[ANALYSIS] 2001: A Space Odyssey

Synopsis: Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest. This is a movie that pushed the boundaries of how a story can be told while still working within a traditional structure. There are acts, there’s a protagonist with a goal and obstacles. Identifying what those are is the source of debate. I won’t get into too much about the movie because so much has already been written on the subject. What I do want to focus on is the protagonist because many have argued the movie doesn’t have one. That’s wrong. Many have argued that HAL is the protagonist. They’re wrong too. At least in this i

[REVIEW] The Damned

Synopsis: The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich. When you think of an extremely wealthy, seemingly depraved family you imagine the worst. Luchino Visconti imagined it and filmed it and paid the price for making a movie that we often imagine when thinking about members of the elite that just rub us the wrong way. The Essenbeck family is wealthy beyond imagination as patriarch Baron Joachim owns a steel work and munitions factory. With the rise of the Nazis and the road to war the plant becomes a target for the government causing Joachim to reluctantly aid the party, understanding that the union is unavoidable. For Aschenbach, a cou

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