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10th Mar '17 9:21:53 AM Madrugada
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* Everyone has a high school English teacher who thinks every word of every book is ''dripping'' with meaning. The best is when the story actually does have an [[{{Anvilicious}} obvious moral]], but the teacher is so busy hunting for [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation some other theme]] in insignificant bits of imagery that he/she misses the point. Like, deciding that the main theme of ''Literature/TheStranger'' is something about nature.
23rd Feb '17 11:26:59 AM FigmentJedi
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* Parodied in ''WebVideo/LasagnaCat'' in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAh9oLs67Cw 07/27/1978]], an hour long analysis of a single strip of Garfield stealing Jon's pipe.
15th Jan '17 8:27:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* In his Top 10 80's Movies video, {{Benzaie}} seems to take ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' just a little too seriously, going as far to compare it to the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s, but on a smaller scale. Well, more power to you, but the people who actually made the film take it considerably less seriously in the "Making of Heavy Metal" documentary, describing it more appropriately as the last gasp of the counterculture before the wave of 1980's conservatism (apparently, they didn't watch a lot of [[HairMetal MTV during the '80s]]). And his views on the Conan the Barbarian film were taking it too seriously also. Interesting that he praised that film's audio commentary, which has been ridiculed online and even by Creator/EdgarWright on one of the audio commentaries to ''Film/ScottPilgrim''.

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* In his Top 10 80's Movies video, {{Benzaie}} WebVideo/{{Benzaie}} seems to take ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' just a little too seriously, going as far to compare it to the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s, but on a smaller scale. Well, more power to you, but the people who actually made the film take it considerably less seriously in the "Making of Heavy Metal" documentary, describing it more appropriately as the last gasp of the counterculture before the wave of 1980's conservatism (apparently, they didn't watch a lot of [[HairMetal MTV during the '80s]]). And his views on the Conan the Barbarian film were taking it too seriously also. Interesting that he praised that film's audio commentary, which has been ridiculed online and even by Creator/EdgarWright on one of the audio commentaries to ''Film/ScottPilgrim''.



* In the CriterionCollection DVD of Fritz Lang's classic ''Film/{{M}}'', the booklet included with the DVD opens with an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffman which not only spoils the whole plot of the film, makes several pointless comparisons to totally unconnected works (including, of all things, ''Theatre/OedipusRex''--you know, because there's a blind guy, and he knows something other characters don't know), and discusses ''ad nauseum'' the sociological implications of the film--all for people who may not have even popped the DVD into their player yet--but also manages to do all this in ''two pages''.

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* In the CriterionCollection Creator/CriterionCollection DVD of Fritz Lang's classic ''Film/{{M}}'', the booklet included with the DVD opens with an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffman which not only spoils the whole plot of the film, makes several pointless comparisons to totally unconnected works (including, of all things, ''Theatre/OedipusRex''--you know, because there's a blind guy, and he knows something other characters don't know), and discusses ''ad nauseum'' the sociological implications of the film--all for people who may not have even popped the DVD into their player yet--but also manages to do all this in ''two pages''.
8th Jan '17 2:17:29 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Among the editorial essays on MuggleNet, there's an essay on the relationship between Harry and Voldemort, and how the language in key moments implies symbolic rape.[[http://www.mugglenet.com/editorials/potterrape.shtml 1]] The amount of FreudWasRight and UnfortunateImplications is staggering....

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** Among the editorial essays on MuggleNet, there's an essay on the relationship between Harry and Voldemort, and how the language in key moments implies symbolic rape.[[http://www.mugglenet.com/editorials/potterrape.shtml 1]] The amount of FreudWasRight and UnfortunateImplications is staggering....
2nd Jan '17 11:16:04 AM Sonofstranger
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*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S1SVkysIRw This]] episode of ''WebOriginal/GameTheory'' proposes the idea that Link [[DeadAllAlong died in the opening of the game]] and all of Termina is merely his purgatory until he accepts his death and moves on to the afterlife proper.

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*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S1SVkysIRw This]] episode of ''WebOriginal/GameTheory'' proposes the then-obscure idea that Link [[DeadAllAlong died in the opening of the game]] and all of Termina is merely his purgatory until he accepts his death and moves on to the afterlife proper.proper.
*** And then [[http://www.zeldainformer.com/articles/debunked-why-the-link-is-dead-theory-is-wrong this article]] completely refutes it with the multiple [[WordOfGod]] statements that Termina is a parallel world, and the fact that Link couldn't have died while falling into the tree.
25th Dec '16 12:11:55 PM Hjortron18
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* In his Top 10 80's Movies video, {{Benzaie}} seems to take ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' just a little too seriously, going as far to compare it to the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s, but on a smaller scale. Well, more power to you, but the people who actually made the film take it considerably less seriously in the "Making of Heavy Metal" documentary, describing it more appropriately as the last gasp of the counterculture before the wave of 1980's conservatism (apparently, they didn't watch a lot of [[HairMetal MTV during the '80s]]). And his views on the Conan the Barbarian film were taking it too seriously also. Interesting that he praised that film's audio commentary, which has been ridiculed online and even by EdgarWright on one of the audio commentaries to ''Film/ScottPilgrim''.

