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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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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Monday, February 03, 2014

24 Things You Might Not Know About Fight Club

Here’s 24 Things You Might Not Know About Fight Club... and a few more you might find interesting…
25.  Fight Club is itself guilty of the critique it makes, in which everything is “a copy of a copy of a copy,” as the film is heavily thematically mirrored by Pink Floyd’s The Wall, The Matrix, and American Beauty. 
26.  Fight Club is really a Grown-Up Retelling of Calvin and Hobbes.
27.  In the Allstate “Mayhem” commercial about “golf-ball-sized hail”, there is a Fight Club sound clip used in the ad.
28.  Fight Club is an advertisement for Urban Outfitters clothing stores.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tree of Life and the Lamb of God

The Tree of Life is the greatest film of three centuries, and possibly two millennia.

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Monday, September 02, 2013

Filming In Tongues

Brody’s excellent meditation on Malick’s newest film, To The Wonder, is well worth reading.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Martin Scorsese’s parents were aliterate

In the end, there really is only one literacy.  Huh?

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Friday, July 26, 2013

This Again—At A Theater Near You

Superman, Before Midnight, and the “entropic, static hum of everybody trying to capture the slipping moment.”

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Bollywood Directors and the “Cut To Switzerland”

The “Cut to Switzerland” direction and why Swiss neutrality works better for dream sequences than war-torn Kashmir. 

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Constant Traveler

Brian Phillips writes in Grantland about James Bond, Red 2, and what every spy movie is secretly about: tourism? The Constant Traveler.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Save the Movies from Save The Cat!

Slate explains why all movies since 2005 feel basically the same:  essential reading.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Propaganda, A Primer

The outsider perspective is always valuable for what it can teach the insider.

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Dirty Wars playing, then disappearing, at a theater near you
Luke’s Change:  An Inside Job
What Does Hollywood Have to Do with Jerusalem?
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Tree of Life Shooting Locations in Smithville, Texas
The Movie Theater is Officially Dead
If 2001 Came Out in 2012
Apple’s New iPhone Best Explained by the Movie The Prestige
You know You’ve Seen Star Wars Too Many Times When…
When Search Engine Metrics Get… Awkward
The Cinema IS the New Cathedral
The Truman Show as DSM V Category
When You Have to Run and Pee During the Film
True Grit and Canada
TIME magazine mock-ups in movies
The Princess Bride as Grading Rubric
Let’s Hope This Isn’t The Only Way Tree of Life Could Win
I’ll take my clothes off, and it will be shameless…