Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in very handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles and The Dark Knight.
Robert lives in Utah with his wife and four children. He loves telling jokes, running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
Thank you for sharing your talent and enthusiasm for movies!
Thank you so much for your kind words. I’ve got a lot more awesomeness planned. 🙂
I’d like to let you know that i’ve spent the whole day reading everything here, and I love it. Thank you for this blog, i’ll definately be watching and commenting!
Thank you so much for say that. You’re very kind. You made me so happy to know that you enjoy my articles. I’ll do my best to keep putting out great articles. 🙂
Hey Robert – don’t know if you’ve read the blog HeroComplex, but you might like it. http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2012/05/17/prometheus-and-toy-story-3-mash-up-when-ridley-met-woody/
Also, liked your Avengers take. Great stuff as always. This blog reminded me, cos they have an interview with Joss Whedon comparing themes between Buffy & Avengers. Eagerly anticipating that Buffy / Harry Potter match-up 🙂
Thank you! 🙂 I watched that trailer matchup between Toy Story 3 and Prometheus, and I must say it works eerily well. I’m excited to see Ridley Scott’s new movie. I hope it’s a return to form for him. I still need to watch some episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that’s definitely on my list. Thanks for the reminder.
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Anger is poisonous. I encourage you to let go of your bitterness and continue to live peacefully and happily while allowing others the same privilege. Thank you.
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Your anger is leading you to say inaccurate things. I didn’t mention any of the things you talked about in your comment. Your tone makes it clear you’re not interested in listening, though, so I will refer you to this article. Have a nice day.
Thanks for your HuffPost article on scripture’s warnings matching today’s NSA circumstances (hilarious juxtaposition of the article with the various links to the side, though). These are scary times, and you were right on that the only way we save things is to stand up for right ourselves, spread the word, and choose representatives of integrity.
This blog is such an interesting and insightful read.
You are very kind to say that. Thank you so much. You made my day.
Hey Robert, just thought I’d stop in and say hey. I love the concept of this site, and look forward to getting to know it a bit better in the coming weeks, months and years! 🙂 Cheers.
Thank you so much. Glad to have you aboard. I’m excited to share some great stuff with you over the years, too. 😀
ironman and RoboCop are two completely separate ideas just from technology perspective an ironman armor is an exoskeleton which can be jettisoned and pilot can walk away while RoboCop armor cannot be separated from the human its permanently attached. Since the underlying ideas are different the movies are going to be completely different in essence there are tragic events in everyone’s lives but its not a deja vu really….
I see that you edited my comments. One has to wonder what you are so afraid of? Are you only able to function in the context of a testimony meeting?
Thank you for asking. I wanted to spare you the embarrassment of people seeing the angry and sad things you had said and possibly judging you unfairly, just as you did to me. So I removed the majority of your comments. You are free to comment if you have something constructive and on topic to say, but personal attacks and bigoted statements will not be tolerated on this website. Thank you again.
I registered @DejaReviewer on Twitter for you. You’re going to need it after today. Email me and I’ll give you the credentials. You’ve got a really keen perspective and I’d like to hear more of what you have to say in 140 characters.
Also it wouldn’t hurt to update your WordPress theme to the 2014 default and do a little touching up. I can help you if you’d like.
Thank you so much for doing that and letting me know. I tried emailing you last night, but it failed. Weird. I’ll try again today.
I was impressed by your review of Gattaca, and if you take requests I would like to see what you think of the movie Mr Nobody
Thank you very much for the compliment and the suggestion. I’ve never seen Mr. Nobody, but I’ll definitely check it out and see if I have something interesting to say about it.
hi there a little blog appreciation from me here http://hqofk.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/versatile2/ and hope more folks discover your great posts, cheers
You are so kind. Thank you. You sure know how to make my day. 🙂
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I’m very curious about chiasmus, in fact both myself and my boss are.
there is so little information regarding chiasmus unless it relates to bible texts.
Where did learn about chiasmus and when did you start applying it to movie structure?
is there a screenwriting book on it or something?
I’ve gone through so many religious texts and shakespear that i’m burnt out on it.
Whenever i lose interest in chiasmus i find websites like yours and get curious again.
you are doing a great thing with this websites, cheers.
