Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘The Giver’ (2014)

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Many people refer to their homeland as the mother country. Those people didn’t know The Chief Elder, a matriarch as stern as they come who’s running the show in the country depicted in The Giver. Directed by Philip Noyce and based on the YA book by Lois Lowry, The Giver essentially rips in half the mother archetype, […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘A Most Wanted Man’ (2014)

The grim espionage business relies, for its success, on Neptunian deception and Plutonic penetration of secrets. The most clever master spies throw a third archetype into the mix: the Saturnine User, who’ll exploit the captured by making them spy on their own people and then feed information back to their new handlers. In A Most […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ (2014)

In the annals of history, many liberators of the oppressed freed their citizenry only to become tyrants themselves. It’s this age old cycle of restrictive Saturn sidling up to revolutionary Uranus – a rhythm that topples and rebuilds civilizations – that’s at the core of Matt Reeves’ highly charged Dawn of the Planet of the […]

Astrology: Television: Review: ‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Mid-Finale: Lunar Mentoring

Much has been written about CEOs who simply don’t want to leave their perch atop the corporate ladder. Professionally speaking, they’ve captured the Moon and damn if they’ll release the prize to someone else. Which explains why mentoring is so tricky. If a CEO mentors someone, it’s a tacit admission that someone is in line […]

Astrology: Television: Review: ‘Mad Men’: Motherhood and the Battered Moon

In a sly move, “Mad Men” broadcast its “Runaways” episode on Mother’s Day, a holiday which, as far back as the 1960s, began to give women pause. Turns out, “Runaways” was full of mother references, evoking the archetypal Moon – Luna – and its derived word, “lunacy.” It’s no coincidence that 1970 was the release […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Chef’ (2014)

Every so often a movie comes along that gives a perfectly good archetype a complete overhaul. Chef, directed and written by actor Jon Favreau, who also stars, is one of those gems. At the beginning of the movie, while walking through an upscale California farmer’s market, culinary whiz Carl Casper (Favreau) reminds his 10-year-old son […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Ida’ (2014)

Can a sacrificial offering really count if the person making the gesture has no clear idea of the value of what’s she’s giving up? That’s the question at the heart – literally – of  Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, a Polish-language movie whose breathtakingly austere black and white cinematography underscores the all-or-nothing dimensions of its subject and […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Locke’ (2014)

There’s no end to the drama that can place in the confines of an automobile. Drag racing, sudden death and frisky mayhem in the back seat are only a partial vehicular legacy. But if you’re looking for the “Mother of Car Movies,” it’s Locke, a riveting piece of cinema in which the protagonist deconstructs his […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘RoboCop’ (2014)

For movie goers with a penchant for archetypes, the original RoboCop (1987), directed by Paul Verhoeven, was the ultimate Aquarian-Age piece of celluloid. The preceding Age of Pisces was all about connecting with the Son of God (Pisces) through his mother (Virgo). The balancing act in the Age of Aquarius is the one between Uranus […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘The Monuments Men’ (2014)

A war movie, The Monuments Men uses the Martian warrior archetype not to machine-gun soldiers to their deaths but rather to save, recover and ultimately return to their rightful owners a staggering amount of art work stolen by the Nazis during World War II. And, because the Lunar principle rules the past and history, Mars […]