Screening Log #65: Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

Written and Directed by Panos Cosmatos Starring Eva Allen and Michael Rogers         One of the most interesting elements that comprises science fiction work, for me, is the element of extension that runs through it. The science fiction works that I have found most compelling are uniformly works that regard the present … Continue reading

Screening Log #32: Super 8 (2011)

Written by J.J. Abrams Directed by J.J. Abrams Starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, and Riley Griffiths       Born in 1966, J.J. Abrams was at his most impressionable when Steven Spielberg reeled off his nearly unimpeachable run between Jaws (1975) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). A love for … Continue reading

Screening Log #22: Conan the Barbarian (2011)

Written by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood based on a character by Robert E. Howard Directed by Marcus Nispel Starring Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nicols, and Rose McGowan       If Conan the barbarian is born in blood – as is graphically shown to begin Conan the Barbarian – this … Continue reading

The Expendables (2010): A Revolutionary Time Machine Fueled by Napalm and Biceps

Sylvester Stallone creates an action film with a strange penchant for introspection, a strange sort of post-modern escapist dismemberment carnival leaning back towards the 80’s on the shoulders of once-giants.