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Wed, Jan 21, 2004
Thoughts on How to Decide if a Film is Any Good
Most of the time, writers for Metaphilm approach films to see what they mean or what they have to say—consciously or subconsciously, seriously or humorously. We typically avoid the subjective question of whether the film under discussion is any good. Here, one film professor offers his introductory guidelines for ways you can evaluate the films you watch. Think of it as a meta-level approach to film-watching, or perhaps a way to go meta with movie critics.
Fri, Jan 09, 2004
Shortcut to the American Dream
They tried to destroy it, but in the end the only thing that can stop Vegas is Vegas.
Thu, Dec 18, 2003
Conscience bleeds as three men are prompted to initiate last resorts
Characters from Cider House Rules, Thirteen Conversations, and Fight Club take guilt into their own bloody hands.
Mon, Aug 11, 2003
Recognizing Christ-Figures in the Movies
Jesus is alive and well and living in popular film. Here are a few pointers to help you recognize his cinematic incarnations.
Fri, Aug 01, 2003
New York at the Movies
New York is the setting for more movies than any other city. It also houses more than its fair share of geographreaks. This is a problem for geographically challenged directors. One professional New York geographreak offers cases in point—and a cautionary note to filmmakers.
Wed, Jul 23, 2003
Environmental Themes in The Lord of the Rings
Andrew Light enters Tolkien’s universe and shows how it ainít easy being green—though we’ve got to try—in this prepublication chapter from the forthcoming The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy. A Metaphilm exclusive.
Tue, Jul 22, 2003
It looks like little-finned Nemo is a small orange version of the big bad green Hulk. It's a story about trying to survive in a capitalist empire.
Fri, Jun 06, 2003
Anderton vs. Anderson
Neo may dress like a priest, but Tom Cruise as John Anderton is more like the real thing.
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