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10 Ways American Sniper Missed the Mark

I wanted to love American Sniper. I finally saw it for the first time a few days ago, and I was excited. This is an R-rated movie that attracted bigger audiences in the U.S. than any other blockbuster in 2014. … Continue reading

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Braveheart Is a Perfectly Executed Example of Cinematic Chiasmus

Sons of Scotland! I am the Deja Reviewer. And I see a whole army of moviegoers who are here in defiance of casual movie viewing. You’ve come here to dig below the surface of a great film, and dig we … Continue reading

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10 Movies Whose Hero and Villain Never Actually Meet

Some movies are so well-constructed, they don’t even need their hero and villain to be anywhere close to each other to create lots of suspense and conflict. They might talk with each other over the phone, but they never have … Continue reading

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The 10 Most Obscure Movies That Earned More Than $300 Million (Adjusted for Inflation)

This summer’s crop of big-budget movies struggled to get into true blockbuster territory in the U.S. and Canada. Domestically, only one film has managed to gross more than $300 million in 2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that … Continue reading

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Bill and Ted’s Symmetrical Adventure

In my last Cinematic Chiasmus, I demonstrated how the entire Back to the Future Trilogy follows the same pattern backwards and forwards. This time I’ll delve into another classic ‘80s time-travel movie: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Wait. A seemingly … Continue reading

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RoboCop (1987) Is an Almost Perfectly Symmetrical Film

The Old Testament is full of examples of chiasmus, which is a figure of speech used in ancient times to emphasize balance. It lists a bunch of ideas or things and then repeats each of them in reverse order. It’s … Continue reading

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Movies That Get Worse on Multiple Viewings: Field of Dreams

I used to think Field of Dreams was a deep movie. Then I grew up and realized there’s more to life than baseball and the 1960s. Today I’m going to explain why 1989’s Field of Dreams gets worse on multiple … Continue reading

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Movie Matchups: Braveheart vs. The Conqueror

Some friends of mine recently discovered a forgotten 1956 John Wayne film entitled The Conqueror. Since we all have great respect for that classic Western actor, we decided to watch that movie and see why it’s been lost for all … Continue reading

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How to Restore Liberty in the United States

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I have been wondering where the federal government’s power ends. If the government can force us to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, … Continue reading

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Battle of the Message Movies: Mr. Holland’s Opus vs. Forrest Gump

I’d like to drastically switch gears in this article. Last week I had a lot of fun joking about Roland Emmerich, but in honor of the Fourth of July holiday, I would like to talk about America. Specifically about Hollywood’s … Continue reading

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