Archives for June 2014

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Happy Christmas’ (2014)

As an exploration of the gifts and curses of creative vision, nothing beats the short, snappy Happy Christmas. Written and directed by Joe Swanberg, the movie takes a hard look at what happens when archetypal Neptune – whose bailiwick is artistic inspiration, music, color and visual talents, as well as altered states, escapism, the unconscious, […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Venus in Fur’ (2014)

If you couldn’t get enough of Jack Baker’s (Jeff Bridges) cinematic jaw-drop in The Fabulous Baker Boys, as soon as seemingly tone-deaf loser and gum-snapping chanteuse Suzie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) starts to soulfully warble her heart out and blow him away, you’ll love that film’s brainy, French, cinematic stepchild, Venus in Fur. In fact, there’s […]

Astrology: Television: ‘Fargo’: Season 1 Finale: ‘Morton’s Fork’

The question that haunts Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) at the beginning of “Fargo”’s Season 1 finale, “Morton’s Fork,” is Lorne Malvo’s (Billy Bob Thornton) Las Vegas elevator query. “Is this what you want?” Malvo taunts. So what’s the “this” that Malvo tosses out to an increasingly depraved Lester, like the brass ring as a prize […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ (2014)

Is every critter, human or otherwise, trainable? And, because training elevates the game and aptitude of the instructed, does the core essence of tutored trainees remain the same? Those questions – as well as Saturnine boundary issues about whether to label entities purely good or evil – are at the core of the How to […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘The Rover’ (2014)

Set in a post-apocalyptic world in the Australian Outback, The Rover is a Saturnine story about two archetypal loners, each having suffered a huge personal loss that needs to be rectified in a land where procedural justice is a thing of the past. Written and directed by David Michôd, the movie takes place after what’s […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘22 Jump Street’ (2014)

Sequels are a dicey business, where a flavor too similar to the original can breed audience contempt. But in 22 Jump Street, co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller playfully make replication their creative launching pad. Lovable cops Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill), following the make-it-up-as-we-go-along style of law enforcement, are still basking in […]

Television: ‘Fargo’: The Slender Man, Seduction and Lorne Malvo

Last month, two 12-year-old girls from Wisconsin were accused of subduing and stabbing a classmate. They reportedly explained their actions by referring to Slender Man, a tall, reed-thin, dark-suited and faceless character that has fueled online interest. The duo suggested they wanted to serve and please this entity – to curry enough favor so that […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ (2014)

The teen protagonists who fall in love in The Fault in Our Stars, based on John Green’s megahit book, are just like most adolescents, except for one huge difference. They’re cancer survivors, who somehow opt to weather their days with as much normalcy as they can muster, despite knowing how limited their remaining time is […]