Archives for July 2013

Astrology: Film: ‘2 Guns’ (2013)

The boundless movement, talk and sibling-like play that pervades 2 Guns makes this movie Mercurial to the core. The leading male characters are undercover DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and Marcus “Stig” Stigman (Mark Wahlberg), a naval intelligence officer who’s gone AWOL. The two men, as we learn, stumbled upon each other a while […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Blue Jasmine’ (2013)

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is the assured work of an older artist unafraid to make the point that people typically go to their graves clutching the archetypes they’ve been projecting and embracing for decades, no matter how self-destructive. Blue Jasmine, the character, is actually Jeanette (Cate Blanchett), who took on her flowery moniker years earlier […]

Astrology: Film: ‘The Time Being’ (2013)

Does being an artist – free to boundlessly create in unbridled Neptunian fashion – mean having to forsake all else with Saturnine stringency, discipline and ambition? This age-old question is explored in director and co-writer Nenad Cicin-Sain’s The Time Being, in which Daniel (Wes Bentley), a talented, committed but financially unsuccessful painter, gets an opportunity […]

Astrology: Film: Movie Funnel Vision

Cinematic cosmic funnels seem to be having a rebirth this summer. R.I.P.D. has made such a channel part of its endgame – previously a one-way trip for the newly dead in an upward direction, the bad guys now want to make it a two-way street so the evil dead can tumble back to earth. Also […]

Astrology: Film: ‘R.I.P.D.’ (2013)

R.I.P.D., a movie in which dead cops do right by the living when they join the Rest in Peace Department, boasts a “good” dead Boston cop, Nick (Ryan Reynolds), whose moral compass went temporarily askew on earth. There’s the sort-of-dead “bad” Boston cop, Hayes (Kevin Bacon) who killed Nick. And there’s also Roy, a blustery […]

Astrology: Film: ‘The Conjuring’ (2013)

When the most formidable house-bound evil is the kind you can’t see, you need a special kind of clean-up patrol. In The Conjuring, directed by James Wan, the spiritual scouring is left to real-life couple and paranormal investigators Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson). Lorraine, now 86, and Ed, who died in 2006, […]

Astrology: Fashion: ‘Pacific Rim’: Rinko Kikuchi Color Blocks Her Hair

  Pacific Rim smartly makes its “doubles” and “twinning” Gemini themes, ruled by Mercury, a core part of the movie. The plot involves paired Jaeger pilots, two minds communicating in The Drift, neural handshakes, fathers and sons, brother and brother, and dual combats involving our hero robots and those nasty Kaiju – evolved, alien, under-water monsters […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Fruitvale Station’ (2013)

Guns, violence, sex and anger are the domain of Mars and Aries, whose energies dominate Fruitvale Station, the Sundance award-winning film written and directed by Ryan Coogler. The movie’s Martial beginning is also its end point. In the very early hours of New Year’s Day, in 2009, at BART’s Fruitvale Station, in Oakland, California, a […]

Astrology: Film: ‘The Hunt’ (2013)

Out of the mouths of babes takes on a whole new meaning in the Danish movie, The Hunt, in which a young girl falsely accuses a close family friend of sexually inappropriate behavior and sets off a punishing Saturnine reaction within a close-knit community. The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, is set in a rural […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Pacific Rim’ (2013)

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is as Mercurial a movie as they come. Abounding in and playing on dualities, the movie twinningly becomes a poster child for all things Gemini. The back story involves world destruction through the Kaiju, enormous and organically generated alien monsters that reach our shores through a funnel-like portal in the […]