Top Five Misunderstood Movies

Symbolism and subtext form an important part of the movie experience and are often found in rich supply in movies leaning more towards Art-house. However, some titles, which have been very successful mainstream, contain some truly impressive subtext that remains largely misunderstood. Herein the top five most misunderstood movies will be discussed and interpreted, as [...]

The Five Best Fantasy Movies Ever

The five best fantasy movies ever made are revealed, with a limit of one movie per series. This article may contain spoilers, so beware those that read ahead. 1. Star Wars: The Empire Strike’s Back While some would argue that the Star War’s series is science fiction, in truth it is very much a fantasy [...]

Three Best Sci Fi Horror Movies

Deciding just what the three best sci fi horror movies was a not as difficult as making many other lists for the simple reason that the genre is very under utilized. Despite some of the best performing movies, economically speaking, being science fiction horror. Herein, three of the best science fiction horror movies will be [...]

Five Trends All Dystopian Future Movies Must Adhere To

The future of humanity is bleak and must be prepared for. Here is a list of tips that movie futures can give us on what to expect in the future, so now you have no excuse to be surprised. 1. Clothes Must Be In Tatters When the harsh future arrives it seems that everyone with [...]

Dark Knight Ethical Dilemmas

The two ferries at port.

The Dark Knight presented a range of ethical and moral dilemmas via its stand-out antagonist the Joker (Heath Ledger). While some critics have argued the morality of the film was simplistic, it was in fact a little different than they believe with the Joker being less an irrational nihilist and more a hyper-rational pessimist. Herein, [...]

Influences on Jean-luc Godard

An example of Citizen Kane favoring the visual over narrative.

Jean-luc Godard is perhaps the most famous of the French New Wave film makers. Herein, the people and events that influenced Jean-Luc Godard’s films will be explored Orson Welles Orson Welles was also a specific influence on Godard and his film style, specifically Welles’ convention breaking Citizen Kane (Marie 2000, p. 163). This is interesting [...]

Time Travel in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry and Hermione using the time turner to time travel.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban has an example of time travel through a device called a Time Turner. While the entire plot of the film is a little too much to explore, the basic gist of the use of time travel is that the character Sirius Black gets captured and taken to prison [...]

Roger Ebert Mistakes

I personally tend to read Roger Ebert’s reviews. He is quick and to the point, and I respect that style of writing. However, he also has made some mistakes that I view as a little annoying so I wrote this article to explore a few. This article may contain spoilers in regards to the films [...]

Silent Hill Revelation 3D Plot Analysis

Heather Mason from Silent Hill Revelation 3D

Silent Hill 2 Movie Plot Analysis that explores the plot and themes of Silent Hill : Revelation 3d. This plot analysis may contain major spoilers for the film, so if you are a person that likes to go into movies fresh avoid reading further. Furthermore, much of this article is speculative and as such the [...]

Gladiator Movie Meaning Analysis

Commodus and Gracchus argue.

Reality against illusions The meaning of the film Gladiator is that reality is more important than illusory entertainment such as sport and movies. The film itself is a complaint against the focus placed on activities such as sports, computer games and even movies over real world problems. The protagonists in the film are protagonists because [...]

Harry Potter Love Story: How Love is the Theme of Harry Potter

Love as a Magical Force and Theme of Harry Potter While Harry Potter would seem to be a story largely about magic and the battle between good and evil, the true theme of Harry Potter is love. Herein, examples of how the motif of love is used in the Harry Potter world will be revealed [...]

The Dark Knight Harvey Dent Analysis

The Dark Knight was the biggest film of 2008 and justifiably so with some great characters and a fantastic plot, especially for what is ultimately a super hero action movie. Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) represents a tragic hero who falls from grace, serving as the main plot device of the movie. Herein, Harvey Dent’s character [...]

Lord of the Rings Races: What Do They Represent?

Now I have to start this article off with a disclaimer and state that I am not accusing Tolkien or Peter Jackson of practicing racism consciously, but there can be little doubt that racial and ethnic stereotypes are represented in Lord of the Rings through the various racial groups. Herein, what those groups represent and [...]

The Machinist Plot Symbolism Analysis

The Machinist is a film released in 2004 focusing on the life and psychological condition of Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale). Herein, the various symbols in The Machinist will be examined. Of course, this article is meant for those that have already seen the movie and subsequently contains spoilers. The Machinist Plot Symbolism Analysis: Ivan As [...]

Alexander Movie Analysis

Oliver Stone’s Alexander the Movie remains a very underrated and bold piece of cinematic work that perhaps attempts too much for its own good. What makes the movie particularly interesting is its exploration Alexander’s desire to escape fear and thus destiny, but also the manner in which he falls back into it in a way [...]

Dark Knight Joker Analysis

The Dark Knight’s Joker, as portrayed by Heath Ledger, is one of the more interesting villains of recent cinema. While a great deal of praise has been leveled on the character and his portrayal, not so much analysis has been performed on the character itself. This article contains spoilers for those that have not seen [...]

Atonement Cecilia Tallis Analysis

Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightly) Atonement

Atonement’s Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightly) is Robbie Turner’s (James McAvoy) love interest and one of the primary characters of the movie. Cecilia Tallis Overview Cecilia Tallis is the eldest sister of Briony Tallis, who is the author of the book/movie we are observing. As a result, we never truly get to see Cecilia so much [...]

Masculinity In The Alien Movies

The Alien movies have enjoyed immense success, no doubt due to the clearly feminist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). However, the portrayal of masculinity in the Alien movies is a subject less discussed. This includes the manner in which masculinity and general masculine behavior interacts with the Aliens, and more precisely fails to overcome them. Masculinity [...]

The Matrix Agent Smith Analysis: The Agent Smith Virus

Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith is the iconic and primary antagonist of The Matrix trilogy. Despite this, attempts to analyse just what he represents remain relatively scarce. Herein, just what Agent Smith represents across the three Matrix movies will be explored. What Does Agent Smith Really Represent? Agent Smith represents the antithesis of Neo throughout the [...]

Braveheart Freedom Scene Analysis

The scene in Braveheart where William Wallace yells ‘freedom’ rather than asking for mercy from the torture is one amongst many of Braveheart’s iconic scenes. Despite the iconic nature and immense popularity of the movie Braveheart and this particular scene, few have attempted to analyze it deeper. Braveheart, Freedom and Good Faith The central topic [...]