June 9th, 2018


              Han and Chewie fail to outrun the massive hole in this story.

              Incomplete Story
              April 20th, 2018

              The Greatest Showman

              What happens when you're unclear about what you want to say.

              Incomplete Story
              March 15th, 2018

              Darkest Hour

              Inconsistent relationships fail to establish the foundation for a meaningful narrative.

              Incomplete Story
              March 13th, 2018

              The Shape of Water

              More than a fairy tale, this film sends an effective message about standing up and defending others.

              Complete Story
              March 8th, 2018


              The sophisticated juxtaposition of logistic concerns & emotional issues secures this film's immortality.

              Complete Story
              March 6th, 2018

              Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

              Solid story structure supports & strengthens this meaningful narrative.

              Complete Story
              March 1st, 2018

              The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season One

              A single and effective storyform ties the episodes of this first season into a meaningful narrative.

              Complete Story
              February 21st, 2018

              Lady Bird

              A subtle blend of objective & subjective concerns lights this film’s moving narrative.

              Complete Story
              February 14th, 2018

              Dr. Strangelove

              A Cold War satire that leaves you cold.

              Incomplete Story
              February 8th, 2018

              Professor Marston and The Wonder Women

              The secret identity of this film is the brilliant mutation of message into narrative structure.

              Complete Story
              February 6th, 2018

              The Florida Project

              Reporting the day’s events misses an opportunity to say something about the day’s events.

              Incomplete Story
              January 30th, 2018

              Mom and Dad

              A meaningless tale of familial violence that borders on saying something significant.

              Incomplete Story
              November 20th, 2017

              Winter's Bone

              An overwhelming sense of brooding darkens the tone of an otherwise Triumphant narrative.

              Complete Story
              November 6th, 2017

              A Bronx Tale

              A unique and complete storyform forms the foundation for this masterpiece of narrative.

              Complete Story
              October 23rd, 2017

              Blade Runner: 2049

              Large expanses between story points cloud an otherwise meaningful message about what it means to be human.

              Complete Story
              October 17th, 2017


              An effective account of telling a story about the dangers of the stories we tell.

              Complete Story
              September 30th, 2017

              The One I Love

              Love the one you're with, lest you go home with someone else.

              Complete Story
              September 22nd, 2017


              A moving exploration of projecting thoughts into existence, of transforming intent into reality.

              Complete Story
              September 15th, 2017

              The Prestige

              A story of battling magicians foretells the consequences of risking it all for the roar of the crowd.

              Complete Story
              September 8th, 2017

              Get Out

              Breaking structure creates tremendous shock value-while maintaining the integrity of the message.

              Complete Story
              September 1st, 2017


              Whether you intend to or not, leaving out key portions of an argument trends a story towards propaganda and coercion.

              Incomplete Story
              August 25th, 2017

              The LEGO Batman Movie

              A send-up of the Caped Crusader that masquerades as a clever and hilarious parody of story structure.

              Complete Story
              August 18th, 2017


              A missing Relationship Story Throughline and a deficient Main Character Throughline steer this narrative towards propaganda.

              Incomplete Story
              August 14th, 2017

              The Big Sick

              A brilliant, if not slightly long, exploration of what happens when one bases their life on the reactions of others.

              Complete Story
              August 7th, 2017


              A narrative told through Four Throughlines elevates this film to legendary status.

              Complete Story
              July 31st, 2017

              Captain America: Civil War

              A classic story of revenge, told from a surprising perspective.

              Complete Story
              July 3rd, 2017

              Despicable Me 3

              An emotionally vapid experience lacking connective tissue to tie the various threads of storytelling together.

              Incomplete Story
              June 23rd, 2017


              Familiar & common because of its refusal to stray from the bare bones of story structure.

              Complete Story
              June 12th, 2017

              Wonder Woman

              A confident and exciting exploration of the power of female intuition over probability.

              Complete Story
              June 7th, 2017

              Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

              Missing Throughlines cast this beautifully animated film into the bin of easily forgotten fare.

              Incomplete Story
              May 15th, 2017


              Boredom arrives when the Author fails to provide a greater context for the conflict within a story.

              Incomplete Story
              March 6th, 2017


              A non-linear understanding of story makes it easier to appreciate the structure of this untraditional story.

