Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), & Phenomena (1985): Halloween as Phenomenally Active Fable

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) Written by Michael R. Perry, Christopher Landon, and Tom Pabst Directed by Tod Williams Starring Sprague Grayden, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, and Katie Featherston     Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Written by Christopher Landon Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman Starring Lauren Bittner, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Chloe Csengery, and Jessica … Continue reading

Screening Log #58: Road to Nowhere (2011)

Written by Steven Gaydos Directed by Monte Hellman Starring Tygh Runyan, Shannyn Sossamon, and Waylon Payne       There is a beguiling lure to the manner that any narrative medium allows one to reinterpret, or reframe, certain events. The number of films that are “based on a true story” or “true events” are innumerable … Continue reading

Screening Log #54: Young Adult (2011)

Written by Diablo Cody Directed by Jason Reitman Starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, and Patrick Wilson       You can always go home. You can never go home again. Home is where the heart is. There is a complicated and shifting sentiment about where a home is located and whether or not you can … Continue reading

Screening Log #53: Hugo (2011)

Written by John Logan based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick Directed by Martin Scorsese Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen       It should be widely accepted by now that there is no objective sense of history, that history is actually a … Continue reading

Screening Log #52: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Written and Directed by Sean Durkin Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, and John Hawkes         Perhaps the most insidious aspect of anxiety is the way that it feeds on history and memory, the manner that is abstracts the self from the present. Anxiety is rarely rooted in the events of the moment, … Continue reading