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Darkness Visible: Exorcism Films and the Iconography of Evil

2018-02-17T10:30:00-04:00February 17th, 2018|Categories: Film and Television|Tags: |

Popular culture is awash with the horror genre. Television shows, video games, movies and literature on the occult gush forth seeming to make the ironic point that the more our society becomes scientifically secular the more appetite there is for the supernatural. It seems impossible to avoid the tsunami of paranormal investigators, zombies, vampires and their [...]

Why the New Blade Runner Film is a Bad Movie

2017-10-21T19:43:23-04:00October 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

I went to see Blade Runner 2049 last night. I wish I hadn't. There are so many awful things to say about this film I hardly know where to start. First of all, one goes to a science fiction film looking for some imagination. There was little here. Once again they had flying cars in a [...]

Morality at the Movies – Double Indemnity and Chinatown

2017-10-18T09:41:21-04:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: Film and Television|Tags: |

The movie mogul Sam Goldwyn rightly growled through his cigar to a screenwriter, “If you want to send a message use a telegram.” Didacticism in storytelling is always a disaster because the audience sniffs out a sermon and switches off. They do so not because they disagree with the point of the sermon, but because they [...]

Joseph Campbell Goes to the Movies

2017-10-16T14:57:52-04:00October 16th, 2017|Categories: Film and Television|Tags: , , , |

One of the most influential forces in American cinema of the second half of the twentieth century is a man who was not a film maker at all. The self styled ‘mythologist’ Joseph Campbell, became a mentor for the new breed of film makers of the 1970s. John Boorman and Francis Copolla have acknowledged their debt [...]

History and Story, The Interpretation of Facts in Film

2017-09-26T19:28:40-04:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: Film and Television|Tags: , |

Cave Wall - 19 Some time ago I watched a fascinating documentary on the assassination of President Kennedy. It was a scientifically accurate study of the controversial events of that November afternoon in 1963. The scientist involved gathered every scrap of data available and correlated them. He used photographs, film footage, sound recordings, speedometer readings, ballistics [...]

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