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Do Rotten Sequels Spoil Great Previous Films?

I recently rewatched 2006’s Casino Royale. I hadn’t seen it in many years, and I really liked returning to it. It feels so simple and quaint in some ways. And yet something was nagging at my mind the whole time … Continue reading

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If Holidays Were Superheroes

Holidays are meant to be special. Under other circumstances, they might be considered regular days. Like when Rocky Balboa tells Adrien, “To you, it’s Thanksgiving. But to me, it’s Thursday.” However, what gives holidays a touch of magic is the … Continue reading

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Is the Best Nostalgia Can Offer

Like most of you, I was born into a much different world than the one we exist in now. I got to experience the ‘80s and ‘90s. The unique cultures those decades possessed. The unique creations they spawned. But about … Continue reading

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A Powerful Tool for Overcoming Temptation

I’ve been teaching my kids all the Bible stories in order, and we just finished with King David. His story starts so well, but he had one fatal flaw that basically wrecked his life. He gave into temptation, lusting for … Continue reading

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Movies That Force Heroes to Make an Impossible Choice

Great movies force their protagonists to make hard choices that help us understand their true character traits and motivations. Sometimes those choices are extremely difficult, messy, and uncomfortable while others only have the appearance of being like that while they … 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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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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10 Heartwarming ‘You Are Not Alone’ Movie Scenes

I love movies that not only have happy endings but also reward their heroes’ lonely travails by inspiring others to rise up and support them. Here are 10 “you are not alone” scenes that will inspire you not to give … Continue reading

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