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 #67: Inseminoid (1981)

Written by Nick Maley and Gloria Maley Directed by Norman J. Warren Starring Judy Geeson, Robin Clark, and Stephanie Beachem       From the very dawn of its self-awareness, humankind has been, on some basic and intrinsic level, entirely creeped out by the idea of reproduction. The notion that there can be an organism … Continue reading

Screening Log #59: Event Horizon (1997)

Written by Philip Eisner Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson Starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, and Kathleen Quinlan       To my mind there is something problematic in the general conception of Hell as an afterlife destination. To conceive of Hell, conceptually speaking, as merely a locus, a place at which one arrives, excludes one … Continue reading

Screening Log #27: Alien (1979)

Written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, and John Hurt       Spurred by the recent unveiling of a teaser for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, I found myself wanting to revisit Alien. Scott’s second and third films, Alien and Blade Runner, stand as two … Continue reading