The Meaning of the Five Music Tones [Close Encounters of the Third Kind]

Start with the tone. (Pinkish-red) – D Up a full tone. (Orange) – E Down a major third. (Purple) – C  Down an octave. (Yellow) – C (an octave lower) Up a perfect fifth. (White) – G These are the tones and their corresponding colors that were bequeathed upon humanity by the extra-terrestrials in Close EncountersContinue reading “The Meaning of the Five Music Tones [Close Encounters of the Third Kind]”

On Trial [Parasite] vs [1917] (Best Picture)

One of the best conversations in film is debating ‘who should have won.’ We are going to revisit the great award debates, and decide, in hindsight, who should’ve won. Maybe enough time has not passed to adequately judge Parasite and 1917. But then again it is amazing how quickly we gain perspective on films after leaving the grandiosityContinue reading “On Trial [Parasite] vs [1917] (Best Picture)”

Tobey Maguire is Player X? [Molly’s Game]

According to Screen Rant, the mysterious Player X played by Michael Cera in Molly’s Game, is actually, probably, most likely, none other than…Tobey Maguire? I don’t phrase that as a question because I don’t think it’s true. Their argument is convincing, and you should read the article if you remain skeptical. But the implications of Tobey MaguireContinue reading “Tobey Maguire is Player X? [Molly’s Game]”

The Dance Scene [Pulp Fiction]

Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega are so stinkin’ cool. I mean, completely bombed out on cocaine, and sometimes barely above perceptible levels of functionality.  But the dialogue… the swagger.  And there is no point in Pulp Fiction where this is more evident than at Jackrabbit Slim’s. And inside of Jackrabbit Slim’s, there is no betterContinue reading “The Dance Scene [Pulp Fiction]”

Workout Montages [Rocky, Creed]

Judging the Rocky workout montages based on what type of wall I would run through after viewing. Rocky There is a freshness and unexpectedness to this first Rocky workout montage that still remains even when watching it now. Why is Rocky running in a gray sweat suit? Where is this going? What is about toContinue reading “Workout Montages [Rocky, Creed]”

A Race of Peeping Toms [Rear Window]

“We’ve become a race of peeping toms. What people outta do is get out of their house and look in for a change”- Stella (Rear Window) Nothing should resonate with us more than the thrill and horror of living our lives in the confines of one room. And amidst the current pandemic, nothing should ringContinue reading “A Race of Peeping Toms [Rear Window]”

Hollywood Cats

In the midst of a sea-change in the elitist and demographically uninspiring world of film, cats have every right to post their picket signs along with women and minorities. #OscarsSoDogs, amiright?  Think about the great dog roles of our generation. Old Yeller, Marley, Beethoven, Benjy, Lassie, Air Bud, the list goes on. Now consider theContinue reading “Hollywood Cats”

Animated Dogs…Who Knew? [The Call of the Wild]

I was an unwilling participant in my emotional investment in The Call of the Wild, a movie hemorrhaging money and featuring an overly-obviously animated dog as the main character. However, I not only connected with this movie, I was laughing from the moment Buck ripped through his home in the opening scene, bouncing his owners childrenContinue reading “Animated Dogs…Who Knew? [The Call of the Wild]”

The Man the Internet Created [My Dad, the Facebook Addict]

Vincent Levine is a 56-year-old retired schoolteacher who loves memes, Facebook, and his family, in that order. And it’s impossible not to wonder, as his addiction plays out in this ten-minute video, how he is the way he is. Don’t get me wrong, this may be my favorite video on the internet (Vindog, please don’tContinue reading “The Man the Internet Created [My Dad, the Facebook Addict]”

Can We Talk About [Jaws]?

This is admittedly a hot take but hear me out. Every good movie does the same thing well… the intrigue and fear of the unnamed terror. This build could be considered the easy part of the genre. Whether people are dying or getting the shit scared out of them, most monster movies find some wayContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Jaws]?”