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Sat, Jan 13, 2007
Redemption in a Postmodern World
Tarantino’s characters find that their redemption depends on whether there is a meaning to the word. An excerpt from The Philosophy of Neo-Noir.
Wed, Nov 08, 2006
Mutation, Eugenics, and the Politics of Evolution
On the surface, both the X-Men and Superman films push a message of hope over fear, but what deeper instinctive fear could there be than that of being genetically supplanted?
Sat, Mar 11, 2006
Perfect Evolution (and the Buried Soul)
What this year's four vampire-hybrid films have in common is an overcoming of our oldest fear.
Fri, Jan 20, 2006
Movies and the ‘Death of God’
Mark Conard looks at definitions and the meaning of Film Noir in this excerpt from The Philosophy of Film Noir. A Metaphilm exclusive.
Mon, Jun 27, 2005
Are Batman and Vader twins separated at birth, or worse? I am Darth's raging doppelganger envy. This and other mysteries herein revealed.
Mon, May 02, 2005
The Science of Consistency
On fictional universes and the fans who rationalize them.
Mon, Apr 25, 2005
The Professor and the Dream Factory
This excerpt from a new book on the Lord of the Rings trilogy explores the issue of sophistication and the happy ending, or the ways fantasy films speak to and for the inner child. A Metaphilm online exclusive.
Tue, Apr 19, 2005
A Reading of M. Night Shyamalan
Shyamalan’s films ask us questions about the ways we cope with our fears in hopes of affecting our unspoken ideologies.