Eat Your Vegetables: Lola rennt and Dramatic Irony as Love’s Performance

“This movie is conflicted. On the one hand, the movie tells us, “Don’t think. Act.” On the other hand, it shows us that when we don’t think, our actions have horrible consequences.”

Eat Your Vegetables: Where are the Wild Things?

“Where the Wild Things Are is not a kids’ film. It’s an adult film about the moment where the adult world becomes tangible enough for a child to cause problems but too far away for the kid to do anything about it.”

Eat Your Vegetables: Adaptation (2002)

“For all of this witty meta-one-upsmanship, Adaptation does make two thought provoking points: adaptation involves all of us and it occurs outside of the conscious decision of any one person.”

Eat Your Vegetables: “Being John Malkovich,” Being Puppets Without Strings

“It’s not a fun truth that we all want to be somebody else. In fact, the film’s black joke is even more depressing: given the opportunity, we would simply morph that new person into us.”

Eat Your Vegetables: A Critique of Criticism

“But more than the film’s source for comedy, irony is at the heart of everything the film does.”

Eat Your Vegetables: The First Rule of Fighting Yourself…

“If I buy what the film’s selling, then the only consolation I have is that at least I feel alive as the flames melt me.”

Eat Your Vegetables: “Annie Hall,” Romance, and Real Love

“I get the feeling that remembering what was supposedly great is far more fun that actually experiencing said greatness.”

Eat Your Vegetables: “Badlands” (Malick, 1973)

“The movie about a young spree-killer and his ‘along for the ride’ girl gives us a way to think about how we relate to creatures who can’t overtly communicate.”

Eat Your Vegetables: “Doubt” (Shanley, 2008)

“The film ultimately believes in doubt, thus robbing both belief and doubt of their potency.”

Eat Your Vegetables: “Roger & Me” (Moore, 1989)

“In a way, the film documents the toppling of an idol, an exposed god.”

Eat Your Vegetables: “Mother Night” (Vonnegut, 1961)

“The novel offers a parable on the cost of losing your ethical identity, or more precisely, the cost of remaining unaware of your moral identity.”

Eat Your Vegetables: Interiors (Woody Allen, 1978)

“Is it better to have no spirituality than its pretentious simulacrum?”

Eat Your Vegetables: “The Age of Innocence” (Wharton, 1920)

The novel’s tone is thoroughly ironic, as Archer continually misreads as progressive the very traits that consign him to the status quo.

Eat Your Vegetables: “Inglorious Basterds” (Tarantino, 2009)

The thing that I admire most about “Inglorious Basterds” is that it enforces moral responsibility.

Eat Your Vegetables: “The Crying of Lot 49” (Pynchon, 1966)

It’s a kind of mystery novel, so you are tempted to figure out the puzzle that leaves the novel’s central character flummoxed.

Eat Your Vegetables: “The Third Man” (Reed, 1949)

“…the world doesn’t suffer from a lack of villains. In fact, it has too many.”