Category Archives: Movies

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: A Horror Masterpiece

  It’s that time of year—jack-o-lanterns, treats, and the requisite skeletons, zombies, vampires and other creatures from the horror pantheon appear for a night.   What exactly is horror?   Merriam Webster defines horror as a “painful and intense fear” … Continue reading

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Taking Stock of Summer

  Recently re-watched Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in Summer Stock (1950).   One of the things I love about Kelly’s dancing is the way he incorporates “ordinary” props into his dances. I say ordinary in quotes, because, of course, … Continue reading

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What Would You Do?

    Last month I wrote a post about a woman who wrote a diary while stranded for weeks in her van on a remote logging road.   This led me to watch, 127 Hours, the movie based on Aron … Continue reading

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Uncontrollable Factors: A Test of Character

  By chance, I recently watched two movies set during World War I—   The first, The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, based on a novel of the same name by Spanish writer Vincente Blasco Ibáñez, was the top grossing … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Forest

A few weeks ago, in my last post over at FFnP, I talked about the character of Jake Sully in the 2009 movie Avatar to explore the concept of the forest as a powerful metaphor for transformation. But not every … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Exploring the Hero’s Forest

    Speaking of taking a journey—   This week I’m over at the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter’s blog discussing the character of Jake Sully from the 2009 blockbuster film, Avatar.           Thanks, FFnP for the … Continue reading

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To Dumb to be a Killer

  Warning: Spoiler Alert:   Not long ago, I finally caught up with Ron Howard’s 2009 movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons—the prequel to The Da Vinci Code, which once again stars Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon. … Continue reading

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Defining Suspense

  With the post-holiday start up of my line-up of favorite television shows already in gear, I’ve been thinking about suspense.   According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of suspense is “mental uncertainty”—in other words, anxiety or “pleasant excitement as to … Continue reading

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Character Growth as an Experiential Learning Cycle

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m working on some exciting new articles for this coming year, but today, here’s a reprint of a popular article I wrote a few years ago: Opening Scene: Will: “… In my opinion all men are … Continue reading

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Bah, Humbug

    The tree is trimmed. I started baking last weekend. I’ve ordered the (drug-free) turkey. And soon it will be time to dig out the holiday movies that are stored in that cupboard down in the basement until this … Continue reading

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