Category Archives: Cinematic Chiasmus

Quigley Goes Down Under and Back Up Above to Make a Perfect Chiasmus

Chiasmus occurs in a work of art when the first half of a story mirrors the second half in minute detail. So a chiasmus begins and ends in the same way, and it reaches a crucial turning point in the … Continue reading

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The Symmetry of the Alien Trilogy

Last week I published an article showing that Alien and Alien3 mirror each other quite well. For the sake of completeness, I now present the chiasmus of the entire Alien Trilogy, including Aliens in the middle. I had previously published … Continue reading

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Alien and Alien3 Mirror Each Other

I didn’t come up with this Cinematic Chiasmus. It is the brainchild of Max Collins, who emailed me about it back in October 2020. He said he was inspired by my Aliens Cinematic Chiasmus article to see for himself whether … Continue reading

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The Unique Chiasmus of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

I have written many articles in my Cinematic Chiasmus series. I’ve found individual films to be a chiasmus, like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Superman: The Movie, and RoboCop (1987). Even though these films spawned sequels, I never felt prompted … Continue reading

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Spider-Man 3 Is a Chiasmus, Making the Trilogy 3 for 3!

Oh. My. Gosh. This is truly unexpected. Who could have guessed that Spider-Man 3 would turn out to be a chiasmus, completing the circle and making all three Sam Raimi Spider-Man films examples of Cinematic Chiasmus? This chiasmus is unlike … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Symmetry of Beauty and the Beast (1991)

I had planned on analyzing Spider-Man 3 for a chiastic structure before moving on to any other film, but I couldn’t get Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) out of my head, so it looks like this is the one … Continue reading

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Like the First One, Spider-Man 2 Is Also a Chiasmus

Did you think we were done finding examples of chiasmus in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy after we explored the symmetrical nature of the original Spider-Man? Well, we’re not done. Not by a long shot. Spider-Man 2 isn’t just the best … Continue reading

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A Fan Helped Me Fix My Spider-Man Cinematic Chiasmus

What is Cinematic Chiasmus? You sure you want to know? This type of storytelling is not for the faint of heart. If somebody told you I was perfect at spotting examples of chiasmus in film, that I never make a … Continue reading

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Getting Back in the Swing of Things

It has been nearly three years since I published my last Cinematic Chiasmus, and that is far too big of a gap. I’m pleased to announce that I have a new one currently in the works. These types of articles … Continue reading

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London Screenwriters’ Festival Spotlights the RoboCop Chiasmus

Two years ago, Netflix made a video based on my Back to the Future Trilogy chiasmus article and called it the Lockard Theory. I was honored, of course, that they took note of my analysis. I loved helping others to … Continue reading

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