Everything Is A Remix: The Matrix

A nice job of illustrating one film’s myriad visual and narrative allusions to prior films and other visual media: If only there were some way to bring so vividly to life a literary or philosophical work’s connections to all that has gone before it. (via) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Parrot (A Short Atheist Film)

A 20 minute Australian short film about a closeted atheist wants to be the atheist’s Philadelphia or In the Heat of the Night. Here is the trailer: Parrot Short Film Trailer from Myrtle Street Pictures on Vimeo. It looks interesting, but I admit that I am squeamish about the whole idea of self-consciously atheistic filmmaking. So [Read More...]

Talking To Your Kids About Star Wars, A Public Service Announcement

It is important to address some things with your children before other people do: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCjMGOvMghY How have you dealt with introducing Star Wars to your children? Your Thoughts on the right and wrong ways to go about it? [Read more...]

The Problematic Use of Skeptics in Supernatural Shows

Soon-to-be fellow Freethought Blogs blogger Jen McCreight has a good post, wherein she is skeptical of a character’s skeptical reactions in an episode of True Blood. Jen gives spoilers, but I won’t. I can just sum up the problem abstractly as the following: a character who over the course of 47 episodes of the show has discovered the [Read More...]

Straw Dogs and The Human Mind

Seeing the trailer for the upcoming remake of Straw Dogs made me think about the brilliant original film and about the shockingly violent and brutal lengths that a previously cowardly mathematician goes to to defend his home from invasion against threatening workmen, two of whom have already raped his wife. And whenever I think about [Read More...]

Suing The Devil

Nobody makes terribly blunt and bluntly terrible propaganda movies like the Evangelical Christians: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYfn4CqChqo&feature=player_embedded Not a bad cast selling their souls in this one. Surprising how many mainstream actors have been appearing in these preachy schlocky un-self-aware imagination-free self-parodies the Evangelicals make. The kind of pathetic thing is that I remember watching Devil’s Advocate as [Read More...]

In Honor of Natalie Portman’s Best Actress Award

I was extremely proud of one of my favorite human beings last night. It’s a good night to reminisce about how much talent she already had at just 13 years old, in the film Beautiful Girls: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

150 Of Film’s Most Remembered Lines

They don’t get much more famous than these: Which is the most famous you didn’t hear? Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Kansas vs. Darwin

From today through March 12, you can screen Kansas vs. Darwin. Description of the film: Even before they took place, the 2005 Kansas school board hearings on evolution were recognized as a pivotal battle in America’s ongoing war over teaching evolution in the public schools. Organized by believers in Intelligent Design and convened by creationists, [Read More...]