Archives for May, 2011

Narcissism

Going Nowhere in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”

SOMEWHERE (2010) is a film where nothing happens, either internally or externally.  With no dramatic action to speak of, no climactic moments or twists, the plot could be summed up in a few dull sentences.  Likewise, nothing goes on inside the main character, Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), a hard-living actor who lives at a full-service hotel in Hollywood.

Despite random sexual encounters with beautiful women, a couple of parties and a trip to Italy for the...
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General

Loving Beyond Projection: “The Enchanted Cottage”

The film The Enchanted Cottage (1945) shows love developing between two people based on their knowledge of one another, in direct opposition to the film Sleepless in Seattle (1993) which shows love between two people who have never even met.

The latter serves to perpetuate certain fantasies that we have about romance: that there is someone out there just perfect for me, that my life will be complete once I meet him or her...
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Documentary “I Am”: The Conspicuous Absence of the Shadow

I Am, a documentary by Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura) chronicles his quest to make sense of his life after a serious accident.  He puts two questions to well-known talking heads from diverse fields:  “What’s wrong with the world?  and "What can we do about it?”
The film focuses on quantum physics, consciousness studies and social activism, as well as the effects of consumerism on humanity.  Its simplistic message...
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‘Love and Other Drugs’: Narcissistic Love

Several months before Love and Other Drugs had its theatrical release, I wrote a post about serial romantic relationship addiction on my After Psychotherapy site, inspired by the movie's title.  Now that it has come out on DVD, I've had a chance actually to see it.

Director Ed Zwick has given us a tale of two narcissistic people who take no trouble to hide their manipulative behavior from others but who are saved from...
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Anger and Hatred

Exploring the Shadow: Splitting and Integration in “Fight Club” (Part IV)

[Part 4 of a 4-part series]
In Part I, we looked at unlived life in "The Man on the Train," in Part II, at instincts in "Wolf," in Part III, at the Hero and Villain archetypes in "Collateral." Now in Part IV, we'll examine the movie, “Fight Club,” we examine splitting and integration.

Although too violent for some tastes, this film is a great example of...
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Anger and Hatred

Exploring the Shadow: Hero and Villain in “Collateral” (Part III)

[Part 3 of a 4-part series]
In Part I and Part II, we looked at shadow aspects in our unlived life and repressed instincts, respectively. In this post, we’re going to look at the archetypes of Hero and Villain in the film “Collateral.” (Archetypes are iconic examples of typical and recognizable patterns in human behavior).

Through these archetypes of Hero and Villain, we...
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