Hearts on Fire: Tests, Allies, and Enemies

Christopher Vogler defines Tests, Allies, and Enemies, the next stage in the monomyth, as "The hero is tested and sorts out allegiances in the Special World." It's parameters are rather vague, so many authors and screenwriters interpret the Tests, Allies, and Enemies stage differently. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling spends the … Continue reading Hearts on Fire: Tests, Allies, and Enemies

Off of the Grill and Into the Mouth: Refusal of the Call

One of my favorite actors of recent years is the hunky, genre-hopping Ryan Gosling. In September 2011, Gosling strapped into the category of car movies with Drive. He played a Hollywood stuntman turned getaway driver who gets involved in a job gone awry. The film has some of the craziest driving scenes having used real, … Continue reading Off of the Grill and Into the Mouth: Refusal of the Call