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            Throughlines

              July 30th, 2018

              Pretty Woman

              A perfect balance of conflict explains this film's success.

              Four Throughlines

              July 11th, 2018

              Firefly: Season 1, Episode 8

              A sophisticated & complete narrative accounts for this episode's popularity.

              Four Throughlines

              February 8th, 2018

              Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

              A coming-of-age film for the submissive set excels with its complete narrative.

              Four Throughlines

              December 11th, 2017

              Thor: Ragnarök

              Fun, playful, and supported by a solid story structure that advocates running away over charging in to fight the bad guys.

              Four Throughlines

              October 31st, 2017

              Aliens

              More than Space Marines, this film’s popularity rests on its fully functional narrative.

              Four Throughlines

              October 19th, 2017

              Blade Runner: 2049

              An objective account of a narrative’s thematic structure requires one to distance themselves away from the concerns of individual characters.

              Four Throughlines

              October 17th, 2017

              se7en

              The immediacy of physical violence sets the tone and personality of this thriller.

              Four Throughlines

              October 6th, 2017

              The Prestige

              An objective account of a narrative’s thematic structure requires one to distance themselves away from the concerns of individual characters.

              Four Throughlines

              September 21st, 2017

              Paterson

              A rare and unique account of growth through a holistic lens.

              Four Throughines

              September 14th, 2017

              Get Out

              A brilliant psychological thriller finds company in its unique arrangement of conflict.

              Four Throughines

              July 27th, 2017

              Dunkirk

              A missing Throughline turns this historical account towards propaganda.

              Four Throughlines and Propaganda

              July 13th, 2017

              Moonlight

              Emphasizing the personal experience of the Main Character while touching upon the objective experience of others draws this film close to the heart.

              Four Throughlines

              June 22nd, 2017

              Sing!

              Reliable & familiar, like a decent American Standard.

              Four Throughlines

              June 15th, 2017

              Doubt

              Intentional or not, great stories emplore four different perspectives to shed context on the conflict at hand.

              Four Throughlines

              June 8th, 2017

              The Social Network

              Intentional or not, great stories emplore four different perspectives to shed context on the conflict at hand.

              Four Throughlines

              June 1st, 2017

              The King's Speech

              In an attempt to communicate something we can't see, our minds developed the need for narrative.

              Four Throughlines

              May 18th, 2017

              Captain Fantastic

              True artists weave different perspectives of conflict into a seamless whole.

              Four Throughlines

              May 4th, 2017

              Jane Eyre

              Stories about relationships work best when they look from within the relationship and from without.

              Four Throughlines

              April 13th, 2017

              The Americans

              In the span of one hour, this Pilot episode accomplishes what many films twice its length fail to achieve.

              Four Throughlines

              April 6th, 2017

              Field Of Dreams

              A unique arrangement of conflict provokes a unique experience in the Audience--one that moves far beyond simple fantasy.

              Four Throughlines

              March 30th, 2017

              her

              As our relationship with technology grows more intimate, the need to understand the mind's problem-solving process becomes ever more urgent.

              Four Throughlines

              March 23rd, 2017

              Manchester By The Sea

              Regardless of how tragic, a story connects to an Audience when it adequately covers the four major contexts of conflict.

              Four Throughlines

              March 16th, 2017

              Arrival

              Aliens from another world arrive to teach us all a different way to think.

              Four Throughlines

              September 29th, 2016

              Jungle Book

              Stunning animation supported by a solid structure.

              Four Throughlines

              September 1st, 2016

              Back to the Future

              Father and son battle Libyan terrorists and greaser punks to find a way back to a brand new future.

              Four Throughlines

              August 25th, 2016

              Sideways

              A sad sack author takes road trip through Central California wine country with his womanizing best friend.

              Four Throughlines

              August 4th, 2016

              Macbeth

              The bothersome meddling of the supernatural can lead a mad tyrant astray.

              Four Throughlines

              July 28th, 2016

              The Dark Horse

              Brothers square off over familial responsibility and the efforts to lift oneself up.

              Four Throughlines

              July 21st, 2016

              Hunt For The Wilderpeople

              A New Zealand spin on a familiar arrangement of Throughlines keeps this film fresh and charming.

              Four Throughlines

              July 14th, 2016

              Kramer vs. Kramer

              Though typical in its arrangement, the Throughlines of this Academy Award-winning narrative still work together to seamlessly deliver the Author's message.

              July 7th, 2016

              Nightcrawler

              A sophisticated story that uses all Four Throughlines to examine the fallout from ambition.

              Four Throughlines

              June 30th, 2016

              Zootopia

              A bold and inventive take on the thematics experienced by all the characters in this story drives this film to stand out amongst its peers.

              June 14th, 2016

              Up in the Air

              The critical acclaim for this film rests in the sound narrative structure of its four Throughlines.

              June 7th, 2016

              Whiplash

              Want to be truly great? Take a look at how *Whiplash* accomplished their feat of monumental storytelling.

              June 1st, 2016

              Moulin Rouge!

              A new feature begins here at Narrative First--one where we examine the personality of a story by looking at where it focuses thematic conflict.