Screening Log #76: Black Narcissus (1947)

Written by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, adapted from the novel by Rumer Godden Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Starring Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, and Sabu     The teleological nature of “progress” or “development” is an intrinsically flawed quality. There’s something dismissive, at best, about prescribing that any society or … Continue reading

Screening Log #75: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Written by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr. Directed by James Cameron Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, and Richard Patrick       As I’ve mentioned before, the binary opposition between synthetic and organic life presented in James Cameron’s The Terminator is complicated by the series’ second film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. What … Continue reading

Screening Log #74: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer, based on characters created by Bob Kane Directed by Christopher Nolan Starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, and Marion Cotillard     Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of making a comic book film lies in conceptualizing how the source … Continue reading

Screening Log #73: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard Directed by Drew Goddard Starring Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford       As my graduate classes are resuming again, I’ll be attempting to pare my screening log entries down even further in the interest of keeping up with the blog and … Continue reading

Screening Log #72: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Written by Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson Directed by Wes Anderson Starring Jared Gillman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, and Frances McDormand       To one degree or another, all creative human activity is an affirmation in the face of entropy. Everything, in time, falls apart; to build or creative is … Continue reading