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

Prometheus (2012): The Logic of Faith and Other Weightless Mysteries

Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba       The allure of the mystery is fueled by desire, by the impulse to fill a void: a desire for knowledge, for an answer, for completion. The mystery provokes by exploiting a … Continue reading

Screening Log #71: The Terminator (1984)

Written by James Cameron, Gale Ann Hurd, and William Wisher Jr. Directed by James Cameron Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Michael Biehn       There’s one strain of conventional of thinking that ascribes a generative kind of logic to man’s – the gendering here is intentional – pursuit of technological advancement. Where the … Continue reading