Category Archives: Cinema

Boyhood: Another Look at Richard Linklater’s Non-Millennial Millennial Film

The conventional wisdom surrounding last year’s much lauded film Boyhood is that its theme and subject matter concern the early life experience of the millennial generation. For instance, regarding the film and its director Richard Linklater, writer Andrew Bell states … Continue reading

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American Sniper: A Psychological Commentary

In a remarkable wide-ranging 1912 interview in The New York Times entitled “America Facing Its Most Tragic Moment” C. G. Jung claimed that men in the United States possess an inherent brutality which they repress beneath a veneer of chivalry and … Continue reading

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Deep Realism, Part II: The Upper World of Cinema

In this and the prior post the comparison of cinema and shamanism is not meant to arrive at a precise one-to-one correspondence. Neither experience is reducible in meaning or import to the other. Rather, I am comparing shamanism to cinema … Continue reading

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Deep Realism, Part I: The Lower World of Cinema

Mentioned at the close of my December post, the concept of deep realism owes a substantial debt to the time-honored practice of shamanism. The present post outlines a few ways in which the cinematic and shamanic experiences overlap and is … Continue reading

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Batman: The Spirit of the Depths

  The subject of last month’s post was director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s critically acclaimed film Birdman. A scene from the film which connects the prior and present posts involves protagonist Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), his daughter Sam (Emma Stone), and … Continue reading

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