Coming Back To Life

This band elevates my soul.

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The King of Shadows

Feat. The Music of Pink Floyd

“All that you touch, and all that you see…

If the profile pic is any indication, I have a thing for shadows. Needless to say, I am anxiously awaiting today’s Solar Eclipse, which is visible from North America, where I happen to reside. Continue reading “The King of Shadows”

EFC 2.07 – Dr. Strange

Feat. The Music of Cold War Kids, and Earth, Wind & Fire (In a Special EFC Music Video!)

“You’re a man looking at the world through a keyhole, and you’ve spent your whole life trying to widen that keyhole – to see more, to know more. And now, upon hearing that it can be widened, in ways you can’t imagine, you reject the possibility.”

The famed mythologist, Joseph Campbell, said that Step #1 in The Hero’s Journey is The Call to Adventure. The caller, of course, is The Universe, and it wants the hero to undergo a transformative experience of some kind. But the hero must pick up the phone in order for the journey to commence. Continue reading “EFC 2.07 – Dr. Strange”

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 Classics – Lost Highway (1997)

Feat. The Music of Lou Reed

“I like to remember things my own way… Not necessarily the way they happened.”

I was halfway through my 2nd viewing of David Lynch’s Lost Highway (1997). It must have been daytime, for a narrow ray of sunlight shone through the barricaded window of my apartment living room, which now resembled Plato’s cave. I was a prisoner in this artificial nocturne of my own device. My only knowledge of the outside world came via the shadowy figures on the television screen in front of me. Continue reading “EFC Classics – Lost Highway (1997)”

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 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.
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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)”

EFC 01 – Mad Max: Fury Road

Feat. The Music of Junkie XL & Avenged Sevenfold (in a special EFC music video!)

“If you can’t fix what’s broken you’ll go insane.”

“I am the one who runs from both the living and the dead. Hunted by scavengers… Haunted by those I could not protect. So I exist in this wasteland… A man, reduced to a single instinct: Survive”

Max has lost everything and everyone he cares about, save for his blood and his car. We find him wandering alone in a radiation-scorched post-apocalyptic desert. Soon he is captured by a mine-dwelling cult of psychopathic skinheads who siphon his “crazy blood” and commandeer his vehicle – the only two things he has left, seemingly.

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Introducing Experience Film

“Charlie Don’t Surf!”

Hi there! I’m Ricky Vergais, and I’m here to give away this adorable little writing project of Jason’s. Why he’d want me, of all people, to try and pitch you a movie blog is a complete mystery. Personally, I think the whole premise seems absurd. I mean why would anyone want to read about movies when they can just go watch them? After all, isn’t that why movies were invented in the first place? To spare people the boredom of staring at a page all day?

But what do I know? I’m just a comedian, right? I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason for this whole charade. I sincerely hope you revel in Jason’s nostalgic blathering, even though I won’t. “Blah blah movies are so awesome! Blah blah blah.” Absolute torture, I’m telling you. Just consider yourselves warned. That’s all I’m trying to say. God, is this over with yet? I have a nice dry martini to return to backstage. Continue reading “Introducing Experience Film”