A People with Passion correspondence, with Kubrick decoder Rob Ager

A People with Passion correspondence

Rob Ager, film analyst and Kubrick decoder

Interview conducted October 2010

The Meaning of the Monolith Revealed?

Good evening. Earlier this month, ReadJack.com recorded an interview via email correspondence with film analyst and Kubrick expert Rob Ager, at a distance of nearly 4000 miles from Chicago. It took pretty much no time at all for our words to reach Ager’s computer in Liverpool, but this time delay has been deleted from this recording. Continue reading “A People with Passion correspondence, with Kubrick decoder Rob Ager”


Seriously terrific (in different ways) breakdowns of “A Serious Man” and “The Phantom Menace”

Larry Gopnik does not understand why The Phantom Menace was so incomprehensible.

So you saw A Serious Man, the 2009 offering from the Coen Brothers, and you watched and said, “Uh…” Why does this picture have a passive protagonist? What are these dream sequences? What is the Mentaculous? What’s with the cyst? What’s with the tornado? What’s with the Goy’s teeth? Questions, questions, questions…

And let’s say ten years ago, you ran to the theatres, geeked up as you may have been to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. That you know you didn’t like, and you know why. Or at least, you had some idea why.

Why am I talking about both movies at once? Because I love cinema, I love filmmaking, and I love smart people taking the time to go inside films and unpack what you are experiencing. So check out screenwriter Todd Alcott‘s eleven-part breakdown of A Serious Man, and goodness gracious, if you have not done so already, plunk on down and watch the epic 70-minute Phantom Menace review by the legendary Mike From Milwaukee. An excerpt of Alcott’s review is posted below, as are all seven parts of the Phantom Menace review. Continue reading “Seriously terrific (in different ways) breakdowns of “A Serious Man” and “The Phantom Menace””