Mother!

Jennifer Lawrence in Mother! Most films proceed from questions at the beginning of films to answers at the ending. Mother! moves the opposite way from answers at the beginning to expanding questions at the end of the film. While there are many questions throughout the film (Why do the walls of the house beat like […]

The Battle of Symbols: Two American Movies

A Mother’s Home – Jennifer Lawrence – Mother The ideas of Darren Aronofsky and Taylor Sheridan are on display with the recent release of Sheridan’s Wind River (see our review) and Aronofsky’s Mother (see our review). Both could not be much different as filmmakers and the films Wind River and Mother are evidence of this. Aronofsky has received […]

Wind River

Jeremy Reener – Wind River – One of the most powerful performances in modern films. It’s been the worst summer for Hollywood in decades. Luckily, I’ve avoided most of the catastrophes. Partly, by using the ratings of Rotten Tomatoes (Hollywood blames for much of their problems) and partly by Googling movies that seem interesting to […]

Media Ecology of Horror

In our previous post about the film It we stated our argument that this was a unique new juxtaposition of more than a few film genres. Perhaps the most important genre it occupies is in that overall area of “message films” disguised as something else. In It, the real message of the film is about […]

New Emotions Discovered

“Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.” Marcel Proust A new UC Berkeley study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the six universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust. The study suggests that there are rather twenty-seven emotions […]