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* In his Top 10 80's Movies video, {{Benzaie}} seems to take ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' just a little too seriously, going as far to compare it to the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s, but on a smaller scale. Well, more power to you, but the people who actually made the film take it considerably less seriously in the "Making of Heavy Metal" documentary, describing it more appropriately as the last gasp of the counterculture before the wave of 1980's conservatism (apparently, they didn't watch a lot of [[HairMetal MTV during the '80s]]). And his views on the Conan the Barbarian film were taking it too seriously also. Interesting that he praised that film's audio commentary, which has been ridiculed online and even by EdgarWright Creator/EdgarWright on one of the audio commentaries to ''Film/ScottPilgrim''.
30th Nov '16 5:33:58 AM Andyroid
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* [[https://pondwitch.tumblr.com/post/152543201837 This post]] analyses the "Bloody Mess" ending of the original ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' (where you shoot the Overseer in the back after he banishes you from Vault 13) as tying in to the game's themes of war and violence, and [[TakeThatAudience a critique of players]] [[YouBastard obsessed with fictional violence]].
25th Nov '16 6:16:35 AM DrImpossible
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Just about every religion and mythology created by humans, whether real or fictional, has been likened to the "Force" of the Jedi Knights. While such comparisons are not off the mark, that's only because creator Creator/GeorgeLucas drew on the beliefs common to ''all'' religions in fashioning a spiritual system for his characters. There are some who have even gone so far as to ''adopt'' the Jedi teachings as their religion. Many have lost sight of the fact that Lucas intended to entertain the world first and foremost.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Just about every religion and mythology created by humans, whether real or fictional, has been likened to the "Force" of the Jedi Knights. While such comparisons are not off the mark, that's only because creator Creator/GeorgeLucas drew on the beliefs common to ''all'' religions in fashioning a spiritual system for his characters. There are some who have even gone so far as to ''adopt'' the Jedi teachings as their religion. Many have lost sight of the fact that Lucas intended to entertain the world first and foremost.



* [[SignatureStyle Unsurprisingly for a film written by Charlie Kaufman,]] ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'' subverts this for laughs. Shortly after discovering a portal that causes any who enter to inhabit actor John Malkovich's senses, Craig makes a pseudo-intellectual remark that this revelation "raises all kinds of [[SophisticatedAsHell philosophical-type]] questions." Subtext: "Don't read too much into this, audience."
* Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey of all things. The original book was lambasted endlessly for its superficial and slanted portrayal of BDSM relationships. The movie on the other hand, partially due to the lack of the cringe-worthy inner monologues and more focus on the character-interactions, accidentally implies that the problem is not the BDSM itself, but the trust-issues in the relationship. Anastasia is being naive and inexperienced, getting all her knowledge of the topic from cursory internet searches that immediately focus on the more hardcore aspects of the fetish, thus poisoning her expectations. Grey, on the other hand, is obsessed with control and suffers from trust-issues due to a FreudianExcuse and needlessly rushes things with the contract even though they both enjoy the activity without it. Both of these things are portrayed as bad things that jeopardize their relationship, while BDSM was something they both enjoyed until the very end and isn't vilified in the movie (and even in the last scene, it turns sour because they purposefully step over Anastasia's limits). In other words, [[AccidentalAesop it is a cautionary tale about doing BDSM, and relationships in general, wrong.]]

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* [[SignatureStyle Unsurprisingly for a film written by Charlie Kaufman,]] ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'' subverts plays this straight for laughs. Shortly after discovering a portal that causes any who enter to inhabit actor John Malkovich's senses, Craig makes a pseudo-intellectual remark that this revelation "raises all kinds of [[SophisticatedAsHell philosophical-type]] questions." Subtext: "Don't read too much into this, audience."
* Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey of all things. The original book was lambasted endlessly for its superficial and slanted portrayal of BDSM relationships. The movie on the other hand, partially due to the lack of the cringe-worthy inner monologues and more focus on the character-interactions, accidentally implies acknowledges that the problem is not the BDSM itself, but the trust-issues in the relationship. Anastasia is being naive and inexperienced, getting all her knowledge of the topic from cursory internet searches that immediately focus on the more hardcore aspects of the fetish, thus poisoning her expectations. Grey, on the other hand, is obsessed with control and suffers from trust-issues due to a FreudianExcuse and needlessly rushes things with the contract even though they both enjoy the activity without it. Both of these things are portrayed as bad things that jeopardize their relationship, while BDSM was something they both enjoyed until the very end and isn't vilified villified in the movie (and even in (in the last scene, it turns sour because they purposefully step over Anastasia's limits). In other words, [[AccidentalAesop it is a cautionary tale about doing BDSM, and relationships in general, general wrong.]]
25th Oct '16 6:58:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Just about every religion and mythology created by humans, whether real or fictional, has been likened to the "Force" of the Jedi Knights. While such comparisons are not off the mark, that's only because creator GeorgeLucas drew on the beliefs common to ''all'' religions in fashioning a spiritual system for his characters. There are some who have even gone so far as to ''adopt'' the Jedi teachings as their religion. Many have lost sight of the fact that Lucas intended to entertain the world first and foremost.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Just about every religion and mythology created by humans, whether real or fictional, has been likened to the "Force" of the Jedi Knights. While such comparisons are not off the mark, that's only because creator GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas drew on the beliefs common to ''all'' religions in fashioning a spiritual system for his characters. There are some who have even gone so far as to ''adopt'' the Jedi teachings as their religion. Many have lost sight of the fact that Lucas intended to entertain the world first and foremost.
25th Oct '16 4:51:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied by ''TheOnion'' on at [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/27794 least]] [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/25742 three]] [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39205 occasions]].

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* Parodied by ''TheOnion'' ''Website/TheOnion'' on at [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/27794 least]] [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/25742 three]] [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39205 occasions]].
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