Revenge in Kill Bill and The Count of Monte Cristo

The two-part martial arts film Kill Bill follows the story of Beatrix Kiddo (alias The Bride) as she journeys to get revenge on a group of people who ambushed her at her wedding. One… Continue reading

The Pessimistic Road Movie and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Ideally, a road movie consists of a literal journey for the main character as well as a figurative journey of self-discovery. Certain road movies ironically clash with this trope. One example of a… Continue reading

Symbolism in Leon: The Professional

Unlike other 1994 crime films (Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers, etc.), Leon: The Professional is a fairly straightforward narrative with little overt symbolism or subtext. The symbols that do appear in the movie,… Continue reading

Parenting in Eraserhead

One might initially dismiss David Lynch’s 1977 sci-fi horror flick Eraserhead as being unnecessarily bizarre and not conducive to any kind of analysis. Eraserhead is an art film, and so almost everything takes… Continue reading

Colonialism and A Bug’s Life

The Disney/Pixar film A Bug’s Life is about an insect hierarchy. The grasshoppers exploit the ants for food. In return, the grasshoppers supposedly protect their servants. The irony of this is that the… Continue reading

Portrayals of Nihilism in Turgenev and The Big Lebowski

Ivan Turgenev certainly did not invent the philosophy of nihilism, but he provided an early fictional representation of a nihilist in his novel Fathers and Sons. Turgenev’s character Bazarov is a self-proclaimed embodiment… Continue reading

The Ending of Trainspotting

One of the most famous scenes of the 1996 Scottish classic Trainspotting is its ending shot, which is played alongside Renton’s internal monologue about choosing a life away from hard drugs and his… Continue reading

Illusion in Mulholland Drive

During a surreal sequence in David Lynch’s 2001 film Mulholland Drive, a theater host explains that the music playing on stage is “all a tape recording” and that “It is an illusion.” This… Continue reading

Allusions to Popular Culture in True Romance

Quentin Tarantino, screenwriter of Tony Scott’s 1993 action film True Romance, is known for cramming his scripts chock full of pop culture references. True Romance is itself something of a pop culture movie.… Continue reading

The Use of Music in Lost in Translation

Viewers praise Sofia Coppola’s 2003 romance film Lost in Translation for its unique style and cinematography, but they often ignore the significant role of the soundtrack. The music in the film relates to… Continue reading