              Complete Story
              February 24th, 2017


              By leaving out a key component of the narrative, the filmmakers draw the Audience in--allowing them to become a part of the storytelling process.

              Complete Story
              February 1st, 2017

              The Yellow Birds

              Give your typical soldier an atypical method of problem-solving and open yourself up to a wider and more appreciative Audience.

              Complete Story
              January 28th, 2017

              I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

              Shifts in the type of conflict and modes of expressing that conflict result in a shocking and jarring experience.

              Incomplete Story
              November 29th, 2016


              Beautiful animation in service of a story-by-numbers, Disney delights while following a familiar pattern of narrative.

              Complete Story
              November 10th, 2016

              Hacksaw Ridge

              A moving and emotional film that effectively convinces us of the importance of staying true to one's convictions.

              Complete Story
              November 10th, 2016


              Fun, but misguided and episodic, an unfortunate consequence of its fractured narrative.

              Incomplete Story
              November 1st, 2016

              Captain Fantastic

              Powerful, insightful, and touching--the very definition of a moving and brilliant narrative.

              Complete Story
              October 11th, 2016

              Ex Machina

              A brilliant psychological thriller coded with a strong and meaningful story structure.

              Complete Story
              October 10th, 2016

              The Nice Guys

              High on fun, low on structure--a perfect example of a schizophrenic storymind.

              Incomplete Story
              August 24th, 2016

              Hell Or High Water

              A film that promises much, but delivers little when it comes to a functional and meaningful narrative.

              Incomplete Story
              August 17th, 2016

              Florence Foster Jenkins

              A delightful biographical comedy with a twist--Meryl Streep is neither the Main Character nor Influence Character.

              Complete Story
              August 2nd, 2016

              Eddie The Eagle

              Simple, familiar, and predictable--all things that could have been avoided with a deeper understanding of the story's thematics.

              Complete Story
              July 28th, 2016

              The Dark Horse

              From the first shot to the last, this masterful narrative takes us in and offers a powerful and emotional experience.

              Complete Story
              July 20th, 2016

              Hunt For The Wilderpeople

              A brilliant, wonderfully told film that can attribute much of its praise to its solid storyform.

              Complete Story
              July 20th, 2016

              Angry Birds

              Waiting an hour to begin a story results in a narrative that is difficult to remember.

              Incomplete Story
              July 6th, 2016

              45 Years

              A wonderfully crafted narrative supported by a stunning performance.

              Complete Story
              July 4th, 2016


              A functioning and powerful storyform carries the message of this film for this generation, and the ones to come.

              Complete Story
              July 1st, 2016

              Little Boy

              Breaking structure to argue faith is a recipe for critical disaster.

              Incomplete Story
              June 13th, 2016

              When Marnie Was There

              A sophisticated and unique narrative structure supports this beautifully animated film.

              Complete Story
              May 18th, 2016


              A solid Main Character Throughline anchors this complete and well-written story.

              Complete Story
              April 26th, 2016


              Another film may have won the night, but this film won the fight.

              Complete Story
              April 12th, 2016

              Inside Out

              A brilliant piece of filmmaking that uses what goes on inside of our heads to tell us a story about what goes on inside our heads.

              Complete Story
              April 6th, 2016

              Beasts Of No Nation

              A shocking, yet deeply meaningful look at child soldiers in Africa tops the list of 2015.

              Complete Story
              March 30th, 2016

              James White

              Breaking structure is a poor strategy for attracting eyeballs.

              Incomplete Story
              March 24th, 2016

              The Big Short

              A fantastic docudrama relating the tale of the US housing market collapse in 2007.

              Incomplete Story
              March 22nd, 2016

              Kilo Two Bravo

              Continuing the trend of expert filmmaking with little to no story.

              Incomplete Story
              March 14th, 2016

              Bridge Of Spies

              A beautiful documentary perfect for the History channel, but deficient in terms of story.

              Incomplete Story
              February 24th, 2016

              99 Homes

              A phenomenal thriller that pulls you in with its confident and complete narrative.

              Complete Story
              February 19th, 2016

              Steve Jobs

              A cold and under-developed Main Character Throughline distances us from becoming emotionally involved with the film.

