Posts Tagged ‘ dysfunctional family ’

Reader Request: The Royal Tenenbaums

the royal tenenbaums poster

In August I will be entering a graduate program for Journalism. (Yes, I think so highly of myself as to believe I can one day be paid to write these!) While it is exciting for many reasons, I am most anticipating the electives I will be taking, particularly two script analysis courses.

I am telling you, the public, this for two reasons. First, as a warning that my posts will become much more infrequent at the start of next month. Second, because I feel that to truly appreciate a film you have to understand its foundation: the script. As such, to appreciate a film like The Royal Tenenbaums, you have to look beyond what’s on screen and focus on the fundamentals. Continue reading

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Happy New Year! Hope everyone has started the year off right.


What’s the most frightening thing you’ve ever done? For many people, this question is answered with something obvious like jumping out of a plane with nothing but a blanket that supposedly slows you down. Yet, the most genuine answer for practically every person is: making a decision based on a gut feeling and having no idea how it will turn out. Just follow what you think is right. That’s frightening for some people because it deviates from the normal process of weighing options and making measured decisions. As we see from Jeff, Who Lives at Home, sometimes taking the proverbial leap is worth it. Continue reading

Fish Tank

Discerning the goal of a film is crucial to understanding and enjoying it. With films like Transformers, the goal is simple: blow stuff up until the audience smiles. With others, like Winter’s Bone and Fish Tank, the goal is to expose the lifestyle of a certain sect in society. Or, at least that is the goal of the first half of Fish Tank. After an hour it takes a darker turn into movie-style fiction. Continue reading

The Vicious Kind

“Wear your grudge like a crown of negativity.” Holding a grudge is one thing no one wants to do, but everyone ends up doing it – sometimes to an unnecessary degree. In The Vicious Kind, Caleb (Adam Scott) deals with multiple layers of grudges as he meets his younger brother’s girlfriend, Emma (Brittany Snow). Continue reading

Peep World

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. In this case, the land of milk and honey… I mean… the land of film and television ran out of unique dysfunctional families. We have the kind-hearted son, the screw-up looking for dad’s affection, the daddy’s girl who is always at war with her mother and the neglectful, success-oriented patriarch. No, we are not talking about the Bluth family – even if you wish we were. We are talking about the Meyerwitz family from Peep World. Continue reading

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