Intertextuality and Transgression in Apocalypse Now

In discussions of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 masterpiece Apocalypse Now, talk inevitably turns to Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella Heart of Darkness, which was used as a basis for the film. Joseph Conrad’s book… Continue reading

The Use of Music in Chungking Express

Popular music figures heavily into the viewing experience of Wong Kar-wai’s 1994 romance Chungking Express, particularly in the second half of the film, which concerns the relationship between the cop and Faye. An… Continue reading

Intellectualism in The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover

In a review of Peter Greenaway’s controversial The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover, film critic Roger Ebert said that the character of Michael, the titular “Lover,” represents “ineffectual opposition by… Continue reading

Shaun of the Dead and Modern Life

The key to understanding Shaun of the Dead lies in its title. The name of this film is an homage to the 1978 George A. Romero film Dawn of the Dead, in which… Continue reading

The Implications of Materialism in Blowup

Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup is a slow and often confusing meditation on modern life. Given how much of the film’s events go unexplained, it can be difficult to understand what statement Antonioni is attempting… Continue reading

The Ending of The Graduate

The most discussed aspect of The Graduate is its ending, which is notable for being ambiguous and slightly ominous. When Ben and Elaine get on the bus heading away from the church, their… Continue reading

The Influence of Kurosawa on Star Wars

Akira Kurosawa’s films appear frequently on the list of George Lucas’ favorite movies. In addition to Rashomon, Ikiru, Yojimbo, The Hidden Fortress, and Kagemusha, Lucas cites The Seven Samurai as an influence. More… Continue reading

The Portrayal of the Media Industry in La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini’s portrayal of the Italian media and film industry in the 1960 movie La Dolce Vita is far from innocuous. La Dolce Vita has comic moments throughout, but there is an underlying… Continue reading

The Seventh Seal and the Poetry of George Herbert

George Herbert’s seventeenth century works consist of extremely devoted Christian poetry. The exception to these themes is his poem, “The Collar,” in which a priest questions God and expresses frustration with his line… Continue reading

Setting in Paris, Texas

At its core, the movie Paris, Texas is about a man’s failure to make connections with other people. Travis has been unsuccessful in his marriage to Jane, he has wandered off from his… Continue reading