              Incomplete Story
              February 2nd, 2016

              Cop Car

              Incomplete Throughlines explain why this film feels like a short stretched into a mediocre feature.

              Incomplete Story
              January 27th, 2016

              While We're Young

              A strong and well-woven storyform supports this entertaining and moving film.

              Complete Story
              January 18th, 2016

              The Revenant

              A tale of survival and revenge, not *a story* of survival and revenge.

              Incomplete Story
              January 12th, 2016


              A masterful thriller that makes meaning out of the meaningless.

              Complete Story
              January 5th, 2016


              A solid & sophisticated Main Character Throughline anchors this smart indie.

              Complete Story
              December 23rd, 2015

              Star Wars: The Force Awakens

              The compulsion to see this film again can be attributed to a solid and complete story structure.

              Complete Story
              December 2nd, 2015

              The Peanuts Movie

              Gorgeous animation in the service of a broken and episodic tale.

              Incomplete Story
              November 22nd, 2015


              Missing Throughlines account for this film's low rating.

              Incomplete Story
              November 4th, 2015


              Meaningful dick jokes explain this film's popularity.

              Complete Story
              October 21st, 2015

              The Martian

              An entertaining space tale with little more to offer.

              Incomplete Story
              October 11th, 2015

              Furious 7

              A fine tribute that could have been more.

              Incomplete Story
              September 30th, 2015

              Captain America: Winter Soldier

              The best Marvel comic book film falls just short of telling a complete story.

              Incomplete Story
              July 20th, 2015


              Diversionary fun; no real story.

              Incomplete Story
              May 11th, 2015

              The Sweet Hereafter

              Emotionally heavy, yet thematically rich and fulfilling.

              Complete Story
              May 7th, 2015

              Avengers: Age of Ultron

              Mindless comic-book fun.

              Incomplete Story
              March 13th, 2015


              A rare gem; entertaining AND thematically compelling.

              Complete Story
              March 10th, 2015


              A bleak, yet emotionally powerful, portrayal of a young woman's rediscovery of her true calling.

              Complete Story
              March 4th, 2015

              The Theory of Everything

              A split in a key relationship fractures an otherwise insightful narrative.

              Incomplete Story
              February 27th, 2015


              A master class in solid & meaningful narrative structure.

              Complete Story
              December 30th, 2014


              With half the narrative missing, this film's central argument fails to land.

              Incomplete Story
              December 17th, 2014

              Enough Said

              A message of catharsis reinforced by a competent & effective story structure.

              Complete Story
              December 16th, 2014

              A Most Wanted Man

              Deficient emotional throughlines relegate this film to a one & done experience.

              Incomplete Story
              December 3rd, 2014

              Guardians of the Galaxy

              Incomplete Story
              December 3rd, 2014


              An incomplete narrative that feels more like a triptych than a story.

              Incomplete Story
              November 12th, 2014


              An interesting, yet emotionally unfulfilling ride through the experiences of a holistic-minded Main Character.

              Incomplete Story
              June 16th, 2014

              How to Train Your Dragon 2

              An animated film that argues for the use of violence over discussion.

              Incomplete Story
              May 6th, 2014

              The Past

              A sporadic & inconsistent Overall Story Throughline accounts for this film's lethargic and unsatisfying narrative.

              Incomplete Story
              April 29th, 2014


              A powerful look at the unstoppable drive that is the maternal instinct.

              Complete Story
              April 23rd, 2014

              The Grand Budapest Hotel

              An entertaining tale with little more to it.

              Incomplete Story
              April 14th, 2014

              The Spectacular Now

              The lack of an objective storyline limits the possibilities of this romance.

              Incomplete Story
              March 3rd, 2014

              12 Years a Slave

              A missing relationship robs the heart from this depiction of man's brutality to man.

              Incomplete Story
              February 24th, 2014

              Brother Bear

              No emotional argument, no meaning.

              Incomplete Story
              February 19th, 2014

              The LEGO Movie

              Wonderful entertainment that masterfully weaves together two arguments.

              Complete Story
              February 10th, 2014


              Sisterhood, not story, claims responsibility for this film's massive success.

