Astrology: Fashion: Andrea Riseborough’s Gray Matter in ‘Oblivion’

Victoria’s (Andrea Riseborough) minimalist, high-altitude office in Oblivion may be an irritably long commute but you’ll covet her snappy, gray dress that’s a perfect fit for both the horizontal monitor board and the board room. Under the aegis of the movie’s costume designer Marlene Stewart, the one-piecer is a breathtakingly elegant, slightly above-the-knee belted sheath, […]

Astrology: Film: ‘42’ (2013)

The new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, celebrates the baseball icon’s athleticism and self-mastery, a heavy-duty pairing of archetypal energies represented by Mars and Saturn. Robinson, whose father had walked out on the family when Robinson was just a boy, had excelled as an athlete at U.C.L.A. He was never […]

Astrology: Film: ‘It’s a Disaster’: Director Todd Berger Talks ‘Grief’ Archetype

A couple of years ago, screenwriter and actor Todd Berger, whose new film It’s a Disaster opens today, knew he wanted to write a movie about a group of people trapped in a house together during a disaster. “When I write, I like to take archetypes and attribute them to characters so I know where […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Antiviral’ (2013)

The cult of celebrity provokes fans to want to eat, dress and live like their icons. Antiviral, written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg, ups the ante considerably. The movie is a wickedly smart paean to the Neptune archetype whose domain is seduction, addiction and merging that erases all boundaries between two entities. Antiviral’s futuristic setting […]

Astrology: Film: ‘It’s a Disaster’ (2013)

Just when you think the four young couples who gather for brunch in It’s a Disaster are settling in for a massive eat-and-gossip sit-down, writer-and-director Todd Berger throws an apocalyptic wrench in the proceedings. As the title portends, disaster strikes true to that word’s Greek derivation. Meaning the stars are really – I mean really […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Trance’ (2013)

“Now, what did I do with that Goya?” That’s the life-and-death question that sends Simon (James McAvoy) running for a hypnotist in Danny Boyle’s Trance. The professional whom Simon consults is gorgeous Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) who quickly figures out that her client is in deep trouble, the details of which are spooled over the […]

Astrology: Film: ‘The Company You Keep’ (2013)

At some point, people’s pasts catch up with them, or they catch up with their pasts. In The Company You Keep, Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon), who in the late 1960s was a member of the Weather Underground, participated in a robbery that resulted in a guard’s getting killed. After decades living under a false identity, […]

Astrology: Television: ‘The Walking Dead’: Pluto and the Zombie Resurrection

Talk about timing. The explosive Season 3 finale of “The Walking Dead” was broadcast on Easter Sunday, when resurrection, in the religious sense, gloriously triumphs. This show, however, has put an entirely different spin on resurrection, twisting the underlying archetypal theme of victory over death into something unthinkable. “The Walking Dead” has always been about […]

Astrology: Fashion: Diane Kruger’s White Suit in ‘The Host’

We’re seeking the Seeker’s snappy white suit in The Host. Diane Kruger plays a member of an alien race called the Souls that has conquered the earth into peaceful submissiveness. Trousers end just above the ankle, jacket fits like a glove. Take a meeting, rule the planet. White traditionally rules the nurturing Cancerian Moon. So […]

Astrology: Film: ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ (2013)

The core of The Place Beyond the Pines, directed by Derek Cianfrance, is Neptunian deceit and Saturnine responsibility. The question the movie asks is how far can the movie’s two male protagonists push or disregard those energies and get away with it. Structured in three parts, the movie introduces Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling), an ace […]