Weird but sincere notes on movies, books, dreams, & travel
The Spring Soldier
“Captain America” opens in dark mists blowing over a frozen ocean. From the shapeless haze, four lights emerge. They’re the headlights of a S.H.I.E.L.D HMUV (high mobility utility vehicle).
The Synergy Behind Two Spider-Man Posters
Dear reader: None of these notes are meant to uncover any intention behind the designers of these posters or films. Any resonance between the definitions of the symbols, their appearance in the media, and the themes or plotlines lies somewhere between completely coincidental and absolutely intentional. This applies to all of my symbol and theme digging.
Tony Stark Finds Himself in “Iron Man”
The first three minutes of “Iron Man” are some of most symbolically dense minutes in the whole Marvel franchise. The opening scene takes place after Obadiah Stane has accepted Tony’s Apogee award in Las Vegas.
The Shadow in “Iron Man”
Tony is receiving an Apogee award for his personal achievements and the success of his company, Stark Industries. This is a real award given to successful individuals, and the trophies they receive have a variety of interesting designs.
The War in “Iron Man”
“Iron Man” begins with Tony Stark receiving an award for his entrepreneurial achievements. He is the admired and celebrated CEO of Stark Industries, which is described on this fansite as a “global tech conglomerate” composed of numerous smaller enterprises. The company as a whole constitutes the leading edge in technological innovation around the world.
The Word in “Hereditary”
The world is made of language. The word is primary, more primary than the speed of light, more primary than any of the physical constants that are assumed by science to be the bedrock of reality. — Terence McKenna, Shamans Among The Machines
The Pigeon in “Hereditary”
At her school, Charlie plays with a doll she’s making instead of focusing on her test. On the wall behind her, the words ‘CRITICAL THINKING’ stand out in red.
The Lamb in “Hereditary”
Before the viewer moves away from the window in the first moments of the film, a fly can be seen on the window sill. After a moment, it takes flight and, presumably, moves toward Annie’s model along with the camera.