1. specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, esp. in questions of morality; fallacious or dishonest application of general principles; sophistry.
2. the application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.
1. apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible: specious arguments.
There are many mysteries in "Bee Season," but the greatest conundrum has to be: in what parallel universe would Binoche marry Gere? Also, do we believe him as a Kabbalistic scholar?
I was happy to salute him as a robotic fornicator in 'American Gigolo," but, given that his sole means of signalling brain activity is to go very still and shut his eyes, the world of academia may not be his patch. In the role of Saul, he becomes obsessed by his daughter’s progress from school bees through to the nationals, in Washington,
but instead of testing her on "casuistry" and "arrhythmia," like any other pushy dad, he inducts her into the methodology of Jewish mysticism. He even lends her a copy of his Ph.D. thesis, at which point I didn’t know whether to stay with the movie or run out and call social services.
Gallo has limited himself to the most proudly [solipsistic] subjects.
And that anguished [solipsism] seems to be, at least in part, the movie's subject.
"Kicking and Screaming" [strikes] a cheerfully solipsistic note. Chris Eigeman, the handsome young [curmudgeon],
This scenario's emphasis on objectification and mind control, its exaggerated horror of duplicity and role-playing, do not convincingly critique [art]-world solipsism.
his music can be maddeningly inconsistent because of this eclecticism
One of the most inventive and [eclectic] figures to emerge from the '90s alternative revolution
and the director ably captures the film's eclectic European [settings]
proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than
Finch, as an intellient, attractive [agnostic], [conveys] a romantic attachment for Hepburn
At one point Felicie, an [agnostic], tells Loic about a kind of epiphany she had in the Nevers cathedral.
pertaining to knowledge
The Cathars were gnostic [Christians] but Pope Innocent III considered them to be devil worshippers.
As might any [flabbergasted] viewer of the documentary Spellbound, Saul gets a case of the [gnostics] as Eliza's seemingly sourceless orthographic gifts come into focus.