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Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  9    This is Joseph Campbell territory.  As such, it is important to remember that, as the cornerstones of a twentieth-century mythology, comic book characters are not supposed to be three-dimensional human beings, but more personifications of distinct ideas.  Indeed, “personification” might be too strong a word.  Rather, ... Read More »

My Favorite Film of 2011: Melancholia

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  7    Woody Allen once said, “Paranoia is knowing all the facts.”  Substitute the word “paranoia” with the word “depression,” and you have the thematic backbone of Lars von Trier’s new film, Melancholia (2011). The first half – titled “Part I – Justine” – covers the wedding reception of the ... Read More »

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