Archives for June 2015

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Ted 2’ (2015)

The non-human partner in cinematic interspecies-like procreation has typically been extra-terrestrial. It’s time to add plush toys to the mix, specifically, Ted, the teddy-bear BFF of man-child John Barrett. Co-written and directed by Seth MacFarlane, Ted 2 continues the saga of John, who was gifted with Ted in the mid-’80s. Ted, of course, turned into […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Inside Out’ (2015)

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Wait until you meet the community that’s helping grow Riley. In Peter Docter’s Pixar-animated Inside Out, pre-pubescent Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) has a parental unit (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan). But in addition to Mom and Dad, there’s a cadre monitoring her interior well […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Jurassic World’ (2015)

The dinosaur-populated tourist attraction at the center of Jurassic World is heavily promoted as a place to bring the family. But what this theme part is really about – technology and genetics research at its most impersonal – is at the opposite end of the feeling-spectrum. The constant archetypal interplay between high tech and the […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ (2015)

It’s rare that a peer guides an adolescent into the afterlife, but such is the premise of the affable, often funny and deeply moving Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jesse Andrews who adapted his own novel, the movie evokes archetypal Mercury. The winged messenger, doing the […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Spy’ (2015)

As masters of disguise, spies are the ultimate impostors, a premise which Spy, a female-driven comedy, brilliantly turns into a feminist tract. Written and directed by Paul Feig, the movie is a sophisticated, barely concealed take on impostor syndrome, a psychological phenomenon that’s been kicking around for nearly four decades. Impostor syndrome typically affects successful […]