Archives for October 2013

Astrology: Film: ‘The Counselor’ (2013)

Directed by Ridley Scott, with a screenplay by novelist Cormac McCarthy, The Counselor is populated by one innocent  and a bunch of other characters  stretching between El Paso and Juarez who, on the morality scale, range from common baddies to outright demons. The man identified in the script at the Counselor (Michael Fassbender) is one […]

Astrology: Film: ‘12 Years a Slave’ (2013)

When slavery is the subject of a film or other media, the assumption is black men and women have been held captive by a master and that freedom is an imagined, longed-for taste which they may never experience. In Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, there’s an ugly twist: a free black man suffers the […]

Astrology: Film: ‘All Is Lost’ (2013)

You won’t find a more graceful Saturn archetype than the one expressed in J. C. Chandor’s All Is Lost, a movie – more like a cinematic meditation – about Saturnine wisdom, solitude, old age, endurance, survival and mortality. The carrier of these traits, as referred to in the closing credits, is “Our Man,” played by […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Captain Phillips’ (2013)

On the way to his assignment to commandeer the massive U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama on a transport run in 2009, Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) discuss the futures of their almost grown children and how quickly the world is moving. Clearly an identifiable benevolent father figure, an archetype ruled […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Gravity’ (2013)

In Alfonso Cuarón’s thriller Gravity, the title is a loaded word. In outer space, you’re free of that force of attraction between masses, that sense of grounding represented by Saturn. And yet in the case of NASA medical engineer Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), maybe weightlessness is its own type of Saturnine confinement. With only half […]

Astrology: Television: ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale: Baby Blue Meth-Child: Walter White’s Fourth Son

In a previous “Breaking Bad” post, I wrote about Walter White’s three sons – one biological and two metaphoric – as well as an illegitimate fourth. That would be his meth-child Baby Blue. My taking liberties with the heirs of the White name is, of course, light-hearted. But the last few minutes of “Felina,” as […]

Astrology: Television: ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale: Walter White’s ‘My Three Sons’

With a nod to television’s iconic “My Three Sons” – Fred MacMurray played an engineer and widower with three biological male offspring to raise – “Breaking Bad” gave Walter White three different young men in need of a father figure. Walt Jr., who renamed himself Flynn, is Walt’s only biological son. A high school student, […]