Thursday, December 04, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

America’s Selfie

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

By Arse Linguisticus :::
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monsters Inc.

Moslems, Inc.

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

By Snodgrass :::
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.

By Snodgrass :::
Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Clockwork Orange / The Parallax View

Medium Dick

By Mark LeClair :::
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.

By Snodgrass :::
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.

By Artislav Mel :::
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Explaining the Madness

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

Other Recent Long Stuff

A Serious Man
Sympathy for the Devil
The Maltese Falcon
Neo’s Passport
The Dark Knight
A Copy of a Copy of a Copy
The Dreamers
The Dreamers

Books to Phlog

Book cover of Walker Percy's the Moviegoer at FiftyWalker Percy’s The Moviegoer at Fifty: New Takes on an Iconic American Novel has just been released from LSU Press. This well-received collection of twelve new essays includes a contribution from Jonathan Potter and Read Mercer Schuchardt revisiting “The Moviegoer’s Cinematic References.”

This is the first critical work devoted solely to Percy’s debut novel. Coinciding with the centenary of his birth, this collection offers fresh perspectives that underscore the novel’s ongoing relevance.


Saturday, January 02, 2016

Four Word Film Review of Star Wars:  The Force Awakens

Only because nobody over at FWFR has gotten it yet:  Return of the Franchise

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

The Best Defense of Jar-Jar Binks

Actually, now that we think of it:  the ONLY defense of Jar-Jar Binks. 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Star Wars Was NOT a Great Work of Cinema.  Huh?

The Footie Pajama Theory, or Why You Can’t Discuss Star Wars Rationally if You’re Under the Age of Fifty

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wes Anderson directs The Uncanny X-Men

A great entry in the growing “What-If?” trailer genre.

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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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