              Incomplete Story
              January 25th, 2014


              A film that demands repeated viewings almost certainly rests upon a strong structural foundation.

              Complete Story
              January 22nd, 2014

              American Hustle

              The lack of a subjective view relegates this film to the status of a tale.

              Incomplete Story
              January 17th, 2014


              An effortless account of what it means to stop being risk-averse.

              Complete Story
              January 16th, 2014

              Lone Survivor

              An inconsistent Main Character Throughline trends this film towards documentary & away from greater meaning.

              Incomplete Story
              January 13th, 2014

              Don Jon

              A strong Relationship Story Throughline goes unexplored, veering this film towards an obvious & superficial sermon.

              Incomplete Story
              January 3rd, 2014

              Dallas Buyers Club

              A competing sub-story robs this film of narrative greatness.

              Incomplete Story
              January 2nd, 2014

              The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

              Epic fatigue crushes any hope of emotion in this long & drawn-out tale.

              Incomplete Story
              January 1st, 2014

              Short Term 12

              A small film with a powerful message.

              Complete Story
              December 31st, 2013

              Inside Llewyn Davis

              More soundtrack than story.

              Incomplete Story
              December 30th, 2013


              A strong and cohesive narrative accounts for this film's critical acclaim.

              Complete Story
              November 21st, 2013


              Thrilling and engaging, this film's narrative suffers from the lack of an objective Overall Story Throughline perspective.

              Incomplete Story
              April 15th, 2013

              Zero Dark Thirty

              A simple tale with little to no greater meaning makes this film forgettable.

              Incomplete Story
              March 26th, 2013

              The Croods

              An easily distracted tale derails this family's quest for greater meaning.

              Incomplete Story
              March 24th, 2013

              Life of Pi

              Stunning imagery in the support of spiritual propaganda manipulates the Audience into becoming a part of the story.

              Incomplete Story
              March 9th, 2013


              A late blooming Relationship Story weakens an otherwise moving film.

              Incomplete Story
              March 8th, 2013

              The Intouchables

              A missing Overall Story leaves little objectivity with which to appreciate this moving relationship.

              Incomplete Story
              March 4th, 2013

              The Master

              An uneven and incomplete structure delivers an unclear message.

              Incomplete Story
              February 19th, 2013

              The Sessions

              Untouched and unexplored, the narrative promised fails to satisfy.

              Incomplete Story
              February 11th, 2013

              End of Watch

              Fantastically engaging visceral experience deficient in greater meaning.

              Incomplete Story
              November 6th, 2012

              Wreck-It Ralph

              An emotionally moving narrative that tells us something more about who we can be.

              Complete Story
              October 17th, 2012


              The danger of recounting events that happened, not events within a complete and meaningful story.

              Incomplete Story
              October 15th, 2012


              An attempt at meaning without the narrative structure to carry and support it.

              Incomplete Story
              October 2nd, 2012


              A bumpy, but necessary, handoff between Influence Characters seals the structure of this time-travel narrative.

              Complete Story
              May 11th, 2012

              The Avengers

              A fun ride that explores what it means to be a team player.

              Incomplete Story
              January 11th, 2012

              The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

              A deficient narrative structure accounts for the coldness and emotionally vapid nature of this film.

              Incomplete Story
              November 30th, 2011

              Your Highness

              A delayed Influence Character perspective breaks this disappointing film.

              Incomplete Story
              November 30th, 2011

              Rabbit Hole

              A narrative that barely delivers a complete argument while focusing on raw emotion.

              Complete Story
              November 8th, 2011

              Captain America

              No need to resurrect this lifeless tale.

              Incomplete Story
              November 3rd, 2011

              Crazy, Stupid, Love

              A competent weaving of the same story structure seen through the eyes of two different relationships.

              Complete Story
              October 28th, 2011


              An entertaining thriller devoid of signficant meaning, but well worth the ride.

              Incomplete Story
              October 20th, 2011


              A quiet charater study finds its emotional core between two friends.

              Complete Story
              October 19th, 2011

              Horrible Bosses

              A fractured structure turns a funny concept into something easily forgettable.

              Incomplete Story
              October 18th, 2011


              An underdeveloped Relationship Story fails to bring down this sports champ.

