Dreams Tonight by Alvvays

“In fluorescent light, Antisocialites, watch a wilting flower.”

I heard the most beautiful song the other night. The song is called “Dreams tonight,” and it is by the Canadian indie-pop band, Alvvays, off their Sophomore album, Antisocialites, released today, September 8. Continue reading “Dreams Tonight by Alvvays”

EFC 2.05 – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Feat. The Music of Alexiane

“I’m not asking you to die for me. I’m asking you to trust me.”

That’s A Very Nice Hat

“1 minute 10 seconds, a new record!” exclaims a halfling sized creature that looks like a cross between the ugly duckling and a gargoyle. Sgt. Laureline (Cara Delevingne) dizzily removes a bulbous, blue fluorescent jellyfish from her head and collapses on the dock inside a Big Blue subterranean cavern. Continue reading “EFC 2.05 – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

About

Feat. The Music of Olivia Newton-John

Welcome to Experience Film! A visceral, psychological perspective on modern cinema! Let me tell you how this whole thing works.

About once per month i’ll induct a new film into what i’ll call The Experience Films Collection.”EFC” for short. Here I’ll commemorate the chosen film by psychoanalyzing the lead characters and tenderly depicting the outrageous fortunes that encumber them. Continue reading “About”

EFC 10: The Witch

Feat. The Music of Shearwater (in a special EFC music video!)

“Oh, God, my Lord, I now begin. Oh, help me and I’ll leave my sin. For I repent and thou shall be. Thru evil I will turn to thee. Whomever shall destroy my faith. For I repent and thou shall be.”

It takes just one scene for Robert Eggers’ Witch to earn its price of admission. Maybe one shot, even. For me at least. That scene occurs at a pivotal moment in the story when Caleb, alone in the dark forest, and cradling his father’s rifle, begins frantically praying. Continue reading “EFC 10: The Witch”

EFC 08: Kubo and the Two Strings

Feat. The Performance by Regina Spektor of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

“If you must blink do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see and hear, no matter how unusual it may seem.”

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) is a hero’s tale which shall live on, thanks to the ingenuity of animator/director, Travis Knight, and the folks at LAIKA studios, who brought you Coraline (2009) and The Box Trolls (2014). Their 4th full-length feature is a visual marvel, a fantastic feast for the imagination, and a proper ode to storytellers everywhere. Overall, this film is a blissful experience. Continue reading “EFC 08: Kubo and the Two Strings”

EFC 02 – Frozen Inside Out (Part 2)

Feat. The Music of Muse & Demi Lovato

“Some people are worth melting for” – Olaf The Snowman

Chapter 3: Up (& Down) The North Mountain

Queen Elsa’s chilly departure left Arendelle in chaos. The untimely winter freeze surprised everyone, including Princess Anna who until tonight was oblivious to her sister’s powers. Now she feels responsible for provoking Elsa. She sets out after her to try and make amends and stop the winter. We find her sitting beside her guide, Kristoff, in his sled. Kristoff’s trustee reindeer buddy, Sven, pulls the pair through the dark forest.
Continue reading “EFC 02 – Frozen Inside Out (Part 2)”

EFC 02 – Frozen Inside Out (Part 1)

Feat. The Performance by Idina Menzel of “Let It Go” 

Inside Out is the 2016 Oscar winner for best-animated feature film, and it is the second addition to The Experience Films Collection! This film is everything an EFC film should be: smart, inspiring, emotionally compelling and psychologically adventurous. In essence, the kind of film this blog was founded upon. It will share its EFC spot with its Disney relative, Frozen. Follow along with the bouncing ball, as I use the emotions from the former film to personify the minds of Elsa and Anna in the latter. Continue reading “EFC 02 – Frozen Inside Out (Part 1)”

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