His Name is Robert Paulson: Authencity and Relationships in Fight Club

“I think of it as a fascist rhapsody posing as a metaphor of liberation . . . We’re not meant to root for one man or another. We’re meant to root for blood; that is, to appreciate the glory of bloodshed as a moral protest against the deadening perfection of corporate society…No fascist vision has …

Reputation, Love, Existence, and Perception — Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

Warning: Spoilers for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) ahead. Birdman begins with text from Raymond Carver’s poem “Late Fragment,” presented alongside the gloriously unpredictable drumming of Antonio Sánchez: “And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel …

Who Are You, Really? And Who Do You Want To Be? – Coherence (2013)

It's a classic horror movie trope: a group of friends/family members/co-workers/etc. gather for dinner/games night/vacation/etc and over the course of the night/weekend/winter/etc, some outside force beyond their ken terrorizes them. As the suspense and tension mounts, decisions are made, lives are upended, and our darkest fears become reality. It's what underpins everything from House on Haunted …

The Hopeless Dream of Being: Unlocking Ingmar Bergman’s Persona and Finding Clues to Mulholland Drive

Ingmar Bergman Persona

“I like Bergman, but his films are so different,” says David Lynch at one point in Lynch on Lynch. “Sparse. Sparse dreams.” He’s just been effusively discussing how Fellini’s films make him dream, in magical and lyrical ways. Which leads him on to Bergman. Bergman’s work has another dream quality to it and Lynch gets …