              Complete Story
              October 1st, 2011


              A fun, but forgettable, comedy light on structure and meaning.

              Incomplete Story
              September 30th, 2011

              X-Men: First Class

              The addition of a second story diminshes the meaning and purpose of the first.

              Incomplete Story
              August 31st, 2011

              Win Win

              A wonderful narrative that effectively argues the value of going to the mat for another.

              Complete Story
              August 28th, 2011


              A story falls apart when both principal characters adopt each other's perspective.

              Incomplete Story
              August 24th, 2011

              Jane Eyre

              A satisfying & enriching narrative that explores what it means to obligate oneself to another.

              Complete Story
              August 22nd, 2011

              Battle: Los Angeles

              An opportunity to tell a meaningful story is lost in another tale of fighting aliens.

              Incomplete Story
              August 16th, 2011

              The Harry Potter Series

              The final chapter in a series of novels and films successfully completes the telling of a powerful and meaningful story.

              Complete Story
              August 8th, 2011

              Rise of the Planet of the Apes

              A conflict in messaging reduces this film to a simple tale of man and ape.

              Incomplete Story
              August 6th, 2011

              Of Gods and Men

              Without a Main Character Throughline to attach ourselves to, our attention wanes and empathy dies.

              Incomplete Story
              June 30th, 2011

              The Tree of Life

              As with all things Malick, an experience unlike any other.

              Incomplete Story
              June 22nd, 2011

              The Adjustment Bureau

              The compulsion to state your purpose directly indicates a dysfunctional narrative.

              Incomplete Story
              June 13th, 2011

              Super 8

              Paying homage to those who came before is not enough to create a functionable and lasting narrative.

              Incomplete Story
              June 13th, 2011

              The Housemaid

              Titilation fails to make up for an underdeveloped and deficient Main Character Throughline.

              Incomplete Story
              May 29th, 2011

              Kung Fu Panda 2

              A Relationship Story Throughline that dies halfway through destroys any greater meaning for this film.

              Incomplete Story
              May 29th, 2011

              Even the Rain

              A fantastic example of the greater meaning a functioning narrative brings to a film.

              Complete Story
              May 21st, 2011


              An absent Relationship Story Throughline diminishes the believability of the Main Character's development and growth.

              Incomplete Story
              April 21st, 2011


              A last minute misstep breaks the soundness of this film's central argument.

              Incomplete Story
              April 17th, 2011


              Making half an argument makes half a story.

              Incomplete Story
              March 23rd, 2011

              Blue Valentine

              Incomplete Story
              March 23rd, 2011

              Animal Kingdom

              Complete Story
              January 7th, 2011

              True Grit

              Incomplete Story
              January 3rd, 2011

              The Kids Are All Right

              Incomplete Story
              December 22nd, 2010

              Tron: Legacy

              Incomplete Story
              December 16th, 2010

              The Fighter

              Incomplete Story
              December 9th, 2010

              Black Swan

              A masterful performance elevated by a strong and meaningful narrative.

              Complete Story
              December 2nd, 2010

              The King's Speech

              Complete Story
              December 2nd, 2010


              Incomplete Story
              November 17th, 2010

              127 Hours

              Incomplete Story
              October 29th, 2010

              Let Me In

              Incomplete Story
              October 13th, 2010

              The Social Network

              Complete Story
              October 6th, 2010

              Easy A

              A missing Influence Character perspective weakens an otherwise funny film.

              Incomplete Story
              September 28th, 2010

              Get Him to the Greek

              Incomplete Story
              September 24th, 2010

              The Town

              Complete Story
              September 8th, 2010

              Kick Ass

              Incomplete Story
              July 20th, 2010


              Incomplete Story
              June 21st, 2010

              Toy Story 3

              Complete Story
              May 18th, 2010

              Iron Man 2

              Incomplete Story
              May 4th, 2010

              Date Night

              Incomplete Story
              March 27th, 2010

              How to Train Your Dragon

              Complete Story
              March 12th, 2010

              Two Thousand Twelve

              Incomplete Story
              February 8th, 2010

              The Invention of Lying

              Incomplete Story
              January 2nd, 2010


              Incomplete Story
              January 2nd, 2010

              500 Days of Summer

              Complete Story
              December 22nd, 2009

              The Princess and the Frog

              Incomplete Story
              December 15th, 2009

              Up In The Air

              Complete Story
              December 6th, 2009


              Incomplete Story
              November 26th, 2009

              New Moon

              Complete Story
              October 31st, 2009

              Where the Wild Things Are

              Incomplete Story
              October 9th, 2009


              Complete Story
              October 7th, 2009

              Sunshine Cleaning

              Incomplete Story
              September 27th, 2009

              State of Play

              Incomplete Story
              September 26th, 2009

              Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

              A complete story that resolves in an unexpected, yet meaningful way.

