each other.  The ancient correlation between the two is seen in the star of David, in which the upward-pointing triangle is the symbol of man, fire (sacrifice), smoke (prayer), and therefore mankind, while the downward pointing triangle is the symbol of woman, water, mercy (rain), and judgment (flood), and therefore the godhead.  So presumably Man(kind) and God will get along just as soon as men and women get along… I wonder how long before ViAgra takes notice and changes their logo?

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Another Calvin & Hobbes and Fight Club Connection

Thanks to Thomas Sowell for sending us the link to this one, which reconfirms our original conviction.  In related news, we’re extending the deadline and reupping the call for papers for Fight Club and Philosophy, due to the fact that we received far fewer submissions than promised.  E-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you’ve got something you’ve always wanted to work on—Chuck Palahniuk has agreed to write the intro, so hit us as hard as you can.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sacred Profanity

No wonder they call it The Holy Land.  A spoof ad from Holy Virals, found on Metacafe, makes a pitch for Israeli tourism by remaking the connection that Jesus Jeans made back in the 1970’s.  At the opening of the clip, notice the Metacafe logo font and “Are you bored?” tagline—look familiar? 

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Matrix Ghosts

In cinema, what’s the line between “homage” and “plagiarism”? Today’s case study: The Matrix and Ghost in the Shell compared scene by scene.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Movies as political puppets

There’s a good piece in the Christian Science Monitor about the upcoming crop of overtly political films for the fall election season. “Past political movies have tended to be broader in aim. Bulworth, for example, is a satire about politics in general rather than a specific person. Or they focused on past events (All the President’s Men, for instance) or on issues that are evergreens. By contrast, this year’s crop of movies act as the movie equivalent of political cartoons, aimed to make a political point even as they entertain.” The record of South Park bodes well for Team America: World Police, but the rest of these sound a bit dubious.

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Thursday, May 20, 2004

The Gospel of Tomorrow

Sandy Starr at Spiked has an excellent discussion of The Day After Tomorrow as Green propaganda. Entertainment or science? “The answer you get from the filmmakers depends on whether they stand to gain publicity from a scientific debate about the film (in which case, it’s serious), or whether you’re taking them to task over the film’s scientific accuracy (in which case, it’s just entertainment). You have to hand it to the marketing department—the blurring of fact and fiction is an ingenious promotional technique.” Heads you win, tails I lose. “What purpose can raising ‘awareness’ of an unlikely or impossible scenario possibly serve, other than encouraging people to be more afraid than is rational? And why would scientists, of all people, wish to encourage such irrationality?”

Well Sandy, since you ask, it occurs to me that this is a reminder that ]http://www.perc.org/publications/articles/Crichtonspeech.php] much of environmentalism is, as Michael Crichton has argued recently, more religion than science[/url]. This movie is thus more than mere propaganda (boring). It is proselytizing (even more boring, not to mention hypocritical given the Passion hysteria). I’m all in favor of religion in movies, but let’s at least be honest about it. Truth in advertising? In this case let’s try starting with truth in science.

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