Archives for November 2014

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘The Imitation Game’ (2014)

The Uranian archetype of genius, innovation and unconventional habits could not have found a better conduit than Alan Turing, the British mathematician heralded for having cracked Germany’s Enigma code, which was used to communicate that country’s secret plans and activities during WWII. Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game has, as its hero, an unlikely […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘The Babadook’ (2014)

Death is often seen as a conduit to new life, a theme at the heart of The Babadook, a psychological horror film written and directed by Australian Jennifer Kent. Amelia (Essie Davis) is a single mother, whose husband died seven years earlier in a car crash while driving her to hospital to deliver her child. […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘The Homesman’ (2014)

Despite the title, The Homesman is a film that richly explores the Feminine and provides a heartbreaking contrast between the Venusian archetype of seduction and beauty and the Lunar archetype of nurturing, caring and mothering. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, the movie is set around 1850, as hardy folk from the East migrated westward. Mary […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Foxcatcher’ (2014)

For many athletes, winning an Olympic gold medal opens countless doors, leading to personal growth, financial security, and a validation that all their hard work has value in a post-Olympics existence. As explored in Foxcatcher, this scenario was not the fate of the Schultz brothers, both wrestling gold medalists in the 1984 Olympics, in Los […]

Archetypes: Film: ‘The Theory of Everything’ (2014)

From the time he was a young man, cosmologist Stephen Hawking was obsessed with the notion that time had a beginning. In 1988 he even published a book on the topic, A Brief History of Time. Not surprisingly, then, the predominant archetype in the Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything is Saturn, whose domain is […]