Invasion of the "space flowers."

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) as Cryptocracy Allegory

By: Jay I was tempted to write this as a joke analysis under the name “VibrantCitizen,” but I’ll refrain, since the competition likes to “borrow” ideas without returning them.  Directed by Philip Kaufman, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) is a sci fi classic, but how many classics feature a beta-turned-alpha Donald Sutherland pulling his afro…

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Lucy (2014) – Esoteric Analysis

  By: Jay Luc Besson has that rare, magical quality where his films teeter on the edge of being extremely mediocre and/or somewhat entertaining.  Similar themes run through his work, from La Femme Nikita to The Professional to The Fifth Element to The Messenger, focusing on the feminized goddess archetype rising above all adversity, in…

Film Poster. Image: Impawards.

The Prestige (2006) – A Film About Revelation of the Method

  By: Jay The Pledge For most viewers, The Prestige was a film about rival stage magicians in the Victorian Era, alternately seeking to top one another in the dank climate of emerging industrial revolution and technological wonder.  Lord Caldlow/Angiers (Hugh Jackman) is the secret nobleman who has a flair for the art of illusion, while Robert…

Escape From Tomorrow film poster with panopticon all-seeing eye.

Magickal Kingdom Ultra: Escape From Tomorrow and Sinister Disney

By: Jay What is Disneyland?  Is it a classic incarnation of Amerikana, or is it, nowadays at least, something more?  Is it harmless, family friendly entertainment where the imagination is able to run free, or is there more at work inside the nation’s largest theme park/entertainment complex?  Rumors and speculation have abounded for years of …

The Theater of Media Operations: Snowden Analyzed

By: Jay One of the evident patterns that emerges concerning the theater of operations known as “media” is the never-ending rabbit hole of trails and endless, conflicting details that don’t and won’t add up concerning a figure like Edward Snowden.  The application of the military term “theater of operations” is especially relevant here, since we…