Lana Del Rey’s “Gods And Monsters” As a Pop Culture Doppelganger for La Dolce Vita

There is quite possibly no better movie to encapsulate the loss of innocence than La Dolce Vita. As one of Federico Fellini’s most seminal works, the director pulls out all the stops of symbolism–particularly in the concluding scene. Comparing this masterpiece to the lyrics of Lana Del Rey’s “Gods and …

The Most Blatant Examples of Movies with Plot Devices that New Technology Has Rendered Irrelevant

Technology may make our lives better, but it certainly hasn’t made the lives of screenwriters trying to come up with obstacles for their characters any easier. The invention of the telephone, cell phone, computers and every source of modern convenience in between has made it virtually impossible for movie characters …

Marcello’s Speech on Domestic Relationships in La Dolce Vita Remains More Resonant Today Than Ever

Numerous scenes in La Dolce Vita stand out for their intensity–from Sylvia (Anita Ekberg) traipsing around in a silent Trevi Fountain at dawn to Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) throwing feathers on a drunk, pathetic woman at a party. But there is something about Marcello’s furied, fervent speech to his girlfriend, Emma …

How Things Really Would Have Gone Down in My Best Friend’s Wedding IRL

If the plot of My Best Friend’s Wedding had occurred in real life, Cameron Diaz would’ve clocked the bitch out. In case you haven’t seen it, the bitch in question is Julia Roberts in the role of Julianne “Jules” Porter. As the best friend of Kimmy Wallace’s (Diaz) fiancé, Michael …

Britney Spears’ “Born to Make You Happy” As The Ultimate 1950s Anthem for Women

Where ballads about romance are concerned, Britney Spears has never been in short supply. Her first album, …Baby One More Time, was an exemplar of her predilection for cheesy, uncomfortable ballads (see: “E-Mail My Heart”). However, “Born to Make You Happy,” the fifth track on the album and fourth single, …