Thank you for asking. I first heard of the term chiasmus in a college class about the Book of Isaiah. I liked how nice and self-contained it is, but my professor said that many passages of scripture have been labeled redundant and dull because they don’t follow a structure we’re used to in storytelling.
I had never heard of anyone applying chiasmus to film, but this past April I just had the odd notion that the original RoboCop might be a chiasmus. Years ago I had noticed that it repeated a lot of things in the second half from the first half, but it blew my mind when I realized how well it followed a chiasmus structure.
I don’t know of any books about chiasmus screenwriting. Maybe I should write one about it someday because I’ve got a lot more films planned where I’ve discovered this same pattern. I’m just excited to show how a seemingly antiquated way of expressing ideas is still useful today, and it’s also really effective.
Sorry I’m not much help in providing more background about chiasmus, but I’ll definitely apply it in some unusual ways in the future. Thank you very much for your comment.
Well thats a bummer. I’ve been stuying chiasmus for about 8 months now, there is literally no info on it.
you might be interested in these two books though. one teaches how chiasmus was used in ancient literature, the other on how jk rowling used chiasmus to write all 7 of her novels.
The one thing i’ve “discovered” from locating chiasmus in movies, books, tv shows like you have, is that they don’t work like the bible. there are global and micro chiasmus rings that overlap, plus a connecting theme. so a typical 3 act movie or show will have 3 overlapping rings. so it would go like this….
(Start of Story) A B C D C B A (middle of story)
(2/4 of story) D E F G F E D (3/4 of story)
(middle of story) G H I J I H G (End of story)
(start of story) a b c d e f g h i j (end of story)
If you watch season 1 of Adventure time all the episodes follow this format. each episode is 11 minutes long, each episode has chiasmus rings.
act one is from minutes 1 to 6.
Act two is from minutes 3 to 7.
act 3 is from minutes 6 to 11.
there is an overlap using visual puns, dialogue and characters.
and there is a global ring that unites the entire episode from start to finish, usually its fin and jakes antics.
well, good luck i’ll keep checking out your blog.
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Dear Robert, these are for you:
– CIBO MATTO / Sugar Water (directed by Michel Gondry).
– SHISEIDO / High School Girl? (directed by Shō Yanagisawa)
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Wow, that is some mind-bending stuff! Thank you. 🙂
I just happened to read your 2012 comments (10 remakes that were better than the original films) regarding the 1988 made-for-TV version of “The Bourne Identity”, and I think that a rebuttal is in order.
While the Matt Damon films are far more “action packed” than the 1988 Richard Chamberlain version, they bear almost NO resemblance whatsoever to the original Robert Ludlum novel from whence the titles are taken. The 1988 film stays fairly faithful to the novel in its characters and plot. My guess is that you have NOT read the original novel, or you would have at least made mention of it in your comments.
The book – and the 1988 film – are much more cerebral. In the book, David Webb was a man who took on the challenge of helping to track down and either capture or kill “Carlos, the Jackal”, a real life international assassin-for-hire. The plot was to create the ‘legend’ of an assassin named Jason Bourne whose ‘publicity’ would build him up to be a rival for Carlos, hopefully to draw him out of hiding. To carry off the fiction, Webb had to memorize reams of data regarding Carlos’s kills and those attributed to Bourne. When Bourne ambushes Carlos, on a yacht at sea, and is injured in the attempt to capture him, he suffers a form of amnesia. Gradually, memories emerge, but many of them are the false memories of the Carlos or Bourne legends. Webb’s true NATURE comes to the surface, as these memories emerge, and the ensuing story is both Webb’s struggle with the possibility (revolting, to his innate nature) that he may actually BE Carlos. Adding to the confusion is the fact that he has not reported in for a long time, and is suspected by American intelligence operatives to have gone ‘rogue’. This initiates a “kill on sight” order set out against him. Now he not only try and piece together his mysterious past – the right way – but also try and figure out who is shooting at him (It’s both American and allied intel agents AND people from Carlos’s network of henchmen!) and why, as well as try to avoid getting killed in the process.
Additionally, the character of Marie St. Jacques, in the 1988 version, was played properly – a woman with a doctorate in international finance from McGill University – and not the nearly-empty headed ‘bimbo’ of the Matt Damon films.
Overall, I think you could have attached ANY title to the Damon films, and changed the names of the primary characters, and they’d have been just as exciting. As “Bourne” films, to anyone who has read the original novels, they fall flat and far short!