Tag Archive: characters

The Politics of Satantango

To trim one’s thoughts on Bela Tarr’s 1994 seven-hour magnum opus Satantango down to a single blog post would almost certainly leave out many important aspects of the film by risking a simplification… 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

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

The Nameless Protagonist in Drive

The nameless protagonist is hardly a new phenomenon in fiction. The aspect of this trope that changes over the years is its purpose. During the modernist era of literature, the nameless, anonymous status… Continue reading

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

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

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

Foreshadowing and Character Establishment in the Opening of The Lion King

First and foremost, the opening minutes of The Lion King are significant due to several iconic images and the famous song “Circle of Life.” Interestingly, several of the opening images reveal a great… Continue reading