Inspiration – Ben-Hur and the Power of Faith

To say that I was raised by films would not be a wholly inaccurate statement. Many holidays or celebrations have watching one or more movies on the day as a vital component. At Christmas my family always watches Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and we watch The Muppet ChristmasContinue reading “Inspiration – Ben-Hur and the Power of Faith”

Calm Before the Storm: Analyzing Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”

When it comes to iconic directors of the Studio Era of Hollywood, one cannot overlook the masterful movies of Alfred Hitchcock. A visionary behind the camera and a good eye for talent, his movies were cinematically stunning as well as incredibly entertaining. North by Northwest is a perfect example of this talent. Every actor isContinue reading “Calm Before the Storm: Analyzing Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest””

Inspiration – Questioning Morality with The Boondock Saints

“And shepherds we shall be. For Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand. That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. And we shall flow a river forth to Thee. And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomine Patris, Et Fili, Et Spiritus Sancti.” ~ The MacManusContinue reading “Inspiration – Questioning Morality with The Boondock Saints”

Inspiration – Stealing from the Best of Both Worlds in Firefly

As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I am a huge Joss Whedon fan. Joss Whedon, something of a cult icon in the worlds of fandom and television, is probably now best and most widely known as the director of the unbelievably successful Avengers film, which came out in 2012. But Whedon was creating compellingContinue reading “Inspiration – Stealing from the Best of Both Worlds in Firefly”

Coming Out of the Closet: “Carrie”, “Halloween”, and the Duality of Safe Spaces (Part 2 of 2)

Carrie brings us another important scene in which the closet again figures prominently. Near the end of the film, Carrie kills her mother in self-defense and then, in her grief, destroys the entire house while she dies in the closet holding her mother’s body. A horrific scene in its own right, this scene differs inContinue reading “Coming Out of the Closet: “Carrie”, “Halloween”, and the Duality of Safe Spaces (Part 2 of 2)”