Category: Essays

Film Analysis: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (2014)

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1. Introduction
I should probably preface this essay by saying that Darren Aronofsky is one of my favorite contemporary American filmmakers and that I am a born-again Christian.  I will try to analyze Noah (2014) from a biblical standpoint and as a work of art. In the first section I’ll discuss how accurate and faithful Aronofsky is to the Bible text (Genesis chapters 6-9). Whereas in the second part I’ll share my opinions on the film divorced from any specific spiritual context (if that’s even possible).  Continue reading

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Film Analysis: Interpreting Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman (2013) or Die Trying

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Introduction

I am usually not very interested in understanding a film one hundred percent. I like a little mystery and certainly I prefer movies that don’t spell out everything for you. However with Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman I feel that I just didn’t get anything at all and that rarely happens. So I decided to do a little bit of research, okay I basically just read some discussions on IMDb, and it turns out that I got more than I thought.  Continue reading

Film Analysis: Sono Sion’s Utsushimi (2000)

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Introduction
Utsushimi (2000)
is Sono Sion‘s ninth feature film. Before directing his first feature film Man’s Flower Road (Otoko no hanamichi) back in 1986, Sion was a writer and a poet. Only one year later he would gain worldwide popularity with his groundbreaking Suicide Club (Jisatsu sâkuru) which would be quoted by directors like Eli Roth. Utsushimi on the other hand seems to have inspired modern auteurs like Lars von Trier and Pedro Almodóvar.  Continue reading

Film Analysis: Spike Jonze’s Her (2013)

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Spoiler Alert

Hello, I’m here and I’m going to discuss Spike Jonze’s new film Her in as much depth as I possibly can. If you haven’t seen the Spike Jonze Love Story, I highly recommend watching the film, before reading this essay. If you don’t do that, there will be literally no future for you. Your operating system will dump you and replace you with thousands of sexy OS’ and you will never finish that silly pointless hologram video game. Just kidding, but also not. Watch Her first, then come back and let me know your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks.  Continue reading

Documentary Analysis: Joshua Oppenheimer & Anonymous’ The Act of Killing (2012)

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Spoiler Alert (For Real Life)

This is not a review, but a spoiler-filled discussion of Joshua Oppenheimer and Anonymous‘ (no relation to Occupy Wall Street I’m sure) 2012 documentary feature The Act of Killing. If you haven’t seen this documentary I suggest you watch it first before reading this, to fully appreciate it and be able to weigh-in with your take on it and your ideas. If you don’t care about spoilers or have seen the film: Read on, leave a comment and thank you.  Continue reading

Film Analysis: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

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Spoiler Alert
This is not a review, but a spoiler filled discussion of Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive. If you haven’t seen his newest film starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston I suggest you check it out first and then come back. Unless you don’t care about spoilers, but then you probably wouldn’t have much of an idea of what the heck I’m talking about. Anyways, thank you so much for reading and do leave some feedback if you feel so inclined.  Continue reading

Film Analysis: Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring (2013)

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Spoiler Alert
This is a spoiler filled discussion of Sofia Coppola’s latest effort: The Bling RingThis is not a review. If you haven’t seen the film yet I suggest you do that before to fully appreciate this piece. I warned you, if you keep reading I’m assuming you have seen the film or don’t care about spoilers. Either way: Thank you for reading.

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Film Analysis: Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013)

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Spoiler Alert

This is not a traditional film review, but a spoiler filled discussion of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, that is his vision of the most iconic and famous superhero of them all: Superman.
Continue reading only if you have seen those films or if you don’t care for spoilers. You have been warned!  Continue reading

Film Analysis: Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead (2013)

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Spoiler Alert 

This is not a traditional film review, but a spoiler filled discussion of both the original and the remake of Evil Dead. Continue reading only if you have seen those films or if you don’t care for spoilers. Y’all have been warned!  Continue reading