Rogue Cinema Archive

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    Favorites: Farenheit 451

    Existentialism, beauty, truth, censorship — in Andy’s hands, Rogue Cinema was never about spending a few entertaining hours in the dark, it was about exploring life’s big questions through film....
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    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    [Guest Post from Starfoxy, as part of the Doves & Serpents and The Exponent Blog Swap. Starfoxy blogs at The Exponent, and has terrible taste in movies.] After I signed...
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    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    I am here one day, and on the next, I am gone. Yet I am part of a community, a society, and a species, that will continue after I am...
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    The Rabbit Hole

    Today’s guest post was written by Amanda Mixon, a graduate student of English at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. This is where John Cameron Mitchell’s (director) Rabbit Hole...
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    The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life begins with a quotation from The Book of Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth . . . What supports its...
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    Mormon Film Pioneers

    I believe we have stories to tell and if we don’t do it, it will be done for us.
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    Eat, Bray, Shove: Two Men’s Mimicry, Mockery and Mastication Across Northern England

    What would you get if the producers of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” combined “My Dinner with Andre ” and “Easy Rider” with some salacious food porn thrown in? Why, you’d have...
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    Considering James Bond in a Post-Mad Men World

    You, the audience, look through the barrel of an assassin’s rifle at a circular white space as a smartly dressed gentleman strides into view and then he suddenly whirls toward...
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    Winter’s Bone

    Among its confluence of forces and traditions, it is impossible to ignore that the mythological potential of America is enabled, at least in part, by its sheer size. As the...
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    Men On Film

    As part of this week’s discussion on “Mature Masculinity,” I thought I’d take a closer look at films and television shows that depict men grappling with questions of identity and...
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    I Love the Smell of K-Y Warming Jelly® in the Morning, or, Marital Apocalypse Delayed

    Although best known for “The Seventh Seal” and other serious “art house” films, I suggest Ingmar Bergman’s best work is his delightful “Smiles of a Summer Night.” Whether you watch...
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    Gosford Park

    After recently bingeing on the award-winning and critically acclaimed BBC mini-series Downton Abbey, the drama-comedy Gosford Park caught my eye on my Netflix suggestions menu.  It turns out they share...
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    Papa, Watch me Fly!

    On Sunday nights, we gather all the piles of clean laundry into the living room and fold it while watching a movie. The kids were not amused by my choice...
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    Tina Fey’s Arithmetic Mean Girl

    Does anyone remember the ABC After School Specials that ran from 1972–1997? I do. In fact I remember once fantasizing to myself about them: “If only the Saturday Night Live...


    No week-long love fest of Tina Fey is complete without a discussion (however incomplete) of her hit-ish show, 30 Rock. I received the first season DVD boxset for Christmas a...
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    Diary of a Wimpy Mom

    A promise is a promise, or so my kids said, even if I really didn’t want to take them to see “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules” the...
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    The Saviors of Soul Revisited

      In 1997, some twenty years after his notoriously iconoclastic conversion to Christianity, when asked what he then believed, Bob Dylan replied: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the...
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    A Spoonful of Sugar

    Or how the ‘Making of Mary Poppins’ documentary included on the 25th Anniversary DVD restored my hope and sweetened my attitude toward life in general. A few years ago, my...
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    Before Sunset

    For Jesse and Céline these questions are embodied in a single night and in each other. But the question of how we balance our passion, our need to continue living...
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    Before Sunrise

    An American man meets a French woman on a train in Europe. They connect and get off together in Vienna where they spend the night walking around the city and...
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    The first part of a two-post analysis of the dream of the American West, through a particularly successful 1955 movie adaptation of the Broadway hit. Six years ago, my paternal...
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    Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999) shows us (to use David Lynch’s words:) people ‘in trouble’. Like Altman’s Short Cuts, the film revolves around the strangely interconnected lives of a number...
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    Kevin Smith: ‘Dogma’

    When Dogma (1999) was first released, it was met with all the usual protestors: the Harry-Potter-book-burners, who hadn’t bothered to see the film. From a copy of the script, the...
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    The Big Lebowski

