Inspiration – Looking Beneath the Surface of Casablanca

Casablanca was released at the very end of 1942, right in the middle of the very war it captured on film. It was a year after the first American military offenses had begun in World War II. The ending of it, the shape of the world after it would end, was anyone’s guess. In aContinue reading “Inspiration – Looking Beneath the Surface of Casablanca”

Coming Out of the Closet: “Carrie”, “Halloween”, and the Duality of Safe Spaces (Part 1 of 2)

Marilyn Ferguson, a founding member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology, observed that “Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? … Your fears are a treasure-house of self-knowledge if you explore them” (Moncur). Horror movies are one of the unique tools that human beings implement to explore their deepest fears. AudiencesContinue reading “Coming Out of the Closet: “Carrie”, “Halloween”, and the Duality of Safe Spaces (Part 1 of 2)”

Inspiration – Classic Storytelling with Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien’s three-novel series, The Lord of the Rings, is perhaps his best known and most well-loved work, with The Hobbit, the prequel novel, coming in at a close second. When Peter Jackson, a relatively new director on the Hollywood scene, announced that he was directing, writing, and producing a film version of the books,Continue reading “Inspiration – Classic Storytelling with Lord of the Rings”

Inspiration – The Mystery of Laura and Love

My recent posts about the similarity between the figures of the Fembot and the Femme Fatale from classic film noir have put me in a singularly shadowy mood. What better way to indulge this sense of sensual melodrama than viewing of one of my favorite films, Otto Preminger’s Laura. Released in 1944, Laura stars GeneContinue reading “Inspiration – The Mystery of Laura and Love”