An Example of Seemingly Random Things Happening for a Reason

“There are no accidents,” said a wise turtle named Oogway. I believe that to be a true statement. It might seem like a random series of events produced everything we see around us, from life to civilizations, but I don’t buy that. I think things happen for a reason. Here’s a small sequence of events that occurred recently in my own personal life that helped me see the structure that seemingly unrelated events produce. Continue reading

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A Book That Makes Me Cry on Every Page

Few pieces of entertainment have the power to make me cry. For example, the scenes in Beauty and the Beast (1991) where the Beast releases Belle and she returns just in time to watch him die always draw tears from my eyes. So does the flashback of Po’s mother in Kung Fu Panda 2. I recently found something new that has a powerful influence over my tear ducts. Continue reading

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21 Incredibly Rewarding Moments in The Fugitive (Part 3)

We’re in the home stretch. In Part 1 and Part 2 of this article, we went through the first 14 immensely rewarding moments in The Fugitive that make it endlessly rewatchable. But the movie isn’t out of tricks yet. It’s got seven more perfect moments that solidify it as one of the best action movies ever made. Let’s get right into them. Continue reading

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21 Incredibly Rewarding Moments in The Fugitive (Part 2)

Let’s not waste any time on introductions. If you read Part 1, you know we’re talking about the 21 most satisfying moments in The Fugitive. We ended at #7 last time, and we’ll pick right up with #8. Continue reading

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21 Incredibly Rewarding Moments in The Fugitive (Part 1)

The Fugitive is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a flawless film, which is incredible given that it started principal photography with an unfinished script. I recently realized that the reason the movie is so great to watch is because it’s constantly rewarding the audience in big and small ways. It rewards us for paying close attention to details. All of those details lead us to root for both Dr. Richard Kimble and Deputy Samuel Gerard to succeed in their goals, even though they seem irreconcilable at first. Plus, we get to marvel at the film’s brilliance as we also enjoy the ride. Here are 21 incredibly rewarding moments in The Fugitive that help to make it a great film. Continue reading

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A Young Frankenstein Gag Becomes a Reality

At the start of this year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I drew a comparison of our situation to the absurdity of a scene at the start of Young Frankenstein. It’s the one in which Dr. Frederick Frankenstein bids a somber but loving farewell to his bride-to-be by putting his elbow to hers. Continue reading

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The Long-Lost Origin of the Deja Reviewer

Today is a special day for me worth celebrating. It marks the 10th anniversary of the first article I ever published as the Deja Reviewer, and this is the 600th article I have published on this website. Back on June 16, 2011, I debuted an article entitled “Movie Matchups: Iron Man vs. RoboCop.” But that wasn’t the first movie matchup I had written. In fact, it was the second. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find the first because it can no longer be found via a simple Internet search.

The birth of the Deja Reviewer came shortly after the birth of my first child.You see, back in February 2010, the day after my first child was born, I was let go from my job along with half the company, and I was forced to try many creative ways to find a job fast. One thing I decided to do was to publish a bunch of articles online wherever I could to see if I could get some attention or notoriety.

A little website called Suite101 seemed like a good option, so I went ahead and published more than a dozen articles on there in just a few weeks. I wrote about all sorts of topics, including proper grammar, a foolproof method for getting rid of hiccups, and various film reviews. I can see now that those articles were my first baby steps into becoming the Deja Reviewer, especially the one entitled “Movie Match-up: Pixar’s Up vs. The Wizard of Oz.”

I credit it as the first Deja Reviewer article before I even came up with that name or the idea for this website. Unfortunately, when I went to look for it, I couldn’t find it at all. The Suite101 website is now devoted exclusively to mattresses, and they have deleted all of the old articles that used to be published on it.

Thankfully, I always save my work. So I was able to pinpoint exactly when I finished writing that article, and I searched for it using the Wayback Machine on the right date to find what I was looking for. You can click this link to confirm that I’m telling the truth about all of this: https://web.archive.org/web/20100425051428/http://hollywood-animated-films.suite101.com/article.cfm/movie-match-up-pixars-up-vs-the-wizard-of-oz

For your reading pleasure (and to ensure this important piece of literary history remains on the Internet), I will now repost my long-lost first Deja Reviewer article here. It’s not as polished as my work would later become, but that makes it all the more interesting to read and compare. Enjoy! Continue reading

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This Video Improves Upon My Back to the Future Trilogy Chiasmus!

Five years ago, Netflix did a short video about my Back to the Future Trilogy chiasmus article. I was thrilled to see it, of course, but I wished that it had included more information about the connections found in the article. As it was, it made my observations come across as superficial and not very detail-oriented.

Last week, one of my sons asked if we could watch the Netflix video about my article, and I was happy to oblige him. I searched for “Back to the Future chiasmus” on YouTube, and I found something I didn’t expect to find. It looked like someone else had used my terminology of “Cinematic Chiasmus,” and I was delighted to find that they were directly referencing my article! Thankfully, that someone took up the torch and made the detailed video that I had wanted the Netflix one to be! A YouTuber named Woven Realities made a video entitled “CINEMATIC CHIASMUS: The Back to the Future Trilogy is Symmetrical!” in February 2021, and it’s quite amazing that I found it at all.

What intrigued me most about this video is that it deviates from what I wrote and adds even more details that I hadn’t expounded upon. I’ll explain all of the differences I noticed as I watched the video unfold, and I’ll share the deep implications of a truly significant change she made near the conclusion of her video, so be sure to read to the end. Continue reading

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The Latent Christianity of Star Trek

Star Trek is a Christian TV show in the same way that the United States is a Christian nation. There’s very little explicit reference to Biblical teachings in the show’s scripts and in our country’s founding documents, but they are baked into the core concepts that gave rise to the various aspects found in each product. Continue reading

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Ghostbusters II Is the Movie We Need Right Now

I’ve noticed something interesting about myself. The times when I feel angry rarely come as the result of outside influences. I can usually deal with stress, rudeness, and even injustice without losing my temper. No, I tend to get angry when I am not doing my best to keep the commandments. When I’m failing to be right with God, I’m on a sandy foundation, and I become angry when even the smallest thing jostles my precious ego. Continue reading

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