    ‘Sometimes there’s a man… and he’s the man for his time and place.’ The Big Lebowski (1998) is a film about a man who ‘nobody calls… Lebowski.’ He is ‘The Dude’...
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    Tarkio Balloon

    A special guest post today featuring the short documentary ‘Tarkio Balloon. The film is the first in ‘The Lost and Found Series,‘ a series of five documentary films by a...
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    The Fountain

    How much recompense can mythology – or even the scientific comforts of persistence of the body – provide in the face of human yearning?
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    American Beauty

    Recently ‘Rogue Cinema’ took a foray into the dark world of David Lynch’s films, to explore his disturbing presentations of the decay of the body and inherited contortions of the...
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    Today’s post on ‘Rogue Cinema’ is a collaboration between Matt and Andy. “WHERE ARE WE NOW?” If you’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey you’ll find many similarities between the mood,...
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    Black Swan

    Today’s post is from a guest that we’ll call ‘White Cygnet’. I didn’t expect Black Swan to strike at my Mormon roots. I found the film both disturbing and moving...
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    David Lynch: ‘Inland Empire’

    ‘What time is it?’ ‘It’s after midnight.’ In one of the key, echoed scenes of Inland Empire (2006), Laura Dern’s character ascends a dark staircase to a strange office, where...
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    David Lynch: ‘Eraserhead’

    The chicken on the table isn’t dead. The baby is perhaps a cow fetus. And Henry has to raise it – as far as he possibly can – and to...
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    David Lynch: ‘Lost Highway’

    If we are no longer what society tells us: then who are we? And how can we be trusted?
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    The Spirit of the Beehive

    Who could ever draw the lines that would separate the material world and the worlds of the imagination? For children, these worlds flow into each other very easily: a merging...
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    The Conformist

    Nobody would want to be called a ‘Fascist’. Unless, of course, you’re living in 1930’s Italy: the world of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (1970). The film follows a man: an...
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    Robert Altman: ‘Short Cuts’

    If this film is a set of ‘short cuts’, then we might ask: ‘where to?’, and ‘what to avoid?’
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    Woody Allen: ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’

    It would be difficult to overestimate how important the movies of Woody Allen have been in my life. That makes it all sound a bit serious… the importance and pleasure...
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Truffaut’s famous adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 begins with a strange and stern voice-over against coloured close-ups of television aerials, in the place of credits. This innovative...
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    The Visitor

    I’m not a movie critic, but I do see lots of movies. I’m not picky. I’ll see a “chick flick” that’s full of clichés and predictable plots. I don’t need...
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    A Christmas Tale

    Some films leave you with a feeling that you have experienced something solid and illuminating that will stay with you. A Christmas Tale (released in 2008), with its...
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    Revolutionary Road

    What does it mean to be a woman?
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    We all occasionally construct protective layers around our emotions, convinced that forgetting will negate the trouble of pain, the complications of connecting. But is that how we want to live?
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    The Exorcist

    Friedkin’s film is trying to tell us this: decay, ugliness, suffering and evil exist. And they’re not just someone else’s problem.
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    Quentin Tarantino: ‘Pulp Fiction’

    Tarantino’s masterpiece ‘Pulp Fiction’ explores the space between natural phenomena and those inexplicable events that escape reasoned justification.
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    Stefan Schaefer’s Arranged (2007) is a beautiful presentation of the ordinary life of women in patriarchal religions, and gently portrays the way that they find choice in their religious adherence....
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    Werner Herzog: ‘Grizzly Man’

    Herzog’s journey into the 100 hours of film footage taken by the ‘Grizzly Man’ Timothy Treadwell offers us an expedition into our own relationship with silence, animal majesty and murder.
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    Richard Linklater: ‘Waking Life’

    Richard Linklater’s Waking Life (2001) is, even for such an unusual director, an unusual film. From the very beginning, the bizarre ‘Rotoscope’ animation technique, (also used in A Scanner Darkly, 2006) jars...
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    Rogue Cinema

    Fridays on ‘Doves and Serpents’ are film nights. That means you can get your popcorn, or equivalent snackfood, and follow along with a set of great directors and films that...