Category: Movie Reviews

  • True Magic in Pan’s Labyrinth

    True Magic in Pan’s Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro weaves us a tale rich in myth and archetypes, the kind we loved as children and forgot. At the same time, Pan’s Labyrinth is gorgeous, forward-thinking cinema that undoes what we thought we knew about story and about life; it woos us and haunts us alternately with […]

  • A Code of of Kindness in Master and Commander

    Master and Commander is a simple adventure with undercurrents of sweetness and wisdom. What I enjoyed particularly was the strength of character across differences in personality, opinion, and experience. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a youth in battle or a minion below decks – you do your job. Individualities are ‘subject to the requirements of […]

  • The Potential of Awareness in The Butterfly and the Diving Bell and John de Ruiter’s Meetings

    ‘I can build castles in Spain, steal the Golden Fleece, visit the women I love, let the sea wash over me on the Isle of Martinique.’ I can explore my subconsciousness, break into chambers of understanding, relax in the golden flow from an open heart. I can distinguish between experiences and the deposits of truth […]

  • The Love of Life in American History X

    Despite its scenes of violence,  American History X sustains delicateness, emphasizing innocence after the cataclysms. I walk away from the movie inspired, relating to the power of my life. In the first and the final shots, the sea breaks at the shore. Unrest washes over the earth; the mystery comes in wave after wave, but […]

  • Strength and Vulnerability

    Strolling in the Shadows of M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable In every dark corner of Unbreakable, the words of Elijah Price linger: ‘it’s okay to be afraid. Because this part won’t be like a comic book. Real life doesn’t fit into little boxes that were drawn for it.’ The film delivers supernatural might to a backdrop […]

  • All In

    Loss, Love, and Transformation in District 9 The world is flawed; humanity is corrupt ─ we know that ─ and we wonder what we can do about it. Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 suggests we be the change, even if change proves to be frightening and unexpected. The film depicts a segregated Johannesburg under the shadow […]

  • Being Differently

     Alternative Modes in The Princess Bride In The Princess Bride, no pain nor danger can diminish the courage and humour of the heroes. The classic fantasy spoof succeeds as a captivating yet hilarious tale of true love. Wesley’s conviction upholds his love for Princess Buttercup, even through near death, torture, and the prospect of living […]

  • Love Despite the Self in The Painted Veil

    Marriage can be challenging, not unlike an outpost in the cholera infested jungles of Mei-tan-fu, China. Kitty and Walter Fane face both, but while their abode tests the limits of their slumping relationship, it also inspires a love in each that forgives and finds the other. Based on selfish motives, false assumptions, and misguided ideas […]

  • An Image of Core-Splitting Honesty in Nanook of the North

    In a Canadian winter 30 degrees below, you can’t help but notice the power of nature, but you can dash from car to house and forget it as quickly as possible. Western amenities let the Northerner ignore the full import of the freeze, which reveals how limited our culture and infrastructure really are. What we […]