              Complete Story
              September 24th, 2009

              The Informant

              Incomplete Story
              September 17th, 2009


              Incomplete Story
              September 8th, 2009


              Incomplete Story
              September 7th, 2009

              Gran Torino

              Complete Story
              September 1st, 2009

              The Hurt Locker

              Complete Story
              August 30th, 2009


              Incomplete Story
              August 29th, 2009

              I Love You, Man

              Complete Story
              August 28th, 2009

              District 9

              Complete Story
              August 25th, 2009

              Inglorious Basterds

              Incomplete Story
              August 25th, 2009

              The Counterfeiters

              Complete Story
              August 23rd, 2009

              Let The Right One in

              Incomplete Story
              August 21st, 2009


              Incomplete Story
              August 18th, 2009

              Funny People

              Three hours with no discernible narrative structure makes for a painful experience.

              Incomplete Story
              August 18th, 2009


              The lack of a thorough examination of all Four Throughlines hinders this film from rising above.

              Incomplete Story
              July 23rd, 2009

              Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

              Incomplete Story
              July 9th, 2009

              Public Enemies

              Incomplete Story
              June 25th, 2009


              Incomplete Story
              June 25th, 2009

              The Proposal

              Incomplete Story
              June 11th, 2009

              The Hangover

              Complete Story
              June 6th, 2009


              Complete Story
              May 21st, 2009

              Star Trek

              Complete Story
              May 17th, 2009

              The Lives of Others

              Complete Story
              April 27th, 2009

              The Wrestler

              Complete Story
              April 7th, 2009


              An unconventional exploration of thematic structure and positioning of the Audience.

              Complete Story
              April 8th, 2008

              I Am Legend

              Incomplete Story
              January 25th, 2008


              Incomplete Story
              January 24th, 2008

              27 Dresses

              A solid narrative supports this entertaining romantic comedy.

              Complete Story
              December 24th, 2007

              The Mist

              Incomplete Story
              August 10th, 2007

              Stranger Than Fiction

              Incomplete Story
              August 3rd, 2007


              Incomplete Story
              July 25th, 2007

              Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

              Incomplete Story
              July 9th, 2007


              Complete Story
              June 28th, 2007


              An aptly named film when considering the narrative structure.

              Incomplete Story
              June 11th, 2007

              South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

              Complete Story
              May 10th, 2007

              Little Children

              Incomplete Story
              May 2nd, 2007


              Complete Story
              April 23rd, 2007

              Casino Royale

              Complete Story
              April 17th, 2007

              Training Day

              Complete Story
              April 3rd, 2007

              Children of Men

              Complete Story
              March 30th, 2007

              Meet the Robinsons

              Incomplete Story
              March 16th, 2007

              Notting Hill

              Complete Story
              March 9th, 2007

              Hotel Rwanda

              Complete Story
              February 27th, 2007

              The New World

              Incomplete Story
              February 15th, 2007

              The Maltese Falcon

              Incomplete Story
              August 15th, 2006

              Taladega Nights

              Incomplete Story
              August 11th, 2006


              Complete Story
              July 26th, 2006

              Pirates 2: Dead Man’s Chest

              Incomplete Story
              July 19th, 2006


              Complete Story
              July 17th, 2006

              Superman Returns

              Incomplete Story
              June 23rd, 2006

              Nacho Libre

              Incomplete Story
              June 15th, 2006

              The Break-Up

              Incomplete Story
              June 29th, 2005

              War of the Worlds

              Is it sad to say that I saw this film in Spielberg's private screening room on the Universal lot...and hated it?

              Incomplete Story